New York

Threat of federal intervention to break New York City school bus drivers strike

By Rosa Shahnazarian and Jerry White, 21 January 2013

Private school bus companies, with behind-the-scenes support from New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, are appealing to the National Labor Relations Board to order an end to the six-day strike by nearly 9,000 drivers, attendants and mechanics.

New York bus drivers continue strike to defend jobs

By a reporting team, 19 January 2013

The strike by nearly 9,000 school bus drivers in New York City entered its third day on Friday.

New York school bus drivers walk picket lines for second day

By Philip Guelpa, 18 January 2013

New York City school bus drivers and matrons are fighting against a plan to destroy job protections that were won more than 30 years ago.

New York City school bus drivers strike to defend jobs

By Sandy English, 17 January 2013

Nearly 9,000 school bus drivers struck on Wednesday to ensure that job security provisions remain in New York City’s contracts with the private bus companies that transport children.

Striking school bus drivers: “The mayor is putting a price on our children”

By a reporting team, 17 January 2013

The WSWS spoke to striking school bus drivers at the Atlantic Express terminal in the Bronx.

Mobilize the working class to support New York’s school bus drivers!

By the Socialist Equality Party, 16 January 2013

The SEP calls on workers to support the nearly 9,000 school bus drivers, matrons/attendants and mechanics who have called a strike to defend their right to decent jobs and safe service for children.

New York school drivers: “All they want is to push us backwards”

By a WSWS reporting team, 16 January 2013

The WSWS spoke with New York school bus drivers Tuesday on the eve of a strike called to defend their jobs.

Federal judge rules New York “stop-and-frisk” policing unconstitutional

By Fred Mazelis, 11 January 2013

Stop-and-frisk has become notorious for making large numbers of New York City residents virtual prisoners in their own homes.

New York City school bus drivers may strike over job security

By Sandy English, 8 January 2013

School bus drivers in New York City, facing a threat to their jobs and pay, may walk off the job this week.

US Congress approves measly relief package for Hurricane Sandy victims

By Fred Mazelis, 5 January 2013

A new recovery package to meet needs after Hurricane Sandy barely scratches the surface in dealing with the devastation.

In wake of Hurricane Sandy, New Yorkers hit with transit fare hike

By Alan Whyte, 29 December 2012

The MTA has voted to increase bus and train fares, as well as tolls on the bridges and tunnels it controls.

NYC worker: “The fare is going up, but my salary is not”

By a reporting team, 29 December 2012

The WSWS spoke to New York City transit workers and to subway and bus riders in Brooklyn about the impact of the latest fare hike.

New York: Continuing misery in Rockaways in aftermath of Hurricane Sandy

By Philip Guelpa, 12 December 2012

Conditions in the Rockaways section of New York in the wake of the storm reveal the underlying social reality that is otherwise ignored.

Workers protest low wages at New York City fast-food restaurants

By Sandy English, 1 December 2012

Hundreds of fast-food workers and their supporters protested against low wages and lack of benefits at McDonald’s and Burger King restaurants in New York City.

In advance of Hurricane Sandy, New York warned on vulnerable infrastructure

By Dan Brennan, 20 November 2012

The scope of devastation wrought by Sandy was predicted by numerous scientific studies commissioned by government agencies over the past decade.

Rent strike threat after deaths at storm-ravaged New York housing complex

By a WSWS reporting team, 17 November 2012

Residents of Knickerbocker Village had called for a rent strike over the lack of electricity, heat and hot water, conditions that led to the deaths of two elderly residents last week.

One week after Hurricane Sandy, human crisis and class tensions grow

By Fred Mazelis, 6 November 2012

A week after Hurricane Sandy hit the East Coast of the United States, large numbers of storm victims remain without power, heat or a roof over their heads as the cold weather sets in.

SEP candidate Phyllis Scherrer campaigns among Brooklyn College students

By our reporting team, 6 November 2012

Socialist Equality Party vice-presidential candidate Phyllis Scherrer spoke to students at Brooklyn College Monday about the need for socialist policy for the victims of Hurricane Sandy.

In the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy: Aid for Coney Island too little and too late

By Sandy English, 3 November 2012

New York City’s Coney Island was badly hit by Hurricane Sandy on Monday night and has received minimal aid from government agencies.

Growing popular anger as Hurricane Sandy death toll rises to 90

By Kate Randall, 2 November 2012

More than 4.5 million remain without power in the wake of Hurricane Sandy, while the threat of a fuel crisis grows and transit remains crippled in the Northeast.

