— Days Without Shea —

by Kingman on February 8 at 7:33AM

The Bobster has once again unearthed some gems. Here are images of Shea Stadium pre-1962, right from the architect’s desk. As the Bobster writes:

These renderings are in the New York Public Library's photographic collection.  There's no date listed, but obviously they were made before Shea Stadium was built. 

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Imagesshea2.nypl.org

Interesting that they show a residential community just beyond the parking lot...that's the "Iron Triangle" which is still heavy industrial (although there are plans to redevelop it.)

Imageshea5s.nypl.org

Getimageshea

Thanks Bobster! And you’re right. The Willets Point area does look like a bucolic wonderland in these illustrations. Amazing that 46 years later, the city still can’t get its hands on that land.

 



[February 8, 2008 9:50 AM]  |  link  |  reply
Eli said

Great shots! Here are a few of my observations - The giant scorboard is missing, the batters eye is much smaller, and it looks like there is no fence to stop people from walking up to the outfield fence thereby having no bullpens.

[February 8, 2008 7:47 PM]  |  link  |  reply
Bobster said

Yep, but they did get the subway ramp right! Looks like ants streaming off of it!

[February 9, 2008 12:49 AM]  |  link  |  reply
Eli said

Yes they did!!...(and yes it does). Seeing the subway ramp there made me start missing it already now that its gone.

Those are great pictures, thanks for finding them and passing them on.


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