Hedge fund billionaire Paulson spruces up the front lawn
By Clare Hurley, 31 October 2012
Billionaire hedge fund manager John Paulson has given $100 million to the private non-profit conservancy that maintains Central Park in New York City last week.
By Fred Mazelis, 30 October 2012
Hurricane Sandy brought deadly winds, rain and storm surges to an area of 60 million people.
By Sandy English, 30 October 2012
SEP supporters campaigned over the weekend in the Parkchester neighborhood of the Bronx, the second-largest private housing development in the US.
By Fred Mazelis, 23 October 2012
The city’s homeless shelter population hits new records every month, while the billionaire mayor reports a net worth of $25 billion.
By Ali Ismail, 13 October 2012
Recent shooting incidents have taken place amid a worsening social crisis in the city, provoking widespread anger towards the NYPD.
By Sandy English, 6 October 2012
After vehement opposition, the New York Public Library has altered plans that would have changed the character of the main research library in mid-Manhattan.
By Alan Whyte, 3 October 2012
Anger is growing among New York City’s 35,000 bus and subway workers, who have been working without a contract for eight and a half months.
By a reporting team, 3 October 2012
A WSWS reporting team interviewed transit workers at the Stilwell train station in Brooklyn, the largest one in the New York City system.
By Sandy English, 18 September 2012
The New York Police Department (NYPD) arrested nearly 200 protesters on Monday as they attempted to surround the New York Stock Exchange and block traffic in the city’s financial district.
By Phyllis Scherrerr and SEP candidate for vice president, 24 August 2012
Three million teachers return to public schools across the country for the 2012-2013 school year under conditions where the destruction of public education is a top bipartisan priority spearheaded by the Obama administration.
By a reporting team, 18 August 2012
The Con Ed workers’ union reported a wide margin for acceptance of the contract, but a WSWS reporting team found the vote concealed far different views.
By Bill Van Auken, 14 August 2012
The NYPD’s pursuit and execution of a 51-year-old man in New York City’s Times Square was only the latest in a series of killings by police that take place every day and in every part of the country.
By Dan Brennan and Fred Mazelis, 14 August 2012
Increasingly exposed as tools of management, union bureaucrats at Con Ed and elsewhere welcome the assistance provided by groups like the International Socialist Organization.
By Socialist Equality Party, 6 August 2012
The Socialist Equality Party calls on Con Ed utility workers to reject the contract agreement proposed by the Utility Workers Union of America, which includes all the major concessions demanded by the company.
By Philip Guelpa, 1 August 2012
The official summary of the proposed contract confirms that the union has made significant concessions, sparking an intense debate among workers.
By Philip Guelpa, 27 July 2012
New York power utility Con Edison ended a nearly four week lockout of over 8,000 workers in advance of a major storm after the union makes major contract concessions.
By Sandy English and Joseph Kishore, 24 July 2012
The International Socialist Organization is intervening in the Con Ed struggle with the deliberate aim of bolstering the trade union apparatus and the Democratic Party—and thereby ensuring the defeat of the weeks-long struggle.
By Philip Guelpa, 19 July 2012
On Tuesday afternoon, a large rally was held at Union Square in Manhattan in support of 8,500 Consolidated Edison (Con Ed) workers who have been locked out by the company since July 1.
By Alan Whyte, 16 July 2012
New York City bus and subway workers have been working without a contract since the last arbitrators’ award expired on January 15.
By a WSWS reporting team, 16 July 2012
Con Ed workers spoke to the WSWS at a rally outside the company’s New York headquarters Saturday.
By a WSWS reporting team, 4 July 2012
On the third day of its lockout against 8,500 utility workers, Con Edison is increasingly running the risk of power outages, delays in service and even deaths in New York City’s worst heat wave of the year.
By a WSWS reporting team, 3 July 2012
Utility workers at Con Edison are fighting against drastic concession demands, including attacks on pensions and health care benefits.
By Fred Mazelis, 2 July 2012
Scholars and researchers are protesting plans to change the character of the historic central branch of the New York Public Library.
By Fred Mazelis, 29 June 2012
The greed and arrogance of the super-rich knows no limits, as shown by the continuing rise in luxury home prices in New York City, in the midst of deepening crisis.
By Isaac Finn, 25 June 2012
SEP presidential candidate Jerry White spoke in Manhattan in a meeting called under the headline “Obama, drones and the crisis of American democracy.”
By Sandy English, 20 June 2012
Thousands marched Sunday against the NYPD’s stop-and-frisk policy, under which hundreds of thousands of youth are stopped, searched or taken into custody each year.
