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 >>
Amid the backlash NRA President Wayne LaPierre received after calling for the installment of armed guards in U.S. schools, one New Jersey district began the new year with the NRA's preferred method of security. Students attending Marlboro Township Public Schools returned to class this morning with ... More >>
[Insert lame pun about Vaseline being slippery and a guy who used the substance to break into apartments here].That's what multiple media outlets in New York City did today when police announced that the "Vaseline Bandit," a.k.a. 40-year-old Luis Gonzalez, has been arrested and booked on charges tha ... More >>
On Tuesday, we told you about the "Vaseline Bandit," a burglary suspect linked to at least 14 break ins in Manhattan over the last six months. How was he linked to these burglaries, you ask? Well, in each case, he was dumb enough to leave a calling card -- dude would put Vaseline over the peephol ... More >>
The New York Police Department needs your help in tracking down a man authorities say is responsible for at least 14 burglaries in Manhattan over the past six months.Like an idiot, the suspect left a calling card -- in each burglary, he rubbed Vaseline over the peephole of the apartment door.The ... More >>
In my story in the Voice last week, inspired by Joan and Leslie Rich's 1964 book, How to Be a New Yorker, I talked to longtime New Yorkers, former New Yorkers, new New Yorkers, and even a few people who've never lived in this town, about what they think it takes to be "a real New Yorker." As expecte ... More >>
"Either you like my voice or you don't," Marianne Faithfull says in a deep, husky breath. "If people come to my music expecting my pretty voice, or anything pretty, they're going to be disappointed and they're going to hate it. It's much better to come to my work and say, 'This is going to b ... More >>
Each week, Death by Science gets on its hands and knees and crawls around, searching the dark world of science and technology. Often terrifying, sometimes humbling, our discoveries will make you run to the nearest 7-11 and stock up on canned goods and doomsday porn. This week, we found a stud ... More >>
Somewhere on Staten Island, there is a warehouse. Inside the warehouse, there are all the cigarette butts you could ever want! There's a company called EcoTech Displays that is collecting cig butts from all over the city, putting them in this warehouse, and trying to figure out a way to recyc ... More >>
Tobacco leaves drying. via Chang W. Lee/NYTWhile you losers are out there paying $12 a pack for your Marlboro Lights -- or even quitting, like the quitters you are -- Audrey Silk, a retired cop in Brooklyn, is growing her own cigs for a quarter of the price. Silk lives in Marine Park and is the f ... More >>
In an interview with WOR radio host John Gambilng, Mayor Bloomberg essentially laid the smack down on Governor Paterson, saying that he should tax Indian cigarette sales and "let the federal government sue us" if there is a problem. The cigarette tax in New York City caused a 35 percent drop in ... More >>
Mmm mmm good.Smokers just can't catch a break in this city. Not only are packs up to 13 bucks a pop, those prices may be driving a rise in the Chinese black-market cigarette economy in New York, the Post reports. Exotic! You could be smoking such delicacies as "yak hair" and "chicken dropping ... More >>
Local Jersey Shore embarrassment, formerly the property of Staten Island and New Jersey, claimed another borough this week when Queens gym teacher Brad Ferro was identified as the man who punched cast-member Nicole "Snooki" Polizzi on camera when she accused him of stealing her drink.
This week is the Voice's Best of NYC issue, our annual opportunity to bestow arbitrary awards like Best Fledgling Local Rock-Star Cheat Sheet and Best Literally Underground Cabaret Show. In turn, we asked a few of our favorite New Yorkers to name their favorite local things. Singer-songwriter Ru ... More >>
Quotes and smokes—Pictures artists get a show
The museum saddles up, effaces history
Meet Isaac Abraham, Orthodox insurgent
Pirate of the Guggenheim! How Richard Prince stole his way into the art world's heart.
Echo, New York's legendary computer bulletin board, shares its goals for 2005
On January 30, He Nearly Killed Himself. On April 16, He Did. A 17-Year-Old's Suicide and the Questions Left Behind
Activists Focus on the Mounting Costs of War
Listening to the Arabs of New York
Faced With Eviction, Taylor Mead Cleans House.
My Not-So-Secret Life as an FBI Informant
Hot and Bothered by Tough Laws? Light Up on the Web.
Everyone Else Is in Michael Schumachers Rearview Mirror
Euthanizing Tall Tales
Fela Didn't Believe AIDS Existed. But then he died of the disease. His brother is still trying to convince Fela's fans that HIV is real.
The Dubious Drug-Education Program Takes New York
Beyond Style at Fashion Week
The Menswear How and Why