New York

New York City transit worker suffers miscarriage on the job

By Sam Dalton, 1 July 2020

Transit workers are outraged at the Transit Authority and the union after a conductor who was six-months pregnant lost a baby when she was forced to return to track switching.

New York City police commissioner defends vehicular assault on protesters

By Erik Schreiber, 27 June 2020

Secure in the knowledge that city and state officials will support him, Commissioner Dermot Shea testified that officers who drove into a crowd of protesters last month did not violate department policy on the use of force.

New York City mayor de Blasio threatens 22,000 municipal worker layoffs

By Fred Mazelis, 26 June 2020

The city faces a June 30 deadline for a budget at a time when revenues show a $9 billion fall due to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Veteran curator at New York’s Metropolitan Museum latest to come under racialist attack

Institution accused of “white supremacy and culture of systemic racism”

By David Walsh, 26 June 2020

The attack launched against Metropolitan Museum of Art curator Keith Christiansen for his remarks concerning the danger of valuable art works being destroyed in the course of upheavals is without any merit whatsoever.

New York Governor Cuomo reopens economy as COVID-19 infection rate rises across US

By Philip Guelpa, 22 June 2020

Governor Cuomo is implementing a reopening scheme that will reverse dramatic declines in COVID-19 infection and death rates effected by lockdown measures.

Further evidence of the criminality of the New York Democratic administration response to the COVID-19 pandemic

By Clara Weiss, 22 June 2020

A Wall Street Journal analysis of the response by New York state to the COVID-19 pandemic paints a horrifying picture of preventable mass death in New York City hospitals.

130 WSJ report exposes criminal response by NY state to coronavirus

19 June 2020

New signs of New York City police revolt, as Democratic mayor and governor announce “reforms”

By Fred Mazelis, 18 June 2020

The NYPD abruptly announced the withdrawal this week of police officers who had been assigned to the offices of the district attorneys in four New York boroughs.

A timeline of abuse by the New York Police Department

By Sam Dalton, 11 June 2020

A peaceful protester arrested in New York City tells the WSWS about her experience

Reopening of New York City threatens a new surge in transit worker deaths

By Sam Dalton and Daniel de Vries, 8 June 2020

Transit workers fear that 130 deaths in their ranks is just the beginning

New York Mayor Bill de Blasio defends police violence against protesters

By Sam Dalton, 2 June 2020

In a news conference Saturday night, de Blasio defended police who drove their cruisers into a crowd of peaceful protesters earlier that evening in Brooklyn.

New York governor exempts nursing home operators from criminal liability after taking millions from the industry

By Philip Guelpa, 29 May 2020

Governor Andrew Cuomo took millions in donations from hospital and nursing home executives and then protected them from responsibility for deadly criminal actions regarding COVID-19.

Nursing union NYSNA provides cover for Cuomo’s push to reopen the economy

By Ali Elhassan, 29 May 2020

The New York State Nurses Association is promoting the illusion that the political establishment responsible for jeopardizing the health of the population and frontline health care workers can be pressured into adopting socially responsible policies.

City University of New York to lay off thousands of adjunct faculty amid financial crisis

By Elliott Murtagh, 29 May 2020

The City University of New York system is beginning to implement sweeping budget cuts triggered by New York state’s estimated $13.3 billion loss in tax revenue due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

NY Governor Cuomo shields nursing homes from prosecutions related to 5,600 COVID-19 deaths

By Erik Schreiber, 22 May 2020

The Democratic governor simultaneously praised his administration’s response to the pandemic and asserted that “nobody” should be held accountable for the tremendous number of needless deaths.

New York Democratic governor enlists tech billionaires to push distance learning

By Sandy English, 18 May 2020

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo announced “Reimagine Education,” a partnership with Microsoft’s Bill Gates and Google’s Eric Schmidt.

New York state to begin reopening in certain regions this weekend

By Josh Varlin, 13 May 2020

Three regions within New York state are set to resume some economic activity May 15, under a plan that leaves significant room for a deadly second wave of the pandemic.

New York police brutality continues unabated in midst of pandemic

By Sam Dalton, 13 May 2020

Sections of the Democratic Party and the media in New York City are attempting to portray brutal attacks by the NYPD on workers and youth exclusively in racial terms.

New York City education department, backed by teachers union, downplayed virus threat

By Sandy English, 13 May 2020

An exposé in the journal the City demonstrates that New York City officials systematically downplayed the threat of the coronavirus to New York City students and educators

14,000 New York City school bus workers face furlough as city imposes cuts

By Philip Guelpa, 12 May 2020

With New York schools closed through the end of the semester, school bus workers are being furloughed without pay or medical insurance as the city begins slashing its education budget.

