New York

Police killing of mentally ill 66-year-old Bronx, New York woman sparks outrage

By Fred Mazelis, 21 October 2016

The murder of Deborah Danner brought back memories of the 1984 death of Eleanor Bumpurs, another emotionally disturbed elderly woman, at the hands of the police.

Six-week-old baby girl dies in Brooklyn elevator tragedy

By Philip Guelpa, 17 October 2016

Chronically poor maintenance by the private landlord, facilitated by the city, creates dangerous and deadly conditions for working class tenants.

Video raises questions in 2012 New York police killing of Ramarley Graham

By Sandy English, 5 October 2016

A new surveillance video obtained by the New York Daily News shows paramedics covering and then uncovering the corpse of Ramarley Graham, who was killed by police in 2012.

New York and New Jersey scandals highlight corruption across political establishment

By Fred Mazelis, 27 September 2016

Charges in a wide-ranging investigation into bribery and extortion by New York Democrats came amid sensational testimony in the trial of close aides to Republican Governor Chris Christie in New Jersey.

The New York bombings: Feeding the “war on terror”

By Bill Van Auken, 23 September 2016

As with virtually every other terrorist act on American soil since 9/11, the latest bombings were carried out by someone known to US intelligence agencies.

Questions mount over government contacts with NYC bomb suspect

By Patrick Martin, 21 September 2016

The FBI opened an investigation into Ahmad Khan Rahami in 2014, and he was also under review by a unit of the Department of Homeland Security.

Massive police-military mobilization after New York City bombing

By Patrick Martin, 20 September 2016

The latest New York City bombing is yet another example of the pathological social environment created by a quarter-century of war.

Governor deploys National Guard and state police after bombing in New York

By Philip Guelpa, 19 September 2016

Following the explosion of one bomb and the discovery of a second in an upscale Manhattan neighborhood, police and military presence is heightened throughout the city.

Brooklyn workers and young people speak to Socialist Equality Party election campaign

By Sandy English, 14 September 2016

Supporters of the Socialist Equality Party campaigned in the Brooklyn neighborhood of Bedford-Stuyvesant over the weekend.

Notes on the housing crisis

New York City surpasses London, Tokyo for highest rents

By Philip Guelpa, 10 September 2016

Extreme economic inequality in New York City is creating conditions that are unlivable for much of the city’s population.

Long Island University-Brooklyn locks out 400 professors

By Daniel de Vries and Allen Whyte, 9 September 2016

LIU’s action marks the first time a university has used a lockout to impose concessions on faculty.

New York police continue to violate court safeguards in surveillance of Muslims

By Isaac Finn, 2 September 2016

According to an oversight organization for the NYPD, police frequently violated court-imposed guidelines as part of the department’s spying on Muslims between 2010 and 2015.

Kafkaesque conditions facing homeless families in New York City

By Fred Mazelis, 1 September 2016

A major cause of the deepening homeless crisis is the lack of decent-paying jobs, combined with the even more dramatic decline of affordable housing.

“Political art” in New York City this summer

By Clare Hurley, 29 August 2016

While much of the artwork is as yet unsatisfying, it is welcome that many of these visual artists are registering awareness of the social and political crisis.

New York politicians maneuver to support charter schools

By Steve Light, 24 August 2016

Democrats and Republicans are aiding the privatization of public education by seeking to exemptions for charter schools from state regulations.

Majority of New York City residents cannot afford to buy their own homes

By Philip Guelpa, 23 August 2016

The rising price of homes coupled with stagnant or declining wages in the wealthiest city in the country means that only those with the highest incomes can afford to own their homes.

New York City police commissioner Bratton resigns

By Philip Guelpa and Fred Mazelis, 8 August 2016

The abrupt resignation of the NYPD commissioner comes amid a counteroffensive in response to protests against police brutality and police killings over the past several years.

Maryland state’s attorney clears police officers involved in killing of Freddie Gray of all charges

By Nick Barrickman, 28 July 2016

Prosecutors dropped all charges against the remaining three officers still to be tried for the April 12, 2015 arrest and subsequent death of Baltimore resident Freddie Gray.

Nearly two thirds of New Yorkers suffer severe economic hardship

By Philip Guelpa, 28 July 2016

A two-year-long study of New York City residents reveals substantial, widespread poverty and other economic disadvantages.

Video: Workers discuss social crisis in Philadelphia on eve of Democratic National Convention

By Jerry White and Zac Corrigan, 23 July 2016

Workers and young people spoke with Socialist Equality Party candidate for US president, Jerry White, about social inequality in the city.

New York City workers discuss police killings, inequality with SEP candidate

By Jerry White and Zac Corrigan, 20 July 2016

On the second anniversary of the police killing of Eric Garner in Staten Island, New York, workers spoke with Socialist Equality Party presidential candidate about the class divide in America’s largest city.

Housing crisis intensifies in Syracuse, New York

By Steve Filips, 13 July 2016

The housing situation for the working class in Syracuse belies the claims of economic recovery by the Obama administration.

New video shows off-duty New York cop murdering motorist

By Sandy English, 11 July 2016

A store surveillance video has surfaced that shows the killing of Delrawn Small by off-duty New York Police Department officer Wayne Isaacs at a traffic altercation.

New York City takes major step in privatization of public housing

By Philip Guelpa, 11 July 2016

The de Blasio administration is moving forward with its NextGen program, which will lease open space within public housing complexes to private developers.

New report discusses gentrification and its impact on New York City neighborhoods

By Isaac Finn and Fred Mazelis, 23 June 2016

The report from New York University’s Furman Center is at best a pale reflection of the reality of the housing crisis facing the working class.