Food shortages in Brooklyn public housing in aftermath of Hurricane Sandy

By a WSWS reporting team, 2 November 2012

Residents of Red Hook Brooklyn lined up for food and water Thursday, three days after Hurricane Sandy flooded the New York City neighborhood

New York City public housing without lights, heat or water after storm

By a WSWS reporting team, 1 November 2012

Three days after Hurricane Sandy struck New York City, thousands of residents of public housing remain without electricity, heat or running water and, in many cases, are living in flood-like conditions, particularly in lower Manhattan.

Storm’s damage to aging infrastructure leaves New York City paralyzed

By Bill Van Auken, 31 October 2012

Flooding from Hurricane Sandy has left New York, America’s largest city and financial capital, paralyzed because of damage to aging transit and power infrastructure.

$100 million contribution to New York’s Central Park

Hedge fund billionaire Paulson spruces up the front lawn

By Clare Hurley, 31 October 2012

Billionaire hedge fund manager John Paulson has given $100 million to the private non-profit conservancy that maintains Central Park in New York City last week.

Massive hurricane hits Northeastern US

By Fred Mazelis, 30 October 2012

Hurricane Sandy brought deadly winds, rain and storm surges to an area of 60 million people.

SEP campaigns for November 3 regional conference in New York City

By Sandy English, 30 October 2012

SEP supporters campaigned over the weekend in the Parkchester neighborhood of the Bronx, the second-largest private housing development in the US.

New York City housing crisis reflects record inequality

By Fred Mazelis, 23 October 2012

The city’s homeless shelter population hits new records every month, while the billionaire mayor reports a net worth of $25 billion.

Spate of police shootings coincides with deepening social crisis in New York

By Ali Ismail, 13 October 2012

Recent shooting incidents have taken place amid a worsening social crisis in the city, provoking widespread anger towards the NYPD.

New York Public Library backs off 42nd Street reconstruction plans

By Sandy English, 6 October 2012

After vehement opposition, the New York Public Library has altered plans that would have changed the character of the main research library in mid-Manhattan.

New York City transit workers without a contract for over eight months

By Alan Whyte, 3 October 2012

Anger is growing among New York City’s 35,000 bus and subway workers, who have been working without a contract for eight and a half months.

Transit workers voice anger

By a reporting team, 3 October 2012

A WSWS reporting team interviewed transit workers at the Stilwell train station in Brooklyn, the largest one in the New York City system.

New York police arrest hundreds on first anniversary of Occupy Wall Street protests

By Sandy English, 18 September 2012

The New York Police Department (NYPD) arrested nearly 200 protesters on Monday as they attempted to surround the New York Stock Exchange and block traffic in the city’s financial district.

Workers should defend teacher tenure!

By Phyllis Scherrerr and SEP candidate for vice president, 24 August 2012

Three million teachers return to public schools across the country for the 2012-2013 school year under conditions where the destruction of public education is a top bipartisan priority spearheaded by the Obama administration.

Con Ed workers disgusted as union reports contract ratification

By a reporting team, 18 August 2012

The Con Ed workers’ union reported a wide margin for acceptance of the contract, but a WSWS reporting team found the vote concealed far different views.

Slaughter on Seventh Avenue

By Bill Van Auken, 14 August 2012

The NYPD’s pursuit and execution of a 51-year-old man in New York City’s Times Square was only the latest in a series of killings by police that take place every day and in every part of the country.

The ISO covers its tracks in betrayal of Con Ed workers

By Dan Brennan and Fred Mazelis, 14 August 2012

Increasingly exposed as tools of management, union bureaucrats at Con Ed and elsewhere welcome the assistance provided by groups like the International Socialist Organization.

Vote “No” on the Con Ed-UWUA contract! For an independent political struggle of the working class!

By Socialist Equality Party, 6 August 2012

The Socialist Equality Party calls on Con Ed utility workers to reject the contract agreement proposed by the Utility Workers Union of America, which includes all the major concessions demanded by the company.

Con Ed workers speak out against proposed contract

By Philip Guelpa, 1 August 2012

The official summary of the proposed contract confirms that the union has made significant concessions, sparking an intense debate among workers.

Union agrees to Con Ed demands to end lockout in New York

By Philip Guelpa, 27 July 2012

New York power utility Con Edison ended a nearly four week lockout of over 8,000 workers in advance of a major storm after the union makes major contract concessions.

ISO complicit in drive to strangle New York Con Ed workers’ struggle

By Sandy English and Joseph Kishore, 24 July 2012

The International Socialist Organization is intervening in the Con Ed struggle with the deliberate aim of bolstering the trade union apparatus and the Democratic Party—and thereby ensuring the defeat of the weeks-long struggle.