By an SEP campaign team, 11 June 2012
On Saturday, campaigners for the Socialist Equality Party’s presidential candidate, Jerry White, distributed campaign literature in East Flatbush.
By Philip Guelpa, 6 June 2012
The campaign to dismantle public education in New York State has taken another step with the recent votes on proposed school district budgets for the coming year.
By Isaac Finn, 5 June 2012
The World Socialist Web Site spoke with teachers and students from “failing” schools targeted for closure under the turnaround model.
By Steve Light, 5 June 2012
Under the “turnaround model,” beginning the month New York City’s Department of Education will close 24 schools labeled as “failing.”
By Dan Brennan, 21 May 2012
The current pace represents an 11 percent increase from 2011and an eightfold rise from 2002, when billionaire mayor Michael Bloomberg began his first term in office.
By Fred Mazelis, 17 May 2012
Cooper Union has announced an end to its century-old policy of free tuition.
By Ali Ismail, 16 May 2012
The number of homeless people living on the streets of New York City increased by 23 percent in one year according to an annual survey conducted by the city’s Department of Homeless Services.
By Peter Daniels, 15 May 2012
The global law firm Dewey & LeBoeuf is collapsing amid hundreds of millions of dollars in debt.
“The only jobs out there are low wage jobs”
By a reporting team, 15 May 2012
A Socialist Equality Party campaign team spoke to workers and youth in the Parkchester neighborhood in the Bronx, New York, about the economic situation and the party’s election campaign.
By Peter Daniels, 8 May 2012
Using the pretext of outstanding warrants on minor charges, the police sought to intimidate activists on the eve of last week’s May Day protests.
By Sandy English, 30 April 2012
New York City’s Panel for Educational Policy (PEP) voted last week to close 24 schools throughout New York City, the largest school district in the Untied States.
By Steve Light, 26 April 2012
New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg’s plans to close 26 schools have provoked a series of angry protests in New York City.
By A. Woodson and Alan Whyte, 23 April 2012
The Democratic Mayor of Yonkers, New York delivered a speech last week calling for a nearly 10 percent reduction in the city’s budget.
By Fred Mazelis, 21 April 2012
New York’s City Council speaker claims that the proposed bill will benefit low-wage workers, but the facts show otherwise.
By Dan Brennan, 19 April 2012
New York City residents have brought a class action lawsuit against “Operation Clean Halls”, the New York Police Department’s oppressive method of policing private apartment buildings.
By a reporting team, 19 April 2012
Residents of the Melrose neighborhood in the South Bronx described police harassment as pervasive.
By Philip Guelpa, 10 April 2012
Passed by the state legislature a day before the deadline, New York’s budget represents a $135 million reduction from last year.
By Sandy English, 23 March 2012
Thousands of protesters rallied in Sanford, Florida, 30 miles north of Orlando, on Thursday to protest the murder of Trayvon Martin, an African-American teenager, who was gunned down by a neighborhood watch captain on February 26.
By our reporters, 22 March 2012
President Obama’s 2013 budget calls for the destruction of tens of thousands of postal workers’ jobs, with the elimination of Saturday mail delivery as early as January 2013.
By Sandy English, 19 March 2012
Early Sunday morning, the New York Police Department arrested over 70 demonstrators who were commemorating the six-month anniversary of the Occupy Wall Street protests.
By our reporters, 19 March 2012
Members of the International Students for Social Equality and supporters of the Socialist Equality Party campaigned Saturday in Syracuse, a city in upstate New York, for the election of Jerry White and Phyllis Scherrer.
By Philip Guelpa, 17 March 2012
Early Thursday morning, the New York State legislature largely adopted Democratic governor Andrew Cuomo’s proposal for a new “Tier VI” in the state’s pension program for newly hired state, county, and municipal employees.
By an ISSE reporting team, 8 March 2012
Transit workers have been operating without a contract for more than six months since the old one expired on September 11th, 2011.
By Ali Ismail, 1 March 2012
Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly defended the New York City Police Department’s spying activities against Muslims.
By Steve Light and A. Woodson, 16 February 2012
Parents, teachers and students angrily protested Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s decision to close another 18 schools across New York City.
By Peter Daniels, 10 February 2012
The “pseudo-left” finds a silver lining in concessions for New York nurses.
By Steve Light and Sandy English, 7 February 2012
New York City's billionaire Mayor Michael Bloomberg will “overhaul” 33 schools and phase out another 18.
By Ali Ismail, 4 February 2012
Four years after the onset of the economic crisis, long-term unemployment is fueling hunger in the financial capital of the US.
