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North and Vandreier conclude US tour at New York University

By our reporters, 20 April 2019

Christoph Vandreier, deputy national secretary of the Sozialistische Gleichheitspartei, and WSWS chairman David North concluded their lecture tour with a well-attended meeting at New York University.

Deadly week for construction workers in New York City

By Mark Witkowski, 18 April 2019

In the space of less than a week three construction workers were killed, as the building boom in the city continues to claim the lives and limbs of workers.

Major retrospective at the Whitney Museum in New York City

“Andy Warhol—From A to B and Back Again”: The artist who wasn’t there

By Erik Schreiber, 30 March 2019

A recent retrospective at the Whitney Museum of American Art provided an occasion to re-examine Warhol’s work and evaluate what it means for American and global art.

Massive Hudson Yards real estate project opens in Manhattan

By Fred Mazelis and Mark Witkowski, 25 March 2019

The development is the latest and most extreme expression of the gentrification and inequality that has reached unprecedented levels in the capital of American capitalism.

New York University student paper joins in “anti-Semitism” witch-hunt against critics of Israel

By Josh Varlin and Sandy English, 13 March 2019

The Washington Square News was forced to remove an article describing Women’s March Co-Chair Linda Sarsour as an “accused anti-Semite” after student protest.

De Blasio accepts federal monitor to oversee New York City Housing Authority

By Josh Varlin, 7 March 2019

The Trump administration’s appointment of a monitor for the largest public housing system in the country presages further attacks on poorer sections of the working class in New York City.

Bernie Sanders adapts to racial politics at Chicago campaign rally

By George Gallanis, 5 March 2019

Sanders’ speech in Chicago used his experiences in the civil rights movement of the 1960s, while a student at the University of Chicago, to make an appeal to identity politics.

New York City transit agency raises fare, threatens budget cuts

By Alan Whyte, 4 March 2019

The latest increases in fares and tolls presage further cuts to service and are expected to roll lead to more hikes.

New York University students angry over police “cleanup” of homeless on campus

By Owen Mullan and Sandy English, 23 February 2019

NYU students expressed outrage over an NYPD “cleanup” of the homeless in front of the university’s Silver Center building on February 6.

Father and four young daughters perish in Watertown, New York, house fire

By Steve Filips, 19 February 2019

The rental had no functional smoke alarms and was not registered by the landlord, averting an inspection to verify safety before it could be rented out.

After months of courtship, Amazon calls off New York HQ2 deal

By Clare Hurley, 18 February 2019

The decision to pull out over opposition from workers locally comes amid news that Amazon paid no taxes last year.

New York City school-bus workers’ union ignores strike vote, accepts sellout deal

By Steve Light, 8 February 2019

New York City School-bus workers voted to strike, but ATU Local 1181 signed tentative contract that continues poverty pay and precarious employment.

Stanley Hill, who presided over wholesale corruption in NYC unions, dead at 82

By Alan Whyte, 7 February 2019

Hill personified the transformed role of the unions, in both the public and private sectors, as junior partners of big business and the government in imposing attacks on jobs and living standards.

Fire in my mouth: New York Philharmonic premieres oratorio on the 1911 Triangle Shirtwaist Fire

By Fred Mazelis, 6 February 2019

The hour-long work probes an infamous example—in New York City in 1911—of capitalist exploitation and the sacrifice of workers’ lives on the altar of private profit.

ICE arrests of immigrants at New York courthouses up by 1,700 percent since 2016

By Josh Varlin, 30 January 2019

A report by the Immigrant Defense Project indicates that ICE routinely violates its own rules for such arrests.

New York governor announces L train will not shut down while repairs go ahead

By Alan Whyte, 23 January 2019

The plan to keep the subway tunnel open during the repair of damage from Hurricane Sandy was unveiled by the governor without consultation with the MTA.

New York City mayor de Blasio tries to burnish his “progressive” credentials

By Fred Mazelis, 22 January 2019

A series of pronouncements only highlight de Blasio’s bankrupt record and his role as the servant of the financial elite.

New York City public housing residents in the South Bronx without heat for a decade

By Katy Kinner, 14 January 2019

During the winter months, New York City’s social misery is on full display as public housing residents live without reliable heat or hot water.

Amazon hires public relations firm to counter popular hostility to headquarters project in New York City

By Clare Hurley, 11 January 2019

Amazon’s desperate public relations campaign represents an inverse reflection of mounting opposition to the conglomerate’s practices.

