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.
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.
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.
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.
By a WSWS reporting team, 29 July 2015
Workers denounced attacks on benefits and job security at Manhattan demonstration.
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.”
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
By Fred Mazelis, 9 June 2015
A new poll provides a pale reflection of the depth of public anger over corruption and inequality.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
By Andre Damon, 18 April 2015
Bernanke’s new job constitutes little more than a kickback for services rendered to Wall Street.
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
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.
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.
By Bill Van Auken, 4 April 2015
As in previous prosecutions, the alleged plot would not have existed without the FBI’s intervention.
By Philip Guelpa, 30 March 2015
Repeated instances of illegal and substandard work on the building’s gas delivery system preceded the explosion.
By Fred Mazelis and Mark Witkowski, 28 March 2015
The latest disaster once again points to aging and neglected infrastructure amidst growing inequality.
By Philip Guelpa, 26 March 2015
The plan from Governor Cuomo and the state legislature continues the drive to dismantle public education through the expansion of charter schools and attacks on teachers.
By Daniel de Vries, 23 March 2015
The fire, which was apparently sparked by a hot plate, is the deadliest in New York City since 2007, when 10 West African immigrants died in their sub-standard Bronx home.
By Alan Whyte, 11 March 2015
Amid increased overcrowding and worsening service, both fares and tolls are set to increase an average of 4 percent later this month.
By Sandy English, 5 March 2015
More than 4,000 additional school bus workers will either lose their jobs or see their pay cut in half under the bids now being organized under Democratic Party Mayor de Blasio.
By Bill Van Auken, 27 February 2015
As in so many similar “home-grown terrorism” cases brought by the government, a confidential informant was at the center of the alleged crimes.
By Steve Filips, 26 February 2015
The state Public Service Commission reports double digit increases in the number of people whose utilities were shut off.
By Samuel Davidson, 25 February 2015
York City School District is set to become the largest school district in the US to be run by a single for-profit company.
By Daniel de Vries, 12 February 2015
Homelessness in New York City soared to an all-time high last year.
By Sandy English, 12 February 2015
Peter Liang, the New York City police officer who shot Brooklyn resident Akai Gurley last November, will face charges of manslaughter.
By Fred Mazelis, 11 February 2015
A nonstop campaign is being waged to change the subject from police violence to the supposed criminality of protests against police violence.
By Fred Mazelis, 5 February 2015
The latest accident comes only 14 months after a derailment that killed four and involved the same Metro-North commuter line.
By Sandy English, 26 January 2015
The horrific beating of Robert Hinton was only one case in a string of violence and murder in New York City’s Rikers Island prison.
By Jason Melanovski, 23 January 2015
Cuomo said building casinos was "safe, clean economic development."
By Sandy English, 17 January 2015
De Blasio’s statement followed the publication of a report showing that officers that used chokeholds on residents received little or no punishment.
By Sandy English, 9 January 2015
New York police arrested protesters in Grand Central Station as the NYPD continued its slowdown in summonses for minor crimes.
By Josh Varlin, 5 January 2015
Students are returning to school after the winter break amid budget cuts that have increased class sizes, cut programs, and eliminated teachers’ positions.
By Fred Mazelis, 5 January 2015
The former Democratic governor of New York established a record while in office that had nothing in common with his high-flown speeches about compassion and reform.
By Patrick Martin, 29 December 2014
The funeral Saturday for a policeman shot to death in New York City was used to intimidate widespread popular opposition to police brutality and violence.
By Sandy English, 22 December 2014
The killing of two police officers in New York City this weekend has been followed by a near-mutinous response from the city’s police department, with demands for a crackdown on protests against police violence.
By a WSWS reporting team, 15 December 2014
Outraged workers and youth denounced systemic police violence at a mass demonstration in New York City.
By a WSWS reporting team, 9 December 2014
Workers in the Brooklyn neighborhood of East Flatbush spoke to the World Socialist Web Site about police violence and social conditions for the working class.
By our reporters, 6 December 2014
Details have begun to emerge about the background of the police officer who choked Garner to death, and the rigged character of the grand jury that decided not to bring charges.
By a WSWS reporting team, 5 December 2014
Police in New York City carried out mass arrests after thousands of people participated in protests, as outrage builds over police killings in the United States.
By Sandy English, 4 December 2014
The latest grand jury exoneration comes less than two weeks after a similar decision not to indict officer Darren Wilson for the killing of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri.
By Alan Whyte, 4 December 2014
The fare increases are part of a continuous attack on working class living standards in a city where 20 percent live in poverty.
By Jason Melanovski, 27 November 2014
Tens of thousands struggle with poverty, poor housing and difficulty in accessing food and other essentials.
By Sandy English, 25 November 2014
The killing of unarmed Akai Gurley by a police officer in Brooklyn has sparked widespread revulsion in the housing project where he died.
By Michelle Ryan, 24 November 2014
As residents continue to dig out, warming temperatures accompanied by heavy rains could lead to widespread flooding.
By Tom Hall, 22 November 2014
Akai Gurley was killed in front of his girlfriend when an officer on patrol reportedly panicked and fired his gun in a poorly lit stairwell.
By Michelle Ryan, 21 November 2014
A massive lake-effect snowstorm has left ten people dead, thousands without power, and many stranded in the Buffalo, New York region.
By Fred Mazelis, 7 November 2014
The election reflected workers’ growing disgust with the Democrats, as well as the increasingly depraved character of big business politics.
By Mark Witkowski, 18 October 2014
Immigrant workers and others try to make a living in the city’s tourist mecca.
