Stephen Nessen

Reporter, WNYC News

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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...

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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 ...


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...


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 a...

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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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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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