New York City rich and poor - the inequality crisis | DW Documentary

Even before COVID-19, New York was already defined by a gap between the rich and poor. Yet during the pandemic, wealth has become a determinant of survival.
The pandemic hit New York in the spring, with almost 800 people dying from COVID-19 each day in April. The city has been uneasy since then. People's lives have been shaken by months of stay-at-home orders, changing public health measures, "Black Lives Matter" protests, the presidential election, and above all the economic consequences of the pandemic, including ever-widening inequality between New Yorkers.
Stefanie Dodt and Christiane Meier are the creators of "New York City Rich and Poor - The Inequality Crisis." They spent more than eight months following the lives of three New York families who inhabit the different strata of New York society - the bottom, the top and the middle.
The documentary links this long period of observation with intensive data research and analysis and shows why, long before COVID-19, it was clear who the disease would hit hardest. The boundaries between rich and poor are often clearly defined by neighborhoods. Where a person lives determines their risk of becoming infected with the virus, and health has become more of a luxury than ever. The pandemic is spotlighting the scale and consequences of economic inequality in America. In New York, a city of extremes, the emphasis is white hot - and reflects in brash New York style the structural problems all of America is facing as COVID-19 further amplifies inequality.
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  1. Ind Mill

    Ind Mill

    7 timer siden

    Stupid parents have stupid kids, thats the law of nature, dosent matter if they are rich or poor. And countries like US, australia is no exception.😂😂😂😂😂😊

  2. Ind Mill

    Ind Mill

    7 timer siden

    Most of the Rich kids have stupid parents in the US. And newyork is a one big concrete shopping mall

  3. Ind Mill

    Ind Mill

    7 timer siden

    Stupid arrogant sheeps, all they know is how to earn, and has no knowledge of how save, spend wisely and live happily.

  4. Ind Mill

    Ind Mill

    7 timer siden

    These people need to know how to save money from their earnings. All they know is get a dream job and spend all of it and keeping their jobs till they die. Sounds weirdly arrogant, crazy and stupid.

  5. JebusCrisps


    10 timer siden

    That mom of those rich girls looks so done with them XD

  6. brucewillis2


    11 timer siden

    there are 3 types of wealthy people. Those that make the money and come from nothing, those that see their parents struggle and understand the hard work that comes with making the money, and those privileged assholes that spend their parents money with no understanding of hard work - those two privileged girls with no empathy for others are the later.

  7. RAY


    12 timer siden

    Why all the rich kids are fashion influencers 🤷

  8. happy joy

    happy joy

    17 timer siden

    Lets go to Africa to protest? BLM right?

  9. Devon


    18 timer siden

    this shit was funny lol

  10. Fatninja fatninja

    Fatninja fatninja

    22 timer siden

    those girls represent everything wrong with this world.

  11. paola ramirez

    paola ramirez

    23 timer siden

    Colombian flag in the back🇨🇴🥰🥰🥰🥰

  12. Sean Berrigan

    Sean Berrigan

    Dag siden

    the amount of cringe and second hand awkwardness I feel when those two girls open their mouth is overwhelming.

  13. Manuel Alonso Domínguez Vázquez

    Manuel Alonso Domínguez Vázquez

    Dag siden

    7:20 Brats: People are losing their jobs... AHM... So, they must really need to see more pictures of us to comfort themselves right now.

  14. Stephanie S

    Stephanie S

    Dag siden

    Those girls are so disrespectful. After seeing how they spoke to their dad I had to stop the video. Also, I recently saw a Dr. speak as to why people with darker skin are more highly affected by the virus and its because of a major lack of vitamin D. The darker your skin tone and the more north in the country you live, the more likely you are to be vitamin D deficient. There is a major correlation, please do research and everyone needs to focus on immune health so we can kick this in the butt. Peace and love to everyone.

  15. Andro Leguina

    Andro Leguina

    Dag siden

    "Fashion influencers" lololololololol oh i see they dont have a real job and they r trying to "do" something but they have already money. So why do we need a real job? How sad.



