By Philip Guelpa, 30 March 2015
Repeated instances of illegal and substandard work on the building’s gas delivery system preceded the explosion.
By Fred Mazelis and Mark Witkowski, 28 March 2015
The latest disaster once again points to aging and neglected infrastructure amidst growing inequality.
By Philip Guelpa, 26 March 2015
The plan from Governor Cuomo and the state legislature continues the drive to dismantle public education through the expansion of charter schools and attacks on teachers.
By Daniel de Vries, 23 March 2015
The fire, which was apparently sparked by a hot plate, is the deadliest in New York City since 2007, when 10 West African immigrants died in their sub-standard Bronx home.
By Alan Whyte, 11 March 2015
Amid increased overcrowding and worsening service, both fares and tolls are set to increase an average of 4 percent later this month.
By Sandy English, 5 March 2015
More than 4,000 additional school bus workers will either lose their jobs or see their pay cut in half under the bids now being organized under Democratic Party Mayor de Blasio.
By Bill Van Auken, 27 February 2015
As in so many similar “home-grown terrorism” cases brought by the government, a confidential informant was at the center of the alleged crimes.
By Steve Filips, 26 February 2015
The state Public Service Commission reports double digit increases in the number of people whose utilities were shut off.
By Samuel Davidson, 25 February 2015
York City School District is set to become the largest school district in the US to be run by a single for-profit company.
By Daniel de Vries, 12 February 2015
Homelessness in New York City soared to an all-time high last year.
By Sandy English, 12 February 2015
Peter Liang, the New York City police officer who shot Brooklyn resident Akai Gurley last November, will face charges of manslaughter.
By Fred Mazelis, 11 February 2015
A nonstop campaign is being waged to change the subject from police violence to the supposed criminality of protests against police violence.
By Fred Mazelis, 5 February 2015
The latest accident comes only 14 months after a derailment that killed four and involved the same Metro-North commuter line.
By Sandy English, 26 January 2015
The horrific beating of Robert Hinton was only one case in a string of violence and murder in New York City’s Rikers Island prison.
By Jason Melanovski, 23 January 2015
Cuomo said building casinos was "safe, clean economic development."
By Sandy English, 17 January 2015
De Blasio’s statement followed the publication of a report showing that officers that used chokeholds on residents received little or no punishment.
By Sandy English, 9 January 2015
New York police arrested protesters in Grand Central Station as the NYPD continued its slowdown in summonses for minor crimes.
By Fred Mazelis, 5 January 2015
The former Democratic governor of New York established a record while in office that had nothing in common with his high-flown speeches about compassion and reform.
By Patrick Martin, 29 December 2014
The funeral Saturday for a policeman shot to death in New York City was used to intimidate widespread popular opposition to police brutality and violence.
By Sandy English, 22 December 2014
The killing of two police officers in New York City this weekend has been followed by a near-mutinous response from the city’s police department, with demands for a crackdown on protests against police violence.
By a WSWS reporting team, 15 December 2014
Outraged workers and youth denounced systemic police violence at a mass demonstration in New York City.
By a WSWS reporting team, 9 December 2014
Workers in the Brooklyn neighborhood of East Flatbush spoke to the World Socialist Web Site about police violence and social conditions for the working class.
By our reporters, 6 December 2014
Details have begun to emerge about the background of the police officer who choked Garner to death, and the rigged character of the grand jury that decided not to bring charges.
By a WSWS reporting team, 5 December 2014
Police in New York City carried out mass arrests after thousands of people participated in protests, as outrage builds over police killings in the United States.
By Sandy English, 4 December 2014
The latest grand jury exoneration comes less than two weeks after a similar decision not to indict officer Darren Wilson for the killing of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri.
By Alan Whyte, 4 December 2014
The fare increases are part of a continuous attack on working class living standards in a city where 20 percent live in poverty.
By Jason Melanovski, 27 November 2014
Tens of thousands struggle with poverty, poor housing and difficulty in accessing food and other essentials.
