New York

Governor Cuomo spearheads attack on New York City public schools

By Fred Mazelis, 15 April 2014

The recent budget deal revealed the role of the charter school movement and the Democratic Party.

UPS fires 250 workers in Queens, New York over drivers’ walkout

By Philip Guelpa, 9 April 2014

The Teamsters union quickly moved to divert workers' anger in response to a blatant act of intimidation.

WSWS arts editor David Walsh speaks at The New School in New York City

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.

New York State budget: Tax breaks for the rich, continued attacks on basic services

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.

One hundred people killed in New York house fires this winter

By Steve Filips, 19 March 2014

This winter’s bitter cold, shabby housing and benefit cuts are driving New York’s fire wave.

The New York City gas explosion and the neglect of infrastructure

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.

New York City gas explosion likely caused by 127-year-old pipes

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

Wall Street bonuses up by 15 percent last year

By Andre Damon, 14 March 2014

Bonus payouts for Wall Street employees grew to the highest level since the 2008 crash.

At least three dead in Manhattan explosion blamed on gas leak

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.

Spike Lee, gentrification and the crisis of affordable housing

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.

New York governor proposes $4 million cut to public libraries

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.

New York City budget exposes contrast between mayor’s rhetoric and reality

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.

Judge dismisses suit against New York police spying on Muslims

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.

New York mayor de Blasio and unions prepare new attacks on city workers

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.

Rejecting mediator’s proposal, New York’s transit agency insists on a wage freeze

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.

One year since the betrayal of the NYC school bus workers strike

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.

New Yorkers condemn food stamp cuts

By a WSWS reporting team, 12 February 2014

Nearly two million in the financial capital rely on food stamps to survive.

Two Brooklyn men freed after 21 years in prison for wrongful murder conviction

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”

Deindustrialization and unemployment in Syracuse, New York

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."

New York’s “progressive” mayor de Blasio continues right-wing policies

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.

New York’s Democratic governor plans major tax cuts for the wealthy

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.

Workers, community fight Brooklyn hospital closures

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.

New Jersey governor faces deepening crisis over bridge scandal

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.

New York City’s homeless suffer in record-breaking low temperatures

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.

Bill Clinton administers oath of office to New York’s new mayor, Bill de Blasio

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.

As 2014 begins, New York City’s homeless population continues to grow

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.

New York’s Mayor Bloomberg calls for assault on public worker pensions

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.

NYC school bus workers hammered by mass layoffs and contract givebacks

By Dan Brennan, 30 December 2013

The workers, whose month-long strike was betrayed last February, now face pressure to choose between huge cuts in pay and benefits or mass layoffs.

Obama pushes program to turn public schools over to corporations

By Steve Light and A. Woodson, 23 December 2013

Obama, backed by New York City’s mayor-elect Bill de Blasio and the teachers’ union, is promoting efforts to privatize public education.

Food stamp cuts hurting poor and low-income workers in Syracuse, New York

By Steve Filips and Samuel Davidson, 17 December 2013

The social safety net is in tatters as unprecedented cuts to programs leave many poor and low-income workers without food for longer periods

New York Mayor-Elect de Blasio’s appointments signal continuing assault on working class

By Fred Mazelis, 11 December 2013

The new first deputy mayor is an experienced member of the political establishment, and the return of Police Commissioner William Bratton assures Wall Street that there will be no “softness on crime.”

New York: Basic safety system absent in Metro North crash

By Jeff Lusanne, 6 December 2013

Several technological systems in use for decades could have prevented the Metro North crash that killed four people.

Governor and media rush to blame train’s engineer in fatal New York derailment

By Philip Guelpa, 4 December 2013

The NTSB investigation of Sunday’s fatal commuter train derailment in New York has barely begun, but the politicians and news media are already vilifying the train’s engineer.

Commuter train derailment in New York City kills four

By Philip Guelpa, 2 December 2013

An early morning commuter train headed to New York City derailed on a sharp curve, the site of a previous derailment earlier this year, killing four and injuring 67.

New York’s Talking Transition: A phony forum of change

By Dan Brennan, 29 November 2013

Immediately following the victory of de Blasio—the first Democrat elected as New York City mayor in 20 years—millions in foundation money poured into a two-week-long event to promote the illusion of participatory policymaking.

Teamsters push through cuts in pensions for workers at New York supermarket chain

By Jason Melanovski, 25 November 2013

Teamsters officials used multiple contract votes to push through a concessions contract in upstate New York.

General Electric rejects union concessions and announces closure of upstate New York plant

By Philip Guelpa, 23 November 2013

General Electric will close its Fort Edward capacitor manufacturing plant.

