Rikers Island

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    September 30, 2012

    Teenage Pizza Delivery Boy Accused Of Raping UWS Woman, Said He Was 'Horny'

    This has to be the most bizarre news story today.Cesar Lucas, a 16-year-old pizza delivery kid, was filling an order on the Upper West Side around 12:30am last night. When he was finished delivering a pie to a customer, he noticed a door that was unlocked nearby in the same building. Inside, a mothe ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 5, 2012

    Leib Glanz, Former Rikers Chaplain, Pleads Out to Housing Fraud

    A genius at gaming the system until recently, Leib Glanz, the former Rikers Island chaplain cut loose for organizing a bar mitzvah party in a jail, and his brother, Menashe, pleaded guilty today to housing fraud, theft and lying in federal court in Manhattan. Federal prosecutors say the two men def ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 4, 2012

    Pressure On Trinity Church To Call Off Occupy Wall Street Trespassing Charges

    Trinity Church, a massive New York land owner with an estimated $1 billion in real estate holdings, is once again at odds with Occupy Wall Street, the movement that sprung up in its back yard. The relationship between Trinity and Occupy has been fraught almost from the start, but tensions escalated ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 14, 2012

    G-Dep: Gangster Rapper/Convicted Murderer/One Admirable S.O.B

    As we reported last week, Puffy-approved rapper G-Dep was sentenced to 15 years in prison for a decades-old murder he probably would have gotten away with if he hadn't turned himself in nearly 20 years later. G-Dep has since explained to the media his decision to rat himself out -- and he's now, pre ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 13, 2011

    Brooklyn Man Accused of 144 Counts of Sexually Assaulting Young Boys

    CBS 2​CBS reported last night (the story was originally broken by the New York Post) that a Midwood man is accused of 144 counts of sexual abuse of two young boys. Andrew Goodman, 27, is charged with assaulting one boy aged 11-15 and another aged 13-16 from 2006 onward and taping it on a webca ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 1, 2011

    Face Tattoos Not Super-Duper Compatible With Life of Crime

    When considering a criminally focused lifestyle, or even just a singular instance in which you rob a restaurant or store or person with eyes, one should know that a large, recognizable facial tattoo may be incompatible with said life of crime or singular instance of theft. The name of the game is "i ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 23, 2011

    Anne Sinclair, Dominique Strauss-Kahn's Celebrity Third Wife, Is Paying All of His Bills

    The happy (?) couple​Dominique Strauss-Kahn, the ex-IMF chief facing attempted rape charges in New York City, is out of Rikers Island on a $6 million bail package, right into another money-burning arrangement. The armed security officer he's required to keep with him at all hours of the day ru ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 17, 2011

    Dominique Strauss-Kahn In Handcuffs Is Not Okay, But Revealing Rape Accuser's Name Is?

    ​Dominique Strauss-Kahn, head of the IMF, is currently in a Rikers Island cell awaiting his next court date after being accused of rape by a 32-year-old maid in the Sofitel hotel near Times Square, where Strauss-Kahn was staying last weekend. Since the dramatic arrest, the media whirlwind has ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 6, 2011

    Prison Guard Accused of Offering Prisoner an Early Release in Exchange for Cocaine

    ​A correctional officer at Rikers Island has been arrested for offering an inmate early release in exchange for three kilos of cocaine. The office of the special narcotics prosecutor released a statement today detailing the investigation of prison guard Robert Whitfield. Whitfield allegedly pr ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 28, 2011

    Guy Velella, 1944-2011, State Senator, Rascal, Stand-up Guy

    Shiho Fukada/VV​It is October 14, 2000, and Guy Velella -- the ex-state senator and convicted felon who died yesterday at 66 -- is in his home base in the north Bronx practicing the fine art of retail politics. Nobody does this better, and the tell-tale silver-streak in his careful pompadour i ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 21, 2011

    Man Tries to Steal Food by Putting it in Pants, Is Unsuccessful

    ​Food crime is not just an opportunity for the New York Post to make excessively bad puns, it's an opportunity for all of us to laugh. Because when a guy stuffs a dozen packs of smoked salmon in his pants, there's not much else you can do. It seems that Sergey Muzlayov ("the catch of the day a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 9, 2010

