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Wednesday, July 19, 2006

The House That Ruth Built

I had the pleasure of spending 2 and a half hours at Yankee Stadium today. And about 5 and a half hours in my car going to and fro.

I left my house at 11 to pick up Fosterboy. It is usually a 45 minute drive to where he is staying. It took me an hour and 45 minutes. I don't know why.

In any event, the ride back to Yankee Stadium should have taken less than 15 minutes. Because it was now so late and because driving near the Stadium is ridiculous, we didn't get into the park until 1:40, 35 minutes after the game had begun.

The game ended about 4:15 and we proceeded to the parking garage. My car was on the third floor. 65 minutes later, I made it to the street. More than 1/2 hour after that, I still hadn't made it onto the highway. Finally, at 6:30, I arrived back at Fosterboy's place.

What's amazing is that people apparently put up with this all the time. The Yankees are averaging about 50,000 fans per game (today there were close to 55,000).

I seriously doubt that I will ever drive to a weekday Yankees day game ever again. Ich kenesht.



  • At 9:10 AM, Blogger ardbeg78 said…

    You have to learn to park on the street and avoid the Deegan to stay out of traffic. I usually take the 145 Street bridge from Manhattan, make a u turn just before Grand Concourse, and park on 149 Street facing Manhattan. The 10 minute walk from there to the Stadium is a lot less than the hour it will take you to get out of the parking lot. Once you cross over into Manhattan, you can get on the Harlem River Drive north or southbound in less than 10 minutes, and it's smooth sailing from there. Your milage may vary on weekdays when meters or alternate side is in effect on 149 Street. You may have to park on Gerrard or Walton Avenues. I would face south to do that so that when you try to turn back onto 149 at the end of the game, you are against traffic.

  • At 12:34 PM, Blogger Uberimma said…

    Hope you and Fosterboy enjoyed the game. Yankees--that's baseball, right?

    Sorry, I skip the sports parts and just read the entries about your kids...

  • At 4:35 PM, Blogger MoChassid said…


    I am well aware of many of the tricks of the parking trade. (I am partial to getting off at the Grand Concourse and parking near the courthouse.) After all, I went to Queens College and majored in parking.

    Unfortunately, because I was running so late, I had no choice but to park where I did.

    As for the 145 street bridge, it took me 35 minutes to get from the parking lot to the 145th bridge (which is exactly how I got back to where I needed to go). Once in Manhattan, the rest of the trip went smoothly.


    yes baseball. not as good as the tour de france but much better than world cup football.

  • At 4:42 PM, Blogger FrumWithQuestions said…

    Maybe you should become a Mets fan then you wouldn't have that problem.

  • At 12:51 PM, Blogger nombody said…

    Park on the upper east or upper west side and take the train up to Yankee stadium. You'll be in and out in no time and you'll avoid all the Major Deegan traffic (assuming you were coming from NJ or Rockland/Westchester). Even if you're coming from Queens or Brooklyn, it's still easier from the upper east side to hop on the Triboro bridge or go down the FDR.

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