Actors and stage managers strike against developmental work with Broadway League

By Katy Kinner, 11 January 2019

The National Council of the Actors’ Equity union announced a strike on Monday, calling for a new contract.

Federal government threatens takeover of NYC Housing Authority

By Philip Guelpa, 4 January 2019

There is no “excess capacity” in the available housing inventory that could absorb tens of thousands of additional low-income people looking for a place to live due to the loss of NYCHA housing.

As transit crisis continues

Fare evasion increases on New York City subways and buses

By Josh Varlin, 4 January 2019

Metropolitan Transportation Authority officials and New York politicians are using the increase in fare evasion to blame commuters for the transit crisis.

New York City school therapists protest for changes to union-backed contract

By Steve Light, 17 December 2018

The action demonstrates, yet again, the determination of teachers to defend their living standards and stop the assault on public education, against the unions' role.

Four years after Eric Garner’s death, killer cop faces NYPD disciplinary hearing

By Leslie Murtagh, 12 December 2018

The New York City officer who choked Garner to death in 2014, Daniel Pantaleo, has avoided any criminal charges.

Outrage spreads over video showing police ripping child from mother’s arms at Brooklyn food stamp office

By Fred Mazelis, 11 December 2018

The young mother, after being mistreated and brutalized, is being held without bail and facing four separate charges, including resisting arrest.

Hundreds of thousands of low-income New Yorkers excluded from mayor’s affordable housing plan

By Philip Guelpa, 7 December 2018

The plans of both Mayor Bill de Blasio and the comptroller leave the critical shortage of affordable housing in the hands of private developers.

New York Governor Cuomo proposes band-aid for student hunger

By Leslie Murtagh, 26 November 2018

Governor Cuomo has made an entirely inadequate proposal to address food insecurity facing state and city public university students in one of the wealthiest states in the US.

New York transit chief resigns as transit authority proposes more fare and toll hikes

By Alan Whyte, 26 November 2018

Transit fares have increased by 53 percent over the past decade, and another increase is anticipated for 2021.

New York teachers union pushes through concessions contract

By Steve Light, 13 November 2018

The United Federation of Teachers rammed through a contract that includes below inflation rate wages in order to prevent a strike in the largest school district in America.

“The UFT says there is no giveback but there is plenty giveback”

New York teachers angry as union hides givebacks in new contract

By Steve Light, 13 November 2018

David North lecture tour

Nearly 100 attend meeting in New York City on the 80th anniversary of the Fourth International

By our reporters, 13 November 2018

David North spoke on the need for a scientific understanding of history to an audience at New York University composed of workers, students and professionals from the New York and New Jersey area.

Workers killed in New York state helicopter crash and zinc mine accidents

By Steve Filips, 12 November 2018

One of the threads that connects these and other deaths at work is the gutting of safety measures and oversight to maximize profits.

Nearly 150,000 New York City public school students are homeless

By Philip Guelpa, 24 October 2018

The rate of homelessness among public school students in America’s largest city and financial center is the highest ever recorded.

New York City teachers union attempts to rush through sellout contract

By Guillaume Garnier and Steve Light, 19 October 2018

The United Federation of Teachers is trying to sell its membership a contract that cuts health care, reduces real wages and maintains poor conditions for students.

Seventh New York taxi industry driver commits suicide

By Leslie Murtagh and Daniel de Vries, 18 October 2018

The suicide shines a spotlight on the dire conditions facing drivers of the approximately 80,000 cars in New York City affiliated with ride-sharing app companies.

Billionaire Bloomberg rejoins Democratic Party

By Patrick Martin, 12 October 2018

The billionaire’s political career demonstrates the fundamental identity of the two corporate-controlled parties that comprise the US two-party system.

Deadliest US transportation incident since 2009

Limo in crash that killed 20 owned by FBI terror “sting” operative

By Josh Varlin, 10 October 2018

The limo company, owned by a valued FBI agent provocateur, had failed 80 percent of inspections over the last two years, yet remained in business.

Deadliest US transportation incident since 2009

Limo crash in upstate New York kills 20

By Josh Varlin, 8 October 2018

The tragedy underscores the dangerous state of roads in the US.

New York City affordable housing crisis continues to worsen

By Philip Guelpa, 3 October 2018

Nearly half a million affordable housing units were lost over the last dozen years, while there was a fourfold increase in high-end units during the same period.

New York police officers caught running prostitution ring

By Guillaume Garnier, 28 September 2018

Seven NYPD officers were arrested this month for their involvement in the administration of prostitution rings and illegal gambling.

