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:

Alternate Side in Effect? Car Still Stuck? City Says Move It

Monday, March 20, 2017

Drivers say it's unfair to have to move their cars when so many spots are filled with snow. But the city says it can’t remove all the snow until drivers move their cars.  

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MTA Fares are Going up — Here's the Breakdown

Friday, March 17, 2017

A single ride will remain at $2.75, but the 7-day is going up $1, and monthly passes will increase to $121. The MTA says it's the lowest fare increase since 2009.

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About That Other Port Authority Bus Terminal

Friday, March 17, 2017

The bus station at the foot of the George Washington Bridge has been under construction for years. It was supposed to reopen in 2015, along with new retail space. It hasn't happened.

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Up or Down? When It Comes to Wipers, There's Snow Consensus

Friday, March 17, 2017

Walk the streets before a snowstorm, and you'll probably see cars with their windshield wipers pointing up. But does this time-honored technique actually make sense? 

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Budget Watchdog Warns de Blasio on Taxi Medallion Money

Thursday, March 02, 2017

Taxi medallions once fetched a million dollars on the open market, but are worth less than half that now. Yet the mayor's latest budget includes $1.2 billion from medallion sales.


Ride Sharing Apps Are Contributing to Congestion in the City, New Report Finds

Monday, February 27, 2017

The same author that once advised the city that Uber and Lyft weren't contributing to congestion now finds ride sharing apps are probably responsible.

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Port Authority to Vote on Funding for New Bus Terminal

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey meets Thursday to vote on a $32 billion capital plan that is months overdue, partly over contentious plans for a new bus terminal.

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Protests Are First Test of New Security Measures at JFK

Thursday, February 02, 2017

When thousands of protesters gathered outside Terminal 4, it was the first test of protocols the governor put in place following a false report of an active shooter at JFK last summer.


2nd Ave. Subway Misses Ridership Goal But Eases Morning Commute on Lex

Wednesday, February 01, 2017

In its first full month, the new line with three East Side stations has changed lives, even if it hasn't lived up to its full promise just yet.

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MTA Holds the Line on Base Fares, Increases Monthly MetroCard

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Single rides will remain $2.75, while 30-day passes, LIRR and Metro-North tickets and bridge and tunnel tolls will all go up. And the MetroCard bonus? That's going down.


No Half-Priced MetroCard in Mayor's Preliminary Budget

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

The Mayor's nearly $85 billion preliminary budget proposal doesn't include one thing transit advocates have been clamoring for: a half-priced MetroCard for low income New Yorkers.


Mayor's Budget Increases Funding for Vision Zero

Monday, January 23, 2017

The mayor is planning to add an additional $400 million to his Vision Zero program over five years for improving crosswalks and building more bike lanes.

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Street Artists Say New Second Avenue Stations Are Not Welcoming

Thursday, January 19, 2017

The three new Second Avenue subway stations are praised for being clean, modern, and having great public art. Street buskers aren't finding the stations quite as welcoming.

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Why One Brooklyn Community Went for Trump

Thursday, January 19, 2017

Donald Trump lost New York, but in Borough Park, Brooklyn — home to a large orthodox Jewish community — he got 68% of the vote, despite the antisemitism that swirled around his campaign.

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At Long (Long!) Last, Stories From Your Second Avenue Subway Commute

Tuesday, January 03, 2017

The first phase of the new Second Avenue subway line is finally up and running. WNYC's Stephen Nessen reports on the opening of the new line and the first week of operation.

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New York's Long-Awaited Second Avenue Subway Finally Leaves The Station

Monday, January 02, 2017

For nearly a century, a subway line along Second Avenue on the east side, had eluded New Yorkers, but on New Year's Day three new stations opened to the public.


See Inside: The 2nd Avenue Subway Opens to All

Sunday, January 01, 2017

Three new subway stops on Second Ave. were christened with a party Saturday and officially opened Sunday.

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A Brief History of the Second Avenue Subway Line

Friday, December 30, 2016

This Sunday, three new subway stations will open along Second Avenue. It's the first expansion of the city's system system in half a century. What took so long?

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How Cold Is It? Not Cold Enough to Stop Manhattan Mosquitoes

Friday, December 16, 2016

When the weather turns cold, mosquitoes appear nightly in apartments on the Upper West Side. Experts don't know where they're coming from. And the problem is spreading.

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The MTA's Proposed $3 Subway Ride Comes Under Fire

Friday, December 09, 2016

The MTA is holding public hearings over proposed fare hikes. One option would raise single fares and lower the bonus, the other would keep the cost of a single ride and raise the bonus.

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