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
A coalition of major retailers and civil rights groups have co-written a "Customer's Bill of Rights," which the Retail Council of New York said will be posted in stores this week. The goal: to ensure black shoppers won't be racially profiled for making expensive purchases.
New York City announced Friday that half the city taxi fleet would be wheelchair accessible by 2020. The move is part of a settlement agreement in a major class-action lawsuit brought in 2011 that charged the city was in violation of the Americans with Disabilities Act.
Across New York City, small groups of pro-union activists, supporting various causes, are holding flash demonstrations. What they have in common is a belief that the pro-labor momentum that began with Bill de Blasio’s election will lead to higher wages for workers and a union-friendly administration.
Metro-North Railroad will resume more than 98 percent of its regular Hudson Line service in time for Wednesday morning’s commute following Sunday's massive derailment. According to Governor Cuomo, the railroad was able to clear debris, begin rebuilding tracks and restore one of the three tracks in the area that was not significantly damaged in the accident.
UPDATED: Federal investigators say the Metro North commuter train that derailed Sunday was going 82 mph in a 30 mph zone as it rounded a precipitous curve in the Bronx.
High winds may ground the giant balloons in the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade Thursday. If winds exceed 23 miles per hour and gusts are more than 34 miles per hour the balloons will not be allowed to lift off.
The city has filed a lawsuit accusing the Correction Officers Benevolent Association and its head, Norman Seabrook, of unlawfully striking, by delaying buses from leaving Rikers Island Nov. 18 in order to prevent a prisoner from testifying against union members.
For a second day in a row, the city is facing frigid temperatures, a reminder that winter is on the way. We hit the streets and asked New Yorkers what they're doing to stay warm.
Mayor Michael Bloomberg is accusing the president of the Corrections Officers Union, Norman Seabrook, of deliberately ordering a slowdown in the delivering of inmates from Rikers Island to courtrooms across the city, Seabrook hasn't commented, but on his weekly radio show he said he would address the issue on Monday.
If you were in New York City on Thursday, October 24th, chances are you rode the subway. You weren't alone.
The murals on the warehouse that houses 5Pointz Aerosol Art Center in Long Island City, Queens were painted over early Tuesday morning.
The city unveiled a new park on Governors Island on Thursday with curving paths, towering sculptures and dozens of hammocks. Though it won't open to visitors until May 2014, we got a sneak peek.
The 977-foot office tower at 4 World Trade Center officially opened in lower Manhattan; it's the first building in the old World Trade Center plaza area to open since the attacks on Sept. 11, 2001.
New York City regained the mantle of having the tallest building in the country Tuesday when an obscure committee ruled that the spire atop 1 World Trade Center should be counted as part of its height.
Four World Trade Center won't be the tallest building at Ground Zero, at 977 feet and 72 floors, but it will be the first to open since September 11th within the Ground Zero construction site.
Many voters say they forgot to flip the ballot over in Tuesday's election and vote on the referenda questions on the back. According to a WNYC analysis of the Associated Press election results, 25 percent of voters didn't answer any of the questions.
One of the big winners in Tuesday's elections was the gaming industry. A referendum approved by voters permits seven more casinos to be built — four upstate and three in the New York City metro area after a seven-year waiting period.
If New York voters approve the casino ballot initiative, what kind of revenue might it generate? And what impact could there be on local businesses?
Security for the New York marathon is expected to cost $1 million, double the cost of the last race, according to the New York Road Runners. The NYPD will be monitoring hundreds of cameras along the route, as well as deploying 43 bomb-sniffing dogs.
What kind of boardwalk would you like to walk on? One with smooth concrete or or one that's rougher? Colorful or sparkly? The Parks Department is seeking input from the public before it finalizes plans to rebuild the Sandy-damaged boardwalk in the Rockaways.