New Census Bureau report details poor conditions in New York’s Public Housing

By Mark Witkowski, 28 September 2018

The latest triannual US Census report on New York City housing reveals worsening conditions for the poorest New Yorkers.

Andrew Cuomo defeats Cynthia Nixon in New York Democratic gubernatorial primary election

By Sandy English, 15 September 2018

Cuomo had the backing of the dominant sections of the ruling class, raising over $25 million for his campaign.

New York University president receives base pay of $1.3 million

By Katy Kinner, 4 September 2018

Andrew Hamilton’s total pay, including compensation and bonuses, would be roughly $2 million, placing him tenth on the list for highest-compensated university administrators.

Mayor demands New Yorkers “respect police officers”

By Isaac Finn, 24 August 2018

Following the posting of a handful of videos on social media of New York City residents cursing at police, Mayor de Blasio told New Yorkers that they “have to respect police officers.”

Former New York City jail guards union head convicted of bribery

By Josh Varlin, 24 August 2018

The conviction of former New York prison guards’ union president Norman Seabrook sheds light on a corrupt nexus of police, union and corporate-financial figures exchanging money and favors.

Audit examines the decline of New York’s Long Island Rail Road

By Alan Whyte and A. Woodson, 16 August 2018

Last year, an estimated 9.2 million commuters experienced late or canceled trains.

New York City Council caps Uber

By Clare Hurley, 14 August 2018

A temporary glitch for the app-based ride hailing service, the legislation will do little to address the underlying crisis of public transportation in the largest US metropolis.

Former tennis player James Blake criticizes NYC mayor for handling of false arrest in 2015

By Isaac Finn, 7 August 2018

On Wednesday Blake condemned New York City’s Democratic Mayor Bill de Blasio for failing to inform him about a disciplinary trial of the cop who tackled him in front of a hotel.

Long Island Rail Road derailment underscores decay of New York’s transportation infrastructure

By Josh Varlin, 3 August 2018

The derailment affected thousands of commuters well into the evening rush hour.

Bernie Sanders embraces the anti-Russia campaign

By Patrick Martin, 23 July 2018

There is no contradiction between the influx of military-intelligence candidates into the Democratic Party and the Democrats’ making use of the services of Sanders and Ocasio-Cortez to give the party a “left” cover.

Steam pipe explosion in Manhattan spreads asbestos

By Sandy English, 23 July 2018

The accident is the latest in a series that points to the decay of the physical infrastructure in New York.

“We should be governing ourselves in this fight”

UPS workers’ opposition grows to Teamsters sellout

By Will Morrow, 19 July 2018

The proposed deal maintains poverty level wages for part-time workers, introduces a new lower-paid “hybrid” worker, and does nothing to address unsafe working conditions.

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio agrees to contract with city’s largest union

By Ali Elhassan, 18 July 2018

The three-year deal, covering 100,000 workers, contains a paltry raise that will be paid for by increased out-of-pocket medical expenses.

Trump administration rescinds right of detained immigrants to in-person court appearances in New York City

By Guillaume Garnier, 5 July 2018

ICE has stopped allowing detained immigrants in its Manhattan facility to appear in person at court hearings.

Report: Lower-income New Yorkers suffer the greatest mass transit hardships

By Alan Whyte, 5 July 2018

An independent study by two Federal Reserve Bank of New York economists concludes that the city’s lower income residents experience more transit interruptions and delays than those with higher incomes.

Unaccompanied immigrant children sent to New York are “disappeared” by ICE

By Steve Light, 29 June 2018

As refugee children were separated from parents at the southern border while seeking asylum in the United States, some were transferred almost 2,000 miles to New York City.

What the New York primary victory of Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez means

By Patrick Martin, 28 June 2018

A member of the Democratic Socialists of America, Ocasio-Cortez offered not a hint of genuine socialism in her campaign.

DSA member Ocasio-Cortez beats incumbent Congressman in New York Democratic Party primary

By Isaac Finn, 27 June 2018

In a major political upset, Democratic Socialists of America member Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez won the Democratic Party primary for New York’s 14th Congressional District against incumbent Congressman Joe Crowley.

After years of neglect, New York City public housing headed for privatization

By Philip Guelpa, 26 June 2018

The abysmal conditions in which 400,000 tenants are forced to live are the result of decades of disinvestment.

How the DSA bolsters the Democratic Party establishment: The case of Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez

By Isaac Finn, 23 June 2018

The DSA congressional candidate in a New York City district is sowing illusions that the Democratic Party establishment can be pushed to the left.