“The company is not disclosing any information about sickness and deaths”

UPS workers in New York and New Jersey speak out on the COVID-19 pandemic

By our reporters, 7 May 2020

UPS drivers and sorters are working without proper PPE and health benefits, while management and the Teamsters union are concealing information about the spread of the virus, which has killed at least two workers.

999 NYU graduate student sick-out

6 May 2020

Dozens of decaying corpses found piled in unrefrigerated trucks at New York City funeral home

By Philip Guelpa, 1 May 2020

More than 18,000 New York City residents have so far died from COVID-19, and the city’s ability to deal with the bodies is at the breaking point.

New York state cancels Democratic presidential primary

By Shuvu Batta, 30 April 2020

The action is an effort to block the election of a sizeable delegation pledged to Bernie Sanders.

Two New York City health care workers commit suicide within 48 hours

By Clara Weiss, 28 April 2020

The two suicides bring the number of health care workers who have died because of the pandemic in New York state alone to at least 55.

New York state’s economy spirals into the abyss under the effects of COVID-19

By Philip Guelpa, 28 April 2020

A new study projects that the economic impact to New York state of the pandemic will reach $243 billion and it will take three years until a “full recovery.”

New York City transit workers must form rank-and-file committees to save their lives!

By Daniel de Vries, 24 April 2020

As officials move towards reopening the economy, four New York City transit workers a day are dying.

College students in New York City speak on the impact of the pandemic

By Elliott Murtagh, 22 April 2020

The closure of college campuses around the country last month due to social distancing protocols upended students’ lives, including those of international students.

New York City mayor declares “wartime” budget

By Philip Guelpa, 22 April 2020

Cuts to New York City’s municipal budget due to the COVID-19 pandemic will have a devastating economic impact on the city’s working class.

COVID-19 in New York City claims the lives of at least 27 homeless people

By Harry Matthews, 21 April 2020

Access to hygiene supplies and adequate space to isolate is hard to come by within the city’s shelter system, which is a patchwork of 450 different shelters with varying policies and resources.

New York City mayor announces $827 million in cuts to public education

By Sandy English, 20 April 2020

New York’s Democratic mayor Bill de Blasio announced deep cuts to education last week, with predictions of more to come.

As transit worker deaths continue rising, MTA promises families $500,000 in blood money

By Sam Dalton, 17 April 2020

On Tuesday, the MTA’s official COVID-19 death toll stood at 59. At least 2,269 transit workers have tested positive for the virus.

As educators die from COVID19

New York City makes first wave of massive budget cuts to public education

By Sandy English, 14 April 2020

New York City Democratic Mayor Bill de Blasio announced last week that he will cut hundreds of millions of dollars from the city’s education budget as well as funding for other critical programs.

New York City digging mass graves for coronavirus victims

By Josh Varlin, 11 April 2020

Victims of the pandemic are being buried en masse on Hart Island off the coast of the Bronx, just 16 miles from Wall Street, the center of world finance.

The COVID-19 crisis in New York City

Interview with Bronx emergency room nurse: “Some critical patients are not getting the medication and IV pumps they need"

By Clara Weiss, 11 April 2020

Hospitals throughout New York City, the epicenter of the coronavirus pandemic, are running out of medication and equipment.

Testimony from US and Canadian inmates exposes deadly conditions inside prisons

By Sam Dalton, 11 April 2020

Many harrowing accounts have emerged in the form of videos and written testimony from prisoners outlining the conditions they face in the last two weeks.

The COVID-19 crisis in New York City: Why Elmhurst has become a center of the crisis

By Ali Elhassan and Clara Weiss, 10 April 2020

Elmhurst is the most heavily immigrant working class district in New York City.

New York records worst death toll in pandemic, as 731 die in one day

By Josh Varlin, 8 April 2020

The official figures must be considered substantial underestimates, since there has been a reported surge in people dying in their homes, rather than in hospital.

As pandemic rages in New York, new budget allows for massive cuts in social programs

By Philip Guelpa, 8 April 2020

The newly enacted New York state budget, regardless of its nominal contents, will inevitably lead to major attacks on the working class.

At least 33 New York City transit workers dead as contagion spreads on buses and trains

By Daniel de Vries, 7 April 2020

Transit workers’ lives are being sacrificed while city and state officials refuse to provide workers and commuters protective gear or an alternative to packed buses and trains.

