New York

New York City police deploy new counterterrorism unit

By Sandy English, 23 November 2015

The ultimate purpose of the new police unit is to deal with opposition from the city’s increasingly impoverished working class to growing social inequality and the drive toward war.

City University of New York faculty protest for higher wages and defense of education

By Isaac Finn, 18 November 2015

After five years without a contract, hundreds of CUNY faculty held a protest in Manhattan to demand an increase in salary and an end to the attack on public higher education.

New York attorney general to investigate ExxonMobil over climate change falsifications

By Nick Barrickman, 9 November 2015

The attorney general is seeking access to financial records that may show the company misled corporate investors about the effects of climate change on the oil giant’s bottom line.

Leading New York state politicians on trial for corruption

By Philip Guelpa, 9 November 2015

The corruption trials of two prominent New York politicians, Democrat Sheldon Silver and Republican Dean Skelos, on fraud, extortion, bribery, and other charges, begin this month.

No details from New York police on X-ray surveillance vans

By Sandy English, 4 November 2015

The NYPD is refusing to release information about the deployment of X-ray vans, which it claims will be used for “counterterrorism” efforts.

New York City workers back autoworkers’ contract fight

By our reporters, 3 November 2015

Transit and telecommunication workers in New York spoke to the WSWS about the common issues facing workers in different industries.

Appeals Court allows lawsuit against NYPD’s spying on Muslims to proceed

By Isaac Finn, 27 October 2015

The lawsuit was filed in response to extensive spying on Muslims carried out by the NYPD’s now-disbanded Demographics Unit.

New York City mayor falsely hails sale of Stuyvesant Town complex as advance for affordable housing

By Fred Mazelis, 26 October 2015

Democratic Mayor Bill de Blasio’s concept of affordability applies, at best, only to the top 10 percent of the city’s population.

New York City joins Strong Cities “anti-terror” network, stepping up police surveillance

By Isaac Finn, 10 October 2015

Mayor Bill de Blasio’s announcement drew criticism from civil liberties and Muslim community organizations, who argue that the program will unfairly target Muslims.

New York mayor promotes gentrification of Brooklyn neighborhood

By Philip Guelpa, 8 October 2015

Democratic mayor Bill de Blasio has announced a housing program that will benefit developers and lead to the displacement of working class residents.

Consent decree calls for state oversight at New York’s Cooper Union

By Isaac Finn, 2 October 2015

The withdrawal of a lawsuit against the college leaves the issue of free tuition unresolved.

New York housing crisis impacts Brooklyn building workers and tenants

By Steve Light and Allen Whyte, 24 September 2015

Workers and tenants in the Bedford-Stuyvesant neighborhood are confronting a determined effort to drive them out of their building so it can be transformed into high-rent apartments.

New subway station in New York cannot hide the growing crisis of public transit and housing

By Mark Witkowski and Sandy English, 22 September 2015

New York City’s first new subway station in a quarter of a century is a gift to wealthy realtors.

Minimum-wage workers cannot afford apartments in New York City

By Isaac Finn, 16 September 2015

According to a recent report, it is impossible for a worker making New York’s minimum wage to find an affordable apartment in any New York City neighborhood.

New York Mayor de Blasio’s tale of two cities: Homeless routed out of encampments

By Clare Hurley, 9 September 2015

The Democratic mayor is taking more aggressive measures to close down homeless encampments.

Interviews with residents of Pamoja House Homeless Shelter in Brooklyn

By Clare Hurley, 9 September 2015

The WSWS spoke with several residents of Pamoja House Next Step Shelter, a 200-bed men’s shelter in Brooklyn.

A&P supermarket chain asks bankruptcy court to overturn labor agreements

By Isaac Finn, 1 September 2015

A&P is asking the court to disregard provisions related to seniority and cut severance pay, amid threats to slash 22,000 jobs.

New York cops spied on activists against police violence

By Sandy English, 29 August 2015

Newly released documents show undercover cops took photographs of organizers of protests against police violence last winter and recorded their activities.

The New York City housing crisis and the $100 million penthouse

By Philip Guelpa, 26 August 2015

The acute shortage of affordable housing in New York City continues to worsen while the prices of luxury residences for the city’s elite rise to unprecedented heights.

New York City lawyers suggest health care provider committed a crime in death of Rikers Island inmate

By Isaac Finn, 22 August 2015

Court documents indicate that New York City will opt out of a contractual obligation to defend the health care provider at Rikers Island.

