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.
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.)
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.