Bronx hospital physician provides harrowing account of conditions on front lines of pandemic

By Benjamin Mateus, 6 April 2020

Miguel, a third-year resident in internal medicine at a community hospital in the Bronx, spoke to the WSWS on the experiences of health care workers and patients.

Ten New York City transit workers die of COVID-19

By Sam Dalton, 2 April 2020

More New York City transit workers are sick and dying as work continues without protective equipment.

Cuomo presses forward with Medicaid cuts as New York City health care system overwhelmed by pandemic

By Josh Varlin, 2 April 2020

Even though New York City’s hospitals and medical workers are overwhelmed by the pandemic, Governor Andrew Cuomo is pushing forward with planned cuts to Medicaid.

Without work and regular paycheck millions of Americans at risk of eviction as rent comes due

By Jacob Crosse, 2 April 2020

In New York City, the epicenter of the coronavirus epidemic, up to 40 percent of tenants are expected forgo rent payments this month.

Amazon fires New York worker for leading strike demanding safe working conditions

By Shuvu Batta, 31 March 2020

Nationwide, at least ten Amazon facilities have confirmed cases. The strikers said that Amazon was deliberately hiding the real number of those infected.

“We should be the ones deciding how this could be run to be safe for us”

Amazon warehouse workers describe unsafe conditions and discuss forming workplace committees

By Douglas Lyons and Samuel Davidson, 31 March 2020

Workers at the JFK8 warehouse in Staten Island, New York walked out Monday to protest the prevailing conditions.

“A lot of people don't get a ventilator when they come to a hospital now, no matter how young they are”

New York City paramedic speaks out about dire conditions amid the COVID-19 pandemic

By Clara Weiss, 31 March 2020

New York is now the center of the pandemic. As of Monday night, 1,342 people have died and 67,325 have tested positive. Over 36,000 of the infected are in New York City.

New York City nurses protest over PPE, staff shortages as number of cases, deaths continue to climb

By Ali Elhassan and Clara Weiss, 30 March 2020

As the crisis intensifies in New York, front line health care workers are regularly being forced to work with inadequate personal protective equipment, causing them to become ill themselves in ever increasing numbers.

Coronavirus death toll extends to New York transit workers

By Daniel de Vries, 28 March 2020

The two deaths Thursday are the direct result of the criminally negligent response by the MTA in collaboration with the union.

“There’s such a cruelty about the situation”: New York City hospitals overwhelmed by coronavirus surge

By Clara Weiss, 27 March 2020

New York hospitals confront skyrocketing numbers of patients, a rising death toll, medical staff falling ill and critical shortages of Personal Protective Equipment and ventilators.

COVID-19 begins to rip through homeless population as 30 test positive in New York City shelters

By Sam Dalton and Clara Weiss, 25 March 2020

The homeless are at heightened risk of infection and death from the coronavirus.

Coronavirus crisis in New York: As doctors warn of “our Chernobyl,” state government plans Medicaid cuts

By Clara Weiss and Ali Elhassan, 23 March 2020

Governor Andrew Cuomo, who has been calling for the deployment of the military, warned on Sunday that between 40 and 80 percent of the population of New York state (roughly 19.5 million people) would be infected.

Columbia University graduate workers overwhelmingly authorize strike

By Josh Varlin, 23 March 2020

Columbia graduate workers voted by 96 percent to authorize a possible strike in early April.

John Eliot Gardiner leads all nine Beethoven symphonies at Carnegie Hall, and speaks about their significance

The great composer’s music has “to do with social equality, revolution and counterrevolution”

By Fred Mazelis, 23 March 2020

An opportunity, just before the coronavirus forced the closing of concert halls, to hear the works of the master played on period instruments.

Nearly two dozen New York City transit workers test positive for COVID-19

By Sam Dalton, 21 March 2020

The Metropolitan Transportation Authority has responded by continuing to ignore basic health precautions, risking the lives of workers, their families and the general public.

New York City now the epicenter of coronavirus pandemic in the US

By Josh Varlin, 20 March 2020

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio is considering a “shelter in place” order in response to the skyrocketing COVID-19 case numbers.

New York City finally closes public schools during coronavirus pandemic

By Sam Dalton, 16 March 2020

Public schools in the largest school district in the United States remained opened until this week, despite objections from parents, students and educators.

New York City declares state of emergency amid coronavirus pandemic

By Josh Varlin, 13 March 2020

New York City and New York state have announced new measures to stop the spread of the novel coronavirus, of which there are now 328 cases statewide.

