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:

How to Get to Work With Penn Station Under Repair

Friday, July 07, 2017

With extensive track repairs beginning July 10, thousands of commuters from New Jersey and Long Island will have to seek alternatives to their usual routes. Here are the options.

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Governor Declares 'State of Emergency' for the MTA

Thursday, June 29, 2017

The 30-day state of emergency allows the governor to suspend the MTA's procurement process, which he hopes will speed up the contracting to replace signals and cars.

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The MTA's New Chairman Knows the Job — He's Already Held It

Thursday, June 22, 2017

Joe Lhota is credited with getting the subway system on its feet again quickly after Sandy. And he has a combative streak. Will that work this time around?

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MTA Board Holds Contentious Hearing, But Has Few Subway Solutions

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

The MTA held a nearly five-hour board meeting. The usually cordial gathering got heated over issues related to the governor.

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Here's How to Avoid Penn Station During Amtrak Work This Summer

Monday, June 12, 2017

Amtrak is expected to start eight weeks of repairs in July. Other options for riders include ferry, boat and free transfers.

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New JFK Animal Facility Hopes to be Premiere Horse Destination — If It Opens

Thursday, June 08, 2017

The facility needs USDA approval and staff, which a consultant for ARK is not sure will arrive in time for opening later this month.

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Experts Believe They've Found a Legal Loophole for Congestion Pricing

Sunday, June 04, 2017

Charging drivers to cross the East River bridges is an idea that's failed before. But advocates argue state law already gives the city the power, and it's a question of political will.

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New Jersey Voters Say They're Not Ready to Vote in Gubernatorial Primary

Thursday, June 01, 2017

Interviews with a smattering of New Jerseyans confirms what polls have been saying — the 11 candidates running for governor just aren't well known.

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NJ Transit Plans to Spend $15 Million Offering Alternatives for Penn Station Commuters

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

New Jersey Transit officials estimate 7,400 customers a day will be diverted to Hoboken during peak commuting hours this summer due to work at Penn Station.

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This is Why Your Summer NJ Transit/LIRR Commute Might Be...Challenging

Monday, May 29, 2017

After a pair of derailments and weeks of delays, Amtrak will be making intensive fixes at Penn Station over a 44 day-stretch beginning in July. See where the work will happen.

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The MTA Wants to Increase Capital Spending, by Borrowing More

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

The MTA voted to increase spending in its 2015-2019 Capital Plan by $5 billion. This comes as it's service is under fire for breakdowns and delays. But, there are doubters.

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Solving Commuting Woes at Penn Station and the MTA

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Public transportation in the city is at a near breaking point. Penn Station and the MTA have crumbling infrastructure. And the governors of both states have ideas about what to do.

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Amtrak Is Under Fire For Delays At New York's Penn Station

Sunday, May 21, 2017

After a month of breakdowns and delays at Penn Station, Amtrak will be making major repairs to tracks, but leaders from New York and New Jersey are calling on Amtrak to give up control of the station.

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A Better Sounding Subway

Monday, May 15, 2017

A little noted element of the new 2nd Ave. stations is how they sound. From the announcements to the platform, it's a different experience. And that's no accident.

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Staten Island Bus Service Struggles as Rezoning Looms

Tuesday, May 09, 2017

For many Staten Islanders, getting to work means catching a bus to the ferry, but some report the bus is often failing them.

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Gateway vs ARC: Matters of Timing and Funding

Thursday, May 04, 2017

The ARC tunnel under the Hudson would've been near completion now had construction begun. The Gateway Project will cost double and has a long way to go. But it has a bigger aim.

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Big Delays Coming as Amtrak Expedites Track Work

Thursday, April 27, 2017

Amtrak announced it plans to condense two to three year's worth of upgrades at Penn Station into several months. And commuters will be affected 

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After Stampede at Penn Station, Amtrak Police Point to Security Flaws

Friday, April 21, 2017

The Amtrak Police union says their officers lack modern radios, haven't been part of joint terrorism training in 10 years and have just five officers to cover Penn Station.

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Agencies Point Fingers as Penn Station Chaos Is Reviewed

Monday, April 17, 2017

Amtrak is blaming NJ Transit for Friday's train failure that left riders stranded for three hours. NJ Transit is blaming Amtrak. 

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Gateway Project Still Hoping for Federal Funding, But There's a Back Up Plan

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

The Gateway Program to add a second rail tunnel under the Hudson River is moving forward, despite a proposal by President Trump to do away with federal funding.

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