    Dag siden

    NYC is a liberal mecca! A democrat stronghold! Prior to 1976 city colleges were tuition free. Then the libs took over and jacked up the tuition rates. The teachers union is so "entrenched" in the primary and high school systems combined with decades of welfare and the family court system destroying Fathers in kids lives and wholah!!!! In 2021 you have a rich and poor divide as a result of failed liberal democrat policies. Trump said it best to the black community when he was running for office. "your schools are terrible, you have no jobs, your kids are being jailed, your property values are sinking. It's a mess." For over 50 years democrat run cities have put you in squalor. Why not try something else and vote for Trump. what the hell do you have to lose? What the hell do you have left to lose? And what do 94% of low income blacks do. Keep voting democrat. You reap what you sow....

  17. Ella CR

    Ella CR

    Dag siden

    PayUrTax....B "We Dont Feel Privileged"!! Really?

  18. Armando Bond

    Armando Bond

    Dag siden

    The two girls actually acted like a parody of who they were

  19. a1053


    2 dager siden

    *The dad is so good.* *But his daughter...*

  20. Living in America

    Living in America

    2 dager siden

    lol those two girls smh

  21. Corey M

    Corey M

    2 dager siden

    rich kids seems like shitty acting.

  22. Srinivas Aprameya H.s

    Srinivas Aprameya H.s

    2 dager siden

    It’s just a video to divide people ! Why do u divide more by showing like this ? Their are poor people in every race which we should help their rich in every race !

  23. Bdui Dang

    Bdui Dang

    2 dager siden

    Thought the rich kids were going to do some social help in the end.🤣🤣🤣🤣

  24. Bdui Dang

    Bdui Dang

    2 dager siden

    Thought the rich were going to do some social work.

  25. Doctor Strange Love

    Doctor Strange Love

    2 dager siden

    Funny they never tell you in these sort of videos what ‘Fare share’ is , how much it is and who has to pay for it and for what reason.

  26. Jedidiah


    2 dager siden

    Meanwhile in the cesspool of comments, envious people abound!

  27. raouf frht

    raouf frht

    2 dager siden

    i took out the popcorn looking at the comments. shit that was hilarious

  28. nl ramos

    nl ramos

    2 dager siden

    'succes is the intersection of hard work and luck' : yeah right, if you are white, people are so privileged and they do not even know...

  29. Legal Gig

    Legal Gig

    2 dager siden

    professional organizer??? 😂

  30. mariz herana

    mariz herana

    2 dager siden

    The girls are offended to their father point of view hahaha, its because the difference is clear and its a big slap to their small ego. Their father work hard to reach what he have and happy to provide to his family but unfortunately his kids never gotten the note well. Their dad want to imply that he would be better if he have that resources they have because he have better point of view in life and healthy lifestyle than being stuck all day to their Instagram 🤷🏻‍♀️

  31. Atara Kay

    Atara Kay

    2 dager siden

    Trump wasn't re-elected and nothing changed still

  32. Mohamed K. Haddar

    Mohamed K. Haddar

    2 dager siden

    I'm only seeing comments about the dad and his daughters 😂

  33. Khalil Barker

    Khalil Barker

    2 dager siden

    In no society have all regions and all parts of the population developed equally

  34. Bhupen Solanki

    Bhupen Solanki

    3 dager siden

    Rich are better than poor people

  35. ingod idoubt

    ingod idoubt

    3 dager siden


  36. Amanj Abubakir

    Amanj Abubakir

    3 dager siden

    Why did I immediately start to hate these two rich kids

  37. David Shaw

    David Shaw

    3 dager siden

    Why do the girls sound like everything they say is a question?

  38. Gustave le Bon

    Gustave le Bon

    3 dager siden

    i dont belief in what is told here.

  39. Wackson Jittemore

    Wackson Jittemore

    3 dager siden

    No one's talking about that cop kicking the guy while he's down?

