Stephen Nessen

Reporter, WNYC News

Stephen Nessen appears in the following:

Christmas in April; Rockette Auditions Kick Off Today

Wednesday, April 29, 2009

It's like Christmas in April. The Rockettes kicked off auditions today for the 2009 Radio City Christmas Spectacular. Over 400 aspiring Rockettes from across the country came to test their mettle for a coveted spot in the legendary dance troupe known for their chorus line leg kicks in perfect unison. Besides proficiency in jazz and tap dancing, Rockettes must be between 5'6 and 5'10, and over 18 years old. Joy Girard attended Rockette summer camp, just turned 18, bought a new leotard for today, and flew in from California for the audition.

I wanted to be a Rockette since I was four years old and I saw them on TV in the Macy's Thanksgiving Day parade, so I finally turned 18 and it's my chance to audition.

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Report Says Welfare Roll Down, Applicants Up

Wednesday, April 29, 2009

A new report released by the Federation of Protestant Welfare Agencies says New York state has seen a drop in the welfare rolls, but an increase in applicants for cash assistance.

The report compares the number of people receiving public assistance in 1997, and in 2007. Bich Ha Pham is a co-author of the report and says there was a 59 percent decrease in the number of recipients between those years. "It's because welfare applicants face too many restrictions and barriers," she says, adding that the welfare program is not responding to that need. She says that's a big difference from other public benefits programs, like food stamps, where there's been a stronger outreach to those affected by the economic downturn.

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Transit Works Say They Smell a Rat

Thursday, April 23, 2009

Members of Transport Worker's Union 100 blame MTA Chief Financial Officer Gary Dellaverson for not coming up with money to save the MTA. Their shouts echoed down four blocks on Madison Avenue in front of the MTA headquarters this afternoon. Protesters from Transport Workers Union 100 lined ...
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Unions Say No Layoffs Please, Mr. Paterson

Thursday, April 23, 2009

Barry Markman, a state employee for 29 years, says no layoffs please.

Barry Markman, a state employee for 29 years, says no layoffs please.

Unions are demanding that Governor Paterson reconsider his proposed 9,000 state job cuts to balance the state's ...

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Getting Some Old Time Religion on Two Wheels

Saturday, April 18, 2009

Bikers from across the city cycled to The Cathedral Church of St. John the Divine at 112th Street to get their bikes blessed by Father Thomas Miller today, in the sixth annual blessing of the bikes.

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Cosmetic Surgery Short Cuts Can be Deadly

Friday, April 17, 2009

Illegal injections are on the rise.

Illegal injections are on the rise.


The Health Department is warning New Yorkers that when it comes to cosmetic surgery, homemade injections can be deadly. Dr. Nathan Graber from the New York Department of Health ...

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Opening Day at Yankee Stadium. Got a Ticket? Got a Park?

Thursday, April 16, 2009

The Yankees had the first official home game of the season today and fans came out to see the team and the new stadium.

Fans came far and wide ticket and ticketless

Marsha Nicol is a retired school teacher from Connecticut, and is hopeful she will get a ticket.


Devoted Yankee fan and Bronx resident Kareem Simmons, a 41 year old New York Transit worker, painted his head blue and white, although he didn't have a ticket, he was only stopping by on his way to work. He plans on seeing at least five games this season.

This is like the mother of all opening days, we have a new chapter in our lives here.


Another Bronx resident, James Chiominento, came to see the new stadium and try to score a ticket. He is wheelchair bound and the old stadium didn't have enough space for him, so he hasn't seen the Yankees play in years... but the new stadium has 506 wheelchair spaces, so he plans to change that.

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Klein Calls on Parents to Cast Their "Vote"

Thursday, April 09, 2009

Schools Chancellor Joel Klein

Schools Chancellor Joel Klein


City parents are participating in their first ever 'straw vote' for members of Community Education Councils (CECs). The balloting began Monday, online only, and will continue until April 22. The Department of ...

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NOAA and the Whale

Thursday, April 09, 2009


This morning at 8 a.m., a 30-foot humpback whale was spotted in a shipping lane near the Verrazano Bridge. While the Coast Guard cleared the shipping lanes, the humpback took a detour to Coney ...

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Obama Chicken Joint: Critics Cry Fowl!

