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:

This Is What's Under the Hats of the Newest NYPD Officers

Thursday, July 02, 2015

At today's NYPD graduation ceremony, recent graduates took off their hats and showed WNYC what was inside.


Queens Enclave Feeling the Impact of Greece Crisis

Wednesday, July 01, 2015

While Greece's financial future remains fluid, one thing is clear: the largest overseas Greek community in Astoria, Queens, is worried.


Central Park Now Partially Car-Free

Monday, June 29, 2015

Sections of Central Park are permanently closed to traffic. But that hasn't stopped some people from grumbling.
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New Yorkers Celebrate Same-Sex Marriage Decision

Friday, June 26, 2015

From Times Square to the Stonewall Inn, here's a look at how people in the city are reacting to the Supreme Court decision granting marriage rights to same-sex couples in all 50 states.

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After 4 Decades, An Old Walkway Reopens at World Trade Center Site

Thursday, June 25, 2015

For the first time in more than four decades, pedestrians can now walk through the World Trade Center site at Greenwich and Fulton Streets.

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Newest School Holiday: Lunar New Year

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

New York City has become the second city in the country to recognize the Lunar New Year as an official school holiday. The change will go into effect next year, the year of the monkey.
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Fighting Illegal Poaching by Crushing a Ton of Ivory in Times Square

Friday, June 19, 2015

One ton of ivory sculptures and ivory trinkets traveled up an industrial conveyor belt and into a rock crusher in Times Square to send a message to illegal poachers.


Why You Shouldn't Flush Your Toilet During Rain Storms

Friday, June 19, 2015

Every year, 27 billion gallons of untreated raw sewage spews into our waterways. The city will have to do something about that.

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Tie-Dye T-Shirts? Water Pipes? The Cannabis Crowd's Not What You Think

Friday, June 19, 2015

A major marijuana conference and business expo at the Javits Center attracts investors, lawyers ... and a single mom from Long Island. 


If New York's Water Is So Good, Do You Need a Brita?

Friday, June 19, 2015

Water filters reduce chlorine. If you want to be sure to get the lead out, you need to take a closer look.

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Nearly 30 Years and $3.5 Billion Later, NYC Gets Its First Filtration Plant

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Nobody wanted a filtration plant in New York City, certainly not in their backyard. Then it cost way more than expected.

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Appeals Court Hears Arguments Over Release of Garner Grand Jury Testimony

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

The appellate judges said the bar is high to unseal information about Garner's case.


Appeals Court Hears Arguments Over Garner Grand Jury Record

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

The three-judge panel is scheduled to hear arguments Tuesday morning in Brooklyn.


You or Your Dishwasher, Who Uses Less Water?

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

It's one of the enduring conundrums of modern life: Finding the greenest way to clean dishes. Should we throw them in the dishwasher or do them by hand?   


A Puppet Master Loses Life's Work in East Village Fire

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Master puppet builder Matthew Brooks, who has created puppets for Muppet movies, Sesame Street,  and Crank Yankers, lost everything when his building in the East Village was destroyed.

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Beloved Dean of Medgar Evers College Dies in Train Crash

Thursday, May 14, 2015

Eight people are now confirmed dead following Tuesday's train derailment. One of them was Derrick Griffith, the dean of student affairs at Medgar Evers College in Brooklyn.


Amtrak Derailment Creates Commuting Mess Along East Coast

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

The Amtrak derailment in Philadelphia upended travel plans up and down the East Coast. Service was cancelled in much of the rail services' busy Northeast Corridor. Without the train, travelers scrambled to make other plans.


Former Christie Allies Plead Not Guilty to Role in Traffic Scandal

Monday, May 04, 2015

Bill Baroni and Bridget Anne Kelly say they'll fight charges that they helped plot the politically motivated lane closures at the George Washington Bridge.

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Etan Patz Jury Says It's 'Deadlocked'; Will Continue Deliberating

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

It's been 11 days since the jury began deliberating in the trial of the man accused of kidnapping and murdering a 6-year-old in 1979.


Gas Leaks in Buildings Are Common and Often Not Inspected

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

A WNYC investigation finds that potentially dangerous gas pipes across the city are not being checked and fixed because Department of Buildings inspectors don't have access.

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