New York

New York’s de Blasio administration defends spying on Muslims

By Isaac Finn, 13 October 2014

The NYPD used undercover cops to spy on Mosques as well as Muslim cultural centers and businesses in New York and New Jersey.

Notes on police violence in America

Another asthmatic man dead after being tackled by New York police

By Tom Hall, 11 October 2014

Daniel Levitt is the second asthmatic killed by New York police this year, along with Eric Garner, and the fourth person killed by the NYPD in the past two weeks.

Anti-Muslim ads removed from New York buses after protest from James Foley's family

By Isaac Finn, 4 October 2014

The family charged that the virulently anti-Muslim ad was “entirely inconsistent” with the slain reporter’s beliefs.

Widening inequality intensifies New York City housing crisis

By Fred Mazelis, 27 September 2014

Cuts in the Section 8 voucher program are being used to threaten families and force them into substandard conditions.

Over 100 arrested in “Flood Wall Street” demonstration

By Isaac Finn, 24 September 2014

New York City police used pepper against the protesters.

FBI arrests Rochester man in fabricated ISIS “terror plot”

By Thomas Gaist, 18 September 2014

Mufid Elfgeeh was arrested after purchasing inoperative weapons from FBI informants posing as aspiring ISIS militants

Fifty years since the Rochester, New York riots

By Jonathan White, 5 September 2014

The riot was one of the first uprisings to sweep America’s cities in the 1960s.

New York transit workers discuss political lessons of Ferguson, Missouri

By our reporters, 27 August 2014

Subway workers are angered by the militarization of the police and the long history of brutality and abuse.

“Eric Garner was murdered for selling cigarettes”

Thousands march in New York City against police violence

By Sandy English, 25 August 2014

Thousands of people marched on Saturday in New York City to oppose the chokehold death of Eric Garner by the NYPD and other police killings in the US.

South Bronx residents say Ferguson unrest is about class

By a WSWS reporting team, 23 August 2014

Workers and young people discussed the killing of Michael Brown and its connection to broader issues.

New York Mayor de Blasio’s mantle of “progressivism” wears thin

By Fred Mazelis, 23 August 2014

De Blasio and his advisers have sought to claim the mantle of “progressivism” within the Democratic Party.

“Poor Door” for lower-income tenants underscores class divide in New York

By Steve Light, 22 August 2014

A 33-story luxury building under construction will have a separate back entrance for those who live in its “affordable” apartments.

As political crisis erupts over police killing

New York police arrest man who taped Eric Garner’s death

By Sandy English, 11 August 2014

The police chokehold killing of Eric Garner last month has sparked widespread anger, while Mayor de Blasio attempts to prevent a social eruption.

Death of Eric Garner at hands of New York police ruled a homicide

By Sandy English, 4 August 2014

The authorities admit that the death of the Staten Island man was caused by a police chokehold.

“You can’t treat human beings this way”

New York residents speak out against police violence

By a WSWS reporting team, 30 July 2014

The police killing of Staten Island resident Eric Garner has sparked broad outrage against the daily brutality unleashed on working people in New York City by police.

Steelworkers union covers for death of contract worker at New York aluminum plant

By Sam Davidson and Steve Filips, 26 July 2014

Steven Cooper, a contract worker in the Novelis Aluminum plant in Upstate New York, was killed June 30 while working at the plant’s remelt and recycling area.

Long Island Railroad unions accept concessions

By Alan Whyte, 26 July 2014

The LIRR settlement is only the latest in a series of concessions contracts negotiated between public employee unions and New York’s Democratic-led state and city administrations.

“The NYPD is a gang”

Outrage grows over use of police “chokehold” in death of New York man

By a reporting team, 21 July 2014

The city’s Civilian Complaint Review Board reported more than 1,000 complaints about chokeholds in the past five years.

New York City man dies after being choked by police

By Isaac Finn, 19 July 2014

A Staten Island man died Thursday after officers from the New York Police Department put him in a chokehold, piled on top of him and held his head down, constricting his breathing.

New York transit agency demands concessions from Long Island Railroad workers

By Alan Whyte, 12 July 2014

The LIRR, the largest US commuter rail line, faces a July 20 strike deadline.