  40. do you do

    do you do

    3 dager siden

    if you are poor. get your butt out and start working like other self made billionaires stop blaming your race for your poor status it is a disgrace on yourself you are poor because of you. oke if you don't want to be poor start working . create value, create solution for people like other self billionares

  41. Ivory Pearl

    Ivory Pearl

    3 dager siden

    Pandemic is still going on... I feel this is not over. Everyone should buy beans, rice and water. Buy solar panels at Harbor Freight plus a reasonable generator so you can still cook and eat.

  42. kaleem ullah

    kaleem ullah

    3 dager siden

    content creators? I'd prefer to call them rubish creators.

  43. Amélie Vouteau

    Amélie Vouteau

    3 dager siden

    Who goes to a “summer town in Germany”?!?! You to German towns in winter, not summer.

  44. Cesar


    3 dager siden

    Trump wasn't re-elected and look at it NOW! It's going to get worse with the real racist in the White House! Perhaps it's best that Biden cheated his way into the White House because now we will see how Democrats are going to make things worse!

  45. jazzy roses

    jazzy roses

    4 dager siden

    Corruption from the mayor to the governor for years has contributed to the destruction of NYC.

  46. Nagolbud


    4 dager siden

    She has money to dye her hair every week but no money for food.... OKAY.

  47. John Peter

    John Peter

    4 dager siden

    Another 40 years and sea level rise will take care of NYC.. I'm a 74yo white male renting a small room for 500 a month living on SS and a small union retirement. I ride the bus my bicycle or walk. But I'm profiled as a white supremacist... LOL



    4 dager siden

    They look a mess. They look like the knock off of the kate twin dopefeins. This fake ass shit has got to stop they look a mess.



    4 dager siden

    Semd all thwse foreigners homes they make corporations rich and drain the shit out of poor tax payers.

  50. Jianfa Ben Tsai

    Jianfa Ben Tsai

    4 dager siden

    Instead buying luxury expensive (possibly second hand designer) clothing and rented luxury cars and rented airbnb mansions, I mean bought cars and mansions, tight tight tight...why not get an official free bank letter that shows your bank account balance plus value of other assets with fine details e.g. bank numbers redacted and send the scanned photo to your family, friends, acquaintances and business partners? That's a much more effective, genuine and free way to show your wealth - even though birth certificates, house title deeds and bank statements can be easily forged like passports and identity cards?

  51. eiji81


    4 dager siden

    Are you all really blaming the president for you being poor (or rich)??? Work hard and stop complaining. I don’t look into politics or let it control my finances or career. Get a job that pays well and you’ll live well. Be lazy and blame it on the government and stay poor. Good luck

  52. Amrut Atre

    Amrut Atre

    4 dager siden

    Nothing more cringeworthy than these so called instagram influencers/content creators. Shallow, fake and vapid. Out of touch with the reality.

  53. Alex Tsahalis

    Alex Tsahalis

    4 dager siden

    Ugh, those two white sisters are basic AF. "Influencers"?! haha...riiiiight. I'd love to see what/who they influence!

  54. Jeremiah Pickens

    Jeremiah Pickens

    4 dager siden

    Systematic racism is a phrase used to replace Capitalism with Marxism. Their's no systematic racism. The reason why you fail is because you're a idiot. . It's nobody else's fault. You're not getting a hand out, nobody hates you, and nobody is going to kiss your ass.

    • Wackson Jittemore

      Wackson Jittemore

      3 dager siden

      This sounds like something those 2 girls would say lmao

  55. betawavesny


    4 dager siden

    welp that was depressing to watch.

  56. Kevin Yu

    Kevin Yu

    4 dager siden

    why have kids if u cant afford them?....ill never understand

  57. Rondo2ooo


    5 dager siden

    When I was in my 20s the US, especially California, represented the absolute achievement to me. That is about 30 years ago. Maybe back then it was different or the propagated American Dream infected me, I don't know. I have visited the US several times over the last decade. I found that what I was told is extremely idealized and biased. I felt disappointed, though there are still a lot of nice aspects too.