By Ali Ismail, 30 January 2012
Muslim civil rights advocates and other civil liberties supporters denounced New York Mayor Bloomberg and police commissioner Kelly over an Islamophobic film shown to 1,500 police officers.
By Philip Guelpa, 23 January 2012
The main points in Governor Cuomo’s budget address included reductions in pensions for new state workers, a teacher evaluation program to intensify attacks on public education, and consolidation of state agencies leading to further layoffs.
By Alan Whyte, 17 January 2012
TWU Local 100, representing about 35,000 New York City bus and subway workers, refused to call a job action after the union and the MTA failed to reach to reach an agreement by the time the existing contract expired at midnight Sunday.
By Fred Mazelis, 10 January 2012
Musicians and singers were locked out by the New York City Opera on Monday, as chorus rehearsals were scheduled to begin for the company’s abbreviated season.
By Peter Daniels, 3 January 2012
A well-known Muslim mosque was the target of a firebomb attack in New York City, in an outburst of bigotry encouraged by an official campaign of surveillance and provocation.
By Sandy English, 3 January 2012
On New Year’s Eve New York City police arrested dozens of people, including passersby, during an Occupy Wall Street demonstration in Manhattan.
By Philip Guelpa, 24 December 2011
Police staged a violent attack on peaceful Occupy Albany protesters Thursday, with mounted police using pepper spray and brutally tearing down the last of the occupation’s tents.
By A. Woodson, 20 December 2011
On December 13, the United States Postal Service declared a five-month moratorium on its plans for wholesale closures of Post Office stations and mail processing centers. The moratorium also covers the threat to scrap Saturday and standard one-day delivery services. The moratorium ends May 15, 2012.
By Peter Daniels, 20 December 2011
New York City announced a new list of schools to be closed, the latest in a long series of attacks.
By Sandy English, 19 December 2011
Police in New York City arrested over 50 protesters on Saturday as they attempted to occupy an empty lot near Lower Manhattan’s Canal Street.
By Philip Guelpa, 13 December 2011
With overwhelming bipartisan support, New York’s Governor Andrew Cuomo has pushed through a tax “reform” that represents a significant tax cut for the state’s millionaires and billionaires.
By Philip Guelpa, 9 December 2011
Albany’s Democratic mayor is preparing to evict Occupy protesters, using alleged violations of safety and health codes as a pretext.
By Fred Mazelis, 8 December 2011
Management at the New York City Opera has declared an impasse in its ongoing negotiations with the union representing singers and musicians.
By Alan Whyte, 7 December 2011
With their contract set to expire, New York City’s 36,000 transit workers are confronting a relentless attack on their jobs, wages and working conditions, while their union prepares no struggle.
By Steve Light and A. Woodson, 5 December 2011
Some ten thousand workers took to the streets in New York City last Thursday to protest economic inequality and job cuts.
By Sandy English, 29 November 2011
Hundreds of students from the City University of New York marched Monday to protest police violence that culminated in the arrest of 15 students last week.
By Sandy English, 23 November 2011
Police from the Public Safety Department of the City University of New York (CUNY), assisted by the New York City Police Department, arrested 15 students at a public hearing of the CUNY Board of Trustees Monday evening.
By Philip Guelpa, 21 November 2011
The confrontation between Occupy Albany protesters and New York Governor Andrew Cuomo escalated Saturday night with the arrest of nearly 50 occupiers by state police.
By our reporters, 19 November 2011
On Thursday, as part of nationwide demonstrations to commemorate the two-month anniversary of Occupy Wall Street, approximately 500 people rallied near the New York state capitol building in Albany.
By Sandy English, 18 November 2011
Occupy protests on Thursday were met by a heavy police response. More than three hundred people were arrested nationwide.
By Jerry White, 16 November 2011
In a predawn raid Tuesday, hundreds of riot-equipped police descended on Zuccotti Park, the birthplace of the Occupy Wall Street movement, forcibly expelling protesters.
“This shows that it is illegal to express your opinion”
By Sandy English and Clare Hurley, 16 November 2011
Reporters from the World Socialist Web Site spoke to occupiers and other protesters in Foley Square, Duarte Park and outside Zuccotti Park.
A tale of two cities 2011
By Fred Mazelis, 15 November 2011
New York remains the most vivid exhibit of the misery created by twenty-first century capitalism alongside levels of parasitism that recall pre-revolutionary France or Russia.
By our reporters, 10 November 2011
A group of protesters from Zuccotti Park in lower Manhattan have begun a two-week march to Washington.
By Sandy English, 4 November 2011
Occupy Wall Street demonstrators arrested on September 24 appeared in court Thursday, with most of them rejecting a plea bargain and electing to fight the charges.
