New York

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.

Occupy New York contingent sets off on march to Washington

By our reporters, 10 November 2011

A group of protesters from Zuccotti Park in lower Manhattan have begun a two-week march to Washington.

New York City: Dozens of Occupy Wall Street protesters going to trial for arrests

By Sandy English, 4 November 2011

Occupy Wall Street demonstrators arrested on September 24 appeared in court Thursday, with most of them rejecting a plea bargain and electing to fight the charges.

Occupy Albany action enters second week

By Philip Guelpa, 1 November 2011

On Saturday October 29, Occupy Albany protestors, who have been encamped in downtown Albany’s Academy Park across from the State Capitol for over a week, held a number of activities, including a “People’s Speak Out,” during which anyone who wished to could address the gathering. The tone of the affair was set by the “invited speakers” who led off the event. These included half a dozen Democratic Party politicians, beginning with Congressman Paul Tonko.

Occupy movement continues in upstate New York

By Steve French, 1 November 2011

Syracuse Mayor Stephanie Miner reportedly made an appearance at the encampment at Perseverance Park in Syracuse, New York state’s fifth largest city. The mayor brought hot coffee and offered to keep an open dialogue about logistical issues at the protest site. Miner’s visit took place in the aftermath of the violent repression of the Occupy protest in Oakland, California last week, and was very likely an effort to defuse the widespread anger over mass arrests that have been taking place around the country.

New York City Mayor steps up harassment of Occupy Wall Street protesters

By Sandy English, 29 October 2011

New York City’s billionaire mayor Michael Bloomberg escalated harassment of the anti-Wall Street protesters who have occupied a small plaza in New York City’s financial district since September 17.

New York governor picks right-wing Republican to head transit agency

By Alan Whyte, 29 October 2011

Governor Andrew Cuomo announced his nomination last week of Joseph J. Lhota, a former New York City deputy mayor and Wall Street banker as chairman of the state’s Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA).

New York: DA will not drop charges against hundreds of Occupy protesters

By a reporting team, 27 October 2011

The Manhattan district attorney is refusing to drop the charges against hundreds of Occupy Wall Street protesters who were arrested on the Brooklyn Bridge on October 1.

Occupy Wall Street: Dozens arrested as New York mayor warns of more prosecutions

By Dan Brennan, 24 October 2011

Police arrested 35 demonstrators in Harlem Friday and New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg warned of stepped-up police action against Occupy Wall Street demonstrators.

Occupy Wall Street in second month: $10 billion in bonuses for Goldman Sachs

By our reporters, 21 October 2011

As the Occupy Wall Street movement entered its second month, the Goldman Sachs investment bank announced that it had set aside $10.01 billion so far this year for year-end compensation and bonuses.

New York Governor Cuomo rejects Wall Street protest demand over “millionaires’ tax”

By Bill Van Auken, 19 October 2011

New York’s Democratic Governor Andrew Cuomo has rejected a demand raised in the Occupy Wall Street protests for the reinstatement of an income tax surcharge on the state’s wealthiest residents.

New York City: “We are looking for equality”

By Sandy English, 17 October 2011

Thousands of people demonstrated in Times Square, the heart of New York City, Saturday as part of the worldwide protests against social inequality and Wall Street.

Occupy Wall Street protesters resist expulsion from Liberty Plaza in New York

By Sandy English, 14 October 2011

Protesters in the month-long occupation of Liberty Plaza near Wall Street in have announced that will peacefully resist any attempt on Friday to remove them from the park.

Occupy Wall Street protesters condemn US political establishment

By Sandy English, 13 October 2011

Hundreds of protesters continue to occupy Zuccotti Plaza, renamed Liberty Plaza, in the heart of New York City’s financial district. The occupation continues to attract thousands of workers and young people from around the US and the city itself.

Anti-Wall Street protests spread across the US

By Bill Van Auken, 7 October 2011

With anti-Wall Street protests spreading to over 100 US cities and towns, President Obama cynically sought to exploit the expressions of social anger as a vehicle for his reelection bid.

New York City: “The banks are selling our future”

7 October 2011

The day after Wednesday’s mass march and the police attacks and arrest of 28 demonstrators, several hundred people remained in Zuccotti Park in lower Manhattan, where the police presence has been beefed up and metal barriers have been deployed to limit access to the area.

Mass march backs anti-Wall Street protest

By Bill Van Auken, 6 October 2011

Thousands join a mass march through lower Manhattan to Foley Square on Wednesday.

Wall Street protesters speak out: “America is long overdue for a revolution”

By a reporting team, 6 October 2011

The World Socialist Web Site spoke to many of those who joined Wednesday’s mass demonstration against Wall Street.

New York governor says layoffs will follow rank-and-file contract rejection

By Philip Guelpa, 6 October 2011

New York’s Democratic Governor Andrew Cuomo announced plans for 3,500 state employee layoffs following the rejection of a concessions contract.

How to fight Wall Street

By Joseph Kishore, 4 October 2011

The demonstrations on Wall Street are beginning to attract broader popular support. They are part of the growing opposition in the United States and internationally to the policies of the banks and their political representatives.

Mayor Bloomberg backs mass arrests of Wall Street protesters

By Bill Van Auken, 4 October 2011

New York City’s billionaire mayor, Michael Bloomberg, has endorsed the police operation in which some 700 peaceful protesters were arrested Saturday on the Brooklyn Bridge.

New York City police arrest over 700 anti-Wall Street protesters

By Sandy English, 3 October 2011

Over 700 anti-Wall Street protesters were arrested on the Brooklyn Bridge by the New York Police Department on Saturday afternoon.

Wall Street protesters: “The whole system is broken”

By a WSWS reporting team, 3 October 2011

Participants in Friday’s march of over 3,000 to protest the over 80 arrests and pepper-spraying of unresisting demonstrators the week before spoke to the WSWS about why they were demonstrating.