Con Ed workers rally against lockout

By Philip Guelpa, 19 July 2012

On Tuesday afternoon, a large rally was held at Union Square in Manhattan in support of 8,500 Consolidated Edison (Con Ed) workers who have been locked out by the company since July 1.

New York City transit workers go six months without a contract

By Alan Whyte, 16 July 2012

New York City bus and subway workers have been working without a contract since the last arbitrators’ award expired on January 15.

Con Ed workers speak out as lockout enters third week

By a WSWS reporting team, 16 July 2012

Con Ed workers spoke to the WSWS at a rally outside the company’s New York headquarters Saturday.

Con Ed lockout puts New York in danger of power outages during heat wave

By a WSWS reporting team, 4 July 2012

On the third day of its lockout against 8,500 utility workers, Con Edison is increasingly running the risk of power outages, delays in service and even deaths in New York City’s worst heat wave of the year.

New York City: Con Ed workers locked out for second day

By a WSWS reporting team, 3 July 2012

Utility workers at Con Edison are fighting against drastic concession demands, including attacks on pensions and health care benefits.

New York Public Library plan provokes opposition

By Fred Mazelis, 2 July 2012

Scholars and researchers are protesting plans to change the character of the historic central branch of the New York Public Library.

Billionaires bid for “trophy homes” in New York while homelessness rises

By Fred Mazelis, 29 June 2012

The greed and arrogance of the super-rich knows no limits, as shown by the continuing rise in luxury home prices in New York City, in the midst of deepening crisis.

Jerry White speaks in New York on the crisis of American democracy

By Isaac Finn, 25 June 2012

SEP presidential candidate Jerry White spoke in Manhattan in a meeting called under the headline “Obama, drones and the crisis of American democracy.”

March protests New York City police “stop-and-frisk” policy

By Sandy English, 20 June 2012

Thousands marched Sunday against the NYPD’s stop-and-frisk policy, under which hundreds of thousands of youth are stopped, searched or taken into custody each year.

New York City workers discuss American militarism and Obama’s role in drone attacks

By an SEP campaign team, 11 June 2012

On Saturday, campaigners for the Socialist Equality Party’s presidential candidate, Jerry White, distributed campaign literature in East Flatbush.

New York school budget votes deepen attack on public education

By Philip Guelpa, 6 June 2012

The campaign to dismantle public education in New York State has taken another step with the recent votes on proposed school district budgets for the coming year.

New York City high school students speak on school closings

By Isaac Finn, 5 June 2012

The World Socialist Web Site spoke with teachers and students from “failing” schools targeted for closure under the turnaround model.

New York City teachers’ union collaborates in assault on education

By Steve Light, 5 June 2012

Under the “turnaround model,” beginning the month New York City’s Department of Education will close 24 schools labeled as “failing.”

Illegal stops by New York Police rise to 2,200 daily

By Dan Brennan, 21 May 2012

The current pace represents an 11 percent increase from 2011and an eightfold rise from 2002, when billionaire mayor Michael Bloomberg began his first term in office.

New York City’s Cooper Union to begin charging tuition for graduate students

By Fred Mazelis, 17 May 2012

Cooper Union has announced an end to its century-old policy of free tuition.

Survey finds 23 percent rise in street homelessness in New York City

By Ali Ismail, 16 May 2012

The number of homeless people living on the streets of New York City increased by 23 percent in one year according to an annual survey conducted by the city’s Department of Homeless Services.

Collapse of New York law firm reflects wider crisis

By Peter Daniels, 15 May 2012

The global law firm Dewey & LeBoeuf is collapsing amid hundreds of millions of dollars in debt.

“The only jobs out there are low wage jobs”

Bronx workers speak to SEP campaigners on the jobs crisis in America

By a reporting team, 15 May 2012

A Socialist Equality Party campaign team spoke to workers and youth in the Parkchester neighborhood in the Bronx, New York, about the economic situation and the party’s election campaign.

New York police step up surveillance and harassment of political activists

By Peter Daniels, 8 May 2012

Using the pretext of outstanding warrants on minor charges, the police sought to intimidate activists on the eve of last week’s May Day protests.

New York City closes 24 more schools

By Sandy English, 30 April 2012

New York City’s Panel for Educational Policy (PEP) voted last week to close 24 schools throughout New York City, the largest school district in the Untied States.