Another New York City taxi driver commits suicide

By Clare Hurley, 21 June 2018

Abdul Saleh’s suicide is the sixth among the city’s livery drivers in the last six months.

Left Forum gathering’s “strategy for the left”: Support the Democratic Party

By Sandy English, 20 June 2018

The orientation to the Wall Street and CIA Democrats was very clear at this year’s gathering in New York City of assorted opponents of revolutionary socialism.

Before the Fall: German and Austrian Art of the 1930s on view in New York City

By Fred Mazelis, 26 May 2018

The timeliness of this work hardly needs restating amid the social and political crisis on both sides of the Atlantic.

Puerto Rican students at New York University ask to stay another semester

By Isaac Finn, 24 May 2018

Twenty-seven Puerto Rican students, who are attending NYU through a program to aid survivors of Hurricane Maria, have requested that the NYU administration extend the program.

Columbia University graduate students set to strike in New York City

By Josh Varlin, 24 April 2018

Graduate students at the New York City Ivy League university are striking after Columbia refused to bargain with the union.

2.3 million evictions across the US in 2016

By Shelley Connor, 23 April 2018

The database found a rate of 4 evictions per minute, underscoring the heightening housing crisis in the United States.

Health risks found in over 80 percent of NYCHA apartments

By Philip Guelpa, 17 April 2018

Residents are exposed to peeling paint, mold, damaged plaster, rodents, insects, inoperable appliances, severe electrical hazards, lack of heat, and malfunctioning smoke detectors.

New York police release video and transcripts from shooting of unarmed man in Brooklyn

By Sandy English, 9 April 2018

In the video compilation, almost no one seems threatened and most people, inches from the man, hardly notice him.

New York City police kill unarmed mentally ill man in Brooklyn

By Sandy English, 6 April 2018

Police officers fired 10 bullets into Saheed Vassell, a 32-year old unarmed African-American man with a mental illness

Second New York City transit worker killed in a week

By Alan Whyte, 3 April 2018

Stephen Livecchi, 59, was directing traffic in the depot when a bus operator, who failed to see him while driving in reverse, ran over him.

Another New York City taxi driver commits suicide due to financial ruin

By Sandy English, 26 March 2018

Nicanor Ochisor killed himself after a dramatic decline in his income due to the deregulation of Uber and other e-hailing services in the city.

Five years since New York City school bus strike

By Philip Guelpa, 23 March 2018

The bitter strike of 2013 holds crucial lessons for the entire working class.

School bus drivers discuss aftermath of the 2013 New York City strike

By Steve Light, 23 March 2018

Workers spoke bitterly about the consequences of the betrayal of the strike five years ago.

New York University: A center of militarism, mass surveillance and censorship

Part 3: NYU and the efforts to censor the Internet

By the IYSSE at NYU, 21 March 2018

New York University, the largest private research university in the US, in heavily involved in the preparations for war against Russia and China, the mass surveillance efforts of the NSA and the Internet censorship campaign by the state, Google, and Facebook.

Tenants sue New York City Housing Authority over horrific conditions

By Philip Guelpa, 20 March 2018

The city’s public housing complexes have suffered decades of underfunding, resulting in severe deterioration of its infrastructure.

New York University: A center of militarism, mass surveillance and censorship: Part 2

NYU’s role in “cybersecurity” and mass surveillance

By the IYSSE at NYU, 20 March 2018

The largest private research university in the US is heavily involved in the preparations for war against Russia and China, the mass surveillance efforts of the NSA and the internet censorship campaign by the state, Google, and Facebook.

New York University: A center of militarism, mass surveillance and censorship: Part 1

NYU and the preparations of US imperialism for world war

By the IYSSE at NYU, 19 March 2018

New York University, the largest private research university in the US, is heavily involved in the preparations for war against Russia and China, the mass surveillance efforts of the NSA and the internet censorship campaign by the state, Google, and Facebook.

“These sorts of things have been happening for several years, but people have been less secure in publicizing them”

Interview with Arang Keshavarzian, NYU professor barred from the UAE

By Josh Varlin, 26 February 2018

For years, the United States has forged an anti-Iranian alliance with reactionary Sunni Persian Gulf oil monarchies, including Saudi Arabia and the UAE.

New York City limousine driver kills himself in protest over poverty wages

By Sandy English, 8 February 2018

Schifter’s suicide note blamed corporations and Mayor de Blasio, Governor Cuomo and former Mayor Bloomberg for destroying his livelihood.

