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Stephen Nessen

Reporter, WNYC News

Stephen Nessen appears in the following:

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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Obama is Coming to Town--Expect Delays

Thursday, May 13, 2010

President Barack Obama is coming to the city this evening for a closed fundraising event after his tour of small businesses in Buffalo this afternoon.

For city commuters that means major subway and bus delays. The MTA says to expect delays or detours between 4:00 p.m. and 9:00 p.m. ...

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311 Hits 100 Million Call Milestone

Monday, May 10, 2010

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When the landlord won't turn on the heat or the bar downstairs won't turn down the bass, 311 is there. This weekend the city's information hotline took its 100 millionth call. Mayor Michael Bloomberg was at a call center Monday to honor the lucky ...

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Obama Chooses Kagan for Supreme Court

Monday, May 10, 2010

Kagan would the first person in decades to join the Court without first becoming a judge.

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Obama Nominates Elena Kagan to Supreme Court

Monday, May 10, 2010

President Barack Obama has nominated Solicitor General Elena Kagan to the Supreme Court. Kagan, who was born and raised in New York, would replace the retiring Justice John Paul Stevens.

Kagan, 50, grew up on the Upper West Side of Manhattan and graduated from Hunter ...

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Reports: Obama to Nominate Elena Kagan to Supreme Court

Sunday, May 09, 2010

President Barack Obama will nominate Solicitor General Elena Kagan to the Supreme Court on Monday, according to multiple reports. Kagan, who was born and raised in New York, would replace the retiring Justice John Paul Stevens.

Kagan, 50, grew up on the Upper West Side ...

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Former Senator Bruno Will Serve Two Years

Thursday, May 06, 2010

Former New York State Senate Majority Leader Joseph Bruno has been sentenced to two years in prison.

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Former NY Senate Leader Bruno Sentenced to Two Years

Thursday, May 06, 2010

Former New York State Senate Majority Leader Joseph Bruno has been sentenced to two years in prison. Bruno was convicted on two counts of felony federal corruption charges last December. He has also agreed to pay $280,000 in restitution. Prosecutors had been seeking an eight-year ...

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Did Sully Do the Right Thing?

Tuesday, May 04, 2010

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Captain Chesley 'Sully' Sullenberger sits in the ...

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Today in History: World's Fair Opening 1939

Friday, April 30, 2010

As millions descend on Shanghai for the opening of the world's fair this weekend, we take a look back at New York's 1939 World's Fair, which opened on this date 71 years ago. The theme that year was 'The World of Tomorrow.'

Below is a home movie made from the Fair and President Franklin Delano Roosevelt's speech to open the fair at Flushing Meadows-Corona Park in Queens.

Cupaloy_contentsThe Westinghouse Electric & Manufacturing Company created a time capsule for the Fair, which was buried 50 feet below Flushing Meadows-Corona Park. The contents, pictured at right, included 35 everyday items, 75 types of fabric, seeds, metals, and plastics as well as millions of 'micro files' with literature, current events, and contemporary art. There is a full list here.

President Franklin Delano Roosevelt opened New York's World Fair at Flushing Meadows

Special thanks to WNYC's archivist Andy Lanset.

Governor Lehman, Mayor LaGuardia, President Grover Whalen, Ladies and Gentlemen:

I have seen only a small fraction of the Fair; but even from the little I have seen, I am able to congratulate all of you who conceived and planned the Fair and all you men and women who built it.

From henceforth in our history the thirtieth day of April will have a dual significance: the Inauguration of the First President of the United States, which began the Executive Branch of the Federal Government, and the opening of the New York World's Fair of 1939.

Today, also, the cycle of sesquicentennial commemorations is complete. Two years ago, in Philadelphia and other communities, was celebrated the Constitutional Convention of 1787, which gave to us the form of Government under which we have lived ever since. Last year was celebrated in many States the ratification of the Constitution by the Original Thirteen States. On March fourth of this year the first meeting of the First Congress was commemorated at a distinguished gathering in the House of Representatives in the National Capitol. And two weeks ago, on April fourteenth, I went to Mount Vernon with the Cabinet in memory of that day, exactly one hundred and fifty years before, when General Washington was formally notified of his election as President.

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Remembering Fallen Construction Workers

Thursday, April 29, 2010

St. Patrick's Cathedral April 28, 2010 (Photo by Stephen Nessen)

St. Patrick\'s Cathedral April 28, 2010 (Photo by Stephen Nessen)

Thousands of construction workers, union contractors and families filed into St. Patrick's Cathedral Wednesday in remembrance of the 11 construction workers who ...

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Today in History: Works Progress Administration Passed by Congress

Thursday, April 08, 2010

Michigan artist Alfred Castagne sketching WPA construction workers By an unknown photographer, May 19, 1939. (Courtesy of the National Archives, Records of the Work Projects Administration)

Michigan artist Alfred Castagne sketching WPA construction workers (by an unknown photographer, May 19, 1939. Courtesy of the National ...

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Help Us Find WPA Public Art in New York City

Wednesday, April 07, 2010

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Tomorrow is the 75th anniversary of the passage of President Franklin D. Roosevelt's Work Progress Administration. In addition to putting 8.5 million Americans to work, the WPA was instrumental in creating public art across the country. Much of it has ...

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Today in History: Remembering the Day Dr. King Was Killed

Friday, April 02, 2010

Kennedy and King at the White House. June 22, 1963 (Abbie Rowe, National Park Service, in the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum, Boston)

Kennedy and King at the White House. June 22, 1963 (Abbie Rowe, National Park Service, in ...

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Today in History: Cigarette Radio Advertising Dies

Thursday, April 01, 2010

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It was no April Fool's Day joke in 1970 when President Richard Nixon signed the Public Health Cigarette Smoking Act. The bill required cigarettes to carry the label: 'Warning: The Surgeon General Has Determined that Cigarette Smoking Is Dangerous to Your Health.' And the ...

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Battery Park Opens Green Library

Thursday, March 18, 2010

While the state has cut funding for public libraries around the city and many have been scaling back their hours and cutting services, it's not all grim news for the New York Public Library system. Today, a new branch is opening at Battery Park City.

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An Irish Soundbite

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

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Many critics say we are living in a soundbite culture, and they blame everything from the 24-hour news cycle to the cavalcade of emails we receive daily to Google. But any student of Marshall McLuhan knows that the medium has been shaping the message ...

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Injured Organs, Emergency Surgery--Just the City's Latest Anti-Smoking Campaign

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

(Courtesy of the Department of Health)

(Courtesy of the Department of Health)

The latest gross-you-out-of-smoking campaign is out. Mayor Michael Bloomberg says the latest batch of anti-smoking ads from the city's Department of Health is the most graphic yet. The $2.3 million campaign features ...

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City's Condom Contest Winner Chosen

Tuesday, March 09, 2010

Winning design-- the electronic power button, by Luis Acosta

Winning design-- the electronic power button, by Luis Acosta

The first city with it's own branded condom now has a new wrapper. More than 15,000 online voters chose the 'power-on' design by Luis Acosta from Kew ...

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