By Philip Guelpa, 14 October 2014
Hundreds of New York City school bus workers rallied at City Hall to demand the reinstatement of their jobs.
By Isaac Finn, 13 October 2014
The NYPD used undercover cops to spy on Mosques as well as Muslim cultural centers and businesses in New York and New Jersey.
Notes on police violence in America
By Tom Hall, 11 October 2014
Daniel Levitt is the second asthmatic killed by New York police this year, along with Eric Garner, and the fourth person killed by the NYPD in the past two weeks.
By Isaac Finn, 4 October 2014
The family charged that the virulently anti-Muslim ad was “entirely inconsistent” with the slain reporter’s beliefs.
By Fred Mazelis, 27 September 2014
Cuts in the Section 8 voucher program are being used to threaten families and force them into substandard conditions.
By Isaac Finn, 24 September 2014
New York City police used pepper against the protesters.
By Thomas Gaist, 18 September 2014
Mufid Elfgeeh was arrested after purchasing inoperative weapons from FBI informants posing as aspiring ISIS militants
By Jonathan White, 5 September 2014
The riot was one of the first uprisings to sweep America’s cities in the 1960s.
By our reporters, 27 August 2014
Subway workers are angered by the militarization of the police and the long history of brutality and abuse.
“Eric Garner was murdered for selling cigarettes”
By Sandy English, 25 August 2014
Thousands of people marched on Saturday in New York City to oppose the chokehold death of Eric Garner by the NYPD and other police killings in the US.
By a WSWS reporting team, 23 August 2014
Workers and young people discussed the killing of Michael Brown and its connection to broader issues.
By Fred Mazelis, 23 August 2014
De Blasio and his advisers have sought to claim the mantle of “progressivism” within the Democratic Party.
By Steve Light, 22 August 2014
A 33-story luxury building under construction will have a separate back entrance for those who live in its “affordable” apartments.
As political crisis erupts over police killing
By Sandy English, 11 August 2014
The police chokehold killing of Eric Garner last month has sparked widespread anger, while Mayor de Blasio attempts to prevent a social eruption.
By Sandy English, 4 August 2014
The authorities admit that the death of the Staten Island man was caused by a police chokehold.
“You can’t treat human beings this way”
By a WSWS reporting team, 30 July 2014
The police killing of Staten Island resident Eric Garner has sparked broad outrage against the daily brutality unleashed on working people in New York City by police.
By Sam Davidson and Steve Filips, 26 July 2014
Steven Cooper, a contract worker in the Novelis Aluminum plant in Upstate New York, was killed June 30 while working at the plant’s remelt and recycling area.
By Alan Whyte, 26 July 2014
The LIRR settlement is only the latest in a series of concessions contracts negotiated between public employee unions and New York’s Democratic-led state and city administrations.
“The NYPD is a gang”
By a reporting team, 21 July 2014
The city’s Civilian Complaint Review Board reported more than 1,000 complaints about chokeholds in the past five years.
By Isaac Finn, 19 July 2014
A Staten Island man died Thursday after officers from the New York Police Department put him in a chokehold, piled on top of him and held his head down, constricting his breathing.
By Alan Whyte, 12 July 2014
The LIRR, the largest US commuter rail line, faces a July 20 strike deadline.
By Jason Melanovski, 28 June 2014
Following the California court ruling striking down teacher tenure in the state, a corporate-backed education “reform” organization is preparing to file a lawsuit challenging New York state tenure and seniority laws for teachers.
By Fred Mazelis, 19 June 2014
Met general manager Peter Gelb’s announcement is an attempt to appease the right-wing Zionist lobby.
By Philip Guelpa, 17 June 2014
The recently opened National September 11 Memorial Museum presents an extremely narrow, one-sided narrative that severely distorts both the causes and consequences of the 9/11 terrorist attacks.
By Alan Whyte and Dan Brennan, 6 June 2014
The mood among teachers and transit workers is far from one of satisfaction.
By Fred Mazelis, 3 June 2014
The Working Families Party delivered its endorsement for the governor after bitter recriminations at its convention.
By Isaac Finn and Fred Mazelis, 3 June 2014
A recent report provided details on the beatings, arrests, deportations and other abuses.
By Dan Brennan, 2 June 2014
New York’s new mayor, Bill de Blasio, is continuing the attacks against school bus drivers begun a year and a half ago.
By Philip Guelpa, 26 May 2014
An Associated Press investigation revealed that two inmates recently died from horrific squalor and neglect at the prison.
By Sandy English, 20 May 2014
In a ruling designed to intimidate opponents of social inequality in the US, a judge in New York City sentenced Occupy Wall Street activist Cecily McMillan to 90 days in jail.
By Steve Light and A. Woodson, 19 May 2014
The contract proposal includes a pay package designed to deprive teachers what is owed to them, and new attacks on public education.
By Fred Mazelis, 3 May 2014
The tentative agreement, designed to set a pattern, shows the role of the unions as guarantors of “labor peace.”
By Jason Melanovski, 2 May 2014
Teacher evaluations were cited as a means of targeting and victimizing teachers in high-poverty areas.
By our reporters, 2 May 2014
By Sandy English, 24 April 2014
Within an hour of the first postings, hundreds of people had uploaded photographs of police brutality.
By Alan Whyte, 21 April 2014
This deal has an economic and political significance that affects all sections of the working class, not only the city’s transit workforce.
By Sandy English, 18 April 2014
Cecily McMillan faces up to seven years in prison if she is convicted.
By Fred Mazelis, 15 April 2014
The recent budget deal revealed the role of the charter school movement and the Democratic Party.