Arrest of New York prison guards’ union chief highlights broader nexus of corruption

By Fred Mazelis, 13 June 2016

Norman Seabrook, notorious for defending the brutality of correction officers, is accused of taking a kickback for investing union pension monies into a high-risk hedge fund.

Five New York City Rikers Island prison guards found guilty in beating

By Sandy English, 10 June 2016

A jury convicted guards at the Rikers Island jail complex this week on several counts in the vicious 2012 attack on inmate Jahmal Lightfoot.

New York court allows police to cover up mass surveillance operations

By Daniel de Vries, 10 June 2016

The NYPD's successful denial of an open records request about spying operation sets a potentially far-reaching precedent.

Nearly 5,000 Macy’s workers set to go on strike

By Mark Witkowski and Philip Guelpa, 31 May 2016

New York area Macy’s workers voted earlier in May to authorize strike action against the company’s demands.

New York Police Commissioner defends NYPD’s use of nuisance laws

By Robert Fowler and Sandy English, 12 May 2016

New York City Police Commissioner William Bratton has defended the NYPD’s use of so-called nuisance laws to unconstitutionally search residences and small businesses.

New York cop convicted of killing Akai Gurley receives no prison time

By Philip Guelpa, 21 April 2016

The police officer who shot and killed a young African-American man in a New York public housing complex has been sentenced to probation and community service.

Sanders campaigns in Syracuse, New York

By Steve Filips, 13 April 2016

In upstate New York, relatively good-paying jobs have been replaced by low-wage employment.

New York City affordable housing programs designed to benefit developers

By Philip Guelpa, 22 March 2016

A compromise over two affordable housing programs between Mayor de Blasio and the City Council will do nothing to ameliorate the city’s acute housing crisis.

Faculty and students protest budget cuts proposed for City University of New York

By Isaac Finn, 19 March 2016

Hundreds demonstrated against plans to cut $485 million in CUNY funding at Democratic Governor Andrew Cuomo’s office in Manhattan.

Justice Department refuses to prosecute New York police killer of Ramarley Graham

By Steve Light, 19 March 2016

The US attorney for Southern Manhattan has refused to bring civil rights violation charges against the cop who killed Graham in 2012.

Overcrowding in New York City Housing Authority fueled by lack of jobs and affordable apartments

By Fred Mazelis, 16 March 2016

The official population in the city’s massive public housing projects is 400,000, but an estimated 100,000 to 200,000 additional tenants are “off the books.”

New York City’s housing crisis deepens under “progressive” Mayor de Blasio

By Fred Mazelis, 12 March 2016

Nearly 10 percent of the city’s households now live in conditions defined as crowded, in apartments with more than one person per room.

Review board: New York police routinely conduct aggressive and illegal home searches

By Philip Guelpa, 8 March 2016

A civilian review board reports that the NYPD systematically violates protections against warrantless home invasions.

New York City transit upgrade aids developers

By Mark Witkowski and Philip Guelpa, 3 March 2016

Plans recently announced by Governor Cuomo and Mayor de Blasio for transportation improvements will benefit real estate developers at the expense of working class riders.

Poor evicted under nuisance laws by New York City police

By Steve Light, 1 March 2016

The NYPD is carrying out housing evictions without warning using a “nuisance” law, even when no crime was committed.

New York police used military-grade cellphone surveillance equipment over 1,000 times

By Isaac Finn, 25 February 2016

The NYPD has disclosed documents on its extensive use of a mobile cellphone surveillance device known as “StingRay.”

New York City Council members award themselves a 32 percent pay raise

By Isaac Finn and Sandy English, 24 February 2016

The Democratic Party-dominated council’s decision to give itself a pay raise exposes the self-interested character of this upper middle-class layer of elected officials.

New York police officer convicted of killing Akai Gurley

By Philip Guelpa, 13 February 2016

After two days of deliberations, New York police officer Peter Liang was convicted of manslaughter and official misconduct in the shooting death of Akai Gurley.

New York City public employee pension funds in danger of “operational failure”

By Philip Guelpa, 9 February 2016

A newly released report indicates that the system that provides for city worker pensions is in serious difficulty.

Crane collapses in Manhattan, killing one and injuring three

By Alan Whyte, 6 February 2016

One person was killed and three others hurt when a 565-foot crane collapsed in lower Manhattan Friday morning.

Deaths in Bronx fires highlight homeless crisis

By our reporters, 4 February 2016

The search for shelter in the largest city in the US, especially in the cold winter weather, has had tragic consequences.

Uber cuts protested by New York City drivers

By Steve Light and Isaac Finn, 2 February 2016

With support from taxi drivers, Uber drivers in New York City protested rate cuts by the international company, which will reduce already meager incomes even further.

Notes on the housing crisis

Number of empty luxury apartments in New York City continues to rise

By Robert Fowler, 1 February 2016

As the number of homeless reaches new heights in New York City, more and more apartments owned by absentee, super-wealthy owners stay empty for most of the year.

Windfall affordable housing tax break for New York developers expires

By Philip Guelpa, 23 January 2016

Failure to renew the 421-a tax break for developers will have a negligible effect on the critical lack of affordable housing in New York City.

New York City intensifies assault on the homeless

By Philip Guelpa, 30 December 2015

As the growth of income inequality in the city compounds a major housing crisis, the de Blasio administration is increasing its attacks on the homeless.

Public meetings in Detroit and New York

The roots and political implications of the attacks in Paris and San Bernardino

9 December 2015

On December 9 and December 12, the IYSSE is holding meetings on the attacks in France and the US, and the way they are being used by the ruling class.

Behind the struggle for affordable housing in New York City

By Philip Guelpa, 4 December 2015

A current museum exhibit looks at the history of housing for the working class, and leaves much unsaid or distorted.

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.