No to right-wing “anti-Semitism” lawsuit against New York University!

the IYSSE at New York University, 12 March 2020

The state-led campaign against BDS and the lawsuit at NYU are an assault on democratic rights having nothing to do with the fight against anti-Semitism.

National Guard deployed to New York City suburb as coronavirus outbreak intensifies

By Josh Varlin, 11 March 2020

New York now has the largest number of cases in the United States, and cases are multiplying in New York City itself.

New York cops caught on video assaulting unarmed man

By Shuvu Batta, 10 March 2020

Yet another display of NYPD gangsterism sparks outrage.

Coronavirus outbreak takes hold in New York

By Josh Varlin, 5 March 2020

There are now 11 confirmed cases of the novel coronavirus in New York state, which is likely a significant underestimation given indications of community spread.

Museum of Chinese in America’s unique collection devastated by fire

By Sam Dalton, 2 March 2020

In the face of protests at New York City’s inaction, the recovery of thousands of artifacts damaged by fire at a storage facility belonging to MOCA will now be sped up.

Real estate broker fees remain in place in New York City after judge issues restraining order

By Erik Schreiber and Fred Mazelis, 24 February 2020

The latest maneuvers over supposed pro-tenant reforms reveal the impossibility of winning decent affordable housing through support for the big business Democratic Party.

19 February 2020

Courage Foundation holds public meeting in New York City in defense of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange

By Fred Mazelis, 18 February 2020

The extradition hearing for Assange is scheduled to begin in London on February 24.

YIVO Institute for Jewish research in New York fires all its librarians

By Clara Weiss, 17 February 2020

Many of the YIVO library’s 400,000 books, newspapers and documents have been rescued from Nazi barbarism, and are indispensable for the study of European Jewish history before the Second World War, the Holocaust and the pre-war revolutionary movement of the Eastern European working class.

Bloomberg’s billions and the politics of oligarchy

By Patrick Martin, 17 February 2020

The rallying of officeholders and media pundits to the billionaire candidate exposes the real class character of the Democratic Party.

Alleged WikiLeaks whistleblower Joshua Schulte on trial in New York

By Oscar Grenfell, 15 February 2020

The court hearings, over the Vault 7 leaks exposing mass CIA spying and hacking operations, have been subjected to a near total media blackout.

Black Democrats endorse Bloomberg after release of racist boasts on “stop-and-frisk”

By Niles Niemuth, 14 February 2020

The immediate response of elected African-American Democrats to the exposure of the billionaire Bloomberg’s racist remarks was to boost him as the only candidate who can defeat President Donald Trump in November.

New York City police in open revolt against Mayor de Blasio

By Philip Guelpa, 13 February 2020

Two shooting incidents by a single individual against New York officers have been used as a pretext to conduct a vicious, right-wing campaign against democratic rights.

060 Trump suspends Trusted Traveler program in New York

8 February 2020

Record number of homeless deaths in New York City last year

By Sam Dalton, 24 January 2020

A new report reveals a rapid rise in the number of homeless deaths in the largest and wealthiest city in America.

Drastic cuts to Rochester, New York schools

By Steve Filips, 20 January 2020

Ninety-five teachers have been laid off and 150 displaced in the Rochester City School District, due to massive over-spending, provoking immense anger among students, parents and staff.

Mass abstention as union pushes through New York City transit contract

By Alan Whyte, 16 January 2020

The vast majority of New York City transit workers boycotted a vote on a concessions contact backed by the Transport Workers Union.

Hasidic Jews injured in machete attack in Rockland County, New York

By Philip Guelpa, 30 December 2019

The attack Saturday was the latest in a growing number of hate crimes occurring within a climate of racial tension encouraged by both Trump and the Democrats.

As the Transport Workers Union attempts to push through major concessions

New York City transit workers speak out about workplace dangers and attacks on health care

By Daniel de Vries, 30 December 2019

While the TWU has tried to hide the extent of the concessions, the reality is that the agreement contains $44 million in health care and other givebacks.

Vote “No” on the TWU sellout contract!

Form rank-and-file committees to defend New York City transit workers!

By WSWS Transit Worker Newsletter, 18 December 2019

To defend jobs and living standards, transit workers must build new organizations of struggle to oppose the gang-up of the MTA, the Cuomo administration and the TWU.

999 Transit workers statement

17 December 2019

“The union bosses tell us they are fighting for us while they sell us out”

New York City transit workers denounce union-backed tentative agreement

By Alan Whyte, 12 December 2019

The newly published Memorandum of Agreement between the TWU and the MTA seeks to incorporate the union into management, increase the transit agency’s exploitation of workers and financially reward the union bureaucracy.

