Stephen Nessen

Reporter, WNYC News

Stephen Nessen appears in the following:

The Latest on the Harlem Explosion

Thursday, March 13, 2014

As of 7:15 Thursday evening, the NYPD reports that eight people died as a result of the massive explosion on 116th St. in East Harlem. WNYC reporter Stephen Nessen updates the news about yesterday's fatal gas explosion that leveled two buildings on Park Avenue. Also, Robert Rodriguez, New York State Assembly Member (D-68th) representing East Harlem, talks about the emergency response and resources available to those affected by the explosion in his district, and any policy response that may be proposed. Plus, Irwin Redlener, director of the National Center for Disaster Preparedness at the Earth Institute at Columbia University, offers advice for preparing for and responding to disasters like yesterday's gas explosion.

Later, Jonathan Bowles, executive director of the Center for an Urban Future returns to discuss their report on NYC's aging infrastructure and the role it might have played in the explosion.

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Fire Smolders for Second Day in East Harlem

Thursday, March 13, 2014

At the site of the explosion on 116th Street, residents walked around wearing surgical masks and a backhoe filled a dump truck with wreckage.


Residents of Harlem Building that Exploded Grappling with New Reality

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Residents of the two buildings that exploded in East Harlem Wednesday are grappling with a new life without their home.

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The Way to Curb Overdose Deaths, One Spray at a Time

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Remember that scene in the movie "Pulp Fiction" when the John Travolta character plunges a syringe full of adrenaline into the chest of Uma Thurman, who is overdosing? It turns out a ...

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New York City's Infrastructure Isn't Getting Any Younger

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

We know New York is an old city with aging infrastructure, but now we have an idea of just how vulnerable it is — not to mention how much it will cost to fix.

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Breaking Barriers in Brooklyn, from Jackie Robinson to Jason Collins

Wednesday, March 05, 2014

Jason Collins, the first openly gay NBA player, may be paving the way for future gay athletes. Now he's being compared to another barrier-breaking sports star: Jackie Robinson.

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Shoddy Public Housing Boilers Cost City $1 Million a Month

Thursday, February 27, 2014

The 26 temporary boilers the New York City Housing Authority installed after Sandy are costly and unreliable. Residents say they smell, too.

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City Commemorates Anniversary of Trayvon Martin's Death

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Communities around the city are marking the second anniversary of the death of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin with several rallies, an art exhibit and a film.


Olympics Get Mixed Reviews From New York’s Russians

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

In Brighton Beach, televisions are tuned to Sochi. But loyalties are torn between the old country and the new. And opinions are divided about what the games say about Russia today.


You Can't Get There From Here — Not on Unshoveled Sidewalks

Friday, February 07, 2014

New York is a city of walkers, but with several days of snow and freezing rain, the walking isn't easy.

On West Houston Street, Lou, who declined to give her last name because her children told her not to leave the house while the streets are still icy, ran into a ...

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PHOTOS: How to Spot a Fake Super Bowl Ticket

Friday, January 31, 2014

Thermochromic ink, embossing and holographs: the NFL is keeping its Super Bowl tickets real.


How the Farm Bill Will Affect New Yorkers

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

After two years of delays, Congress is poised to vote on a nearly 1,000-page Farm Bill this week. The bill, which must be renewed every five years, would restore cuts to farm and nutrition programs, while slashing nearly $9 billion from food stamps over 10 years.

The new bill will ...


Police Release Sketch in Journalist Attack; Hate Crime Suspected

Monday, January 27, 2014

Randy Gener, 46, remains in intensive care at St Luke's-Roosevelt Hospital.


Broadway Prepares for 'Super Bowl Boulevard'

Friday, January 24, 2014

The Super Bowl is being played in New Jersey, but New York City hosting the pre-game festivities known as the NFL Experience. And starting this Wednesday, 13 blocks of Broadway will be converted into Super Bowl Boulevard—but not everyone is cheering.

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Family Fears Remains Belong to Missing Autistic Child

Friday, January 17, 2014

There may have been a break in the search for Avonte Oquendo, the autistic and mute boy who went missing this fall. The medical examiner worked to identify human remains found along t...
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New York at Center of Very Profitable, Very Illegal Ivory Trade

Thursday, January 16, 2014

The penalty for selling illegal ivory in New York is about as punitive as the penalty for being drunk in public — a fine up to $250, or a maximum of 15 days in prison. But the tra...

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What Happens When 140-Year-Old Water Main Bursts

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Voicing the frustrations of many New Yorkers, Greta Floyd from Jamaica, Queens, said the subway disruptions were a major annoyance. "It's not that inconvenient; it's just lately every...
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Advocates Press for More School Spending

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Education activists are in Albany trying to pressure the governor to increase education funding in this year's state budget so that schools can get back to pre-recession levels.

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New Plan to Buy LICH Preserves Some Health Services

Monday, January 13, 2014

The latest proposal would get rid of the hospital, but some medical services would still be available.


Cooper Union Tuition Plan Gets Final Approval

Friday, January 10, 2014

Cooper Union will no longer be providing a free education. The school's 23-member board of trustees voted Friday to charge tuition to the incoming class for the first time in the sc...

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