Deliberate neglect leads to inmate death at New York’s Rikers Island

By Leslie Murtagh and Philip Guelpa, 3 February 2018

The planned closure of Rikers Island will do nothing to stem police brutality and abuse of prisoners in New York City.

Activist detained and 18 arrested at Manhattan immigrant rights protest

By Isaac Finn, 12 January 2018

Prominent immigrant rights activist Ravi Ragbir was taken into custody on Thursday morning during a regularly scheduled appointment with Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).

The policies and atmosphere of the second Gilded Age

Metropolitan Museum of Art implements mandatory admission charge for non-New Yorkers

By Fred Mazelis, 11 January 2018

The new policy embodies what one critic called “the continual degrading and privatizing of public space.”

Gentrification fueling eviction crisis in New York City

By Steve Light, 6 January 2018

The rise in eviction cases demonstrates the increasing unaffordability of housing in working class neighborhoods in New York City.

Second Bronx fire in less than a week injures 23

By Philip Guelpa, 3 January 2018

New York City officials have tried to obscure inadequate fire prevention measures by blaming the victims.

Deadly Bronx fire: A tragic product of inequality and social crisis in America

By Fred Mazelis and A. Woodson, 30 December 2017

In every sphere of life, New York remains what newly reelected Democratic Mayor Bill de Blasio hypocritically promised to change four years ago: two worlds in one city.

New York prepares military-style occupation for New Year’s celebration in Times Square

By Philip Guelpa, 30 December 2017

Thousands of heavily armed, uniformed personnel, including police snipers, are being deployed to impose a military-style occupation of Times Square in connection with the annual New Year’s Eve celebration.

US fire death toll in 2017 reaches 2,152

By Steve Filips, 23 December 2017

A heart wrenching increase in the deaths of children in fatal house fires highlights the substandard housing conditions and poverty widespread within the US.

House fire in Brooklyn kills four

By Alan Whyte, 19 December 2017

A three-alarm fire in the Homecrest section of Brooklyn, ravaged a house and killed four members of a family and injured another four.

Police mobilize in New York City after bomb detonated in subway system

By Sandy English, 12 December 2017

According to police, the device was hidden on the person of a 27-year-old Bangladeshi immigrant worker, Akayed Ullah, who has lived in Brooklyn for seven years.

Reports highlight the crisis of New York mass transit

By Alan Whyte, 12 December 2017

Three recent reports reveal mounting crisis of the New York metropolitan area’s mass bus, subway and railroad systems.

Brooklyn defense attorneys protest courthouse immigration arrests

By Mark Ferretti, 4 December 2017

On November 28, defense attorneys at Brooklyn criminal court staged a walkout after ICE arrested an undocumented immigrant worker.

New York Mayor de Blasio covered up for city’s failure to test for lead contamination in public housing

By Philip Guelpa, 23 November 2017

De Blasio and the New York City public housing authority covered up the city’s failure to conduct mandated lead paint inspections for four years.

Workers killed in upstate New York industrial accidents

By Steve Filips, 22 November 2017

A worker was killed in an explosion at a cosmetics factory 60 miles north of New York City, and two others in the northern part of the state.

Clerical workers union and New York University extend contract expiration date

By Alan Whyte, 16 November 2017

The union for New York University clerical workers has made an agreement with the school to postpone the contract expiration date until the end of November.

New York University departments call for boycott of Abu Dhabi campus after UAE denies visas to professors

By Josh Varlin, 13 November 2017

This is not the first time the UAE, abetted by NYU, has infringed on academic freedom.

New York City police officer acquitted of murder charges in killing of Delrawn Small

By Sandy English, 8 November 2017

Isaacs was the first police officer in New York State to be tried under Democratic Governor Andrew Cuomo’s 2015 executive order.

New York police officers charged with raping teenage suspect in custody

By Daniel de Vries, 4 November 2017

A grand jury indicted two NYPD detectives this week on 50 counts of kidnapping and raping a teenage woman while she was handcuffed in a police van.

Trump demands death penalty in New York City attack

By Fred Mazelis, 3 November 2017

There are no fundamental differences between Republicans and Democrats in the bipartisan “war on terror.”

Trump uses New York terror attack to call for restrictions on immigration and democratic rights

By Sandy English, 2 November 2017

Right-wing Republicans have called for Trump to dispense with legal protections for the suspect, who is a legal US resident entitled to full constitutional rights.

Truck attack kills eight in New York City

By Josh Varlin, 1 November 2017

Before any investigation has taken place, the attack is being used to demonize immigrants and justify the further militarization of the New York Police Department.