Stephen Nessen

Reporter, WNYC News

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Baby, It's Cold Outside: Coat Donations Down 35 Percent This Year

Wednesday, December 25, 2013

Dozens of people lined up on a cold Christmas morning outside the New York City Rescue Mission in Chinatown hoping to find a donated coat that might fit and protect against the winter weather.

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Here Are the Top-Earning College Presidents

Monday, December 16, 2013

Every year, the Chronicle of Higher Education combs through hundreds of private non-profit colleges' tax forms and releases a list of the top earning school presidents. For 2011, the latest year available, there were some surprises. The president of Marist College in Poughkeepsie, New York, beat out Columbia University's president, coming in third place after the presidents of the University of Chicago and Northeastern University.


Cooper Union Tries to Chill Out Students, Via New Rules

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

After a tumultuous year where students occupied the president's office for 65 days, Cooper Union is revising its student code of conduct. A draft of the proposal would define "disruption" and "obstruction" — and their negative consequences — for the first time. 

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Some Citi Bike Commuters Laugh in the Face of Snow

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

This morning's wet snow has made the morning commute more of a slog than usual. But that hasn't stopped some New Yorkers from continuing to commute using the city's bike share program.

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In Response to Stop and Frisk Allegations, Retailers to Post a 'Customer's Bill of Rights '

Monday, December 09, 2013

A coalition of major retailers and civil rights groups have co-written a "Customer's Bill of Rights," which the Retail Council of New York said will be posted in stores this week. The goal: to ensure black shoppers won't be racially profiled for making expensive purchases.

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Half of Taxis to be Wheelchair Accessible in Next 7 Years

Friday, December 06, 2013

New York City announced Friday that half the city taxi fleet would be wheelchair accessible by 2020. The move is part of a settlement agreement in a major class-action lawsuit brought in 2011 that charged the city was in violation of the Americans with Disabilities Act.

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Meet the Two-Story, Top Hat Wearing, Cigar-Chomping Inflatable Pig

Wednesday, December 04, 2013

Across New York City, small groups of pro-union activists, supporting various causes, are holding flash demonstrations.  What they have in common is a belief that the pro-labor momentum that began with Bill de Blasio’s election will lead to higher wages for workers and a union-friendly administration.

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Metro-North Service to Resume, Mostly, Wednesday

Tuesday, December 03, 2013

Metro-North Railroad will resume more than 98 percent of its regular Hudson Line service in time for Wednesday morning’s commute following Sunday's massive derailment. According to Governor Cuomo, the railroad was able to clear debris, begin rebuilding tracks and restore one of the three tracks in the area that was not significantly damaged in the accident.

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Feds: Train Was Going 82 in a 30-MPH Zone

Monday, December 02, 2013

UPDATED: Federal investigators say the Metro North commuter train that derailed Sunday was going 82 mph in a 30 mph zone as it rounded a precipitous curve in the Bronx.

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Thanksgiving Day Parade Balloons Still Up in the Air

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

High winds may ground the giant balloons in the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade Thursday.  If winds exceed 23 miles per hour and gusts are more than 34 miles per hour the balloons will not be allowed to lift off. 

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City Sues Corrections Workers for Bus Delays

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

The city has filed a lawsuit accusing the Correction Officers Benevolent Association and its head, Norman Seabrook, of unlawfully striking, by delaying buses from leaving Rikers Island Nov. 18 in order to prevent a prisoner from testifying against union members.


How New Yorkers Prepare for the Winter

Monday, November 25, 2013

For a second day in a row, the city is facing frigid temperatures, a reminder that winter is on the way. We hit the streets and asked New Yorkers what they're doing to stay warm. 


Head of Corrections Worker Union to Discuss Bus Delays on Rikers Island

Friday, November 22, 2013

Mayor Michael Bloomberg is accusing the president of the Corrections Officers Union, Norman Seabrook, of deliberately ordering a slowdown in the delivering of inmates from Rikers Island to courtrooms across the city, Seabrook hasn't commented, but on his weekly radio show he said he would address the issue on Monday.


NYC Subway Breaks Ridership Record

Thursday, November 21, 2013


If you were in New York City on Thursday, October 24th, chances are you rode the subway. You weren't alone.

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5Pointz Painted: Queens Loses a Graffiti Landmark

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

The murals on the warehouse that houses 5Pointz Aerosol Art Center in Long Island City, Queens were painted over early Tuesday morning.

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PHOTOS: First Look at New Park on Governors Island

Thursday, November 14, 2013

The city unveiled a new park on Governors Island on Thursday with curving paths, towering sculptures and dozens of hammocks. Though it won't open to visitors until May 2014, we got a sneak peek.

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PHOTOS: First Look at 4 World Trade Center

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

The 977-foot office tower at 4 World Trade Center officially opened in lower Manhattan; it's the first building in the old World Trade Center plaza area to open since the attacks on Sept. 11, 2001.


New York's One World Trade Beats Chicago's Willis Tower

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

New York City regained the mantle of having the tallest building in the country Tuesday when an obscure committee ruled that the spire atop 1 World Trade Center should be counted as part of its height.


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First Tower at Ground Zero Site to Open

Monday, November 11, 2013

Four World Trade Center won't be the tallest building at Ground Zero, at 977 feet and 72 floors, but it will be the first to open since September 11th within the Ground Zero construction site. 

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Did a Quarter of NYC Voters Neglect to Flip Over Their Ballot?

Thursday, November 07, 2013

Many voters say they forgot to flip the ballot over in Tuesday's election and vote on the referenda questions on the back. According to a WNYC analysis of the Associated Press election results, 25 percent of voters didn't answer any of the questions.