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:

Unmasked Cops, Who Shoved Customer Out of Subway For Asking Why They Were Unmasked, Face Discipline

Wednesday, October 20, 2021

Two police officers who were caught on camera Tuesday forcibly ejecting a subway passenger who asked them to wear a mask, will be disciplined.

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'They Haven't Really Enforced It': MTA Has Trouble Complying With New Vax-Or-Test Mandate

Thursday, October 14, 2021

The agency appears to be having a hard time complying with the requirement that workers either get vaccinated for COVID-19 or get tested weekly.

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City Launches Debt Relief Program for Taxi Drivers, But Many Say It Doesn't Go Far Enough

Friday, October 08, 2021

Yellow cab drivers have been holding protests outside of City Hall for several weeks as the city rolls out a program to help them get better rates on medallion loans.

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City Council to Review NYC's Debt Relief Program for Taxi Medallion Owners

Thursday, October 07, 2021

New York City is beginning to work with yellow cab drivers who took out unfavorable loans during the height of the taxi medallion boom.

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MTA Ends Cuomo's Transformation Plans, Without Admin Cuts Recommended

Wednesday, September 29, 2021

The MTA has announced the end of a two-year cost-cutting, job-shedding "transformation" ordered by former Governor Andrew Cuomo. 

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MTA Scofflaw Racks up $100K in Tolls and Fines

Monday, September 27, 2021

Manhattan's congestion pricing program will be administered by the MTA. But what happens when one of its own workers racks up more than $100-thousand dollars in unpaid tolls?

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New York Senate to Grill MTA Officials on Billions in Federal Relief Aid It's Received

Sunday, September 26, 2021

This year the MTA avoided near catastrophic service and job cuts thanks to federal relief. Now the State Senate wants to make sure the transit agency is spending that money wisely.

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MTA Tallies Up $100M in Damage from Ida, Seeks to Work with City to Shore up Stations

Thursday, September 16, 2021

The MTA says it's looking for new ways to avoid flooding in the subway, following record breaking rainfall from Hurricane Ida's remnants earlier this month.

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Reckless Drivers Are Still on the Road

Thursday, September 16, 2021

Last weekend a 3-month-old infant was killed in a crash in Brooklyn caused by a reckless driver with dozens of speeding tickets to his name. 

LaGuardia Air Train Could Be Most Expensive Transit Project in World Per Rider: Report

Sunday, September 12, 2021

The watchdog group Reinvent Albany says the AirTrain from eastern Queens to LaGuardia is expected to cost $2.1 billion —and will only serve about 6,000 riders a day.

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Widespread MTA Power Failure Blamed on Someone Pushing the Wrong Button

Friday, September 10, 2021

Last month's MTA power problem that caused nearly half the subway lines to go offline for over an hour - stranding hundreds of riders - may have been due to human error.

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City Launches Electric Vehicle Chargers At City Parking Garages

Wednesday, September 08, 2021

In an effort to address climate change by reducing vehicle emissions, New York City will add electric vehicle charging stations to city-owned parking garages.

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20 Years Later, If You See Something, Say Something Remains a Valuable Terror Prevention Tool

Tuesday, September 07, 2021

The most ubiquitous crime-fighting phrase to emerge in the aftermath of September 11 almost never made it into the American vernacular.

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Possibilities for Changes at the MTA with Governor Hochul

Wednesday, September 01, 2021

Governor Kathy Hochul was on the job just five days before facing her first emergency. A power surge on Sunday caused widespread outages, leaving hundreds of riders stranded.

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MTA Blames Failure Sunday Night On Numerous Missteps of Its Own Making

Monday, August 30, 2021

Eight subway lines were shutdown for several hours Sunday night, after a power interruption. Early reports point to a failure at the MTA as the source of the problem.

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Gateway Project Lines Up Local Support, Ready for Big Federal Funds Request

Friday, August 27, 2021

Organizers of the Gateway project are ready to submit a major funding request to the federal government. It's the latest step to build a new Hudson rail tunnel.

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BQE Lanes Reduced in Downton Brooklyn Goes Into Effect Monday

Thursday, August 26, 2021

New York City officials are warning that starting Monday, drivers should expect more delays than usual on the Brooklyn-Queens Expressway.  

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MTA Reports Fewer Hot Car Complaints This Year

Wednesday, August 25, 2021

As temperatures rise above ground, commuters often expect to step into the cool comforts of an air-conditioned subway. But it's so-called "hot car" season in the city.

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Another One of Cuomo Appointees, Linda Lacewell, Resigns

Friday, August 13, 2021

The fallout from Governor Andrew Cuomo’s resignation continues. The head of New York's Department of Financial Services, Linda Lacewell, resigned Friday.

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What Cuomo’s Resignation Could Mean for Mass Transit and Infrastructure

Tuesday, August 10, 2021

Governor Cuomo prided himself on building things that would outlast him: bridges, airports, train stations. But he also made it hard for some transit leaders to do their jobs.

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