By Philip Guelpa, 1 November 2011
On Saturday October 29, Occupy Albany protestors, who have been encamped in downtown Albany’s Academy Park across from the State Capitol for over a week, held a number of activities, including a “People’s Speak Out,” during which anyone who wished to could address the gathering. The tone of the affair was set by the “invited speakers” who led off the event. These included half a dozen Democratic Party politicians, beginning with Congressman Paul Tonko.
By Steve French, 1 November 2011
Syracuse Mayor Stephanie Miner reportedly made an appearance at the encampment at Perseverance Park in Syracuse, New York state’s fifth largest city. The mayor brought hot coffee and offered to keep an open dialogue about logistical issues at the protest site. Miner’s visit took place in the aftermath of the violent repression of the Occupy protest in Oakland, California last week, and was very likely an effort to defuse the widespread anger over mass arrests that have been taking place around the country.
By Sandy English, 29 October 2011
New York City’s billionaire mayor Michael Bloomberg escalated harassment of the anti-Wall Street protesters who have occupied a small plaza in New York City’s financial district since September 17.
By Alan Whyte, 29 October 2011
Governor Andrew Cuomo announced his nomination last week of Joseph J. Lhota, a former New York City deputy mayor and Wall Street banker as chairman of the state’s Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA).
By a reporting team, 27 October 2011
The Manhattan district attorney is refusing to drop the charges against hundreds of Occupy Wall Street protesters who were arrested on the Brooklyn Bridge on October 1.
By Dan Brennan, 24 October 2011
Police arrested 35 demonstrators in Harlem Friday and New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg warned of stepped-up police action against Occupy Wall Street demonstrators.
By our reporters, 21 October 2011
As the Occupy Wall Street movement entered its second month, the Goldman Sachs investment bank announced that it had set aside $10.01 billion so far this year for year-end compensation and bonuses.
By Bill Van Auken, 19 October 2011
New York’s Democratic Governor Andrew Cuomo has rejected a demand raised in the Occupy Wall Street protests for the reinstatement of an income tax surcharge on the state’s wealthiest residents.
By Sandy English, 17 October 2011
Thousands of people demonstrated in Times Square, the heart of New York City, Saturday as part of the worldwide protests against social inequality and Wall Street.
By Sandy English, 14 October 2011
Protesters in the month-long occupation of Liberty Plaza near Wall Street in have announced that will peacefully resist any attempt on Friday to remove them from the park.
By Sandy English, 13 October 2011
Hundreds of protesters continue to occupy Zuccotti Plaza, renamed Liberty Plaza, in the heart of New York City’s financial district. The occupation continues to attract thousands of workers and young people from around the US and the city itself.
By Bill Van Auken, 7 October 2011
With anti-Wall Street protests spreading to over 100 US cities and towns, President Obama cynically sought to exploit the expressions of social anger as a vehicle for his reelection bid.
7 October 2011
The day after Wednesday’s mass march and the police attacks and arrest of 28 demonstrators, several hundred people remained in Zuccotti Park in lower Manhattan, where the police presence has been beefed up and metal barriers have been deployed to limit access to the area.
By Bill Van Auken, 6 October 2011
Thousands join a mass march through lower Manhattan to Foley Square on Wednesday.
By a reporting team, 6 October 2011
The World Socialist Web Site spoke to many of those who joined Wednesday’s mass demonstration against Wall Street.
By Philip Guelpa, 6 October 2011
New York’s Democratic Governor Andrew Cuomo announced plans for 3,500 state employee layoffs following the rejection of a concessions contract.
By Joseph Kishore, 4 October 2011
The demonstrations on Wall Street are beginning to attract broader popular support. They are part of the growing opposition in the United States and internationally to the policies of the banks and their political representatives.
By Bill Van Auken, 4 October 2011
New York City’s billionaire mayor, Michael Bloomberg, has endorsed the police operation in which some 700 peaceful protesters were arrested Saturday on the Brooklyn Bridge.
By Sandy English, 3 October 2011
Over 700 anti-Wall Street protesters were arrested on the Brooklyn Bridge by the New York Police Department on Saturday afternoon.
By a WSWS reporting team, 3 October 2011
Participants in Friday’s march of over 3,000 to protest the over 80 arrests and pepper-spraying of unresisting demonstrators the week before spoke to the WSWS about why they were demonstrating.
By a reporting team, 29 September 2011
The arrests and police brutality unleashed against scores of peaceful “Occupy Wall Street” protesters last Saturday, has provoked widespread anger.