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AECOM Hunt is moving a lot of earth for New York Arena Partners at Belmont Park in an effort to build an arena for The New York Islanders.

However, according to the rules of groundbreaking and ribbon cutting, none of this has “officially” happened. In the reality of the physical world, it certainly has.

The lease between NYAP and New York State’s Empire State Development Corporation still needs signatures, but a dig permit has apparently been issued. The steel has been ordered.

How far will the dig proceed before the official ceremony? I set the over/under line at 12 ½ feet.

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  1. Nice photo Mark, looks like the “demo” work is coming along nicely. If you drive by there on Hempstead Turnpike can you still see into the lot or did they block that view, a couple of weeks ago I was on the Cross Island and jumped off at Hempstead Turnpike passed by the lot made a u turn passed it again and got back on the Cross Island so I got a look at the work going on there.

  2. Tag-
    There’s a large fence surrounding the work site and blocking the view from ground level, but there seems to be a few places you can peak through.

    1. Thanks Mark, I figured they would eventually block that view from Hempstead Turnpike, you were able to drive by and take a look but as long as you post updated photos every once in a while that’s good enough for me. I guess the timeline on construction hasn’t changed and the arena is still on schedule to open September 2021? Let’s hope for a decent winter weather wise.

      1. Tag-
        The immediate task is to excavate 17 feet for the foundation and to pour it before the temp is too cold for concrete to set. The steel is ordered and I think they can weld in winter.

  3. Jim-
    There is supposed to be an official ground breaking and ribbon cutting ceremony. However, as for fans, it is an active construction zone and I don’t know what the law allows. They could buy 10,000 hard hats with Isles the logo.

  4. Mark I just saw a tweet from Jim Baumbach, Floral Park just filled papers in court to stop work in the arena, let’s see what it is based on.

      1. Thanks Mark, I’m no expert but I don’t think they have a leg to stand on, I thought the State took more than enough time and gave everyone more than enough chances to speak out on this project.

  5. Hi mark thank you for update as I’m not on social media and get my news later then most 😂 looking forward to seeing you in a few days 😉

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