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Patrick Arden
Unaffiliated Independent Scholar (Brooklyn, NY 11201-3451)
Stealing Home: A Tale of Two Yankee Stadiums

A narrative history of New York City as reflected in the old and new Yankee Stadiums. The book traces changes in public finance, ethnic politics, and the business of baseball.

"Stealing Home" (Macmillan) is a narrative history of New York City as reflected in the lives of the old and new Yankee Stadiums. The buildings' stories capture the evolution of New York over the last century as well as the changing business of baseball, public finance, and ethnic politics. The book unfolds as three narrative strands--the stories of the South Bronx, the Yankees, and City Hall--are braided into a saga of modern New York. The last half of the book focuses on the ways the preceding history shaped the city in the decade after 9/11, as it chronicles how the world's most expensive stadium project--built with the largest government subsidy ever for a sports arena--took public parkland from the nation's poorest Congressional district.

Project fields:
American Government; American Studies; Urban History

Public Scholars

Research Programs

$50,400 (approved)
$50,400 (awarded)

Grant period:
9/1/2016 – 8/31/2017