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Stephen Nessen

Reporter, WNYC News

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PHOTOS: First Look at New Park on Governors Island

Thursday, November 14, 2013

The city unveiled a new park on Governors Island on Thursday with curving paths, towering sculptures and dozens of hammocks. Though it won't open to visitors until May 2014, we got a sneak peek.

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PHOTOS: First Look at 4 World Trade Center

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

The 977-foot office tower at 4 World Trade Center officially opened in lower Manhattan; it's the first building in the old World Trade Center plaza area to open since the attacks on Sept. 11, 2001.


New York's One World Trade Beats Chicago's Willis Tower

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

New York City regained the mantle of having the tallest building in the country Tuesday when an obscure committee ruled that the spire atop 1 World Trade Center should be counted as part of its height.


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First Tower at Ground Zero Site to Open

Monday, November 11, 2013

Four World Trade Center won't be the tallest building at Ground Zero, at 977 feet and 72 floors, but it will be the first to open since September 11th within the Ground Zero construction site. 

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Did a Quarter of NYC Voters Neglect to Flip Over Their Ballot?

Thursday, November 07, 2013

Many voters say they forgot to flip the ballot over in Tuesday's election and vote on the referenda questions on the back. According to a WNYC analysis of the Associated Press election results, 25 percent of voters didn't answer any of the questions.


Fate of New York City Casinos Remains Uncertain

Wednesday, November 06, 2013

One of the big winners in Tuesday's elections was the gaming industry. A referendum approved by voters permits seven more casinos to be built — four upstate and three in the New York City metro area after a seven-year waiting period.


With Casino Question Before Voters, What Tale Does Aqueduct Have to Tell?

Monday, November 04, 2013

If New York voters approve the casino ballot initiative, what kind of revenue might it generate? And what impact could there be on local businesses?

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This is What $1 Million in Marathon Security Looks Like

Friday, November 01, 2013

Security for the New York marathon is expected to cost $1 million, double the cost of the last race, according to the New York Road Runners. The NYPD will be monitoring hundreds of cameras along the route, as well as deploying 43 bomb-sniffing dogs.


New Survey Lets You Design New Rockaway Boardwalk

Thursday, October 31, 2013

What kind of boardwalk would you like to walk on? One with smooth concrete or or one that's rougher? Colorful or sparkly? The Parks Department is seeking input from the public before it finalizes plans to rebuild the Sandy-damaged boardwalk in the Rockaways.


Halloween Starts at School for City Students

Thursday, October 31, 2013

For many kids this Halloween starts first thing in the morning. WNYC stopped by a couple of elementary schools to see what's in this season.

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NYU Hospital Throws Sandy Birthday Party, But Is It Just a PR Stunt?

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

On the anniversary of Sandy, the hospital marked the occasion in an unusual way: by holding a birthday party for the babies who had been evacuated after the storm hit back, and inviting the news media along. 


Sandy Minute-by-Minute: Commuting by Sea at 6:30 AM

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Life changed for thousands in our region almost a year ago when Sandy blew in. For Raul Romero, a resident of Rockaway Beach, that change is most evident every morning when he boards the Sea-Streak Ferry for his morning commute.

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Ellis Island Reopens Nearly a Year Since Sandy

Monday, October 28, 2013

Ellis Island is open to visitors again for the first time since Sandy destroyed some of its infrastructure. It's a little empty, though. The artifacts from the immigration museum won't return until the spring.

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Rebuilding in the Flood Zone, the Same Way as Before

Monday, October 28, 2013

Some homeowners in the neighborhoods hardest hit by Sandy are ignoring federal guidelines to prepare for the effects of climate change when they rebuild.

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PHOTOS: Behind the Scenes of Madison Square Garden's $1 Billion Renovation

Thursday, October 24, 2013

Madison Square Garden unveiled a $1 billion renovation Thursday. The Garden now features a viewing platform at the top of the arena, gourmet taco and bar-b-que concessions, and memorabilia, like a vintage Zamboni and boxing scales on display.


Brooklyn Libraries Reopen For First Time Since Sandy

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

The Coney Island library on Mermaid Avenue received a $2.7 million upgrade after it was damaged by Sandy. It re-opened Wednesday, see photos of the renovated library, which includes futuristic-looking chairs, a ceiling made of reclaimed boardwalk planks and vintage Coney Island photos on the walls.


Volunteers Vow to Ramp Up Search if NYPD Backs Off

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Even if the police decide to scale back, volunteers and relatives said they will not stop looking for Avonte Oquendo, the ninth grader who ran away from his school over two weeks ago.

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Sandy Minute-by-Minute: At 7 AM, Living Without a Boardwalk

Monday, October 21, 2013

Rockaway resident John Cori says the loss of the beloved boardwalk is a daily reminder of the storm and how far the area has to go. As someone who used to work at the World Trade Center, he say it reminds him of the physical losses of that tragedy.


Video: Banksy's Latest Piece Is Cute and Creepy and Mobile

Friday, October 11, 2013

On Friday, the elusive British artist known as Banksy continued his month-long street art show with his latest piece — a truck of squeaking stuffed animals delivered to the Meatpacking District.

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Gov't Furlough in New York City: One Woman's Story

Thursday, October 10, 2013

In the New York area there are nearly 46,000 federal employees —and many of them have been on furlough since Oct. 1, because they're considered non-essential. Shawnee Swinton is one of them. She's a Health and Human Services civil rights investigator. She's worried about the work piled up in her office, but she's also worried about how she'll pay her bills if the furlough continues much longer.