Stephen Nessen

Reporter, WNYC News

Stephen Nessen reports for the WNYC Newsroom and can often be heard live on Morning Edition

Since 2008, his work at WNYC has varied from chronicling the transformation of the World Trade Center through photos and radio stories, to profiling the city’s most unique characters, like a tabloid crime photographer, Mohawk Ironworker and Cuban Salsa legend Arsenio Rodriguez. He spent a year reporting on the oldest family in one of the city’s oldest public housing projects for a four part series. During Hurricane Sandy, he reported extensively in Brooklyn and Queens and continues to report on recovery in the Rockaways. His stories are often featured on NPR, and his photos have been the subject of a Yahoo television show.

Stephen Nessen appears in the following:

The L Train Shutdown Will Bring Big Changes to Manhattan

Thursday, December 14, 2017

The MTA and Department of Transportation have released a sweeping plan outlining ideas to reshape the commute between Brooklyn and Manhattan

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MTA Approves LIRR Third Track Project, Despite Cost Concerns

Wednesday, December 13, 2017

The MTA board voted to approve funding to begin a project that will create an additional rail for the Long Island Railroad's Main Line.


With Lone-Wolf Attacks, Expert Says Swift Response Is Necessary

Monday, December 11, 2017

When a man tried to detonate a pipe bomb at 42nd Street Monday morning, police mobilized, isolating the incident and kept subways moving. 


Sandy Sent This Die-Hard Rockaway Resident Far Inland

Thursday, October 26, 2017

Belle Harbor resident Richard Blanck came out of retirement after Sandy to earn enough to fix his home. But five years later, he's long gone.


MTA May Scale Back Emergency Repair Work if City Doesn't Pay Up

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Without the city's $400 million contribution, MTA Chairman Joe Lhota said he'll have to reassess what emergency subway repairs will be possible.

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Business as Usual at NJ Transit After Summer Disruption

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

During eight weeks of track work at Penn Station, NJ Transit rerouted more than 7,000 customers. But the agency says it hasn't helped them plan for future disruptions.

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MTA Rolling Out New Online Info on Subway Service

Monday, September 25, 2017

The agency wants to make it easier for riders to plan their trips by providing information about subway service in plain English, on an easy-to-use online portal.

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Federal Officials Say Bus Going 30 mph Above Speed Limit Before Crash

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

A private bus that crashed into an MTA bus killing three may have been going more than double the speed limit.

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Accused of Spending $42M on Decorative Towers, MTA Admits They're for Security

Thursday, September 14, 2017

A group questioned whether the MTA board abdicated its fiduciary responsibility by not discussing or debating expenditures that are tucked into routine contract approvals.

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Penn Station Is Returning to Pre-Summer Schedules Tuesday

Monday, September 04, 2017

Liked those summer transit alternatives? They're going away. 

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Penn's So-Called 'Summer of Hell' Has Ended, Successfully and On-Time

Thursday, August 31, 2017

Amtrak's intensive 8-weeks of repairs wrapped up, and commuters can expect service to return to normal after Labor Day. But Amtrak warns the rest of the station still needs repairs.

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The MTA's 60-Day Review Plan Was Due Today — But There Isn't One

Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Gov. Andrew Cuomo ordered the MTA to undergo a 60-day review of management and its capital plan. But the agency changed course, without telling its board or the public.

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The MTA Is Measuring Delays All Wrong, And They Know It

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

The MTA has two main metrics for measuring delays. Problem is, neither way captures the rider's experience.

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President Trump Maintains Support in New York City's Religious Communities

Monday, August 21, 2017

Members of the city's Evangelical and Hasidic communities continue to back the president, despite the mixed messages he's delivered about white supremacists since Charlottesville.

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See How a Post Office Gets Turned into a Train Station

Thursday, August 17, 2017

After a year of demolition at the Farley Post Office in Midtown, construction is ready to begin for the Moynihan Train Hall. We got a sneak peek.

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Bike Share Start Up Scraps Plans for Rockaways Pilot

Monday, August 14, 2017

The San Francisco-based bike share company Spin won't be launching in the Rockaways. Local leaders are calling foul, saying CitiBike has an unfair monopoly on bike sharing.

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Rogue Bike Share Company Plans to Launch in the Rockaways

Friday, August 11, 2017

The company dock-less bike share company Spin has been served with a cease-and-desist letter from the city, days before it is to start operations in the Rockaways.

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De Blasio Vows Fast Action on Electric Bikes

Friday, August 11, 2017

The mayor says he's drafting new legislation to crack down on businesses instead of individual riders who work for them.

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Federal Agencies Back Off Sleep Apnea Screening Rules, But Local Transit Agencies Continue

Wednesday, August 09, 2017

In an effort to slash regulations, the Trump administration is rolling back a requirement that truck drivers and train engineers be screened for sleep apnea.

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Mayor de Blasio Banking on Subway Outrage to Push His 'Millionaires Tax' Through Albany

Monday, August 07, 2017

The mayor refuses to fund half of the MTA's emergency repair plan, but he wants to raise more money for the agency's Capital Plan and half-priced fares with a tax on the 1 percent.

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