Growing anger over police attack on Wall Street protesters

By a reporting team, 29 September 2011

The arrests and police brutality unleashed against scores of peaceful “Occupy Wall Street” protesters last Saturday, has provoked widespread anger.

New York City police arrest scores at anti-Wall Street protest

By Sandy English, 26 September 2011

The mass arrests and a new ban on sleeping bags and camping equipment in Liberty Plaza indicate that the New York’s billionaire Mayor Bloomberg and the city’s financial elite have decided to clamp down on the protesters.

Republicans win US by-elections in New York, Nevada

By Fred Mazelis, 15 September 2011

The loss of a longtime Democratic seat in New York City was a political blow to the Obama administration.

New York, Washington in security lockdown on 9/11 anniversary

By Patrick Martin, 10 September 2011

The security mobilization was the latest in a long series of vague and largely unexplained terrorism alerts.

New York State workers speak out against concessions contracts

By a WSWS reporting team, 30 August 2011

New York State workers voiced opposition to concessions and anger toward the unions for accepting drastic cuts in wages and benefits.

New York City police, CIA in massive spying operation among Muslims

By Peter Daniels, 26 August 2011

The New York City Police Department, working in close collaboration with the Central Intelligence Agency, has carried out an unprecedented spying operation directed against Muslim immigrants and Muslim-Americans over the past decade. Details of the work of the NYPD’s intelligence division were reported in a lengthy investigative article released by the Associated Press on August 24.

Public employee unions in New York and Connecticut force through takeaway contracts

By Philip Guelpa, 23 August 2011

Democratic governors in the two states managed to impose sweeping concessions threatening massive layoffs and relying on the collaboration of the union leaderships.

In wake of British riots, New York police prepare for unrest

By Bill Van Auken, 19 August 2011

New York police anti-riot units were brought together last weekend at a training facility to prepare for an outbreak of civil unrest similar to those that have occurred recently in Britain.

New York Verizon workers rally against city schools contract

By Steve Light and A. Woodson, 19 August 2011

A rally of up to two thousand Verizon workers and supporters protested the approval of a contract between the New York City Department of Education and Verizon for phone and Internet service at city schools.

New York City workers speak out against budget cuts

By a reporting team, 9 August 2011

Workers and youth in the Flatbush section of Brooklyn in New York City spoke to the World Socialist Web Site about the impact of the budget cuts.

New York State employee union surrenders to layoff threat

By Philip Guelpa, 22 July 2011

The two largest state worker unions are pushing for ratification of contracts that include drastic concessions.

Financial crisis deepens at New York City Opera

By Fred Mazelis, 21 July 2011

On July 12, City Opera artistic director George Steel held a news conference to announce that the company would stage a total of only four productions in the 2011-12 season, to be held at three different venues around the city.

New wave of state worker layoffs begins in New York

By Philip Guelpa, 6 July 2011

Layoff notices were sent to 451 New York State employees at the end of last week. This is the first wave of layoffs that could reach a total of 9,800 if the state workforce does not agree to massive concessions.

Austerity measures threaten legal aid for New Yorkers facing foreclosure

By Ali Ismail, 30 June 2011

As the economic crisis continues to take its toll on working families in New York, the state”s foreclosure-prevention programs and homeowner-counseling agencies are now coming under attack.

Thousands protest in New York City against budget cuts, layoffs

By Alan Whyte, 17 June 2011

Tens of thousands of New York City public employees, teachers, private sector workers and students joined protests on Tuesday and Wednesday against impending budget cuts and mass layoffs.

New York workers speak out against attacks on jobs and services

By a reporting team, 17 June 2011

The World Socialist Web Site spoke to a number of workers who came to the June 14 rally in New York City to oppose the cutbacks proposed by Mayor Bloomberg and Governor Cuomo.

Budget cuts threaten New York City hospitals’ laundry with shutdown

By A. Woodson, 15 June 2011

The New York City Health and Hospital Corporation board voted 8-2 on May 26 to close the Brooklyn Central Laundry and privatize all 83 laundry workers’ jobs.

New York’s Democratic governor demands mass layoffs, pension cutbacks

By Philip Guelpa, 13 June 2011

New York state’s Democratic governor has threatened to lay off 9,800 workers and cut pension benefits for state employees.

Thousands demonstrate against New York Mayor Bloomberg’s plans to close 20 fire companies

By A. Woodson, 7 June 2011

New York City firefighters and supporters demonstrated against plans to shut down fire companies across the city.

New York Democrats, Republicans push tax cap amid school cuts

By Philip Guelpa, 1 June 2011

The tax cap, which is being strongly promoted by both Democratic Governor Mario Cuomo and the state’s Republicans, is one component of a multi-pronged attack on public education.

New York City budget will decimate libraries

By Sandy English, 27 May 2011

Budget cuts will sharply reduce library services in New York City, and hit workers and the poor especially hard.

Teachers, parents and students protest school cuts in Yonkers, New York

By A. Woodson, 23 May 2011

Hundreds of Yonkers teachers, students, parents and school staff turned out to protest massive budget cuts being proposed by the mayor and the school board.

Yonkers, New York facing crippling cuts to education

By our reporters, 16 May 2011

Massive cuts in state and federal funding combined with the effects of the ongoing economic crisis are devastating public education in Yonkers, the fourth largest city in New York state.

Yonkers students denounce school cutbacks

By our reporters, 16 May 2011

The World Socialist Web Site spoke to students at Riverside High School in Yonkers, New York, about proposed school budget cuts for the city that call for the layoffs of over 400 teachers and the elimination of school transportation, extra-curricular activities, intramural sports and many other programs.