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Stephen Nessen

Reporter, WNYC News

Stephen Nessen appears in the following:

Uptown and Downtown Scenes: The Manhattan Mixtape

Monday, August 16, 2010

The artists in our essential Manhattan mixtape were not necessarily born in the borough, but like so many residents, they came here to make it.

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Uptown and Downtown Scenes: The Manhattan Mixtape

Monday, August 16, 2010

The artists in our essential Manhattan mixtape were not necessarily born in the borough, but like so many residents, they came here to make it.

 

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Iconic Kiss Reenacted Ad Nauseum in Times Square

Thursday, August 12, 2010

Public displays of unbridled smooching are now being encouraged in Times Square. Standing beneath a 26-foot sculpture modeled on the iconic photo of the American sailor kissing a nurse on the day known as V-J Day in 1945, visitors are already practicing the art of the kiss.

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Iconic Kiss Reenacted Ad Nauseum in Times Square

Thursday, August 12, 2010

Public displays of unbridled smooching are now being encouraged in Times Square. Standing beneath a 26-foot sculpture modeled on the iconic photo of the American sailor kissing a nurse on the day known as V-J Day in 1945, visitors are already practicing the art of the kiss.

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A Garden Grows in the Bronx: The New York Botanical Garden, From Farmland to Orchid Shows

Tuesday, August 03, 2010

In the mid-1890s, a botanist from Columbia University, Nathaniel Lord Britton, toured three locations in the Bronx. He visited land which is now Van Cortland Park and the Bronx Zoo, but he was not satisfied. When Britton saw the exposed rock outcroppings, large hills and deep valleys populated with Eastern Hemlock, Sugar Maples, Gum trees and Conifer and Hardwood trees at the New York Botanical Garden’s current location, he knew he’d found the perfect spot.

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Bronx by the Books, Blogs and Newspapers

Monday, August 02, 2010

The Bronx's best known literary titan is probably Edgar Allan Poe, who lived in the borough from 1846 until his death in 1849. But the queen of suspense, Mary Higgins Clark, also hails from the borough, and even the neurologist and writer Oliver Sacks conducted research and worked at a local hospitals there. Below is a list of essential literature about the Bronx and by Bronx authors as well as must-read blogs and newspapers from the borough.

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A Bronx Life: Photographing the Borough for Over 30 Years

Monday, August 02, 2010

Joe Conzo Jr., 47, was in the first graduating class of South Bronx High School and had the fortune to count among his classmates the legends and pioneers of hip-hop culture, including members of the Cold Crush Brothers, Afrika Bambatta and DJ Kool Herc, among other.

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Old School Hip-Hop in the Park: Mostly a Family Affair

Monday, August 02, 2010

The last night of the eighth annual hip-hop jam in Crotona Park in the Bronx came to a close last Thursday night with a performance by the one of the original rap crews, the Cold Crush Brothers.

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Waxing with the Goddess Minerva: Volunteers Clean Famed Brooklyn Statue

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Perched at Brooklyn's highest natural point (200 ft. above sea level) in Green-Wood cemetery, the Roman Goddess Minerva received a fresh waxing Tuesday morning, courtesy of a few French volunteers (and one American).

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New Willis Avenue Bridge Arrives in Harlem

Monday, July 26, 2010

Two barges, fastened together, chugged up the East River Monday morning, hauling the nearly 2,400-ton Willis Avenue Bridge replacement. Setting off at about 6:30 a.m., the 170-foot barge was guided by two tugboats, while a third, red, white and blue tugboat pulled the bulk of the load.

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Brooklyn by the Books, Blogs and Papers

Monday, July 26, 2010

WNYC compiled a short list of essential Brooklyn reading. Below is our collection of literature, blogs and newspapers. Feel free to add your own suggestions below.

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The Man With the Golden License Plates

Friday, July 02, 2010

Andy Bernstein in his childhood bedroom. (Photo courtesy of Andy Bernstein)

Andy Bernstein in his childhood bedroom. (Photo courtesy of Andy Bernstein)

 

Not every family road trip inspires a lifelong obsession. But when then-four year old Andy Bernstein’s family took ...

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Louis Armstrong, Unofficially, Turns 110 on America's Birthday

Friday, July 02, 2010

It was 110 years ago on July 4 that Louis Armstrong, the ambassador of American music, was born. That's if you take his word for it.

Before the late 1980s, the world believed Armstrong when he said he was born in 1900 on the anniversary of America's independence.

Deslyn Dyer, the assistant ...

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Party on the Tracks: Fond Farewell to the W Train

Saturday, June 26, 2010

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At 10:15 p.m. on the dark platform at Ditmars Blvd. in Queens, a gaggle of young men with backpacks and digital cameras paces around, craning their necks, anxiously waiting for the last train. They refer to themselves as “transit hobbyists” and many have been riding the trains since ...

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Celebrating the Solstice--New Yorkers Make and Take in Music

Monday, June 21, 2010

On the longest day of the year, there were over 1,000 performances in every borough and in every genre. From professionals to amateurs, electronic musicians to classical music aficianados, New York's latest and most cacophonous celebration, Make Music New York, filled the streets.

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Oil Spills and Sea Shells: 2010 Coney Island Mermaid Parade

Saturday, June 19, 2010

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Mermaids, Mermen and aspiring Neptunes shimmied and swam their way down Surf Ave. on Saturday at the 20th annual Coney Island Mermaid Parade. Several hundred costumed revelers, including some oil-splattered mermaids waving anti-BP banners and chanting slogans, marched in the sunny three-hour procession.

The burlesque community was well represented ...

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Read the News Today: 'A Day in the Life' Lyrics Sold for $1.2 Million

Friday, June 18, 2010

The double sided sheet of paper with lyrics to "A Day in the Life" (Photo by Emmanuel Dunard /AFP/Getty Images)

The double sided sheet of paper with lyrics to "A Day in the Life" (Photo by Emmanuel Dunard /AFP/Getty Images)

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Hitchens Gets a Spanking from "Charismatic" Thatcher

Friday, June 04, 2010

The political pundit/contrarian/outspoken intellectual Christopher Hitchens appeared on the Leonard Lopate Show on Friday to talk about his new memoir, Hitch 22. During the interview, the conversation turned to Margaret Thatcher and Sarah Palin.

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Empire State of Plates: 1970's Gold and Blue are Back

Monday, May 24, 2010

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You may have noticed something different, a little nostalgic, on the streets recently. Since April 1, the Department of Motor Vehicles has begun issuing what they call 'Empire Gold' license plates.

The plates are a stripped down version of the current blue and ...

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Happy 127th Birthday, Brooklyn Bridge!

Monday, May 24, 2010

Today is the 127th anniversary of the opening of that iconic bridge that first connected Brooklyn to Manhattan.

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