Stephen Nessen

Reporter, WNYC News

Stephen Nessen appears in the following:

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.


9/11 Victims Compensation Fund Flooded with New Applicants

Friday, October 04, 2013

Over 16,000 people have registered in the last week for the 9/11 Victims Compensation Fund. They're applying for a piece of the $2.8 billion in federal funds, designated to help anyone whose fallen ill from exposure at Ground Zero.


NY Judge Asked To End NYPD Monitoring of Muslims

Tuesday, October 01, 2013

U.S. District Judge Charles Haight opened Tuesday's hearing by calling the Handschu Decree a volcano that occasionally erupts.


Did Metro-North's Park and Ride Solution Work?

Monday, September 30, 2013

Commuters on the New Haven line are scrambling to get in and out of the city following last week's power failure. While Con-Ed works to replace a damaged feeder cable, the MTA has created four Park and Ride lots for Metro-North commuters. WNYC’s Stephen Nessen rode a shuttle bus from one of these lots. Here's what happened.

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New Yorkers Shrug Off Forged Restaurant Letter Grades

Friday, September 27, 2013

This week, much of the public trust that comes with high restaurant letter grades might have been lost. One man was arrested for distributing fake letter grade cards to nine city restaurants, and another two were arrested for trying to bribe health inspectors. But do New Yorkers care?

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Teachers Union Claims Overcrowding Is at 14-Year High

Thursday, September 26, 2013

Over-crowding in New York City public school classrooms for first, second and third graders is at a 14-year high according to The United Federation of Teachers. The union also claims 6,313 classrooms are over capacity for all grades city-wide, which is 200 more than last year.

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Advocates Urge NYPD to Reform Policies on Mentally Ill Suspects

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

A coalition of health care advocates, community groups and city council members is calling for the NYPD to adopt a new model for dealing with emotionally-disturbed people. 

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New Yorkers Skeptical About a Healthier French Fry

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

New York City has been a petri dish for aggressive public health campaigns. Now, one fast food chain is taking the initiative to make the french fry, the high velocity vehicle for salt and fat, a bit healthier. 

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International Relief Charity Opens First U.S. Clinic in Rockaways

Monday, September 23, 2013

The relief group Doctors of the World, which operates in war torn nations like Syria, Mali and Somalia is opening its first U.S. clinic, in the Rockaways. The organization provided aid immediately following Sandy and decided to set up a brick and mortar medical clinic in Rockaway Beach, Queens.

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Four Decades After Urban Renewal, Massive Development Planned for Lower East Side

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

The city unveiled plans Wednesday to redevelop 1.65 million square feet in the Lower East Side, spread across nine city-owned lots. The project, known as Essex Crossing, calls for 1,000 units of mixed-income housing as well as retail, office, school and park space. There are also plans to open an Andy Warhol museum.

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Bloomberg Brandishes Success of Post-9/11 Lower Manhattan

Thursday, September 12, 2013

Mayor Michael Bloomberg took office months after 9/11, a time he said when many wondered whether New York would remain a financial and economic powerhouse. Staring out at the vast construction site at the World Trade Center from the 10th floor of 7 World Trade Center on Thursday morning, he answered his own question during a speech before the Downtown Alliance.

“Today, I think it’s safe to say, together we succeeded beyond what anyone thought was possible."

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