Stephen Nessen

Reporter, WNYC News

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See Central Park's $38 Million Renovation of Tavern on The Green

Thursday, April 24, 2014

Five years after going bankrupt, the iconic Central Park eatery has reopened with Victorian Gothic details, new plumbing and a menu that promises locally-sourced ingredients. Check out our photo gallery.


Wildlife During the Longer Winter

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

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?

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The Harsh Winter Has Unexpected Effects on NYC Environment

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

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...

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NYPD Muslim Surveillance Unit is Disbanded

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

A unit within the New York City Police Department created in the wake of 9/11 to gather information on Muslims has disbanded.


Police Officer Who Investigated Housing Project Fire Dies

Wednesday, April 09, 2014

A police officer died after investigating a fire in a Coney Island public housing building. 


Rev. Al Sharpton Says He's Not a Rat

Tuesday, April 08, 2014


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.

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Only Three Checks Written Citywide for Sandy Victims

Monday, March 31, 2014

Members of the City Council say the money isn't flowing fast enough.


FBI Adds Former Long Island Gang Member to Most Wanted List

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

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...


Victim of Harlem Blast Given Officer's Funeral

Friday, March 21, 2014

Bagpipes played for Griselde Camacho as her coffin was carried into Bethel Gospel Assembly.


PHOTOS: Annual St. Patrick's Day Parade Picketed by Protesters

Monday, March 17, 2014

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 ...


City Promises Housing for All People Displaced by East Harlem Explosion

Friday, March 14, 2014

Hundreds of people remain displaced following this week's explosion in East Harlem, but the city is working to help.


The Latest on the Harlem Explosion

Thursday, March 13, 2014

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.

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Fire Smolders for Second Day in East Harlem

Thursday, March 13, 2014

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 Harlem Building that Exploded Grappling with New Reality

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Residents of the two buildings that exploded in East Harlem Wednesday are grappling with a new life without their home.

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The Way to Curb Overdose Deaths, One Spray at a Time

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

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 ...

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New York City's Infrastructure Isn't Getting Any Younger

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

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.

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Breaking Barriers in Brooklyn, from Jackie Robinson to Jason Collins

Wednesday, March 05, 2014

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.

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Shoddy Public Housing Boilers Cost City $1 Million a Month

Thursday, February 27, 2014

The 26 temporary boilers the New York City Housing Authority installed after Sandy are costly and unreliable. Residents say they smell, too.

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City Commemorates Anniversary of Trayvon Martin's Death

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

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.


Olympics Get Mixed Reviews From New York’s Russians

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

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.