Stephen Nessen

Reporter, WNYC News

Stephen Nessen reports for the WNYC Newsroom and can often be heard live on Morning Edition

Since 2008, his work at WNYC 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. During Hurricane Sandy, he reported extensively in Brooklyn and Queens and continues to report on recovery in the Rockaways. His stories are often featured on NPR, and his photos have been the subject of a Yahoo television show.

Stephen Nessen appears in the following:

Fair Fares Arrive After 4-Year-Long Wait

Tuesday, June 12, 2018

Now that the city has agreed to pay for half-priced MetroCards for New Yorkers living at or below the federal poverty level, it needs to figure out how to do it.

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Here's How Fair Fares Could be Implemented Quickly

Friday, June 08, 2018

While the mayor and city council continue to wrangle over the details of a discounted fare program, experts say it could be implemented relative quickly.

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NJ Transit Alters Schedules For Required Safety Work

Friday, June 01, 2018

Starting June 4, NJ Transit will alter weekday schedules so that the agency can install crucial, federally mandated, safety equipment.

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For the Gateway Train Tunnel Project, It's the Beginning of the Beginning

Thursday, May 31, 2018

While the federal government has yet to commit to funding half of the $30 billion Gateway Project, work has quietly begun on the new Portal North Bridge.

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MTA's New Plan Wins Praise, but has Many Unknowns

Thursday, May 24, 2018

The head of New York City Transit released his plan for modernizing the MTA Wednesday morning. By the evening, the funding debate erupted.

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NYC Transit's Big Plans

Thursday, May 24, 2018

"Fast Forward," a new plan to modernize the subways, has the support of the MTA board, but how will it be funded?

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Brace for It. 'Controversial' New Plan Coming to the MTA.

Tuesday, May 22, 2018

New York City Transit President Andy Byford has hinted at possibly ending 24-hour service on entire lines.

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MTA to Add More Trains ... During Off-Peak Hours

Monday, May 21, 2018

A few lucky lines will get one or two more trains an hour. The rest of the schedule is already overbooked.

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Construction on Gateway Project Continues, Despite Uncertainty Over Future Funding

Friday, May 18, 2018

While the Trump administration hasn't committed to fully funding the Gateway Project, organizers are proceeding with their plans.

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Saving Commuters with . . . Social Media?

Wednesday, May 16, 2018

It's long been a way for commuters to pressure politicians without having to march or chant. On Thursday, two prominent politicians plan to take up the strategy themselves.

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Chinese Robocalls Bombarding The U.S. Are Part Of An International Phone Scam

Thursday, May 10, 2018

The Mandarin-language messages are part of a "parcel scam" that falsely accuses Chinese immigrants of money laundering and then extorts them.

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With Speed Camera Law to Expire at End of Year, Advocates Make Push for Expansion

Sunday, May 06, 2018

Three children have been killed by vehicles recently, and advocates say now is the time to expand the number of speed cameras in the city.

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City to Increase Ferry Service

Thursday, May 03, 2018

Mayor de Blasio wants to increase capacity for the city's ferry service. City Council Speaker Corey Johnson says that money should go to the subway.

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NYC Trying to Clamp Down on Growth of Ride-Hailing Apps, Again

Wednesday, May 02, 2018

New York City officials are making another attempt to rein in the grown of ride-hailing apps like Uber and Lyft. A previous attempt in 2015 failed. But this time might be different.

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Chinese Robocalls Are Bombarding New York

Thursday, April 26, 2018

New York is the latest city to be hit with a rash of robocalls in Mandarin. The NYPD estimates that in four months, scammers have already made off with $3 million.

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Electric Bike Delivery Workers Bristle Under City's Crackdown

Thursday, April 26, 2018

The mayor vowed to crack down on e-bikes and the businesses that use them. The results so far: A lot of workers are scared, but it hasn't curbed the use of e-bikes.

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Uber, Lyft, Via Sue City Over Wheelchair Requirements

Friday, April 13, 2018

The ride hailing apps are suing the TLC over the requirement that 25 percent of their vehicles be wheelchair accessible in five years.

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City Council Makes Half-Priced MetroCards a Top Priority, Defying de Blasio

Tuesday, April 10, 2018

The City Council wants to include $212 million in the next budget for half-priced MetroCards for the poor, but the mayor says it's too expensive.

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MTA to Use City's Contribution to Subway Repair Plan to Hire Maintenance Workers

Friday, April 06, 2018

Now that Governor Cuomo has forced the city to pay for half of the MTA's $836 million subway repair plan, here's what it will do with the extra money.

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New York Puts Second Phase of Congestion Pricing Before the First Phase

Monday, April 02, 2018

Cuomo had called congestion pricing "an idea whose time has come," but transit advocates say the taxi surcharges in the latest state budget fall short.

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