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:

Holocaust Survivors Get Priority For Vaccine in Brooklyn

Thursday, February 11, 2021

A Jewish community center in Brooklyn organized a one-day vaccine-drive to ensure as many Holocaust Survivors in the area get the shot as possible.


MTA Still Won't Say When 24-Hour Service Will Return

Wednesday, February 10, 2021

Under grilling from the City Council, the MTA says it still does not have a definitive answer about when overnight service will be restored. 

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MTA’s New Chief Accessibility Officer Backs Off Agency’s Previous Accessibility Plan

Friday, February 05, 2021

A Chief Accessibility Officer who will report directly to the Chairman, but he'll walk a fine line between representing advocates and working within a major bureaucracy.

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Favorite Pledge of Mayoral Candidates: City Should Take Over the Subways

Monday, February 01, 2021

Mayoral candidate Andrew Yang is the latest in a long line of mayoral hopefuls to suggest taking subways and buses back from state control. 

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Brooklyn and Queensboro Bridges to Get New Bike Lanes in Roadway

Thursday, January 28, 2021

Crossing the Brooklyn Bridge is normally a frustrating experience, no matter what mode of transportation you take. But now, Mayor de Blasio says he wants to make it easier.


More Female Transit Experts From NYC Head To U.S. Dept. of Transportation Than Any Time in History

Thursday, January 28, 2021

When President Biden ran for office he pledged to make his cabinet the most diverse in history. When it comes to transportation, he appears to be making good on that. 

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Sen. Schumer Says Gateway Has Support at All Levels of Government

Monday, January 25, 2021

The Gateway Project is expected to move full steam ahead under the Biden administration. The long-stalled infrastructure plan now has support at all levels of government.

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New Port Authority Bus Terminal to Be Built in Same Footprint as Current Facility

Thursday, January 21, 2021

The Port Authority has released plans for a new Midtown bus terminal. The new facility will be built in the exact same spot as the current structure on 42nd Street.

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Hunts Point Produce Workers Go on Strike

Sunday, January 17, 2021

Workers at the produce section of the Hunts Point Cooperative Market in the Bronx are on strike. There could be a ripple effect throughout the city.


MTA Hoping for Piece of President-Elect Biden's $20B for Mass Transit Agencies

Friday, January 15, 2021

President-elect Joe Biden has released plans for a nearly $2 trillion dollar stimulus package. Some of that money would go to public transit around the country.

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Cuomo Plans Continued Development of Penn Station and Midtown

Thursday, January 14, 2021

In his fourth and final State of the State speech this year, Governor Cuomo outlined a broad infrastructure plan for New York’s future, one that he says will jump start the economy.

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NYC Gets 24-Hour Vaccines Before 24-Hour Subway Service

Thursday, January 14, 2021

Overnight subway service may not return before the end of the year; the MTA says it must keep cleaning overnight, despite our changed understanding of how COVID-19 is spread.


MTA Workers Included in Next Round of Vaccines

Monday, January 11, 2021

This week’s newly expanded list of groups eligible to receive the coronavirus vaccine includes transit workers.

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Judge Clears Way for Flushing Bus Lane to Move Forward

Tuesday, January 05, 2021

A judge has ruled that the city can install a new busway along the most congested stretch of downtown Flushing in Queens. 

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Police Arrest Man Wanted for Subway Arson

Friday, December 18, 2020

Police have arrested a man wanted in the fatal subway train arson incident that killed a motorman and injured more than a dozen riders back in March.

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MTA Vet Who Slowed Trains Down, Then Sped Them Up Retires

Wednesday, December 16, 2020

Before a world pandemic hit New York City and devastated the transit system, the subways were actually enjoying success. Due in part to an unsung MTA worker now retiring.

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MTA Avoids Major Service and Job Cuts, For Now

Wednesday, December 16, 2020

The MTA passed a $17 billion budget for next year that does not include any draconian cuts to service or jobs, but those cuts could still come if federal relief doesn't arrive soon.

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Restaurants, Cars, Bikes, And Now A Blizzard: How 2020 Has Changed NYC's Streets

Tuesday, December 15, 2020

From outdoor dining to new bikers and drivers, more New Yorkers than ever competed for space on the city's (already crowded) streets this year.

How COVID Changed NYC Streets

Monday, December 14, 2020

We've all seen photos of city streets almost free of cars, and Manhattan offices remain very empty. So why have more people died in traffic crashes this year? 


The MTA's Dire Financial Straits

Friday, December 04, 2020

What the MTA needs from the federal government and what will happen if it doesn't get it.