• Blogs

    December 31, 2013

    Which Neighborhoods Had the Biggest Increase in Murders in 2013?

    Another year, another drop in the city-wide murder rate. Down 20 percent, from 419 in 2012 to 329 through Sunday. But like so many of New York City's improvements in recent decades, the year's crime drop did not sweep through each neighborhood equally. Some precincts oversaw a significant reductio ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 29, 2013

    For the Second Time in Four Days, Candles Spark Destructive Bronx House Fire

    There was another apartment fire in the Bronx early Monday morning. And for the second time in four days, candles sparked it. The tragic details of the first fire, the one in Highbridge on Friday night, were still fresh in the public's mind: Family couldn't pay the electric bill. Used candles for l ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 4, 2013

    A Week Before His Sentencing, Former State Senator Pedro Espada Wants a Retrial

    It was a quintessential New York corruption story. A few years ago, state Senator Pedro Espada Jr. and his son, Pedro Gautier Espada, were busted by then-Attorney General Andrew Cuomo of embezzling at least $500,000 from the family's nonprofit in the Soundview section of the Bronx. Former Voice writ ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 12, 2012

    Pedro Estrada Gets Last Word In Feud With Andrew Cuomo: "Guilty." Former Senator Faces 43 Years In Prison

    Governor Andrew Cuomo and Disgraced former state Senate Majority Leader Pedro Espada have had a fairly touchy relationship -- the gov accused Espada of being a criminal back when he was attorney general, and Espada charged that Cuomo was just an overzealous prosecutor on a witch hunt. Today, as the ... More >>

  • News

    June 22, 2011

    Diaz Family Values

    While Rubén Díaz Sr. lobs bombs against gay rights, son Rubén Jr. and lesbian granddaughter Erica run for cover

  • Blogs

    February 10, 2011

    Runa Ahmed, 29, Missing in the Bronx

    Where is Runa Ahmed?​Cops are asking for help in finding Runa Ahmed, 29, of 1837 Gleason Avenue in Soundview, the Bronx. She was last seen Friday, February 7, at about 7:30 a.m. after being discharged from Metropolitan Hospital. She's 5-2, 160 pounds. Tipsters can call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-577 ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 13, 2011

    Bronx Cops Find Teen Fatally Shot in the Head, Another One Wounded

    ​Two teens were found shot in the Bronx at 1:56 this morning, an 18-year-old killed by a bullet to the head and at 19-year-old wounded with a shot in the torso. The latter kid is stable at Jacobi Hospital Cops responded to a 911 of gunfire and found the boys at Wheeler Avenue and Westchester ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 17, 2010

    State Health Bigs Gave Pedro Espada a Five-Year Pass to Keep Buying Subsidized Sushi

    ​The Wall Street Journal's Greater New York section lives up to its name today with a revealing story by reporter Jacob Gershman about how state officials blithely ignored warnings five years ago that Pedro Espada's health care empire was running wild. The warning was raised in a January 2005 ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 14, 2010

    Pedro Espada and Son Indicted on Charges of Embezzling $500K

    ​Pedro Espada Jr., 57, the outgoing Bronx state senator, Democrat, sushi-lover, has been indicted along with his son, Pedro Gautier Espada, on federal charges of embezzling more than $500,000 from their nonprofit, the Soundview HealthCare Network, reports the New York Times City Room blog.

  • Blogs

    September 21, 2010

    Snakes Now Enjoying Fine New York City Toilets

    Seriously.​We didn't include snakes, specifically, in yesterday's run-down of most terrifying urban wildlife, but apparently we should have. Put this in the category of Sewer Lizard and raise the threat level to High, 'cause a man in the Bronx stumbled to his bathroom last night to find a thre ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 27, 2010

    Slumlord Sam Suzuki Turns Himself Into Court

    Bronx slumlord Sam Suzuki, slapped with a rare arrest warrant earlier this month by an angry Housing Court judge, has finally turned himself in. But Suzuki, one of the Voice's 10 Worst Landlords, still hasn't fixed that damn stairwell.

