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:

Port Authority to Vote on Funding for New Bus Terminal

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey meets Thursday to vote on a $32 billion capital plan that is months overdue, partly over contentious plans for a new bus terminal.


Protests Are First Test of New Security Measures at JFK

Thursday, February 02, 2017

When thousands of protesters gathered outside Terminal 4, it was the first test of protocols the governor put in place following a false report of an active shooter at JFK last summer.


2nd Ave. Subway Misses Ridership Goal But Eases Morning Commute on Lex

Wednesday, February 01, 2017

In its first full month, the new line with three East Side stations has changed lives, even if it hasn't lived up to its full promise just yet.

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MTA Holds the Line on Base Fares, Increases Monthly MetroCard

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Single rides will remain $2.75, while 30-day passes, LIRR and Metro-North tickets and bridge and tunnel tolls will all go up. And the MetroCard bonus? That's going down.


No Half-Priced MetroCard in Mayor's Preliminary Budget

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

The Mayor's nearly $85 billion preliminary budget proposal doesn't include one thing transit advocates have been clamoring for: a half-priced MetroCard for low income New Yorkers.


Mayor's Budget Increases Funding for Vision Zero

Monday, January 23, 2017

The mayor is planning to add an additional $400 million to his Vision Zero program over five years for improving crosswalks and building more bike lanes.

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Street Artists Say New Second Avenue Stations Are Not Welcoming

Thursday, January 19, 2017

The three new Second Avenue subway stations are praised for being clean, modern, and having great public art. Street buskers aren't finding the stations quite as welcoming.

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Why One Brooklyn Community Went for Trump

Thursday, January 19, 2017

Donald Trump lost New York, but in Borough Park, Brooklyn — home to a large orthodox Jewish community — he got 68% of the vote, despite the antisemitism that swirled around his campaign.

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At Long (Long!) Last, Stories From Your Second Avenue Subway Commute

Tuesday, January 03, 2017

The first phase of the new Second Avenue subway line is finally up and running. WNYC's Stephen Nessen reports on the opening of the new line and the first week of operation.

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New York's Long-Awaited Second Avenue Subway Finally Leaves The Station

Monday, January 02, 2017

For nearly a century, a subway line along Second Avenue on the east side, had eluded New Yorkers, but on New Year's Day three new stations opened to the public.


See Inside: The 2nd Avenue Subway Opens to All

Sunday, January 01, 2017

Three new subway stops on Second Ave. were christened with a party Saturday and officially opened Sunday.

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A Brief History of the Second Avenue Subway Line

Friday, December 30, 2016

This Sunday, three new subway stations will open along Second Avenue. It's the first expansion of the city's system system in half a century. What took so long?

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How Cold Is It? Not Cold Enough to Stop Manhattan Mosquitoes

Friday, December 16, 2016

When the weather turns cold, mosquitoes appear nightly in apartments on the Upper West Side. Experts don't know where they're coming from. And the problem is spreading.

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The MTA's Proposed $3 Subway Ride Comes Under Fire

Friday, December 09, 2016

The MTA is holding public hearings over proposed fare hikes. One option would raise single fares and lower the bonus, the other would keep the cost of a single ride and raise the bonus.

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Trump's Inauguration Unlikely to Improve Sidewalk Barricades and Traffic Gridlock

Tuesday, December 06, 2016

The president-elect may frequently return even after he moves to the White House. What does that mean for traffic? According to one cabbie, "we have to suffer for at least four years."

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Black Friday is Also Cat Friday

Friday, November 25, 2016

Many stores had lines of bargain hunters stretching down the block the day after Thanksgiving. So did a pet shelter on the Upper East Side which waived adoption fees for its cats.

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Beefed Up Security at Trump Tower Will Stay Until Inauguration Day

Friday, November 18, 2016

The city is calling security at Trump Tower an unprecedented challenge. There's never been a president-elect who planned a transition from Midtown before.


Transition Meetings Create Traffic Nightmare Near Trump Tower

Thursday, November 17, 2016

As President-elect Donald Trump's transition team meets in Manhattan, additional security and gawking tourists are causing a traffic nightmare outside Trump Tower.


Staten Islanders on Voting for Trump, Living in Clinton Country

Thursday, November 10, 2016

The only borough where Donald Trump won a majority of votes was in Staten Island. We talked to residents about how they'll mend the political rift with their neighbors.


Episode 8: Where Are We Now?

Thursday, November 10, 2016

WNYC and The Nation take the temperature of a country soon to be under the leadership of Donald J. Trump.

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