Protests continue against New York school closings

By Steve Light, 26 April 2012

New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg’s plans to close 26 schools have provoked a series of angry protests in New York City.

Mayor of Yonkers, New York calls for draconian budget cuts

By A. Woodson and Alan Whyte, 23 April 2012

The Democratic Mayor of Yonkers, New York delivered a speech last week calling for a nearly 10 percent reduction in the city’s budget.

New York City Democrats propose phony “living wage” bill

By Fred Mazelis, 21 April 2012

New York’s City Council speaker claims that the proposed bill will benefit low-wage workers, but the facts show otherwise.

Lawsuit hits oppressive policing of New York apartment houses

By Dan Brennan, 19 April 2012

New York City residents have brought a class action lawsuit against “Operation Clean Halls”, the New York Police Department’s oppressive method of policing private apartment buildings.

Bronx workers and youth speak out against stop-and-frisk

By a reporting team, 19 April 2012

Residents of the Melrose neighborhood in the South Bronx described police harassment as pervasive.

New York approves new austerity budget

By Philip Guelpa, 10 April 2012

Passed by the state legislature a day before the deadline, New York’s budget represents a $135 million reduction from last year.

Thousands protest against killing of black teenager in Florida

By Sandy English, 23 March 2012

Thousands of protesters rallied in Sanford, Florida, 30 miles north of Orlando, on Thursday to protest the murder of Trayvon Martin, an African-American teenager, who was gunned down by a neighborhood watch captain on February 26.

Workers face loss of more than 100,000 jobs as Obama joins attack on postal service

By our reporters, 22 March 2012

President Obama’s 2013 budget calls for the destruction of tens of thousands of postal workers’ jobs, with the elimination of Saturday mail delivery as early as January 2013.

New York City police brutalize, arrest Occupy Wall Street protesters

By Sandy English, 19 March 2012

Early Sunday morning, the New York Police Department arrested over 70 demonstrators who were commemorating the six-month anniversary of the Occupy Wall Street protests.

SEP campaign takes socialist program to Syracuse, New York

By our reporters, 19 March 2012

Members of the International Students for Social Equality and supporters of the Socialist Equality Party campaigned Saturday in Syracuse, a city in upstate New York, for the election of Jerry White and Phyllis Scherrer.

New York legislature passes pension cutbacks

By Philip Guelpa, 17 March 2012

Early Thursday morning, the New York State legislature largely adopted Democratic governor Andrew Cuomo’s proposal for a new “Tier VI” in the state’s pension program for newly hired state, county, and municipal employees.

Ithaca bus drivers speak out against salary cuts

By an ISSE reporting team, 8 March 2012

Transit workers have been operating without a contract for more than six months since the old one expired on September 11th, 2011.

New York police defend illegal spying operation against Muslims

By Ali Ismail, 1 March 2012

Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly defended the New York City Police Department’s spying activities against Muslims.

Protests against New York City school closings

By Steve Light and A. Woodson, 16 February 2012

Parents, teachers and students angrily protested Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s decision to close another 18 schools across New York City.

ISO covers for New York nurses union

By Peter Daniels, 10 February 2012

The “pseudo-left” finds a silver lining in concessions for New York nurses.

New York City teachers, students and parents oppose school “overhauls” and closures

By Steve Light and Sandy English, 7 February 2012

New York City's billionaire Mayor Michael Bloomberg will “overhaul” 33 schools and phase out another 18.

Study reports that New Yorkers struggle to put food on the table

By Ali Ismail, 4 February 2012

Four years after the onset of the economic crisis, long-term unemployment is fueling hunger in the financial capital of the US.

New York Mayor Bloomberg backs police commissioner in uproar over anti-Muslim film

By Ali Ismail, 30 January 2012

Muslim civil rights advocates and other civil liberties supporters denounced New York Mayor Bloomberg and police commissioner Kelly over an Islamophobic film shown to 1,500 police officers.

New York’s Democratic governor continues attacks on workers in second budget

By Philip Guelpa, 23 January 2012

The main points in Governor Cuomo’s budget address included reductions in pensions for new state workers, a teacher evaluation program to intensify attacks on public education, and consolidation of state agencies leading to further layoffs.

New York City transit contract expires without a strike

By Alan Whyte, 17 January 2012

TWU Local 100, representing about 35,000 New York City bus and subway workers, refused to call a job action after the union and the MTA failed to reach to reach an agreement by the time the existing contract expired at midnight Sunday.

Lockout of New York City Opera performers begins after mediation breaks down

By Fred Mazelis, 10 January 2012

Musicians and singers were locked out by the New York City Opera on Monday, as chorus rehearsals were scheduled to begin for the company’s abbreviated season.

