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 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 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. Follow him @s_nessen
We're not the only species that felt the unusually long and bitter winter. WNYC reporter Stephen Nessen, explains how rats were forced to eat trees. Asian tiger mosquitoes were also hit hard. And new kinds of birds are in the area. What signs of a long winter are you seeing in the city's natural world? Birders, which species are you seeing? Wildlife watchers and gardeners, what other signs of the polar vortex are you observing as spring begins?
Spring is finally here after one of the longest, coldest snowiest winters in years. Multiple snowfalls and sustained freezing temperatures took a toll on many New Yorker’s psyches, as well as on the natural environment.
A unit within the New York City Police Department created in the wake of 9/11 to gather information on Muslims has disbanded.
A police officer died after investigating a fire in a Coney Island public housing building.
The Rev. Al Sharpton said a report indicating that he was a paid FBI informant in the 1980s is old news. But he acknowledged he worked with the FBI while he was in the music business to protect himself from the mob.
Members of the City Council say the money isn't flowing fast enough.
The latest addition to the FBI's Top 10 Most Wanted Fugitives list is wanted in connection to a 2010 killing on Long Island. Juan Elias Garcia was alleged involved in the execution of a 19-year-old woman and her 2-year-old son. Garcia was allegedly a member of the gang MS-13, which the FBI say is expanding on Long Island.
Bagpipes played for Griselde Camacho as her coffin was carried into Bethel Gospel Assembly.
The St. Patrick's Day Parade marched on this year without Mayor Bill de Blasio. The mayor avoided the parade to protest the ban on LGBT marchers under their own banner. A small — but vocal — group of protesters picketed.
Hundreds of people remain displaced following this week's explosion in East Harlem, but the city is working to help.
As of 7:15 Thursday evening, the NYPD reports that eight people died as a result of the massive explosion on 116th St. in East Harlem. WNYC reporter Stephen Nessen updates the news about yesterday's fatal gas explosion that leveled two buildings on Park Avenue. Also, Robert Rodriguez, New York State Assembly Member (D-68th) representing East Harlem, talks about the emergency response and resources available to those affected by the explosion in his district, and any policy response that may be proposed. Plus, Irwin Redlener, director of the National Center for Disaster Preparedness at the Earth Institute at Columbia University, offers advice for preparing for and responding to disasters like yesterday's gas explosion.
Later, Jonathan Bowles, executive director of the Center for an Urban Future returns to discuss their report on NYC's aging infrastructure and the role it might have played in the explosion.
At the site of the explosion on 116th Street, residents walked around wearing surgical masks and a backhoe filled a dump truck with wreckage.
Residents of the two buildings that exploded in East Harlem Wednesday are grappling with a new life without their home.
Remember that scene in the movie "Pulp Fiction" when the John Travolta character plunges a syringe full of adrenaline into the chest of Uma Thurman, who is overdosing? It turns out a real heroin overdose is easier to reverse — and much safer.
We know New York is an old city with aging infrastructure, but now we have an idea of just how vulnerable it is — not to mention how much it will cost to fix.
Jason Collins, the first openly gay NBA player, may be paving the way for future gay athletes. Now he's being compared to another barrier-breaking sports star: Jackie Robinson.
The 26 temporary boilers the New York City Housing Authority installed after Sandy are costly and unreliable. Residents say they smell, too.
Communities around the city are marking the second anniversary of the death of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin with several rallies, an art exhibit and a film.
In Brighton Beach, televisions are tuned to Sochi. But loyalties are torn between the old country and the new. And opinions are divided about what the games say about Russia today.
New York is a city of walkers, but with several days of snow and freezing rain, the walking isn't easy.
On West Houston Street, Lou, who declined to give her last name because her children told her not to leave the house while the streets are still icy, ran into a ...