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Job Seekers Line up Outside Yankee Stadium

Saturday, January 31, 2009

While many employers are shedding jobs, there's one in the Bronx that's adding them. WNYC's Elaine Rivera reports.

REPORTER: Job seekers have been standing in the frigid cold outside of the old Yankee Stadium to apply for a thousand new jobs that'll be created when the new stadium opens in April. They're trying to land everything from hot dog vendors to concession stand positions -- during baseball season. On Thursday Bronx resident Ramel Allah was among more than 500 people who waited patiently in line for hours.

ALLAH: Actually, it's a recession. I'm looking to apply for anything. I'll kick rocks if they let me.

REPORTER: A new company, Legends Hospitality, has taken over the hiring for the Yankee organization. They're requiring long-time union employees to re-apply for their jobs. A spokeswoman for the Yankees says most of the new jobs will be unionized.

For WNYC, I'm Elaine Rivera.

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