Wednesday, April 08, 2009

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The owner of a Brownsville fast food joint may have rode the wave of Obamamania a bit too far after he recently renamed his restaurant Obama Fried Chicken.

Despite protests last week, the manager, Mohammad Jabbar from Bangladesh, ...

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Goodbye Shea...Hello Citi Field

Saturday, April 04, 2009

The Mets had an auspicious win last night at the first exhibition game in their new stadium, beating the Red Sox 4-3.

Mets fans reveled in Citi Field's open space and surprisingly good ball park food on the promenade deck and various eateries.

Lifelong Mets fan Steve ...

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Digging in the Dirt, Trash Talking & Old Timey Fiddling

Thursday, April 02, 2009

As temperatures rose into the 60s today, New Yorkers emerged after the long winter to play. Taking in the sun in the West Village, Marcus Slade, 37, a chef and party promoter, taught us that trash talk is essential at the "Cage," the basketball court at West Third street and Sixth Avenue.

Students from the Brooklyn Waldorf School used today's good weather to stretch their legs and, thanks to their teacher Susan Phar, shed their winter gear. Six-year-old Zisi Blades and his friend Noah, "the Boa Constrictor," drew airplanes and a radio, tuned to WNYC, in the dirt at Fort Greene Park. Their classmates offered mounds of dirt to anyone that wanted one and prepared for this evening's "Scooter Olympics."

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Voices from Senator Carl Kruger's District

Sunday, March 29, 2009

While the Metropolitan Transportation Authority approved fares and toll hikes by 25 percent and reduced service on trains and buses Wednesday, legislation by opposing Democrats is stalled in Albany. One of the more vocal state senators, is Carl Kruger of Brooklyn.

WNYC spoke with a few residents of his ...

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Spring Has Sprung

Friday, March 20, 2009

At 7:44 a.m. the vernal equinox heralded in the first day of spring. It didn't feel like it, but at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden signs of spring were everywhere.

Uli Lorimer, the curator of the native flora collection at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden, hacked down his Charlie Brown Christmas-like ...

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Climbing for Bin Laden

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

The third climber from last summer's rash of New York Times building scalers has has pleaded guilty to misdemeanor reckless endangerment.

David Malone, of West Hartford, Connecticut was arrested on July 9 for ascending to the 11th floor and draping a banner that depicted Bin Laden holding Bush like a ...

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No Drivers License, No Problem

Friday, March 13, 2009

Jorge Lopez displays an I.D. card issued by the Consulate General of Ecuador that would be accepted as a valid form of identification at all banks if this legislation passes.

Jorge Lopez displays an I.D. card issued by the Consulate General ...

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Governors...er Mayor's Island

Friday, March 13, 2009

Mayor Bloomberg is trying to convince the state to relinquish control of Governors Island and Brooklyn Bridge Park to the city. Currently both parks are jointly funded by the city and the state, but in Governor Paterson's current fiscal budget there are no funds allocated for ...

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UN to Chinese Embassy- Marching for Tibet

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Tibetan protesters

Tibetan protesters

Hundreds of pro-Independence Tibetans and other supporters marched down 42nd Street from the United Nations to the Chinese embassy Tuesday. Wrapped in Tibetan flags and head bands they chanted slogans and carried black flags that read '50 years of Resistance,' in memory of the failed uprising 50 years ago that ended with the Dalai Lama fleeing in exile to India.

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Savings on Time AND Batteries

Friday, March 06, 2009

It’s that time of year when we spring forward… so don’t forget to set your clocks ahead an hour this Sunday when daylight saving time goes into effect.

And while you’re changing your clocks, the New York Fire Department wants to remind New Yorkers that it is also a good time to change the batteries in your smoke detectors.

Lieutenant Anthony Mancusso says smoke detectors are of no use if the batteries are dead.

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CUNY Students Prepare for Albany

Tuesday, March 03, 2009

More than 100 CUNY students are preparing for meetings tomorrow with Albany lawmakers to discuss Governor Paterson’s proposed $65 million budget cut to tuition aid and community college funding.

Like many students at Bronx Community College, Monique Lewis, 38, juggles work, studies and family. She is studying social work and has five children, the youngest is five and the oldest, 22. If the proposed funding cuts pass she may see her tuition rise by 15 percent or about $400.


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