Education “reform” group to file lawsuit against teacher tenure in New York State

By Jason Melanovski, 28 June 2014

Following the California court ruling striking down teacher tenure in the state, a corporate-backed education “reform” organization is preparing to file a lawsuit challenging New York state tenure and seniority laws for teachers.

New York’s Metropolitan Opera cancels broadcasts of The Death of Klinghoffer

By Fred Mazelis, 19 June 2014

Met general manager Peter Gelb’s announcement is an attempt to appease the right-wing Zionist lobby.

September 11 Museum: An exercise in historical falsification

By Philip Guelpa, 17 June 2014

The recently opened National September 11 Memorial Museum presents an extremely narrow, one-sided narrative that severely distorts both the causes and consequences of the 9/11 terrorist attacks.

Teachers and transit workers ratify New York City contract deals

By Alan Whyte and Dan Brennan, 6 June 2014

The mood among teachers and transit workers is far from one of satisfaction.

New York’s Working Families Party once again backs Democrat Cuomo

By Fred Mazelis, 3 June 2014

The Working Families Party delivered its endorsement for the governor after bitter recriminations at its convention.

Migrant workers face brutal conditions at NYU’s Abu Dhabi campus

By Isaac Finn and Fred Mazelis, 3 June 2014

A recent report provided details on the beatings, arrests, deportations and other abuses.

Thousands more layoffs imminent for New York school bus workers

By Dan Brennan, 2 June 2014

New York’s new mayor, Bill de Blasio, is continuing the attacks against school bus drivers begun a year and a half ago.

Inmate deaths reveal brutal conditions in New York City’s Rikers Island prison

By Philip Guelpa, 26 May 2014

An Associated Press investigation revealed that two inmates recently died from horrific squalor and neglect at the prison.

Occupy Wall Street protester jailed for three months in case of police beating

By Sandy English, 20 May 2014

In a ruling designed to intimidate opponents of social inequality in the US, a judge in New York City sentenced Occupy Wall Street activist Cecily McMillan to 90 days in jail.

New York teachers voting on nine-year “reform” contract

By Steve Light and A. Woodson, 19 May 2014

The contract proposal includes a pay package designed to deprive teachers what is owed to them, and new attacks on public education.

New York City mayor and UFT announce nine-year teachers’ contract

By Fred Mazelis, 3 May 2014

The tentative agreement, designed to set a pattern, shows the role of the unions as guarantors of “labor peace.”

New York state unions file phony lawsuits against teacher evaluations

By Jason Melanovski, 2 May 2014

Teacher evaluations were cited as a means of targeting and victimizing teachers in high-poverty areas.

New York teacher exposes how unions helped impose performance evaluations

By our reporters, 2 May 2014

Twitter campaign backfires on New York Police Department

By Sandy English, 24 April 2014

Within an hour of the first postings, hundreds of people had uploaded photographs of police brutality.

Anger builds among New York transit workers against sellout contract

By Alan Whyte, 21 April 2014

This deal has an economic and political significance that affects all sections of the working class, not only the city’s transit workforce.

Occupy Wall Street activist on trial for assaulting New York City cop

By Sandy English, 18 April 2014

Cecily McMillan faces up to seven years in prison if she is convicted.

Governor Cuomo spearheads attack on New York City public schools

By Fred Mazelis, 15 April 2014

The recent budget deal revealed the role of the charter school movement and the Democratic Party.

Teamsters officials agree to pay UPS and accept ten-day suspensions to end revolt against firings

By Philip Guelpa, 14 April 2014

In exchange for taking the 250 workers back, the company has obtained a statement from the union that the walkout was “illegal and unauthorized.”

WSWS arts editor David Walsh speaks at The New School in New York City

By Our reporters, 9 April 2014

The lecture was a part of the tour to promote the new book, The Sky Between the Leaves, a selection of film reviews, interviews and essays on cinema and cultural issues.

UPS fires 250 workers in Queens, New York over drivers’ walkout

By Philip Guelpa, 9 April 2014

The Teamsters union quickly moved to divert workers' anger in response to a blatant act of intimidation.

New York State budget: Tax breaks for the rich, continued attacks on basic services

By Philip Guelpa, 2 April 2014

Governor Cuomo, who is running for re-election this year, has made cutting taxes on the rich a primary goal of his administration.

One hundred people killed in New York house fires this winter

By Steve Filips, 19 March 2014

This winter’s bitter cold, shabby housing and benefit cuts are driving New York’s fire wave.