    The Top Ten Best Worst Singing Rappers

    ​These days, there's nothing attention grabbing about rappers who sing, whether it's Andre 3000's amped squawk, an Auto-Tune-enabled Kanye West, or Lil Wayne's upcoming Riker's Island shower room spirituals. This week the canon sees new album additions from one-time Goodie Mob member Cee-Lo Gr ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 23, 2010

    Madonna's Stalker, Robert Linhart, Gunning for Stalker of the Year Award

    ​So, you may have heard: Madonna has a stalker. Retired firefighter Robert Linhart, 59 -- gaunt, ice-pick-wielding, crazy-sign-writing, sidewalk-message-scrawling -- is determined to meet her, just determined. So he's pulling out all the stalker stops. Upon his arrest outside of her apartment ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 15, 2010

    Two Jail Imams Under Investigation for Carrying Illegal Firearms

    On the heels of a scandal involving a Department of Corrections Muslim chaplain who was charged for sneaking razor blades into a Manhattan jail, the Voice has learned that two imams on the Riker's Island jail complex are currently under investigation for carrying illegal firearms. Both imams continu ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 15, 2010

    Lil Wayne Tipped Off by Rikers Jail Staff, Brought Better Food, Allowed Long Visits

    Lil Wayne even has a special visitors entrance Looks like hip-hop star Lil Wayne is even more of a VIP at the Riker's Island jail complex than we previously knew. Department of Corrections officials appear to be bending backwards for him, sources tell the Voice. We're told that when guests visit ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 15, 2010

    15 Ways to Celebrate June 15th, Drake Day

    ​Drake's album came out today. If you don't care, or are nonplussed, you are wrong. That said, it's time to lend some positivity to the proceedings. If you have yet to celebrate Drake Day by buying his album -- or are looking to further commemorate the occasion -- we now present you with 15 wa ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 18, 2009

    5 Arrested, Including Alleged Gunman, in Bronx Schoolgirl Shooting

    ​Five arrests have been made in the case of Vada Vasquez, the 15-year-old who was shot in the head as she walked home from Bronx Latin School on Monday and remains in a coma. The suspected shooter is Carvette Gentile, 16. Other participants in the gunplay that led to Vasquez being struck were ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 11, 2009

    Rikers Fight Club: New Law a Response to Jail Violence

    Following a drumbeat of negative news about the city jail for teenagers, and after the outcry over the murder of 18-year-old Christopher Robinson there, Mayor Michael Bloomberg signed a bill yesterday that requires the Correction Department to disclose safety and census data on teens in jail.   ... More >>

  • News

    April 29, 2009

    After 20 Years, a Bronx Cold Case Is Solved

    —and a family's grief rekindled.

  • Blogs

    April 29, 2009

    Miss California Banned From Competing in Miss Fag Hag Pageant

    That's the funny title of a press release that went out promoting the Miss Fag Hag Pageant--a procession of real-life Will and Graces at Comix (353 W. 14 St.) on Sunday May 17, which will feature 10 fruit fly contestants and their tres-gay boyfriends. Says the email, "In lieu of a contender who onl ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 14, 2009

    This Week in the Voice

    50 Cent and Rick Ross have a beef. Will it be settled with guns? Actually, it will more likely be settled with internet videos and rapid response units. What what? Erik Parker explains the new state of the art. Burial societies are supposed to assure their members of a grave when their time comes. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 27, 2009

    Times Helpfully Disseminates Our Gillibrand-Tobacco Story

    The New York Times has a story today about Senator Kirsten Gillibrand's links to Big Tobacco. It's worth your while, though if you read Tom Robbins' article about the same subject from the February 10 Voice, you'll find much of it familiar. Also you won't find Robbins or the Voice mentioned in their ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 16, 2009

    Monday's Headlines: Times plays catch-up on our Rikers Fight Club story

    [HARKAVY is now blogging at The Smart Asset]Your Monday New York headlines...Times catching up on the Rikers Fight Club story that the Voice's Graham Rayman has been reporting for nearly two years.More AIG drama: Bailout money went to foreign firms and other big banks that AIG owed in derivative gam ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 23, 2009