US: Anger on first anniversary of Hurricane Sandy

By Philip Guelpa, 29 October 2013

One year after Hurricane Sandy, inadequate funding and bureaucratic delays have left hundreds of thousands in desperate conditions.

Fatal Bronx fire exposes appalling social conditions

By Dan Brennan, 29 October 2013

The horrific fire that engulfed a Bronx apartment complex Friday evening and killed three young children has exposed the miserable conditions of life facing a large section of the working class in New York City.

On-the-spot report

House fire caused by utility shutoff kills three young children in the Bronx

By our reporters, 28 October 2013

The callousness and profit interests of Consolidated Edison led to the deaths in the Highbridge section of New York City’s poorest borough.

ISO lines up behind Democrats in New York mayoral election

By Fred Mazelis, 25 October 2013

The ISO’s attitude toward Bill de Blasio flows directly from its class orientation and political program.

New York City: Hundreds protest city agency’s order that tenants must move

By Alan Whyte, 22 October 2013

Hundreds of tenants demonstrated on Saturday in Manhattan against the decision by New York City housing officials to compel them to move from apartments deemed too large.

One in two children impoverished after “economic recovery” in upstate New York

By Steve Filips, 19 October 2013

Every other child in Syracuse and other upstate New York cities is growing up in poverty.

Wall Street coalesces around “progressive activist, fiscal conservative” mayoral candidate

By Dan Brennan, 10 October 2013

Less than a month before New York City elects its next mayor, Democratic candidate Bill de Blasio is offering a glimpse of what lies beneath the “progressive” gloss on his campaign.

General Electric announces 400 layoffs in upstate New York

By Philip Guelpa, 8 October 2013

GE, one of the largest manufacturing companies in the world, has announced hundreds of layoffs at its production facilities in Fort Edward and Schenectady, New York.

The real causes of the New York City Opera bankruptcy

By Fred Mazelis, 7 October 2013

Postmortem comments on the death of the New York City Opera ignore the fundamental issues raised by the collapse of the “people’s opera.”

New York City Opera announces bankruptcy

By Fred Mazelis, 2 October 2013

The sad end of the 70-year-old “people’s opera” will leave a void in New York and reflects the deepening inequality that permeates every sphere of social life.

New York police attack students protesting ex-CIA chief David Petraeus

By Sandy English, 23 September 2013

On September 17, New York City police attacked students who were protesting the teaching appointment of David Petraeus, former head of the CIA and architect of the bloody surge in Iraq in 2007, arresting six.

White House intervenes in Supreme Court case to back prayer at town meetings

By Ed Hightower and Barry Grey, 21 September 2013

The Obama administration’s decision to intervene in opposition to the separation of church and state is entirely in line with its general assault on democratic rights.

New York City police wound two bystanders in Times Square shooting incident

By Philip Guelpa, 17 September 2013

In the latest incident of indiscriminant shooting by New York City police, bullets struck two bystanders during an attempt to subdue an unarmed, mentally unstable man.

Democrat postures as populist to win New York City mayoral primary

By Fred Mazelis, 12 September 2013

Bill de Blasio, New York City’s current Public Advocate, was the front-runner by a wide margin in Tuesday’s Democratic Party primary to select its candidate for mayor in November’s election to succeed Michael Bloomberg.

Democrats prepare to select a New York mayoral candidate

By Fred Mazelis, 2 September 2013

Whoever is eventually chosen from among the big business candidates for the next mayor, workers will be facing major political battles.

Crisis of affordable housing hits broad sections of working class in New York

By Alan Whyte, 29 August 2013

Tenants in both public and private housing are impacted by a deepening housing crisis in the world's wealthiest city.

Workers speak out against New York hospital closures

By Dan Brennan, 28 August 2013

Angered by layoffs and health care cuts in New York neighborhoods, workers and patients denounce the spate of hospital closures.

New York City high-rise to have separate entrances for rich and poor

By Sandy English, 23 August 2013

Developers of a new luxury condo have planned separate entrances for tenants who purchase million-dollar condos and workers renting lower-cost apartments.

Federal judge rules against New York City’s stop-and-frisk police practices

By Fred Mazelis, 13 August 2013

A district court ruling draws renewed attention to the assault on the democratic rights of youth and the working class as a whole.

New York City public housing tenants protest plans for luxury development

By Alan Whyte, 30 July 2013

The city proposes to deal with cuts in federal housing aid by making further attacks on the living conditions of tenants in housing projects.

Court temporarily delays plan to gut the New York Public Library

By Philip Guelpa, 26 July 2013

The proposed plan would severely compromise the library’s role as one of the leading research institutions in the world, along with the public’s access to library facilities.

