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Jake Mooney grew up on Long Island and got his start in journalism covering local governments for the Daily Progress in Charlottesville, Virginia. He moved to New York in 2002 to attend Columbia University's Graduate School of Journalism. He spent five years as a regular writer for the City Section of the New York Times, including a year and a half writing the section's front page column, Dispatches. He and his wife live in Brooklyn.
Articles, Investigations and Blogs
Even as a city program for cleaning up contaminated sites shows promise, two tainted areas in Brooklyn reflect different challenges that remediation can face – like pricetags and politics.
Whether we're breathing their exhaust or stuck behind one on an exit ramp, most New Yorkers hate trucks. But their complex impact on urban ills—and their key role in the city's economy—have thwarted efforts to limit the damage.
New parking rules? Night deliveries? Congestion pricing? There are plenty of ideas for how to reduce the impact of trucks on city life. The trouble is finding one that works for truckers, businesses and consumers.
A look at where the trucks making deliveries on one Manhattan block, during one recent hour, came from.
As a national debate over farm subsidies heats up, a look at the top New York City beneficiaries reveals the nuances of a controversial program.
Advocates praise the motives behind New York's plan to reduce the amount of sewage released untreated into its waterways. But they're worried about the details.
Local car exhaust is one reason why New York officials have had to declare several ozone alert days this year. But out-of-state smokestacks are also a major contributor to air problems in the city.
Iris Weinshall is not the only critic of the city's bike lane on Prospect Park West. She's just the only who used to build bike lanes and happens to be married to a U.S. senator.
A new city plan addressing competing claims on New York's coastline draws praise. But there's still plenty of debate over the details, especially over the risks that come with waterfront industry.
What does it mean to be "Brooklyn"—and how has that changed as the borough went from not to hot? Chapter one of "Brooklyn: The Borough Behind The Brand" visits a local icon to find some answers.