    Jails Commissioner Finally Confronted by City Council

    In the ongoing controversy over the murder of teenager Christopher Robinson at a Rikers Island jail, someone in the City Council finally tried to pin down Correction Commissioner Martin Horn on what he knew, when he knew it, and what he did to stop it.    Robinson was fatally beaten i ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 12, 2009

    Rikers Fight Club: Not Just A Recent Problem

    Our "Rikers Fight Club" coverage has prompted additional people to report their own nasty experiences at the teen jail where 18-year-old Christopher Robinson was beaten to death by inmates allegedly working as enforcers for two wayward correction officers.    Cesar Ferrer, now a 29-ye ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 23, 2009

    Where's the news? Obama's is transparent -- but not in a good way.

    Check out this smarmy explanation by the Obama White House's tech crew of its new website. Barack Obama's version of the official presidential website,, is deeply troubling and downright scary. So far, it's nothing more than puffery. Even under the Bush-Cheney regime, the site in ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 19, 2008

    Barrett on Bloomberg: Where's His Second Term?

    Unlike us, reporting legend Wayne Barrett is no reflexive anti-Bloomberger, and admits the current Mayor's the best New York city or state official "I've covered in 31 years at the Voice." But, says Barrett, "he's also the worst" -- that is, after a heroic first term, he became addicted to self-pro ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 1, 2008

    Update: Car-Smash "Blog Bust" in Vain?

    As we reported Friday, concerned bloggers of Dumbo brought attention to local thug Darren Stone, whom they thought responsible for a number of area car break-ins. Cops linked Stone to one smash-and-grab via DNA (!) and picked him up last week. The Sunday New York Post hailed the "Blog Bust" ("Online ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 14, 2008
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    May 13, 2008

    Remy Ma Sentenced to Eight Years as Papoose Explodes in Anger

    The rapper Papoose exploded in a fit of anger outside a Manhattan courtroom this morning just moments after his tearful bride-to-be, Remy Ma, faced down an eight-year sentence for shooting a woman outside of a West Side hot spot last summer. Papoose—whose plans to wed Remy got put on ice yest ... More >>

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    May 13, 2008
  • News

    October 30, 2007

    Tale of the Tape

    Rewind: The story behind my story of the FBI murder case

  • News

    July 3, 2007

    What the Jail Guard Saw

    Rikers officers encourage gang violence: surprising testimony and the stats to back it up

  • Music

    March 20, 2007

    The Power of Soul Compels You

    Risking drunken pawing from her grabby admirers, Sharon Jones obliterates your cynicism

  • Columns

    September 12, 2006
  • News

    April 25, 2006

    The Children's Hour

    The fight for legislation to help young prostitutes

  • Blogs

    January 26, 2006

    A Leaky Tank Near You?

    This week the City of New York entered into a consent decree with the federal government settling an Environmental Protection Agency lawsuit against the city for failing to follow federal law in monitoring and fixing potentially hazardous underground fuel tanks. The settlement calls for the city to ... More >>

  • News

    October 4, 2005

    Andre's World

    A kid needs imagination to survive high school and jail on Rikers Island

  • News

    April 19, 2005

    Baby Madness

    How one young woman's delusions cost her years of freedom

  • News

    January 6, 2004

    The Suicide of Mr. A

    A Mentally Ill Inmate Slips Through the Cracks—Into the Path of a Subway Train

  • News

    June 25, 2002

    Only Seeing Green

    King Kong Landlord Boots Out the Blind on 44th Street

  • Specials

    June 11, 2002
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    June 5, 2001
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    May 15, 2001

    Device Squads

    Currently on View: Puppets, Politics, Pianologue, and Peonage

  • News

    November 21, 2000

    The Joy of Bombing

    Graffiti’s Next Generation Gets Up By Any Means Necessary

  • News

    February 15, 2000

    Blood Sport

    Race Teams Face Off At the Diallo Trial

  • Music

    January 11, 2000
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    June 8, 1999
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    November 17, 1998

    In Dreams Begin Responsibilities

    The Spring '99 Collections

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