  58. M Taylor

    M Taylor

    5 dager siden

    @10:09 So difficult to watch a handful of white cops beat an unarmed minority citizen. The oath of protect and serve does not exist for these monsters of our society. Yet, it's daily. "Normal", even, to use excessive force on the innocent or innocent until proven guilty.

  59. ronnie_g


    5 dager siden

    I am just struggling to figure out who on earth would be influenced by those two hollow and arrogant girls. I am inspired by that 13 year old kid by his mother. Hope they are better now.

  60. That one Weeb

    That one Weeb

    5 dager siden

    They are 28 and 26??!! They look like teens and their “jobs” are bloggers and influencers? Lol. And they say they aren’t privileged SMH

  61. C Ch

    C Ch

    5 dager siden

    Professional organisers.... Good lord....

  62. Miss Interpreted

    Miss Interpreted

    5 dager siden

    15:20 spoiled brat!!! Can't cope with a different opinion, even from her own father who has provided the privilege.

  63. Eishwin Mann

    Eishwin Mann

    5 dager siden

    All the young us Americans should take care of there finances, and stop spending on outside food or in malls, look at the Tiffany girl, he spending on unwanted clothes

  64. Manraj Sandhu

    Manraj Sandhu

    5 dager siden

    Wise words fron the influencers "Uhm"

  65. RAY T.H. Yuen

    RAY T.H. Yuen

    5 dager siden

    I stopped listening after the 1st minute, the gap between the rich and poor are getting wider and wider... You really should see how far we've come since 2000 years ago. Jesus couldn't solve wealth inequities, and neither can you. Numerically we can say the gap is getting wider, but we are richer as a whole in terms of daily standard of living compared to our ancestors who can only dream of how "inequitable" we've become. Sit yo ass down.

  66. Endrew Costa

    Endrew Costa

    5 dager siden

    What are they? The white chicks ? Haha did only I find the 26 y.o kim Kardashian disrespectful to her dad ? Poor dad. Raised them incorrectly

  67. Lisa Love

    Lisa Love

    5 dager siden

    The ignorance in the intro. Biden has been racist his entire Life and it’s open about it. Poor will stay poor waiting for their government assistance check, no ambition or motivation. While the rich are moving with their money.

  68. Carlos Usher

    Carlos Usher

    6 dager siden

    Woke rich dad, can't teach his own kids what real life is... just sad.

  69. julia Franzese

    julia Franzese

    6 dager siden

    um um um um um um

  70. Glam Doll

    Glam Doll

    6 dager siden

    They let anyone model these days.

  71. nadya bugaeva

    nadya bugaeva

    6 dager siden

    Okay, i am si relived that I am not the only one who is so annoyed and disgusted by these two idiotic people! But godamn!?! Where are his balls?? They have no respect for him and he is afraid to really tell what he really thinks about their so called brand! These two maje me wanna puke

  72. Irakli Berdzenadze

    Irakli Berdzenadze

    7 dager siden

    Over 13 % NY Population lives below the poverty line.. When a lot of people sells their homes in their home country for "American Dream" and for "Big money Lottery" they must to see this before they decide to relocate in USA with their family and make this risk. Unfortunately this is fact that American Dream is just another propaganda and it's happens if you have good bucks in your pocket otherwise no matter where you live in poverty, poverty is poverty and you can be hungry in NY or in other worldwide. Too sad :(

  73. Gabrielle Haigh

    Gabrielle Haigh

    7 dager siden

    Ew she's 26 and still living with her parents hahahaah what a looser. i got my degree , got myself fulltime employment and my own place by then and cringe at the thought of asking my parents for money and I'm only 28. The "Influencers " literally just leach of mommy and daddy hahaha GROW UP AND GET A REAL JOB. Your not even model material.