Ultra-luxury high rise boom amid New York’s housing crisis

By Dorian Griscom, 24 June 2013

As the numbers going into  New York City’s shelters continue to rise, new housing is going up, but not for the homeless.

New York school bus workers denounce layoffs

By Dan Brennan, 18 June 2013

Approximately 2,000 New York City school bus workers are facing layoffs next week as the city continues to dismantle job protections.

New York City teacher evaluation program deepens attack on public education

By Steve Light and Philip Guelpa, 7 June 2013

Democrats and United Federation of Teacher bureaucrats have forced through a new, right-wing evaluation program on teachers and students in New York City.

Thousands of New York City school bus workers face job cuts in June

By Sandy English, 29 May 2013

With New York City education officials accepting bids without job protection provisions, some 2,000 out of the 9,000 school bus employees will lose their jobs when school ends.

Hundreds of New York City Access-a-Ride workers lose their jobs

By Alan Whyte and A. Woodson, 17 May 2013

A month after the betrayal of the school bus workers in New York City, another group of transit workers have been hit with job losses and massive pay cuts.

Contractors, Bloomberg step up attack on New York City school bus workers

By Dan Brennan, 9 May 2013

The New York City Department of Education announced the next round of school bus contracts, which threaten to lead to mass layoffs and the replacement of current drivers and escorts with part-time workers earning a fraction of the pay.

New York City workers speak out on conditions six months after hurricane

By a reporting team, 9 May 2013

Workers discussed the daily problems they face as well as the broader lessons raised by the storm and the response to it.

Six months since Superstorm Sandy

By A. Woodson and Philip Guelpa, 9 May 2013

The class divisions, inequality and environmental crisis laid bare by last fall’s hurricane continue to deepen.

Con Ed lavishes bonuses on top executives

By Philip Guelpa, 1 May 2013

Consolidated Edison is giving its top executives bonuses for “exemplary” work in 2012, a year marked by a month-long lockout of 8,000 workers and a collapse of electrical power during Superstorm Sandy.

Study finds nearly half of New Yorkers living in or near poverty

By Philip Guelpa, 30 April 2013

A new report by the New York City Commission on Economic Opportunity finds that over 20 percent of the residents in America’s most populous city live in poverty.

New York stop-and-frisk trial bares massive police abuse

By Sandy English, 18 April 2013

Plaintiffs in an ongoing federal trial have alleged that New York’s Police Department has violated the constitutional rights of millions of people in its decade-long stop-and-frisk program.

Arrests of New York politicians reveal systemic corruption

By Philip Guelpa, 17 April 2013

The recent arrests of numerous New York Democratic and Republican politicians on charges of bribery and influence-peddling provide a glimpse of the corruption that is an integral part of capitalist politics.

Rank-and-file committee points way forward for New York school bus workers

By Jerry White, 8 April 2013

A committee formed by school bus drivers and escorts after the union betrayed their month-long strike issued a leaflet to a mass meeting of workers in New York City last Thursday.

New York City school bus drivers, escorts denounce contractors’ “final” offer

By our reporters, 8 April 2013

School bus workers spoke about their struggle at a mass local union meeting in New York City.

Tenants angry over New York Housing Authority’s plans to sell to developers

By Alan Whyte, 2 April 2013

Tenants in New York City public housing voiced opposition to plans to lease public land to private developers.

Plans to vastly expand drones in US

By Fred Mazelis, 28 March 2013

After a decade of the use of drones as part of its “war on terror” abroad, the US government is preparing the American people for the routine use of drones inside the US.

After shooting of Kimani Gray

Police occupy New York City neighborhood

By Sandy English, 25 March 2013

The New York City Police Department has stationed hundreds of officers in the working-class neighborhood of East Flatbush in Brooklyn since protests erupted over the police shooting of 16-year-old Kimani Gray on March 9.

Contractors impose sweeping givebacks after defeat of New York City school bus strike

By Fred Mazelis, 22 March 2013

The latest attack on school bus workers underscores the need for a united struggle to mobilize the industrial and political strength of the working class.

School bus drivers face legacy of toxic pollution

By Dan Brennan, 19 March 2013

As school bus companies in New York seek to cut costs by eliminating health benefits, workers are exposed to high levels of diesel pollution linked to asthma, cancer and premature death.

One month after strike

New York school bus drivers face new threats

By Dan Brennan, 15 March 2013

Since the sellout of their month-long strike, New York City school bus workers have faced victimization, threats and layoffs.

Parents, teachers and students oppose New York City school closings

By Steve Light, Alan Whyte and and A. Woodson, 14 March 2013

More New York City school closings and co-locations were approved by the Bloomberg-controlled Panel on Educational Policy, in defiance of the views of the majority of parents and teachers.