  • Columns

    April 27, 2010

    Pedro Espada's Enablers

    The people who brought you Albany's greatest scoundrel

  • Blogs

    April 26, 2010

    Pedro Espada Does His Part to Get Andrew Cuomo Elected Governor

    ​Pedro Espada's mad-hat denunciations of Andrew Cuomo as "the prince of darkness" are made-to-order commercials for the Cuomo gubernatorial campaign. In a year when anti-incumbent and anti-Albany feelings poll so high, Espada's very personal outrage at Cuomo over the lawsuit that the Attorne ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 24, 2010

    Alleged Dirty Crook, Poor Tipper Pedro Espada, Jr. Didn't Do It, Says Facebook

    ​State Senate Majority Leader Pedro Espada, Jr. is in a fair amount of shit. It seems New York attorney general Andrew Cuomo has it out for him, or at least has it out for politicians who brazenly break the law and shadily shuffle around big dollar amounts like they're the villain in a comic book. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 20, 2010

    Who Knew? Pedro Espada a Sushi Fiend, Cuomo Lawsuit Says

    We'll sort out the politics and the numbers later, but for starters, the best sound-bite in this afternoon's tele-presser by Attorney General Andrew Cuomo about his new civil lawsuit against that rascally state senator from the Bronx, Pedro Espada, was the back and forth between Cuomo and an old fri ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 29, 2010

    The Case of the Disappearing New Yorkers

    OK, New Yorkers, stop screwing around. Late last week, city officials said only six percent of you had actually mailed in your 2010 census forms. (That compared with a 16 percent rate nationally.) That low rate might mean that many New Yorkers are confused or even afraid, says Ana Maria Archila, a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 13, 2010

    Andrew Cuomo's Office: "Evidence" Espada Companies Broke Tax, Campaign Finance Laws

    Attorney general Andrew Cuomo's investigation of Soundview, the medical business run by state senator Pedro Espada Jr., is getting bigger. His office released an "affirmation" by Mitra Hormozi, one of Cuomo's lawyers, which Liz Benjamin calls a "bombshell," as it alleges "extensive evidence" of va ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 7, 2010

    Missing Person: Francisco Luna, 13

    ​Francisco Luna, 13, was last seen at his home on Boynton Avenue in the Soundview neighborhood of The Bronx on December 18. Nevertheless his family only reported him missing this week. He's 5'6", 160 pounds, and has brown eyes. If you've seen him, NYPD asks that you call 800-577-TIPS, visit w ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 7, 2010

    Andrew Cuomo Subpoenas E-mails, Etc. in Pedro Espada Investigation

    Attorney general Andrew Cuomo has subpoenaed a bunch of files relating to Soundview Health Care Network, the medical business empire of state senator Pedro Espada, Jr (pictured). E-mails, text messages and cell phone records are demanded. Espada pledges his full cooperation with the investigatio ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 2, 2009

    This Is, Apparently, Who We Have To Blow

    ​ ...or rather, blow away, in the next election. Ladies and gentlemen, the 'No' votes...

  • Blogs

    November 29, 2009

    Espada intimidates some Soundview Healthcare employees

    ​Pedro Espada sent letters to workers at his perenially-investigated Soundview Healthcare Network in October instructing them to "immediately" contact Soundview lawyers Hafetz & Necheles if they're contacted by law enforcement in any form. Espada claims he was just letting his employees know ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 13, 2009

    Espada's Son Quits $120K Fake Job

    The sweet $120K job given to Pedro G. Espada, son of state senate boss Pedro Espada (pictured), caused some speculation that Pedro G. had not risen to the exalted and newly-created post of "deputy director of intergovernmental relations" through merit alone. Attorney General Andrew Cuomo got interes ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 18, 2009

    New Legal Woe for Espada: Don't Mess With Raffie!

