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Old Yankee Stadium Is a-Comin’ Down

It's quite possible that you hadn't seen old Yankee Stadium since your last visit to new Yankee Stadium, and it's likely that was months ago, when the structure itself was still standing, surrounded by scaffolding and that giant black curtain. Then, on Sunday, you may have seen the pictures in the Daily News of a section of the upper deck coming down via some sort of crane-and-pulley system. But, if you'd like to see more images of your childhood being torn down piece by piece, we direct you to demolitionofyankeestadium.com (and to this Flickr photostream), where you may be surprised to find out how far along they actually are. (Comparatively speaking, of course: Shea Stadium was down about twenty minutes after the 2008 season ended, if memory serves.) Anyway, the high exterior bleacher walls are already gone, calling to mind this iconic shot of Joe DiMaggio from the seventies renovation. For what it's worth, Gate 2 appears to still be standing, for now. Either way: cue the Sinatra.

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Photo: Gary Dunaier's flickr