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Neil deMause

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Neil deMause is a Manhattan-born and Brooklyn-based writer who's been covering New York City social policy issues for longer than he'd really like to admit. In addition to his work for City Limits, he's a regular contributor to the Village Voice,, Extra!, and Baseball Prospectus, a former op-ed columnist for Metro New York, and a co-author of the book and website "Field of Schemes," covering the government subsidies to pro sports stadiums, a subject on which he has testified before Congress. His investigations of city and national welfare policy have been honored with a Project Censored award and been included in the anthology "America's Mayor, America's President?"


Articles, Investigations and Blogs

Income mobility in New York compares well to other American cities—but not to our European counterparts.

Inequities in city green space result from more than just outer-borough bias. A tight budget that affects everybody and private donations that benefit some areas over others are part of the picture.

The House votes to strip Food Stamps from a Farm Bill. The Senate looks to tighten eligibility. What will it mean for a city with 1.9 million people receiving that benefit?

The grocery deliverer says it will create thousands of jobs in the South Bronx, but that expansion disappears when the firm analyzes its environmental impact.

Worries about 40,000 displaced people have ebbed. But in buildings where garbage services are still scattered, or where mold remains a menace, the Sandy saga continues.

From Gerritsen to Coney, trusted local organizations and ad-hoc operations have stepped into a void left by overstretched city departments and low-profile federal agencies.

A quick look at Coney Island suggests the neighborhood weathered Sandy well—the Wonder Wheel is still standing, after all. But a look inside businesses or into the eyes of residents tells a different story.

The Bloomberg administration has rolled the dice on a major rezoning and costly infrastructure upgrades in Coney Island. Will the hoped-for development ever appear?

The Nets are coming to Brooklyn with a 15-man roster and a tip-off in fall 2012. Traffic, jobs, housing and economic activity are coming, too, but no one is sure precisely how much or exactly when.

In a matter of months the Nets will be playing ball at the corner of Flatbush and Atlantic, as envisioned more than eight years ago by developer Bruce Ratner. But the rest of Atlantic Yards' promise has yet to be fulfilled. Given the deep disagreement the project prompted, what does that mean for Brooklyn?

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