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Localism Success Story - Club Chaos Eye Candy: Citi Field, Shea Stadium, Flushing NY

I love being a Work-At-Home-Mom (WHAM) and previously blogged upon that subject. What I didn't know, and could not have possibly imagined, was the fact that my WAHM blog would capture so many people's attention. Turns out it had a very nice following on my outside blogs, which directly resulted in my receiving an informal invitation to venture on-site to record the installation of the new Citi Field sign. It was installed early this morning on the stadium under construction adjacent to Shea. Both sites are in a state of transition, just like some of my close friends.

The construction crews, NYPD and NYC Parks Department workers were exceptionally kind to this writer and very  generous with their time while granting me temporary access to the site. I was given the same courtesy they give other members of the press and began to feel like a New York Times reporter covering an historical event. After all, the City of New York is about to dismantle Shea Stadium. Once it is gone, it will be gone forever. In Queens County, this is a very serious and somewhat sad event. There are a lot of Mets and Yankee fans  who are struggling with that idea. I myself have a lot of wonderful memories here. It will be bitter sweet to continue to document the transition. It needs to be documented for the new stadium will look like a modern Colosseum and has very swanky computerized renderings for what is going on.

The ground rules for access were simple: (1) stay at least 15 feet from all moving vehicles, (2) do not cross the yellow tape lines, (3) do not venture close to the privacy or security fences and (4) do not circumvent police barricades or try to enter the work zone. (It would create an insurance nightmare at minimum and possibly endanger one's health on the other end of the spectrum.) I was happy and honored to be their guest, so "Fair enough," was my mindset. BTW, some Citi Field ballpark renderings may be found here.

As I worked on my laptop and captured digital photographs a few people became very curious about my jogger-blogger-photo-journalism branding. Seems the crews talk amongst themselves and were happy to wander over to suggest different angles, see what I was doing or explain what would be happening next. They let me know what I had missed or would be seeing at some point down the road. I really liked the fact that they expected me to return for another visit with my Nikon. I have every intention of taking them up on that offer. Construction sites are notoriously hard to get a tour of unless you have official business there. I have been toying with the idea of applying for a press permit so I can ask permission to shoot the interior.

It would require that I increase my content and give several presentations or examples for consideration. The beautiful thing about wireless laptops is you can instantly give a presentation regarding your work no matter where you are (note: always save a few full web pages to your drive as samples in case you can't pick up a signal). My personal website coupled with ActiveRain and Localism gave me instant credibility with these people. Having 1,430 entries pop up when I Googled my name was considered to be "quite impressive." However, if they only knew most of it was from me bantering and engaging in serial commenting across the blogosphere they might think twice about that initial assessment (LOL). Obviously I shall have to get busy and write more articles.

I hung out for over an hour chatting, strolling and taking photographs. After I handed out several business cards it was also a pleasant surprise to discover that my picture was instantly recognized by three fathers. Apparently, I'm the Realtor "who doesn't smile in front of that colorful doohickey," that their kids like.

Who knew some of these people read us on AR and have discovered us on Localism from doing homework with their children? Did you know children may be bookmarking your blogs? I learned something new today...

According to my hard-hat-followers, my reputation for taking "lovely photographs" is "a hit with the kids doing book reports." I've been "cut and pasted" by several children and can now be recognized by their parents for roaming the streets with my Nikon on my "turtle runs." The children are intrigued with the popular phrase (e.g. campgrounds, golf courses, board games, me) and actually check back to see what I've been up to with my camera. It appears these particular kids have decided that I am now their talking points for their book reports. I can't remember the last time I've felt so flattered to be a part of this Real Estate Network. Google has unleashed us on the children and they like us... how interesting and cool is that?

I may not understand Localism, but I am trying to and after meeting some really neat, hard working parents who were kind enough to help me make this presentation possible I can honestly say that I'm starting to understand the concept of what it means to have them, the public, just find us and talk... I really enjoyed connecting today and learning about the new ballpark.

This Localism success story is dedicated to my friend Melody Botting who, like the people devoted to Shea, is about to make some major adjustments in her life. Letting go of the old to embrace the new is never easy when the old has been so good to you. Localism is sort of like that for me. ActiveRain has been, and still is, very good to and for me, so I hesitate to change mindsets, although I participate in providing Localism content and have met some amazing people because of it and my outside blog.

In Mel's latest blog, Melody asks the question, "What's In A Name?" I have to say, I've been thinking about the answer all day... but I've yet to master this question because so many points of order come to mind. How can four simple words create such angst in a person? Mel, before I go I want to wish you well with all of your endeavors, and that God bless you and your family.

This turtle walk is for you for you haven't been to Shea Stadium. Enjoy your eye candy. Love, C.






I do have more shots, but this post is getting very long. ;-)







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Comment balloon 16 commentsC Tann-Starr • July 31 2008 12:17AM


What a fabulous success story!  We need to get you smiling in front of that dohicky though!  You deserve all the fantastic success you are having! 

Posted by Pam Pugmire, Meridian Idaho Real Estate (Silvercreek Realty Group) over 12 years ago

Thank you Pam, I appreciate your kind words. I had a lot of fun today. I hope to get an opportunity to shoot the inside. That would be really neat.

Posted by C Tann-Starr (Tann Starr & Associates, Inc.) over 12 years ago

I'm sure you will!  That will be so cool to have one of our own there to report it all!  Maybe bloggers are the new reporters?