The New York City gas explosion and the neglect of infrastructure

By Philip Guelpa, 17 March 2014

The gas explosion in New York City’s East Harlem neighborhood is just one of a growing number of deadly incidents resulting from the decades-long neglect of infrastructure.

New York City gas explosion likely caused by 127-year-old pipes

By Gabriel Black, 14 March 2014

The gas explosion that has killed at least eight people and demolished two buildings in New York City is a product of the metropolis’ failing and antiquated infrastructure

Wall Street bonuses up by 15 percent last year

By Andre Damon, 14 March 2014

Bonus payouts for Wall Street employees grew to the highest level since the 2008 crash.

At least three dead in Manhattan explosion blamed on gas leak

By Fred Mazelis, 13 March 2014

Ten people are still missing and 60 were injured in the massive explosion, which destroyed two apartment buildings. There are signs that aging infrastructure is to blame.

Spike Lee, gentrification and the crisis of affordable housing

By Clare Hurley, 11 March 2014

The relentless gentrification of working class neighborhoods poses the urgent need to fight for housing as a social right.

New York governor proposes $4 million cut to public libraries

By Isabelle Belanger, 6 March 2014

The proposed cuts to libraries in New York State will leave funding well below where it was in 1998.

New York City budget exposes contrast between mayor’s rhetoric and reality

By Philip Guelpa, 27 February 2014

New mayor Bill de Blasio’s proposals reveal the emptiness of his campaign promises to address the growing poverty and unemployment that have made New York one of the most unequal cities in the world.

Judge dismisses suit against New York police spying on Muslims

By Sandy English, 26 February 2014

District Judge William Martini blamed the Associated Press for reporting on the surveillance rather than the government for its misconduct.

New York mayor de Blasio and unions prepare new attacks on city workers

By Fred Mazelis, 24 February 2014

The stage is being set for concessions deals between the Democrat in City Hall and his partners in the trade unions.

Rejecting mediator’s proposal, New York’s transit agency insists on a wage freeze

By Alan Whyte, 18 February 2014

New York’s Metropolitan Transportation Authority has rejected a non-binding mediator’s proposal that Long island Railroad employees receive a wage increase.

One year since the betrayal of the NYC school bus workers strike

By Philip Guelpa, 15 February 2014

The ATU’s betrayal of the New York City school bus strike a year ago has exposed the workers to savage attacks and revealed the utter bankruptcy of the trade union bureaucracy.

New Yorkers condemn food stamp cuts

By a WSWS reporting team, 12 February 2014

Nearly two million in the financial capital rely on food stamps to survive.

Two Brooklyn men freed after 21 years in prison for wrongful murder conviction

By Kate Randall, 11 February 2014

A record 87 exonerations were recorded in the United States in 2013.

“No company will hire full-time anymore”

Deindustrialization and unemployment in Syracuse, New York

By Steve Filips and Samuel Davidson, 6 February 2014

Economic conditions in Syracuse, in the center of upstate New York, reveal the real state of the Obama “recovery."

New York’s “progressive” mayor de Blasio continues right-wing policies

By Fred Mazelis, 3 February 2014

De Blasio’s “reforms” add up to more of the same as far as the working class in the financial capital of the US is concerned.

New York’s Democratic governor plans major tax cuts for the wealthy

By Philip Guelpa, 23 January 2014

New York’s Democratic governor, Andrew Cuomo, presented a budget proposal that funds major tax cuts for corporations and wealthy individuals by continued austerity for the working class.

Workers, community fight Brooklyn hospital closures

By Dan Brennan, 22 January 2014

Hospital workers occupied part of Interfaith Medical Center last Friday in response to the diversion of ambulances away from the financially troubled hospital in Brooklyn, New York.

New Jersey governor faces deepening crisis over bridge scandal

By Fred Mazelis, 14 January 2014

Two thousand pages of newly released documents point to a coverup in regard to the closure of bridge lanes last September.

New York City’s homeless suffer in record-breaking low temperatures

By Isaac Finn, 10 January 2014

As with Hurricane Sandy in 2012, extreme weather has exposed the blight of extreme social inequality in New York City.