New York governor implicated in torture by state prison officials

By Eric London, 12 August 2015

Prison guards tortured and beat dozens of inmates following the escape of two prisoners in June, hanging one with a plastic bag until he lost consciousness.

Legionnaires’ disease outbreak in the Bronx exposes safety issues

By Sandy English, 6 August 2015

Seven people have died and 86 have taken ill in the Bronx from the airborne bacterial form of pneumonia known as Legionnaire’s disease.

New York joins other cities and states in lifting minimum wage

By Fred Mazelis, 31 July 2015

The gradual increases to $15 an hour reflects fear of growing anger in the working class, but will still leave workers far short of a decent wage and living standard.

Verizon workers rally in New York, authorize strike action

By a WSWS reporting team, 29 July 2015

Workers denounced attacks on benefits and job security at Manhattan demonstration.

New York City airport workers’ job action called off by union

By Alan Whyte, 24 July 2015

A planned strike of 1,200 poorly paid New York City airport workers was called off after a deal was reached with the SEIU to achieve “labor peace.”

Brooklyn Library locations sold to real estate developers

By Isaac Finn, 20 July 2015

Two Brooklyn Library locations will be sold to real estate developers, allowing them to build housing market-rate units.

Family of Eric Garner demands criminal prosecution after New York City announces $5.9 million settlement

By Fred Mazelis, 15 July 2015

A key aim of the settlement is to continue the cover-up of Garner’s murder, including the manipulation of the grand jury to protect the police.

Behind New York’s Cuomo-de Blasio feud

By Philip Guelpa and Fred Mazelis, 14 July 2015

The two leading New York Democrats are governing at a time of growing crisis and disgust with capitalist politics.

Brooklyn real estate developer assails building workers and tenants

By Steve Light and Allen Whyte, 7 July 2015

Nine building maintenance workers in the Bedford-Stuyvesant community of Brooklyn were fired from their jobs for refusing cuts in wages and benefits.

Manhattan real estate prices hit record high

By Sandy English, 6 July 2015

The average sale price of an apartment in the New York City borough of Manhattan, the home of Wall Street, is now $1.87 million.

Public housing crisis intensifies in Syracuse, New York

By Steve Filips, 4 July 2015

The average person in Syracuse has to wait over three years to be placed in low-income public housing, with more than 3,000 people on waiting lists.

New York City police officers waited 20 minutes to report shooting of Akai Gurley

By Isaac Finn, 29 June 2015

Officers waited 20 minutes to report the shooting of an unarmed man in one of New York City’s public housing facilities and failed to give medical assistance as he lay dying.

Legislative deal means further deepening of New York’s housing crisis

By Philip Guelpa, 29 June 2015

Democrats and Republicans agreed to a deal which leaves essentially unchanged existing rent regulations and tax breaks that favor landlords and developers.

New York City mayor announces plan to hire more police

By Sandy English, 26 June 2015

Mayor Bill de Blasio has agreed to increase the size of the New York Police Department by 1,300 officers, at the cost of $170 million.

New York City plans public housing privatization

By Daniel de Vries, 11 June 2015

Democratic Party Mayor Bill de Blasio is using the New York City Housing Authority’s financial crisis to turn large sections of public housing property over to private developers.

Mounting opposition to Democratic politicians in New York

By Fred Mazelis, 9 June 2015

A new poll provides a pale reflection of the depth of public anger over corruption and inequality.

New York City nurses threaten strike over staffing levels

By Robert Fowler and Philip Guelpa, 8 June 2015

Nurses in New York City’s private hospitals overwhelmingly authorized strike action to demand adequate staffing.

New York City public libraries face continued assault under de Blasio administration

By Robert Fowler, 27 May 2015

New York City’s three public library systems will see a continuation of budget cuts and the denial of necessary capital spending under Democratic Party mayor Bill de Blasio.

New York mayor de Blasio’s housing plan: An assault on the working class

By Philip Guelpa, 23 May 2015

Bill de Blasio’s housing proposal opens the door to privatizing public housing while squeezing more money from low-income residents.

New York City mayor de Blasio’s housing plan will do little or nothing for the working class

By Philip Guelpa, 22 May 2015

A range of programs supposed to address the lack of affordable housing and homelessness are pathetically inadequate or worse.