Posted by Pam Pugmire, Meridian Idaho Real Estate (Silvercreek Realty Group) over 12 years ago

Hey Pam, now you have me "wondering" where reporters come from (LOL). This should be interesting. :-)

Posted by C Tann-Starr (Tann Starr & Associates, Inc.) over 12 years ago

Wow Carolyn This is so cool for you. Great recognition and great pics.  I have to work on my outside blog set up more next week.

I saw my first professional baseball game at Shea, actually it took two trips to the stadium to see it because the first was a rain out but I got a neat bobble head Met doll.  I won't say what year but the boys were called Miracle that year.  Have a great day  

Posted by Paddy (Patricia) Pizappi, Real Estate Associate Broker Hudson Valley NY (Better Homes and Gardens Rand Realty) over 12 years ago

Paddy, too funny. The 1969 World Series was played between the New York Mets and Baltimore ... The press coined the phrase "Miracle Mets" regarding that particular win. I was four years old and discovered baseball because of all of the hoopla and shouting.  (My Mom keep saying they were amazing and I believed her). I would sit and watch every single game. Baseball and Soap Operas was the kitchen TV agenda of the day. If I wanted a cartoon I had to migrate to the basement to watch the tube there. You are chatting with a die hard Mets and Yankee fan. My binky was replaced with a baseball. (ROTFL)  BTW, I loved your comment, it really made my day!

Posted by C Tann-Starr (Tann Starr & Associates, Inc.) over 12 years ago

Carolyn ~ That is fantastic!  You must have felt great knowing that so many people are actually reading your posts outside of AR!  You have obviously established yourself as the Local Expert - good for you!

Posted by Kathy Passarette, L.I. Staging/Decorating (Creative Home Expressions) over 12 years ago

Carolyn, Terrific shots and forever bookmarked.  I am really going to miss the old Shea :(

Posted by Laura Cerrano, Certified Feng Shui Expert, Speaker & Researcher (Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island) over 12 years ago

Carolyn....thanks for sharing this experience and your thought with us.  In some ways, it is almost overwhelming what a positive impact that you are making.  Kids and people recognizing you, the way they describe your picture - with you not smiling lol; the invite; your thoughts on being there and the changes; tips for us;  always looking out for your friends; of course your pictures; thoughts on change.  GREAT POST.  And, I am so glad that the people in your area are showing you the love that you so rightly deserve.   

Posted by Sondra Meyer:, See It. Experience It. Live It. (Star View Real Estate ) over 12 years ago


Having never taken a tour of New York or visited any of the landmarks while there on very short business meeting back in the day I really appreciate all of the local information that you are sharing with us.

Thank you and keep up all of the good reporting ma'am.

Don R.

Posted by Don Rogers, Realtor, Broker, CDPE, GRI, OnullFallon MO & St Charles County MO homes (Keller Williams Realty Chesterfield) over 12 years ago

Kathy, I think I was more shocked than anything in the very beginning. It did feel really good once I settled into the idea, but I have to say it made me wonder what the kids where thinking. Seriously! Who knows how much influence we're having over them? They appear to go to the Internet for everything and we are catching their attention. Knowing this makes me want to step up my game a little and market towards the "tweens."  I'm so used to talking with other Realtors on-line, now the thought of influencing children has me reformatting a few scheduled turtle runs to gear towards finding them interesting things to do they can actually reach. There is so much to see in the five boroughs, but now I have to map what some people see to mass transportation routes (LOL). This should be interesting! I'm glad I learned about this! :-)

Posted by C Tann-Starr (Tann Starr & Associates, Inc.) over 12 years ago

Carole, thank you. I am going to miss Shea as well. I'm hoping to get the boys over so I can take pictures with them in the foreground and the Stadium in the background. When they get older, I'd like to tell them all about the wonderful times I had there. The new stadium looks awesome in the illustrations and construction appears to be moving along at a decent pace. I'm excited about seeing the finished work although I feel sad at the loss of "an old friend."  Too bad we can't keep them both...

Posted by C Tann-Starr (Tann Starr & Associates, Inc.) over 12 years ago

Sondra, thank you for your kind words, they mean a lot to me. I believe that we are all doing these things in one way or another and as we blog along more great moments will come out that we can all celebrate. This has been great fun for me. It's always nice to be recognized for something that you enjoy, even if it is done by a kid giving you a thumbs up. My fav moments are when my little minions let me know they approve of something, so it was especially nice to hear a few kids thought my turtle running about was actually cool enough to merit book reports. It just never crossed my mind that children would like my photographs. Now I know! :-)

Posted by C Tann-Starr (Tann Starr & Associates, Inc.) over 12 years ago

Don, I am so glad you are enjoying the blog. I always look forward to sharing something about my neck of the woods with you guys.

Posted by C Tann-Starr (Tann Starr & Associates, Inc.) over 12 years ago

C.--I have never seen Shea Stadium either, so I get to visit through your photos. Thanks for my wonderful trip around the stadium. I enjoyed it.

Posted by Laura Watts (Positive Properties, LLC) over 12 years ago

Laura, you are very welcome. I'm glad you enjoyed it. I will miss seeing that big blue wonder from the highway views, but the new stadium is coming along quite nicely and it has a lot to offer...  :-)

Posted by C Tann-Starr (Tann Starr & Associates, Inc.) over 12 years ago

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