Stephen Nessen

Reporter, WNYC News

Stephen Nessen covers transportation for the WNYC Newsroom. 

Since 2008, his work has varied from chronicling the transformation of the World Trade Center through photos and radio stories, to profiling the city’s most unique characters, like a tabloid crime photographer, Mohawk Ironworker and Cuban Salsa legend Arsenio Rodriguez. He spent a year reporting on the oldest family in one of the city’s oldest public housing projects for a four part series. His stories are often featured on NPR, and his photos have been the subject of a Yahoo television show.

Read Stephen's latest reporting on Gothamist.

Stephen Nessen appears in the following:

MTA Intensifies Call for More Police in Subways

Friday, May 14, 2021

After passengers were attackers early Friday morning on the Lexington Ave subway line in Manhattan, the MTA named certain mayoral candidates it said would add more police underground. 


City Agrees to Add Volunteer Officers to Subway After MTA Pleads for Help

Friday, May 07, 2021

The NYPD has agreed to send auxiliary police officers to patrol the subways. This comes after months of acrimony between the MTA and the city over crime underground.

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Transit Workers Have Lowest Vaccination Rates at MTA

Thursday, May 06, 2021

Transit workers were among the first group of essential workers eligible for the COVID vaccine in January. But they've also had the lowest vaccination rate at the MTA.

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After Mexico City Train Crash, MTA Reassures Public It Inspects Elevated Train Lines Regularly

Tuesday, May 04, 2021

More than 20 people are dead in Mexico City after a train crashed on an overpass. The MTA's reassures riders, its elevated lines are inspected regularly.

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With 24-Hour Subway Service Coming Back, Cuomo Says Subways Need More Policing

Monday, May 03, 2021

With COVID restrictions lifting later this month at bars, restaurants and large indoor venues, 24-hour subway service will be back, too. But some are concerned about subway safety.

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New Sunset Park Development To Include Modern Bike Parking for Delivery Workers

Tuesday, April 27, 2021

New housing developments in the city require a certain amount of parking for cars, but a new building coming to Sunset Park is requiring onsite parking for working cyclists.

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Mayor's Budget Includes $12M For Open Streets And Outdoor Dining

Monday, April 26, 2021

Mayor de Blasio's $98.6 billion budget proposal includes a small chunk to continue the popular Open Streets and outdoor dining programs that started during the pandemic.


Labor and Business Groups Call for More NYPD Underground

Monday, April 26, 2021

An unusual alliance of labor, real estate and business groups has joined forces, calling on Mayor de Blasio to send more police to patrol the subways. 

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Asian New Yorkers Remain Fearful of Mass Transit

Tuesday, April 20, 2021

The MTA is trying to lure people back to mass transit, but with the rise of anti-Asian violence in our region, some riders are questioning whether it's safe to use the subway.

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City to Launch E-Scooter Share Pilot in the Bronx This Summer

Thursday, April 15, 2021

The city is testing the program before allowing the standing scooters to operate in the rest of the city.


Families That Received MTA’s $500K COVID Death Benefit Get Tax Shocker

Wednesday, April 07, 2021

The MTA agreed to a generous death benefit for the families of transit workers that died of COVID. But now that it’s tax season, they're getting an unwelcome surprise.


MTA and City Want to Change Zoning Code to Get Developers to Build More Subway Elevators

Friday, April 02, 2021

With a little more than a quarter of the subway system currently accessible, the MTA and the city are teaming up to encourage developers to build more elevators. 

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Biden's Infrastructure Plan Could Be a Boon to The Northeast

Wednesday, March 31, 2021

President Biden’s sweeping and costly infrastructure plan calls for spending $621 billion on transportation projects alone over eight years.

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Feds Give MTA Green LIght To Move Forward on Congestion Pricing Plans

Tuesday, March 30, 2021

After two years of delays from the Trump administration, the MTA has finally received the federal green light it needs to move forward with congestion pricing.

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MTA Triples Number of Surveillance Cameras During Pandemic, Amid Increase in Gruesome Crimes

Tuesday, March 30, 2021

After a spike in certain crimes last year, the MTA is speaking more openly about its surveillance cameras to reassure riders.

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MTA Still Running Heavily-Subsidized Express Bus Service Despite Few Riders

Wednesday, March 24, 2021

The MTA has cut some subway and commuter rail service to adjust for a dramatic drop in ridership during the pandemic. But the agency's costly express buses are running with full service.

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Subway Speeds Increase at Nearly 300 Locations

Tuesday, March 23, 2021

The ride on the subway has sped up at nearly 300 locations. That's because of the MTA's effort to fix and replace faulty signals that slow down trains.

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New Data Show New Yorkers From Low Income Neighborhoods Are Riding the Subways at Higher Levels Than Rest of City

Friday, March 19, 2021

New data from the State Comptroller confirms what many suspected; essential workers in neighborhoods with lower median incomes have been riding the subway more than others.

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Transit Workers Union Sues MTA Over Service Cuts on C and F

Thursday, March 18, 2021

By now, the MTA has restored most pandemic-related subway service as ridership ticks back up, but not on the C and F lines. The transit workers' union is suing the MTA over it.

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MTA Declines To Disclose Legal Cost Of Fighting Accessibility Lawsuits

Wednesday, March 17, 2021

The MTA has been using outside counsel to fight six recent lawsuits over lack of accessibility in the subway. One of the plaintiffs wants to know how much this costs the agency.

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