List of incidents of civil unrest in New York City

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Fighting during the Draft Riots of 1863

This list is about incidents of civil unrest, rioting, violent labor disputes, or minor insurrections or revolts in New York City.

By date[edit]

Civil unrest in New York by date in ascending order, from earliest to latest.

1964 riots in Harlem

By number of deaths[edit]

The following is a list of civil unrest in New York by number of deaths in descending order from most to least deaths. In cases where the number of deaths is uncertain, the lowest estimate is used.

No deaths[edit]

The following is a list of civil unrest in New York where no deaths occurred listed in ascending order by year, from earliest to latest. The number of injured is listed in cases where the number is known.

See also[edit]


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