  74. mikeymike&ike


    7 dager siden

    Also, the irony of Co**d is that "sanitizing" was a load of BS and I said that from day one and I'm only a paramedic lolol Our "experts" have shown they simply are political hacks and were out to save their necks and jobs...NOT YOU PEOPLE HAHAHAHAHA

  75. mikeymike&ike


    7 dager siden

    I love the hypocrisy of human beings...."my life sucks MOST LIKELY because of my decisions, so give me money because you have it" 🤦‍♂️🤦‍♂️🤦‍♂️🤦‍♂️🤦‍♂️🤦‍♂️🤦‍♂️🤦‍♂️🤦‍♂️🤦‍♂️🤦‍♂️🤦‍♂️🤦‍♂️🤦‍♂️🤦‍♂️🤦‍♂️🤦‍♂️🤦‍♂️🤦‍♂️🤦‍♂️🤦‍♂️🤦‍♂️🤦‍♂️🤦‍♂️🤦‍♂️🤦‍♂️🤦‍♂️🤦‍♂️🤦‍♂️🤦‍♂️🤦‍♂️

  76. Mana Montana

    Mana Montana

    7 dager siden

    i make way the fuck less than 27k a year and somehow I do fine and am not suffering. i make enough to pay for rent. bills. food and fuck around on my computer for more hours a week than I work. I could work harder if i wanted to and make more. or i could go to school. i choose not to do both because I like to chill. poor people like me are lazy. im perfectly fine with my life I don't need a lot to be satisfied with my life. I don't drink or do drugs or gamble I don't often buy cloths and I don't really "go out" so my lifestyle is very cheap and affordable. honestly don't see what people complain about the way people portray poverty to me seems insane. some people claim people are SOOO poor they can not even aford condoms or can not afford an apple. did i not mention that i am also overweight despite making around 12k a year a wage not just below the poverty line but far below it. i eat junk food all the time. I got news for people out there yes poor people know candy is bad for you we just think it tastes good. also we don't prepare "healthy food" not because we are worked to the bone and can't do it but because I can't be assed too. I can ether spend half an hour making a salad or I can spend half an hour watching TV. I choose TV. I don't understand why people are so concerned about how well others are doing. jeff bezos does not harm me in fact I use Amazon services sometimes(i don't buy much stuff obviously but when i do) people need to not concentrate on what others are doing and focus on themselves if they want more.

    • Kay P

      Kay P

      5 dager siden

      You definitely don’t live comfortably in NYC on less than $27k a year and if you do, you have section 8 or in a very cheap rent stabilized apt. If you’re comfortable that’s fine but that is not a livable wage. Especially if you have kids!

  77. Steve Dimon

    Steve Dimon

    7 dager siden

    Inequality is not a crisis. It is a result of decisions made prior to. It is also kind of a necessary thing.

  78. May M.

    May M.

    7 dager siden

    Did the black guy speaking have the hiccups ?

    • Anne Richnavsky

      Anne Richnavsky

      6 dager siden

      I noticed that too. I think it might be a neurological issue that he can’t control.

  79. DelbertStinkfester


    8 dager siden

    I think all these people who are making their living off of social media are about to all have to move back in with their parents or be homeless...The Bubble is about to burst...Better start showing some respect or learn how to convert your car into a quaint living space

  80. Cardion Don

    Cardion Don

    8 dager siden

    I am really falling in love with this DW Documentary. Beautiful documentaries. This was hard to watch. It shows the dire gap between the rich and the poor. I have to say, though, the dad seems like a great guy. My heart goes out to the people who are struggling.

  81. ali Hussein

    ali Hussein

    8 dager siden

    Your not a color, that rings true.

