On Tuesday, the U.S. Olympic Committee's site evaluation team will cut the list of American cities hoping to host the 2012 Summer Olympics in half, selecting two finalists from Houston, New York, San Francisco and Washington, D.C.
As a New Yorker, I have to admit I would prefer we not have the olympics here. Our city and roads are so overcrowded now that it would make daily life here unbearable. I know it may sound selfish, but you have to live here to appreciate my concerns.
Aug 26, 02, 4:49 pm
My experiences in Calgary, Barcelona, Atlanta, Sydney and Salt Lake are that community spirits run very high during Olympics and traffic is far less than normal. This could be a wonderful, once-in-a-lifetime experience for New Yorkers. Go, New York! Go, New York! Go, New York! Go!
Aug 26, 02, 11:09 pm
<font face="Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif" size="2">Originally posted by Marysunshine:
As a New Yorker, I have to admit I would prefer we not have the olympics here. Our city and roads are so overcrowded now that it would make daily life here unbearable. I know it may sound selfish, but you have to live here to appreciate my concerns.</font>
Easy for you to say living in B'lyn http://www.flyertalk.com/travel/fttravel_forum/smile.gif We lve through this mess wheneven the Prez'es arrive , big UN session... You name it ... it clogs the whole mid-town. http://www.flyertalk.com/travel/fttravel_forum/frown.gif
Aug 27, 02, 6:15 am
Akhullar: I know this is difficult for you to believe, but even us hillbillies here in Brooklyn make that long trek into Manhattan now and then http://www.flyertalk.com/travel/fttravel_forum/smile.gif and have to deal with the visits from dignitaries, so I sure am sympathetic to your situation! http://www.flyertalk.com/travel/fttravel_forum/wink.gif
Aug 27, 02, 12:13 pm
I am crossing my fingers that New York is NOT on that list. Why on earth do we need this? http://www.flyertalk.com/travel/fttravel_forum/rolleyes.gif
Plus it will be hotter than hell for those Olympians. I think it's selfish for hot-weather locales to want to host the Olympics. Can you imagine how awful the weather will be in Athens?
Anyhoo, I'm rooting for the San Fran area.
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Aug 27, 02, 5:02 pm
Welcome NY and San Francisco!
(08-27) 15:40 PDT CHICAGO (AP) --
New York and San Francisco are in, and Houston and Washington, D.C., are out.
After a 15-month process that involved thousands of hours of interviews and analysis, the U.S. Olympic Committee's bid evaluation task force picked two finalists in the contest to be the U.S. candidate to host the 2012 Summer Olympics.
NYC will be hotter than hell. If anybody cares about the well-being of the Olympians, they will look to the cooler weather of SF. That and I hate the idea of all those people in NYC! http://www.flyertalk.com/travel/fttravel_forum/biggrin.gif
Aug 28, 02, 2:01 pm
Now we wait till 2005 to find out the winner with the international cities of:
1) It would give a much needed incentive to improve the rail links around the region.
2) The venues planned will not sit empty after the events are over - this is NYC, home to plenty of other events, such as the US Open, Mets/Yankees/Jets/Giants, and other sports teams that have been asking for new stadiums
3) New housing would finally be built in Queens West.
4) If Im still living in the same place in 10 years I could walk to the events in Flushing Meadows (or rent out my apt for a tidy profit).
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Sep 30, 02, 4:47 pm
Olympic Group to Investigate SF, NY Bids:
NEW YORK (AP) -- The U.S. Olympic Committee is reviewing possible improper contact between Olympic officials and representatives of San Francisco and New York, the two American cities vying for the 2012 Games.
U.S.O.C. spokesman Mike Moran says if investigators find that either city violated the rules, it will demand "immediate action."
The U.S.O.C. bans cities bidding for the Olympics from participating in promotional activities. It also restricts contact with board members. Those rules were strengthened after the Salt Lake City bidding scandal.