New York University charges food-insecure students for "free" meals

By Sam Dalton, 11 December 2019

Last semester 1,933 students, nearly 10 percent of the school’s undergraduates, utilized the Courtesy Meals Program.

New York transit union offers massive concessions to block strike

By Alan Whyte and Daniel de Vries, 9 December 2019

The tentative agreement agreed by the union seeks to stifle any movement by New York’s subway and bus workers against the demands of the Democratic Party for major cuts.

Job actions by New York City transit workers

By Alan Whyte, 27 November 2019

The union organized the slowdown because it fears it will be unable to impose the demands of the Democratic Party-run transit agency without provoking a rebellion by workers.

Three homeless men die in abandoned house fire in New York City

By Philip Guelpa, 26 November 2019

As the city’s homelessness crisis continues to worsen, increasing numbers face life-threatening risks.

Trump threatens “substantial” increase in anti-China tariffs

By Nick Beams, 13 November 2019

In a speech to the New York Economic Club, Trump claimed, amid falling GDP numbers, that his administration had “launched an economic boom the likes of which we have never seen before.”

“Teachers, autoworkers, everybody in this country, should go on strike”

New York City bus and subway workers speak out against concession demands

By a WSWS reporting team, 6 November 2019

The Metropolitan Transit Authority wants to introduce part-timers, outsource work to cheap-labor contractors and reduce overtime pay as it funnels more money to the Wall Street banks and wealthy bondholders.

Hundreds protest police violence in Brooklyn, New York subway

By Josh Varlin, 4 November 2019

Recent incidents of police violence in the subway system, connected to the crackdown on “fare evasion,” have fueled growing anger among workers in New York City.

New York City police kill five in less than a month

By Fred Mazelis, 30 October 2019

Behind the killings is the undoubted rise in social tension, the product of unprecedented inequality, along with decaying conditions affecting the working-class.

New York City transit workers and the fight for social equality

By Allen Whyte and Daniel de Vries, 30 October 2019

Working without a contract since May, transit workers are facing unprecedented attacks on working conditions being demanded by Wall Street.

New York University’s new mental health initiative cheats students in need of counseling

By Sam Dalton, 29 October 2019

NYU has launched a wellness program that is inadequate for the mental health needs of its students.

Workers and students speak at Sanders rally in New York

By our reporters, 22 October 2019

The WSWS discussed issues of war, healthcare and the role of the Democratic Party in capturing and destroying social movements against capitalism.

Four homeless men murdered in New York City’s Chinatown

By Owen Mullan and Sandy English, 14 October 2019

The tragic incident, involving six of the poorest people in the United States, is a product of the city’s social decay, the most unequal large American city.

New York City transit authority adds 500 police officers

By Philip Guelpa, 11 October 2019

Amidst crumbling infrastructure, deteriorating service, and repeated fare increases, the New York Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) is hiring 500 new police officers to patrol the New York City transit system.

ICE arrests nearly 600 immigrants in enforcement surge, targeting “uncooperative” local jurisdictions

By Leslie Murtagh, 7 October 2019

The coordinated attack on immigrants by the Trump administration across 20 states at the end of last month was the largest multi-state operation reported so far this year.

Report shows advanced decay of New York City subway stations

By Isaac Finn, 7 September 2019

A recent report from the New York City Comptroller’s office, “NYC Subway Station Conditions,” details debris falling from station ceilings and elevated trains.

New York transit agency seeks casualization of its workforce

By Alan Whyte, 4 September 2019

Management’s demands are nothing less than a declaration of war and an attempt to institute slave-labor conditions.

New York Police Department collecting DNA from unsuspecting workers and youth

By Erik Schreiber, 31 August 2019

In violation of Fourth Amendment protection, the policy has targeted individuals who have not been accused of any crime.

New York judge orders Fordham University to recognize Students for Justice in Palestine club

By Fred Mazelis, 10 August 2019

The decision is a small but significant blow against the campaign to equate anti-Zionism with anti-Semitism.

New York Metropolitan Transportation Authority approves plan to cut 2,700 jobs

By Isaac Finn, 9 August 2019

On July 24, the transportation authority board approved the “MTA Transformation Plan,” which includes the possible layoff of 2,700 workers and the use of contractors to replace retiring workers.

Big business, academia and the state team up to launch “Cyber NYC” spy program

By Leslie Murtagh, 26 July 2019

A $100 million “cybersecurity” initiative has been launched to develop New York City as a center of internet censorship and spying.