Stephen Nessen

Reporter, WNYC News

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Central Park 5 Say Despite $40 Million Settlement, Scars Remain

Friday, June 27, 2014

What was supposed to be victory speech, closing the chapter on a decades-long struggle to clear their names, turned into a tearful ceremony outside City Hall on Friday.

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Rockaway Ferry Given Fourth Lifeline, Service Extended to Fall

Thursday, June 26, 2014

Commuters from the Rockaways who've come to rely on the daily ferry service between Rockaway Beach and Lower Manhattan have been given another lifeline.

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In Basketball Country, Soccer is Gaining Traction with Homeless and Low-Income Kids

Thursday, June 19, 2014

In East New York, Brooklyn, basketball is king. But one group is hoping to teach children from low income and homeless families another meaning for the word "dribble."

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Complaints, Violations at Accused Murderer's Group Home

Friday, June 06, 2014


The mentally ill, ex-convict accused of murdering a six-year-old Brooklyn boy in a public housing elevator was living at a nearby group home that has been the subject of numerous complaints and violations.


Emotional Farewell for Young Stabbing Victim PJ Avitto

Friday, June 06, 2014


Hundreds of mourners packed an East New York church to remember the life of the six-year-old fatally stabbed in a public housing elevator on Sunday.


After Stabbings, a Neighborhood on Edge

Wednesday, June 04, 2014


Residents of the Boulevard Houses are concerned the suspect has not been caught, and angry that more hasn't been done to protect the community.


From Tiananmen Square to Times Square, One Chinese Dissident Keeps Fighting for Democracy

Tuesday, June 03, 2014

This week is the 25th anniversary of protests that saw Chinese troops opening fire on students and citizens. Many leaders of that movement were jailed and later fled the country. One of them, Wang Juntao, lives in New York, and has continued fighting for Democratic reforms in China.


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Summer Is Construction Season in the Rockaways

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Welcome to the new beach season in the Rockaways. But beware the backhoes.

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Occupy Wall Street Protester Gets Jail Time

Monday, May 19, 2014

The last legal proceeding involving an Occupy Wall Street member has concluded, with a sentence of three months in jail for Cecily McMillan. Her conviction on felony assault spurred a popular outcry for leniency.

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Indians Overseas Divided by Election

Friday, May 16, 2014

There are more than half a million Indians living in the Tri-state Area, many of whom were keeping a close eye on India's election results. In Jackson Heights, Queens some were cheering the results, while others despaired at Narenda Modi's win.


Photos: First Look at the 9/11 Memorial Museum

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

The National September 11 Memorial Museum is preparing to open its doors to victims' families starting Thursday. The Museum, situated below the original Twin Towers, features hundreds of artifacts from ground zero, as well as audio recordings of 911 phone calls, voice mails and oral histories of survivors.

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Vying for a Busking Spot Underground

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

A ragtime xylophone player, a Buddy Holly tribute band and an eight-piece international ska/reggae/roots group are just a few of the 60 performers vying for a coveted spot playing in the MTA's Music Under New York Program.


Occupy Wall Street Protesters Call for Leniency

Monday, May 12, 2014

Dozens of Occupy Wall Street protesters took to the steps of City Hall on Monday, demanding leniency for fellow protester Cecily McMillan. Last week, McMillan, 25, was found guilty of assaulting a police officer, a felony crime.


NYPD Includes Officers that Died of 9/11 Illnesses on Wall of Heroes

Friday, May 09, 2014

The NYPD is honoring officers who died of 9/11 related illnesses by including their names in its Wall of Heroes at NYPD headquarters on a new plaque. 


Arrested City Councilman Insists He's Innocent

Wednesday, May 07, 2014

City Councilman Ruben Wills of Queens has been arrested on charges of misusing public funds, according to an official with knowledge of the case.


Migrating Birds Make Pit Stop in Central Park

Tuesday, May 06, 2014

May is peak migration and it's drawing birders to Central Park in hopes of catching a glimpse of some of the more than 100 species passing through our area.

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Grimm Vows to Fight Federal Charges 'Tooth and Nail'

Monday, April 28, 2014

The Staten Island Republican allegedly engaged in a scheme to underreport wages for workers at a restaurant he operated, including some who were in the country illegally. He is also accused of concealing more than $1 million in sales and wages between 2007 and 2010.

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Columbia Students Claim Mistreatment of Sexual Assault Victims

Friday, April 25, 2014

Twenty-three students at Columbia University have filed a federal complaint against the Ivy League school, claiming it systematically mishandles sexual assault claims and mistreats victims.


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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