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:

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.


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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All Aboard the 24-Hour Subway Listening Tour

Thursday, August 03, 2017

For two days, intrepid New York elected officials are riding the subway to gather rider opinions in advance of next week's City Council hearing. WNYC joined in for a little while.

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New Head of the Port Authority was 'Validator' of Bridgegate Lies

Tuesday, August 01, 2017

The governors of New York and New Jersey have shaken up the bistate agency. And if you followed the Bridgegate trials, you'll be familiar with one of the Port's new leaders.

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De Blasio to Look Into NYPD Enforcement of Businesses Using Illegal Electric Bikes

Friday, July 28, 2017

The Mayor is promising to crack down on restaurants that deploy fleets of illegal electric bikes, after WNYC reported that police target riders instead of the businesses they work for.

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You Asked, We Answered: Responses to Your Questions About the MTA

Friday, July 28, 2017

We've been asking listeners to share their comments, questions and concerns about the MTA with us. Inside: answers about countdown clocks, dirty stations, and signal repairs.

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One Man's Fight to Regulate E-Bikes in His Neighborhood

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Annoyed by electric bikes zipping around his neighborhood, one UWS resident decided to document the problem. He discusses his crusade to find the people responsible for their regulation.

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The People’s Guide to Power: Electric Bikes Edition

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

In a new series, WNYC is looking at how government works and the different ways people get involved. On the Upper West Side one man is trying to fix a common neighborhood problem.

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MTA has $800M Plan to Fix the Subways — Now It Needs the City to Split the Costs

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Derailments, track fires, power outages and increasing delays. But the new Chairman of the MTA has a plan, if the city will help.

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How to Get to Work With Penn Station Under Repair

Friday, July 07, 2017

With extensive track repairs beginning July 10, thousands of commuters from New Jersey and Long Island will have to seek alternatives to their usual routes. Here are the options.

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Governor Declares 'State of Emergency' for the MTA

Thursday, June 29, 2017

The 30-day state of emergency allows the governor to suspend the MTA's procurement process, which he hopes will speed up the contracting to replace signals and cars.

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The MTA's New Chairman Knows the Job — He's Already Held It

Thursday, June 22, 2017

Joe Lhota is credited with getting the subway system on its feet again quickly after Sandy. And he has a combative streak. Will that work this time around?

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MTA Board Holds Contentious Hearing, But Has Few Subway Solutions

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

The MTA held a nearly five-hour board meeting. The usually cordial gathering got heated over issues related to the governor.

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Here's How to Avoid Penn Station During Amtrak Work This Summer

Monday, June 12, 2017

Amtrak is expected to start eight weeks of repairs in July. Other options for riders include ferry, boat and free transfers.

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New JFK Animal Facility Hopes to be Premiere Horse Destination — If It Opens

Thursday, June 08, 2017

The facility needs USDA approval and staff, which a consultant for ARK is not sure will arrive in time for opening later this month.


Experts Believe They've Found a Legal Loophole for Congestion Pricing

Sunday, June 04, 2017

Charging drivers to cross the East River bridges is an idea that's failed before. But advocates argue state law already gives the city the power, and it's a question of political will.

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New Jersey Voters Say They're Not Ready to Vote in Gubernatorial Primary

Thursday, June 01, 2017

Interviews with a smattering of New Jerseyans confirms what polls have been saying — the 11 candidates running for governor just aren't well known.

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