New York City homeless population reaches Great Depression levels

By Fred Mazelis, 7 March 2013

The Coalition for the Homeless reports an average nightly total of more than 50,000 in New York’s shelters, a record “since modern homelessness emerged three decades ago.”

Berlin bus driver welcomes rank-and-file committee of New York City school bus workers

4 March 2013

New York City school bus drivers and escorts decided to set up a rank-and-file committee after the betrayal of their month-long strike .

New York to use public housing and school property for luxury high-rises

By Sandy English, 1 March 2013

The move is aimed at beginning the privatization of public housing stock in New York City

Workers rebel against right-wing unions

By Jerry White, 27 February 2013

As the struggle of workers begins to erupt outside of the framework of the unions, the growth of militancy is accompanied by a growing receptivity to the perspective of socialism.

New York City homelessness continues to set new records

By Fred Mazelis, 26 February 2013

Mayor Michael Bloomberg dismissed complaints that the city had turned away homeless families from municipal shelters.

New York school bus workers form rank-and-file committee

By Bill Van Auken, 23 February 2013

On the eve of their return to work, over 50 New York City bus workers met to discuss their strike’s betrayal and form a rank-and-file committee.

Many workers replaced by strikebreakers

Returning New York City school bus drivers, escorts face retribution after union betrayal

By Philip Guelpa, 22 February 2013

The effects of the Amalgamated Transit Union betrayal have become evident, with hundreds of workers receiving layoff notices.

Lessons of the New York City school bus strike

By Jerry White, 18 February 2013

This struggle in the nation’s most populous city and center of finance capital revealed the class dynamic being played out all over the US and the world.

New York City school bus workers express anger over conduct of strike

By Sandy English, 18 February 2013

Many workers told us that the strike had been a defeat, and that the union was directly responsible.

Union calls off New York school bus strike, telling workers to rely on Democrats

By Bill Van Auken, 16 February 2013

The decision announced Friday night to end the month-old strike by New York City bus workers represents an abject betrayal by the unions that will have far-reaching consequences.

Bloomberg boasts of breaking New York bus strike as part of assault on public education

By Sandy English, 16 February 2013

In New York City, the school bus workers were seen by the Bloomberg administration as the low-hanging fruit in the process of “education reform”.

On New York City picket lines school bus strikers discuss struggle

By Jerry White and Bryan Dyne, 15 February 2013

With their month-long strike in danger, school bus workers on picket lines in Queens and the Bronx discussed how their struggle could be taken forward.

Parents speak out in support of New York City school bus strike

By Steve Light and A. Woodson, 15 February 2013

Sympathy for school bus workers is widespread among parents of students affected, despite efforts by the Bloomberg administration and the corporate media to whip up sentiment against the strike.

After the bids: New York School bus strike at the crossroads

By Bill Van Auken, 14 February 2013

The New York City school bus strike has reached a critical turning point following the Department of Education’s opening of bids Tuesday for 1,100 school bus routes.

“I see this as an attack on public education.”

New York City workers and students express support for school bus strikers

By Bryan Dyne, 14 February 2013

The strike by 9,000 school bus workers has generated popular support among workers and youth in New York City.

New York City bus strike in danger

City takes bids stripping school bus drivers of job protections

By Jerry White, 13 February 2013

The New York City Department of Education on Tuesday began the review process on bids submitted by dozens of private school bus companies, vying for new five-year contracts to transport some 150,000 students.

The New York City school bus strike and the for-profit student transportation industry

By Dan Brennan, 12 February 2013

Mayor Bloomberg’s attack on school bus workers’ job security is not merely a matter of individual cold-bloodedness, but rather the product of a decades-long process of deregulation and privatization.

Why the unions refuse to mobilize support for striking New York City bus drivers

By Fred Mazelis, 12 February 2013

A glaring contradiction exists between the wide support for the striking school bus workers and the isolation of these workers from their genuine allies in New York and around the world.

Blizzard claims at least 14 lives in US Northeast and Canada

By Kate Randall, 11 February 2013

Hundreds of thousands remain without power after a massive snowstorm dumped three feet of snow in some parts of New England, paralyzing travel.

Striking New York City bus drivers march in defense of jobs

By a reporting team, 11 February 2013

Striking bus workers marched across the Brooklyn Bridge to City Hall Sunday to protest the attempt by New York’s billionaire mayor to strip them of job protections.

School bus strikers in New York City discuss their struggle

By a WSWS reporting team, 11 February 2013

Striking New York City school bus workers spoke about the issues in the struggle.