The committee is looking at e-mails athletes sent to members of the U.S.O.C.'s board of directors promoting San Francisco's Olympic bid.
It will also determine whether New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg violated the rules by lobbying for his city.
x posted in SF BB
Oct 4, 02, 9:49 am
Let the bribery begin! http://www.flyertalk.com/travel/fttravel_forum/wink.gif
Oct 31, 02, 4:54 pm
Olympic Explaining To Do:
Day the USOC prez was checking out NYC, her daughter met a bid manager there, about her career.
(10-31) 14:18 PST WASHINGTON (AP) --
While considering which American city will compete for the 2012 Olympics, U.S. Olympic Committee President Marty Mankamyer visited a key manager of New York City's bid on the same day her daughter sought career advice from the same businessman.
The contact in September prompted an internal investigation by USOC's Ethics Oversight Committee that found no wrongdoing.
Are you surprised? I'm not. It's all corrupt. NYC2012 seems to be milking the pity vote which for some of us is nauseating. Now with the daughter of an official looking for a job, heck, it's beginning to resemble the McCall for governor race! http://www.flyertalk.com/travel/fttravel_forum/wink.gif
Nov 2, 02, 5:52 pm
Looks like NYC will be US' nominee.
AP News Alert (http://www.newsday.com/news/nationworld/wire/sns-bc-apnewsalert1103nov02,0,6307852.story?coll=sns%2Dap %2Dnationworld%2Dheadlines)
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Nov 4, 02, 10:20 am
Talk about selling pity to get the Olympics. Too bad nobody considered what might be best for the athlete. SF has far superior weather to NYC in the middle of the summer. Much cooler temps, no oboxious combination of heat and humidity.
I'm sure some other country will bribe the IOC officials to choose their cities over NYC. I hope their bribes are higher than the ones the US offers!
Nov 11, 02, 7:05 am
Why would the Olympics even consider playing in this God-forsaken city?
Phoenix would be a better choice for crying out loud. If I were an Olympic athlete, I would take the hellish temperatures over the constant whining and moaning and complaining from millions of self-absorbed New Yorkers.
Nov 11, 02, 12:44 pm
JS, Perhaps you haven't noticed, but constant whining and moaning and complaining is pretty much what Olympic athletes are about. Maybe they'd feel more at home.
Nov 11, 02, 2:35 pm
<font face="Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif" size="2">Originally posted by JS:
If I were an Olympic athlete, I would take the hellish temperatures over the constant whining and moaning and complaining from millions of self-absorbed New Yorkers.</font>
Wow, do you have an obsession! More than one forum have you practiced the very behavior you chastise. The quicker you leave the city, the happier I'm sure all of Forest Hills will be. What a personal axe you are grinding.....sheeeeeesh. I guess your neighbors taught you how to whine?
<font face="Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif" size="2">Originally posted by JS in Omni
This is just an example of the whining that goes on in this wretched city day in and day out. "It is not fair" -- what is that supposed to mean? New Yorkers are a bunch of selfish complainers who feel entitled to everything under the sun</font>
Nov 11, 02, 5:04 pm
Analise, I am not complaining about New Yorkers, I am describing New Yorkers and their barrage of complaints and entitlements. Also, I do not feel entitled to anything, so I must disagree that I'm practicing the very behavior I chastise.
I apologize for having posted similar comments in two threads today. After I posted in this thread about the 2012 Olympics location, I thought to myself, why not make a topic in OMNI? On second thought, I probably should have skipped the Olympics comment and stuck with the OMNI topic. Sorry!
Nov 13, 02, 9:26 am
<font face="Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif" size="2">Originally posted by JS:
Analise, I am not complaining about New Yorkers, I am describing New Yorkers and their barrage of complaints and entitlements.</font>
Ahhhhh, well then don't you see, those New Yorkers you were describing were likewise describing as well! http://www.flyertalk.com/travel/fttravel_forum/wink.gif Call it anything you want, it's the same thing. Best of luck with your move.