By Sandy English, 25 November 2014
The killing of unarmed Akai Gurley by a police officer in Brooklyn has sparked widespread revulsion in the housing project where he died.
By Michelle Ryan, 24 November 2014
As residents continue to dig out, warming temperatures accompanied by heavy rains could lead to widespread flooding.
By Tom Hall, 22 November 2014
Akai Gurley was killed in front of his girlfriend when an officer on patrol reportedly panicked and fired his gun in a poorly lit stairwell.
By Michelle Ryan, 21 November 2014
A massive lake-effect snowstorm has left ten people dead, thousands without power, and many stranded in the Buffalo, New York region.
By Fred Mazelis, 7 November 2014
The election reflected workers’ growing disgust with the Democrats, as well as the increasingly depraved character of big business politics.
By Mark Witkowski, 18 October 2014
Immigrant workers and others try to make a living in the city’s tourist mecca.
By Philip Guelpa, 14 October 2014
Hundreds of New York City school bus workers rallied at City Hall to demand the reinstatement of their jobs.
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
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.
By Isaac Finn, 4 October 2014
The family charged that the virulently anti-Muslim ad was “entirely inconsistent” with the slain reporter’s beliefs.
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.
By Isaac Finn, 24 September 2014
New York City police used pepper against the protesters.
By Thomas Gaist, 18 September 2014
Mufid Elfgeeh was arrested after purchasing inoperative weapons from FBI informants posing as aspiring ISIS militants
By Jonathan White, 5 September 2014
The riot was one of the first uprisings to sweep America’s cities in the 1960s.
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”
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.
By a WSWS reporting team, 23 August 2014
Workers and young people discussed the killing of Michael Brown and its connection to broader issues.
By Fred Mazelis, 23 August 2014
De Blasio and his advisers have sought to claim the mantle of “progressivism” within the Democratic Party.
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
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.
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”
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.
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.
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”
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.
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.
By Alan Whyte, 12 July 2014
The LIRR, the largest US commuter rail line, faces a July 20 strike deadline.
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.
By Fred Mazelis, 19 June 2014
Met general manager Peter Gelb’s announcement is an attempt to appease the right-wing Zionist lobby.
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.
By Alan Whyte and Dan Brennan, 6 June 2014
The mood among teachers and transit workers is far from one of satisfaction.
By Fred Mazelis, 3 June 2014
The Working Families Party delivered its endorsement for the governor after bitter recriminations at its convention.
By Isaac Finn and Fred Mazelis, 3 June 2014
A recent report provided details on the beatings, arrests, deportations and other abuses.
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.
By Philip Guelpa, 26 May 2014
An Associated Press investigation revealed that two inmates recently died from horrific squalor and neglect at the prison.
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.
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.
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.”
By Jason Melanovski, 2 May 2014
Teacher evaluations were cited as a means of targeting and victimizing teachers in high-poverty areas.
By our reporters, 2 May 2014
By Josh Varlin, 1 May 2014
Students are returning to school after the winter break amid budget cuts that have increased class sizes, cut programs, and eliminated teachers’ positions.
By Sandy English, 24 April 2014
Within an hour of the first postings, hundreds of people had uploaded photographs of police brutality.
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.
By Sandy English, 18 April 2014
Cecily McMillan faces up to seven years in prison if she is convicted.
By Fred Mazelis, 15 April 2014
The recent budget deal revealed the role of the charter school movement and the Democratic Party.
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.”
By Philip Guelpa, 9 April 2014
The Teamsters union quickly moved to divert workers' anger in response to a blatant act of intimidation.
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.
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.
By Steve Filips, 19 March 2014
This winter’s bitter cold, shabby housing and benefit cuts are driving New York’s fire wave.
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.
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
By Andre Damon, 14 March 2014
Bonus payouts for Wall Street employees grew to the highest level since the 2008 crash.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
By a WSWS reporting team, 12 February 2014
Nearly two million in the financial capital rely on food stamps to survive.
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”
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."
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.