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:

A Deadly Shooting Mars a Block Party Tradition in Brownsville, Brooklyn

Sunday, July 28, 2019

The 56th annual Old Timers event was just wrapping up when gunfire broke out.

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E-Bikes and Electric Scooters Could Soon Be Legal in NY

Thursday, June 20, 2019

Plus, WNYC's transportation reporters ask for your ideas on how they should be covering cycling for We the Commuters. 

Weekend One: L Train Slow Down

Monday, April 29, 2019

The first weekend of the L-train slow down, and calls from riders.

Paying to Drive in Manhattan

Friday, April 05, 2019

Traffic in Manhattan is terrible, and the subway system isn’t much better. Will charging people a fee to drive below 60th Street fix both problems?

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Congestion Pricing Update

Wednesday, April 03, 2019

Stephen Nessen on congestion pricing.

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With Albany Poised to Pass Congestion Pricing Here's What We Know

Friday, March 29, 2019

The New York legislature continues its budget negotiation in Albany, and a deal on congestion pricing is reportedly close to being finalized.

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New York City May Start Charging Drivers To Enter Most Congested Parts Of The City

Thursday, March 28, 2019

New York City could become the first major U.S. city to charge drivers a fee for entering the busiest parts the city. Similar congestion pricing programs have reduced traffic in London and Singapore.


Subway Accessibility

Thursday, March 21, 2019

Stephen Nessen on subway accessibility.

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Schumer Calls for Federal Investigation into MTA's Train Safety Botch

Sunday, March 03, 2019

He's asking federal officials to find out why the MTA allowed 4,000 pieces of faulty safety equipment to be installed.

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MTA Check-In: Fare Hikes, Congestion Pricing and L Train Plans

Friday, March 01, 2019

Checking in on the latest MTA news.

ICYMI: How L Train Repair Plans Switched Tracks, From Sandy To Today

Tuesday, February 19, 2019

It was just last month the MTA abruptly announced the 15-month L train shutdown was cancelled after years of planning. 


Power Restored To Brooklyn Jail Where Inmates Went A Week Without Heat

Monday, February 04, 2019

Many inmates had been on lockdown in cells without electricity or heat during days of bitter cold. "They're human beings," said the mother of one inmate.


Amtrak, Metro-North Reach Deal on Bronx Expansion Plans

Tuesday, January 22, 2019

After a year-long stalemate, Amtrak and the MTA have agreed to move forward with four new train stations in the East Bronx.

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Bill Would Open New York's Streets to E-Bikes & E-Scooters

Wednesday, November 28, 2018

The legislation would legalize all types of electric bikes and electric scooters. Mayor de Blasio is skeptical.

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Public Housing Residents Suffer Without Heat Over Thanksgiving Weekend

Friday, November 23, 2018

Residents resort to using their ovens as heaters and huddling under blankets.


Manhattan's Indigenous People Hold First Pow Wow in City Since 1700s

Sunday, November 18, 2018

Hundreds of people representing more than 100 indigenous peoples from across North America attended the Lenape Pow Wow at the Park Avenue Armory Sunday.

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Nightmare Commutes, Boaty Boatwright, 'Charlie For The Culture'

Friday, November 16, 2018

Stephen Nessen on nightmare commutes. Boaty Boatwright on her career. “Charlie For The Culture.”

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MTA Chairman Joe Lhota Resigns Abruptly at Critical Junction for MTA

Friday, November 09, 2018

Lhota is stepping down just days after Cuomo's re-election, and right before the MTA releases its updated financial plan, as the agency continues to battle delays.

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Six Years Later, an Innovative Sandy Program Yields Resilience (and Lots of Frustration)

Monday, October 29, 2018

New York State bought Sandy-damaged properties at pre-storm value, and then auctioned them off to the highest bidder. Will $18 million strengthen one block in Staten Island?

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NYPD Releases Some Fare Evasion Data, but Advocates Says Not Enough

Thursday, October 04, 2018

The NYPD has released fare evasion data for nine months ending this June. This comes after nearly a year of not complying with a city law that required it to do so.

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