Wave of firebomb attacks on Muslim targets in New York City

By Peter Daniels, 3 January 2012

A well-known Muslim mosque was the target of a firebomb attack in New York City, in an outburst of bigotry encouraged by an official campaign of surveillance and provocation.

New York City police arrest another 68 Occupy Wall Street protesters

By Sandy English, 3 January 2012

On New Year’s Eve New York City police arrested dozens of people, including passersby, during an Occupy Wall Street demonstration in Manhattan.

Occupy Albany encampment brutally attacked by police

By Philip Guelpa, 24 December 2011

Police staged a violent attack on peaceful Occupy Albany protesters Thursday, with mounted police using pepper spray and brutally tearing down the last of the occupation’s tents.

New York City postal workers speak out on layoff, closure threats

By A. Woodson, 20 December 2011

On December 13, the United States Postal Service declared a five-month moratorium on its plans for wholesale closures of Post Office stations and mail processing centers. The moratorium also covers the threat to scrap Saturday and standard one-day delivery services. The moratorium ends May 15, 2012.

New York City targets 19 more schools for closing

By Peter Daniels, 20 December 2011

New York City announced a new list of schools to be closed, the latest in a long series of attacks.

New York City: Over 50 protesters arrested during attempt to establish new occupation site

By Sandy English, 19 December 2011

Police in New York City arrested over 50 protesters on Saturday as they attempted to occupy an empty lot near Lower Manhattan’s Canal Street.

New York governor packages tax cut for rich as “reform”

By Philip Guelpa, 13 December 2011

With overwhelming bipartisan support, New York’s Governor Andrew Cuomo has pushed through a tax “reform” that represents a significant tax cut for the state’s millionaires and billionaires.

City threatens to clear Occupy Albany encampment

By Philip Guelpa, 9 December 2011

Albany’s Democratic mayor is preparing to evict Occupy protesters, using alleged violations of safety and health codes as a pretext.

Musicians may strike at New York City Opera

By Fred Mazelis, 8 December 2011

Management at the New York City Opera has declared an impasse in its ongoing negotiations with the union representing singers and musicians.

New York City transit workers meet as contract deadline looms

By Alan Whyte, 7 December 2011

With their contract set to expire, New York City’s 36,000 transit workers are confronting a relentless attack on their jobs, wages and working conditions, while their union prepares no struggle.

New York City workers protest inequality and layoffs

By Steve Light and A. Woodson, 5 December 2011

Some ten thousand workers took to the streets in New York City last Thursday to protest economic inequality and job cuts.

New York: CUNY students denounce police attacks

By Sandy English, 29 November 2011

Hundreds of students from the City University of New York marched Monday to protest police violence that culminated in the arrest of 15 students last week.

New York police beat and arrest students protesting tuition increase

By Sandy English, 23 November 2011

Police from the Public Safety Department of the City University of New York (CUNY), assisted by the New York City Police Department, arrested 15 students at a public hearing of the CUNY Board of Trustees Monday evening.

New York governor moves to forcibly remove Occupy Albany protesters

By Philip Guelpa, 21 November 2011

The confrontation between Occupy Albany protesters and New York Governor Andrew Cuomo escalated Saturday night with the arrest of nearly 50 occupiers by state police.

Occupy Albany, NY: “The people need to represent the people”

By our reporters, 19 November 2011

On Thursday, as part of nationwide demonstrations to commemorate the two-month anniversary of Occupy Wall Street, approximately 500 people rallied near the New York state capitol building in Albany.

Massive police mobilization against Occupy Wall Street protesters

By Sandy English, 18 November 2011

Occupy protests on Thursday were met by a heavy police response. More than three hundred people were arrested nationwide.

New York City police raid Occupy Wall Street camp

By Jerry White, 16 November 2011

In a predawn raid Tuesday, hundreds of riot-equipped police descended on Zuccotti Park, the birthplace of the Occupy Wall Street movement, forcibly expelling protesters.

“This shows that it is illegal to express your opinion”

Protesters speak on Occupy Wall Street eviction

By Sandy English and Clare Hurley, 16 November 2011

Reporters from the World Socialist Web Site spoke to occupiers and other protesters in Foley Square, Duarte Park and outside Zuccotti Park.

A tale of two cities 2011

Social reality in New York

By Fred Mazelis, 15 November 2011

New York remains the most vivid exhibit of the misery created by twenty-first century capitalism alongside levels of parasitism that recall pre-revolutionary France or Russia.