    That rascally state senate rebel Democrat-turned-GOP hugger Pedro Espada Jr. can add one more investigation to the list of probes he's already fending off. Bronx District Attorney Robert Johnson yesterday subpoenaed video tape from a push and shove match last year between one of Espada's sons and ... More >>

  • Columns

    June 17, 2009

    The Taking of the State Senate 1 2 3

    For Espada and Monserrate, the future is all used up

  • Blogs

    June 9, 2009

    Coup Update: Weird Scenes Outside the Senate Chamber

    The defenestrated Dems of Albany are fighting back against the Skelos-Espada-Golisano coup -- not in the state senate chamber, which remains locked and where they were pretty useless anyhow, but with picket signs and press conferences. The Albany Times-Union reports protesters outside new senate pr ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 20, 2009

    Espada Won't Pay Rent to GOP Mayor Hopeful

    It's a lovely thing when two of the Voice's favorite people lock horns. State senator Pedro Espada, whose political career both on the hustings and under investigation we have much covered, is complaining that he can hardly make a living in his job outside the political arena -- head of the Soundvie ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 2, 2009

    Espada Still Owes $61K for Violations, Says Court

    Our hero Pedro Espada, incoming state senator and linchpin of the Gang of Three blocking Malcolm Smith's dream of power, said his unpaid campaign violation fines were a "clerical error" that would be cleared up in court. An appellate court has indeed cleared it up, but not in Espada's favor. The cou ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 4, 2008

    Dear Leader: The Pedro Espada We Have Known

    Now that the deal is done and Pedro Espada looks to be your new State Senate Majority Leader, get to know him as we at the Village Voice have: 2000: Espada indicted for illegally diverting funds from his Soundview health care company to his campaign. (He got off.) Tom Robbins reviews the tapes. 2 ... More >>

  • Columns

    August 19, 2008

    Bronx Taste Test: Efrain Gonzalez Jr. or Pedro Espada Jr.?

    A lesser-of-two-evils primary plagues Democrats

  • Blogs

    August 18, 2008

    Troubled Bronx Pol Turns Health Fair into Campaign Event

    The pile of free condoms caught one elderly woman off-guard. Expecting a single-serve pack of coffee, she gasped and smiled mischievously before dropping it back in the basket and walking off to tell her friends. “Did you see what they’re giving away?” she told her fellow travelers, a few doz ... More >>

  • News

    September 12, 2006

    Can Bill Gates Rescue Evelyn Cabrera?

    The journey of one high school senior through the small-school experiment of America's most generous philanthropist

  • Blogs

    July 1, 2005

    Ferrer The Flier

    Freddy campaigns in P.R. and L.A. New York's 309 square miles, it seems, just aren't enough for Fernando Ferrer's mayoral candidacy. On the heels of his trip to Puerto Rico, the former Bronx borough president is in Los Angeles today for the swearing-in of Antonio Villaraigosa, the City of Angels' f ... More >>

  • News

    March 8, 2005

    A List With Bullets

    NYPD shooting deaths of civilians, starting with Diallo and not ending

  • Music

    December 30, 2003
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    November 25, 2003
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    April 15, 2003
  • News

    December 3, 2002

    Digital Deterrence?

    Battling a Rise in Domestic Violence

  • News

    May 8, 2001

    Deflowering the Bronx

    Parks Department Paves Green Spaces Saved by Volunteers

  • News

    April 24, 2001

    Toil and Temptation

    From the Car Wash to the Chicano Club, a Mexican Teenager Learns to Survive in the Bronx

  • News

    April 10, 2001

    A Link in the Chain

    Bound for The Bronx, A Mexican Teenager Says Farewell to His Family and Culture

  • News

    March 14, 2000

    Portraits in Racial Profiling

    When Clothes Make the Suspect

  • News

    March 7, 2000

    Malcolm F’s Struggle

    Did a Paroled Drug Dealer’s Outrage Over the Diallo Verdict Cost Him His Life?

  • News

    February 29, 2000

    The Fire This Time

    Animosity and Fear Follow the Verdict

  • Music

    February 15, 2000
  • News

    February 15, 2000

    Blood Sport

    Race Teams Face Off At the Diallo Trial

  • News

    January 18, 2000
  • News

    February 16, 1999

    Raging Bull

    Giuliani's Knee-Jerk Cop Defense Is as Incendiary as It Is Inaccurate