New York

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.

WSWS publishes New York school bus strike newsletter

9 February 2013

The WSWS is urging New York City school bus workers and their supporters to download and distribute the NYC School Bus Strike newsletter.

School bus workers fight for job security and wages: 1979 and today

By Fred Mazelis, 8 February 2013

An examination of the New York City school bus drivers strike of 1979 underscores the transformed role of the unions.

Bloomberg presses attack on striking New York City school bus drivers

By Jerry White, 7 February 2013

The strike by nearly 9,000 New York City school bus workers entered its fourth week today with the Bloomberg administration preparing to accept bids from private school bus contractors without long-standing job and wage protections.

Democrats join bid to strangle New York City bus drivers strike

By Bill Van Auken, 7 February 2013

Pretending to support both striking bus workers and parents, New York City’s Democratic politicians have joined the union in calling for a “cooling-off period” and negotiations on cost-cutting givebacks.

Letter from a New York City school bus driver

5 February 2013

A letter on the assault by Mayor Michael Bloomberg on the striking New York school bus drivers.

New York City cops aid strike-breakers

By Bryan Dyne, 5 February 2013

In addition to penning workers behind barricades and blocking them from mounting effective picket lines at bus yards, New York City police have come to the direct aid of strike-breakers.

“Bloomberg is the number one criminal”

Striking New York City school bus workers speak out

By our reporters, 4 February 2013

Over the weekend, World Socialist Web Site reporters spoke to striking bus workers throughout New York City.

The way forward for the New York City school bus strikers

By Socialist Equality Party, 4 February 2013

The SEP is calling for the formation of rank-and-file committees made up of school bus workers as well as parents, teachers and other workers to defend the strikers and oppose the assault on public education.

New York City school bus strike at the crossroads

By Socialist Equality Party, 31 January 2013

The struggle has revealed the basic class divisions in America.

Union officials offer to end NY school bus strike and negotiate concessions

By a reporting team, 31 January 2013

The union representing school bus drivers and matrons made an offer to end the strike and negotiate concessions, but the Bloomberg administration rejected it out of hand.

Companies bring in scabs in New York school bus drivers’ strike

By Sandy English, 30 January 2013

Private school bus companies contracted to the New York City Department of Education (DOE) sought to break a two-week-old strike by sending out scab buses.

New York school bus companies threaten to bring in scabs

By Sandy English and Clare Hurley, 29 January 2013

New York City’s school bus companies have threatened to begin using scabs to break the two-week-old strike in defense of jobs and decent transportation for 150,000 school children.

Why the New York Times backs Bloomberg’s assault on school bus drivers

By Bill Van Auken, 24 January 2013

The ugly face of “modern liberalism” can be seen on the cold sidewalks of New York, where school bus workers are fighting for their jobs against a billionaire mayor backed by the liberal establishment.

School bus drivers in New York face NLRB threat as strike enters second week

By Clare Hurley, 23 January 2013

The National Labor Relations Board says it has begun an investigation of company complaints that could lead to an injunction to declare the school bus drivers’ struggle illegal.

Threat of federal intervention to break New York City school bus drivers strike

By Rosa Shahnazarian and Jerry White, 21 January 2013

Private school bus companies, with behind-the-scenes support from New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, are appealing to the National Labor Relations Board to order an end to the six-day strike by nearly 9,000 drivers, attendants and mechanics.

New York bus drivers continue strike to defend jobs

By a reporting team, 19 January 2013

The strike by nearly 9,000 school bus drivers in New York City entered its third day on Friday.

New York school bus drivers walk picket lines for second day

By Philip Guelpa, 18 January 2013

New York City school bus drivers and matrons are fighting against a plan to destroy job protections that were won more than 30 years ago.

New York City school bus drivers strike to defend jobs

By Sandy English, 17 January 2013

Nearly 9,000 school bus drivers struck on Wednesday to ensure that job security provisions remain in New York City’s contracts with the private bus companies that transport children.

Striking school bus drivers: “The mayor is putting a price on our children”

By a reporting team, 17 January 2013

The WSWS spoke to striking school bus drivers at the Atlantic Express terminal in the Bronx.

Mobilize the working class to support New York’s school bus drivers!

By the Socialist Equality Party, 16 January 2013

The SEP calls on workers to support the nearly 9,000 school bus drivers, matrons/attendants and mechanics who have called a strike to defend their right to decent jobs and safe service for children.

New York school drivers: “All they want is to push us backwards”

By a WSWS reporting team, 16 January 2013

The WSWS spoke with New York school bus drivers Tuesday on the eve of a strike called to defend their jobs.

Federal judge rules New York “stop-and-frisk” policing unconstitutional

By Fred Mazelis, 11 January 2013

Stop-and-frisk has become notorious for making large numbers of New York City residents virtual prisoners in their own homes.

New York City school bus drivers may strike over job security

By Sandy English, 8 January 2013

School bus drivers in New York City, facing a threat to their jobs and pay, may walk off the job this week.

US Congress approves measly relief package for Hurricane Sandy victims

By Fred Mazelis, 5 January 2013

A new recovery package to meet needs after Hurricane Sandy barely scratches the surface in dealing with the devastation.

In wake of Hurricane Sandy, New Yorkers hit with transit fare hike

By Alan Whyte, 29 December 2012

The MTA has voted to increase bus and train fares, as well as tolls on the bridges and tunnels it controls.

NYC worker: “The fare is going up, but my salary is not”

By a reporting team, 29 December 2012

The WSWS spoke to New York City transit workers and to subway and bus riders in Brooklyn about the impact of the latest fare hike.

New York: Continuing misery in Rockaways in aftermath of Hurricane Sandy

By Philip Guelpa, 12 December 2012

Conditions in the Rockaways section of New York in the wake of the storm reveal the underlying social reality that is otherwise ignored.

Workers protest low wages at New York City fast-food restaurants

By Sandy English, 1 December 2012

Hundreds of fast-food workers and their supporters protested against low wages and lack of benefits at McDonald’s and Burger King restaurants in New York City.

In advance of Hurricane Sandy, New York warned on vulnerable infrastructure

By Dan Brennan, 20 November 2012

The scope of devastation wrought by Sandy was predicted by numerous scientific studies commissioned by government agencies over the past decade.

Rent strike threat after deaths at storm-ravaged New York housing complex

By a WSWS reporting team, 17 November 2012

Residents of Knickerbocker Village had called for a rent strike over the lack of electricity, heat and hot water, conditions that led to the deaths of two elderly residents last week.

One week after Hurricane Sandy, human crisis and class tensions grow

By Fred Mazelis, 6 November 2012

A week after Hurricane Sandy hit the East Coast of the United States, large numbers of storm victims remain without power, heat or a roof over their heads as the cold weather sets in.