Bill Clinton administers oath of office to New York’s new mayor, Bill de Blasio

By Fred Mazelis, 3 January 2014

The new mayor, who cast his campaign as a crusade for equality, was sworn in by an ex-president whose policies were key to the record rise in inequality over the past two decades.

As 2014 begins, New York City’s homeless population continues to grow

By Elliott Vernon, 3 January 2014

According to the 2013 Annual Homeless Assessment Report, nearly 64,000 people, including 22,000 children, are homeless in New York City.

New York’s Mayor Bloomberg calls for assault on public worker pensions

By Philip Guelpa, 31 December 2013

Following the recent stripping of constitutional protection for public pensions in Detroit, New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg calls for an all-out attack on public worker benefits.

NYC school bus workers hammered by mass layoffs and contract givebacks

By Dan Brennan, 30 December 2013

The workers, whose month-long strike was betrayed last February, now face pressure to choose between huge cuts in pay and benefits or mass layoffs.

Obama pushes program to turn public schools over to corporations

By Steve Light and A. Woodson, 23 December 2013

Obama, backed by New York City’s mayor-elect Bill de Blasio and the teachers’ union, is promoting efforts to privatize public education.

Food stamp cuts hurting poor and low-income workers in Syracuse, New York

By Steve Filips and Samuel Davidson, 18 December 2013

The social safety net is in tatters as unprecedented cuts to programs leave many poor and low-income workers without food for longer periods

New York Mayor-Elect de Blasio’s appointments signal continuing assault on working class

By Fred Mazelis, 11 December 2013

The new first deputy mayor is an experienced member of the political establishment, and the return of Police Commissioner William Bratton assures Wall Street that there will be no “softness on crime.”

New York: Basic safety system absent in Metro North crash

By Jeff Lusanne, 6 December 2013

Several technological systems in use for decades could have prevented the Metro North crash that killed four people.

Governor and media rush to blame train’s engineer in fatal New York derailment

By Philip Guelpa, 4 December 2013

The NTSB investigation of Sunday’s fatal commuter train derailment in New York has barely begun, but the politicians and news media are already vilifying the train’s engineer.

Commuter train derailment in New York City kills four

By Philip Guelpa, 2 December 2013

An early morning commuter train headed to New York City derailed on a sharp curve, the site of a previous derailment earlier this year, killing four and injuring 67.

New York’s Talking Transition: A phony forum of change

By Dan Brennan, 29 November 2013

Immediately following the victory of de Blasio—the first Democrat elected as New York City mayor in 20 years—millions in foundation money poured into a two-week-long event to promote the illusion of participatory policymaking.

Teamsters push through cuts in pensions for workers at New York supermarket chain

By Jason Melanovski, 25 November 2013

Teamsters officials used multiple contract votes to push through a concessions contract in upstate New York.

General Electric rejects union concessions and announces closure of upstate New York plant

By Philip Guelpa, 23 November 2013

General Electric will close its Fort Edward capacitor manufacturing plant.

US: Anger on first anniversary of Hurricane Sandy

By Philip Guelpa, 29 October 2013

One year after Hurricane Sandy, inadequate funding and bureaucratic delays have left hundreds of thousands in desperate conditions.

Fatal Bronx fire exposes appalling social conditions

By Dan Brennan, 29 October 2013

The horrific fire that engulfed a Bronx apartment complex Friday evening and killed three young children has exposed the miserable conditions of life facing a large section of the working class in New York City.

On-the-spot report

House fire caused by utility shutoff kills three young children in the Bronx

By our reporters, 28 October 2013

The callousness and profit interests of Consolidated Edison led to the deaths in the Highbridge section of New York City’s poorest borough.

ISO lines up behind Democrats in New York mayoral election

By Fred Mazelis, 25 October 2013

The ISO’s attitude toward Bill de Blasio flows directly from its class orientation and political program.

New York City: Hundreds protest city agency’s order that tenants must move

By Alan Whyte, 22 October 2013

Hundreds of tenants demonstrated on Saturday in Manhattan against the decision by New York City housing officials to compel them to move from apartments deemed too large.

One in two children impoverished after “economic recovery” in upstate New York

By Steve Filips, 19 October 2013

Every other child in Syracuse and other upstate New York cities is growing up in poverty.

Wall Street coalesces around “progressive activist, fiscal conservative” mayoral candidate

By Dan Brennan, 10 October 2013

Less than a month before New York City elects its next mayor, Democratic candidate Bill de Blasio is offering a glimpse of what lies beneath the “progressive” gloss on his campaign.