  82. Daniela Viegas

    Daniela Viegas

    8 dager siden

    15:41 I mean look at her face knows she's being hit with the truth and can't even acknowledge it even a little.. even the father has some respect and wisdom.. can't believe one is the same age has me wow such a difference, indeed is true that different life circumstances makes you grow and another makes you spoiled and clueless.. btw they must be really great influencers cause I haven't heard or seen them xD lol

  83. L W

    L W

    8 dager siden


  84. Catherine To

    Catherine To

    8 dager siden

    Maybe racism is our nature. But the govt and the citizens need to be civilize in order to live together in a society In peace. A society can’t boom if the rich and poor gap are high. It won’t be safe for the rich to live anyways. Racism and sexism are the core reasons why we have wealth gap and wage gap. Time to change that. We only live once.

  85. Bull Years

    Bull Years

    8 dager siden

    Poor people need nutrition to build up their immune systems yet flooded with junk and chemicals to kill them fast and in pain by government help agencies or organisations i.e. food bank

  86. Cleb Felm

    Cleb Felm

    8 dager siden

    The problem is all the dumb kids on instagram who follow these "influencers" and give them that attention they crave so badly

  87. Cole617


    8 dager siden

    she like literally um like wanted to um help tutor and um like help educate the um less um fortunate and um

  88. Jingwei Zhang

    Jingwei Zhang

    8 dager siden

    34:41 "We don't feel privileged." The two daughters are insufferable. I hope they can sit down and really listen to their dad and understand what their dad is actually saying.

  89. Ruben


    8 dager siden

    Seriously, are we going to already start the first 30 seconds to bash Trump? I challenge this channel to do the same documentary, after Biden is elected.

  90. haydensmind


    8 dager siden

    Those influencers need to spend less money on fashion and more on an english tutor. Ummmm, ahhh, yaaaa.

  91. Idalí


    8 dager siden

    DW, how is Emerita doing today? Wish she's got a job, conserved her apartment and reunited with her beloved ones.

  92. YoErickTv


    8 dager siden

    To the 1st lady talking about the 2020 election: So now that Biden's president, are things any different for your ma'am?

  93. Felicia Wichrowski

    Felicia Wichrowski

    8 dager siden

    23:43 nice to see a drag queen in the Hamptons.

  94. Alexander Po

    Alexander Po

    9 dager siden

    LOL!! And they talk about how bad is China"s "undemocratic" society!!!

  95. centaur


    9 dager siden

    "Yeah no yeah we gotta wrap this up, no really". Shut the f up

  96. Anna Nimity

    Anna Nimity

    9 dager siden

    Those girls remind me of that Charlie Demilio person, I am not really into influencers. I think it's horrific what happened to my home T_T I was born in New York and lived there and the Hamptons for 16 years. I miss it but this is absolutely a horrible time to be there. I hope we can heal together once the vaccine is administered to everyone that can.

  97. Faina Faina

    Faina Faina

    9 dager siden

    Stop dance start work

  98. Faina Faina

    Faina Faina

    9 dager siden

    All colored need to do one thing - move back to Africa and India, even if their parents born them in usa.

    • Tempo Tempo

      Tempo Tempo

      7 dager siden

      Excuse me! Don't compare Africa with india. Indians are not Africans and African are not Indians. India is in Asia not the African continent you idiot. African and indian have nothing in common. And for your information india 6 largest GDP go figure it out you illiterate people. Its the Indian ( the asian community ) the earns more than the an other american. One thing more indians especially north Indian comes in indo Aryan/ indo Iranian race it's a sub set of caucasian race go google it you foul mouth.

  99. Mostly Scifi

    Mostly Scifi

    9 dager siden

    We black people have become professional victims. That black guy in the beginning is an example of why we can never pull ahead, The key is family. Tell me is that guy not gay. If it's not homosexuality then 70% single black motherhood.

  100. Ankhet vhastii

    Ankhet vhastii

    9 dager siden

    This is pathetic, Biden's tax reforms will only make the poor even more poor!!! Black ppl sold there soul to Biden as the great white hope!! And he used every single one of us, the more racist of the 2 and for sure the more evil