Elaine Rivera joined the WNYC staff as the politics/economic development reporter in August. Prior to her arrival, Elaine had worked as a staff reporter at the Washington Post. From 1995 to 2001, she was a ...
Job Seekers Line up Outside Yankee Stadium
Saturday, January 31, 2009
New York, NY –
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.