Skelos latest veteran New York State politician indicted for corruption

By Fred Mazelis, 8 May 2015

Republican Senate majority leader Dean Skelos is just one of an endless series of politicians from both big business parties who have been charged with criminal activity.

Former Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke hired by hedge fund Citadel

By Andre Damon, 18 April 2015

Bernanke’s new job constitutes little more than a kickback for services rendered to Wall Street.

Media tributes for Victor Gotbaum, union leader who saved banks in 1975 New York City fiscal crisis

By Fred Mazelis, 13 April 2015

Gotbaum’s precedent-setting surrender of New York City workers’ rights in the 1970s paved the way for the American ruling class’ offensive against workers throughout the US and the record inequality of today.

One year into the administration of Mayor de Blasio

Affordable housing increasingly scarce in New York City

By Philip Guelpa, 9 April 2015

A growing number of people are being forced into city homeless shelters or onto the streets as the demand for luxury condominiums pushes rents ever higher.

New York Governor Cuomo cuts financial aid to immigrants from state budget

By Isaac Finn, 8 April 2015

Governor Cuomo has abandoned his campaign pledge to pass the Dream Act granting undocumented students equal access to financial aid.

Two New York women snared in FBI terror “sting”

By Bill Van Auken, 4 April 2015

As in previous prosecutions, the alleged plot would not have existed without the FBI’s intervention.

Building in deadly Manhattan gas explosion had history of dangerous conditions

By Philip Guelpa, 30 March 2015

Repeated instances of illegal and substandard work on the building’s gas delivery system preceded the explosion.

Dozens hurt and two missing after gas explosion and fire level buildings in Manhattan

By Fred Mazelis and Mark Witkowski, 28 March 2015

The latest disaster once again points to aging and neglected infrastructure amidst growing inequality.

New York State budget proposals intensify attack on public education

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.

Seven children die in New York house fire

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.

New York City transit faces fiscal crisis despite fare hikes

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.

New York City mayor bids out final school bus routes without job protections

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.

Three New York men charged in alleged terror plot

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.

Record utility shutoffs in New York

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.

Pennsylvania school district to be run for profit

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.

New York Mayor de Blasio announces meager housing goals

By Daniel de Vries, 12 February 2015

Homelessness in New York City soared to an all-time high last year.

Brooklyn grand jury indicts cop who shot Akai Gurley

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.

Mayor announces bulletproof vests for New York City cops

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.

Deadliest commuter rail crash in New York history kills six

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.

Rikers Island officers fired for hog-tying and beating prisoner

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.

Governor Cuomo pushes casino expansion in Upstate New York

By Jason Melanovski, 23 January 2015

Cuomo said building casinos was "safe, clean economic development."

New York City Mayor de Blasio vows to veto law outlawing police chokeholds

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.

New York police continue counteroffensive with arrests of protesters and work slowdown

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.

Mario Cuomo and the decay of American liberalism

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.

A political mobilization of the American police

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.

New York City police pledge “wartime” response to killing of two officers

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.

New York City protest fills streets of Manhattan

By a WSWS reporting team, 15 December 2014

Outraged workers and youth denounced systemic police violence at a mass demonstration in New York City.

Brooklyn workers and young people condemn police violence

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.

Protests continue over decision not to charge cop who killed Eric Garner

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.

Protests erupt over decision not to indict cop who killed Eric Garner

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.

Anger follows New York grand jury’s failure to indict cop who killed Eric Garner

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.

New York transit agency unveils new fare hikes

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.

As snow melts, social conditions in Buffalo area remain dire

By Jason Melanovski, 27 November 2014

Tens of thousands struggle with poverty, poor housing and difficulty in accessing food and other essentials.

Brooklyn residents outraged at police killing of Akai Gurley

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.

After historic blizzard, death toll rises and floods threaten Buffalo, New York

By Michelle Ryan, 24 November 2014

As residents continue to dig out, warming temperatures accompanied by heavy rains could lead to widespread flooding.

New York police kill unarmed man in Brooklyn housing project

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.

Massive snowstorm cripples Buffalo, kills ten

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.

New York Governor Cuomo wins reelection in record low turnout

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.

Police harass street performers in New York’s Times Square

By Mark Witkowski, 18 October 2014

Immigrant workers and others try to make a living in the city’s tourist mecca.

Laid off New York City school bus workers ignored by Mayor de Blasio

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.

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.