General Electric announces 400 layoffs in upstate New York

By Philip Guelpa, 8 October 2013

GE, one of the largest manufacturing companies in the world, has announced hundreds of layoffs at its production facilities in Fort Edward and Schenectady, New York.

The real causes of the New York City Opera bankruptcy

By Fred Mazelis, 7 October 2013

Postmortem comments on the death of the New York City Opera ignore the fundamental issues raised by the collapse of the “people’s opera.”

New York City Opera announces bankruptcy

By Fred Mazelis, 2 October 2013

The sad end of the 70-year-old “people’s opera” will leave a void in New York and reflects the deepening inequality that permeates every sphere of social life.

New York police attack students protesting ex-CIA chief David Petraeus

By Sandy English, 23 September 2013

On September 17, New York City police attacked students who were protesting the teaching appointment of David Petraeus, former head of the CIA and architect of the bloody surge in Iraq in 2007, arresting six.

White House intervenes in Supreme Court case to back prayer at town meetings

By Ed Hightower and Barry Grey, 21 September 2013

The Obama administration’s decision to intervene in opposition to the separation of church and state is entirely in line with its general assault on democratic rights.

New York City police wound two bystanders in Times Square shooting incident

By Philip Guelpa, 17 September 2013

In the latest incident of indiscriminant shooting by New York City police, bullets struck two bystanders during an attempt to subdue an unarmed, mentally unstable man.

Democrat postures as populist to win New York City mayoral primary

By Fred Mazelis, 12 September 2013

Bill de Blasio, New York City’s current Public Advocate, was the front-runner by a wide margin in Tuesday’s Democratic Party primary to select its candidate for mayor in November’s election to succeed Michael Bloomberg.

Democrats prepare to select a New York mayoral candidate

By Fred Mazelis, 2 September 2013

Whoever is eventually chosen from among the big business candidates for the next mayor, workers will be facing major political battles.

Crisis of affordable housing hits broad sections of working class in New York

By Alan Whyte, 29 August 2013

Tenants in both public and private housing are impacted by a deepening housing crisis in the world's wealthiest city.

Workers speak out against New York hospital closures

By Dan Brennan, 28 August 2013

Angered by layoffs and health care cuts in New York neighborhoods, workers and patients denounce the spate of hospital closures.

New York City high-rise to have separate entrances for rich and poor

By Sandy English, 23 August 2013

Developers of a new luxury condo have planned separate entrances for tenants who purchase million-dollar condos and workers renting lower-cost apartments.

Federal judge rules against New York City’s stop-and-frisk police practices

By Fred Mazelis, 13 August 2013

A district court ruling draws renewed attention to the assault on the democratic rights of youth and the working class as a whole.

New York City public housing tenants protest plans for luxury development

By Alan Whyte, 30 July 2013

The city proposes to deal with cuts in federal housing aid by making further attacks on the living conditions of tenants in housing projects.

Court temporarily delays plan to gut the New York Public Library

By Philip Guelpa, 26 July 2013

The proposed plan would severely compromise the library’s role as one of the leading research institutions in the world, along with the public’s access to library facilities.

Ultra-luxury high rise boom amid New York’s housing crisis

By Dorian Griscom, 24 June 2013

As the numbers going into  New York City’s shelters continue to rise, new housing is going up, but not for the homeless.

New York school bus workers denounce layoffs

By Dan Brennan, 18 June 2013

Approximately 2,000 New York City school bus workers are facing layoffs next week as the city continues to dismantle job protections.

New York City teacher evaluation program deepens attack on public education

By Steve Light and Philip Guelpa, 7 June 2013

Democrats and United Federation of Teacher bureaucrats have forced through a new, right-wing evaluation program on teachers and students in New York City.

Thousands of New York City school bus workers face job cuts in June

By Sandy English, 29 May 2013

With New York City education officials accepting bids without job protection provisions, some 2,000 out of the 9,000 school bus employees will lose their jobs when school ends.

Hundreds of New York City Access-a-Ride workers lose their jobs

By Alan Whyte and A. Woodson, 17 May 2013

A month after the betrayal of the school bus workers in New York City, another group of transit workers have been hit with job losses and massive pay cuts.