Rikers Island is a dismal and dangerous place. Spread across 415 acres of repurposed landfill in the the East River between the Bronx and Queens, the island is home to more than 12,000 inmates in 10 separate jail facilities. There were 73 stabbings and slashings committed by inmates in 2013, and the ... More >>
New York's most radical rehab counselor is still standing after a duel with the DEA
In a week full of firsts for Better Out Than In, Banksy announces not the art, but when the formal announcement of today's artwork will take place. There you have it, folks: Banksy opens up a new frontier in meta-announcements.
A couple of enterprising members of the East New York community have found a way to turn a quick profit on Banksy's beaver. They've set up a pay-to-gawk scheme at 274 Bradford Street, in which one guy hassles spectators for money, while the other guy covers up the beaver with cardboard until the vie ... More >>
In this week's cover story, writer Keegan Hamilton investigates the controversy surrounding ibogaine, the experimental hallucinogen drug that has helped kick meth and heroin addictions. Ibogaine is illegal, even though its power to cure addicts has been proven. Hamilton's story describes th ... More >>
It's common knowledge that kicking a capital-H Habit isn't the most pleasant experience, to say the least. But what if there were a cure for drug addiction out there that only comes with one side effect, that of intense hallucinations? For this week's Village Voice cover story, join Keegan Ha ... More >>