New York prison reviews
Hey, if fictional restaurants from Bret Easton Ellis novels can get rated on Yelp, why not some of Manhattan’s penitentiaries? That was the question when The New York Post picked up the story two years ago, Rikers Island averaged four and a half stars, which is half a star higher than Balthazar. Central Booking, according to the Post, only managed to earn itself two.
But that was apparently during the salad days of New York’s penal system: Today, Rikers has slipped an entire star to three and a half, while the Tombs lost half a star. (Maybe it’s time for the prisons to change their chefs.)
Below, some of our favorite reviews of the correctional facilities in New York. At least we know they aren’t paying for fake reviews.
Tomorrow is… the City Department of Environmental Protection’s Employee Recognition Day at DC 37 headquarters! Okay, not as exciting as election day but here we go..
The board of directors of the City’s Economic Development Corporation meet at 110 William Street.
Gary Ackerman hosts a town hall meeting for small business owners at the public Read More
Christo’s The Gates may have survived its visit to New York without significant loss or vandalism-although there were several incidents involving visitors trying to take home a piece of it. Alas, the same can’t be said for a sign warning motorists of Gates-related park closings, which mysteriously went missing from its station at the northeast Read More
Enraged Double-Parkers Take On Ticket-Writing D.O.T. Agents
Let’s face it: One of the most perilous uniformed jobs in New York isn’t that of a cop or even a correction officer on Rikers Island, but rather that of a traffic agent for the city’s Department of Transportation. At least that’s what two recent incidents on the Read More
I recently attended my 20th reunion. Not my high-school or college reunion-my Rikers Island reunion. It wasn’t a conventional affair with a hospitality tent, skits and chapel service, and I was the only attendee. But it was moving nonetheless. I did a couple of years on Rikers in the late 70′s and early 80′s-not in Read More
Long ago, when I was single, I’d sometimes take my dates to night court. It was cheap–in fact, it was free–and I got credit for being far edgier than I actually was.
Perhaps an even more reliable aphrodisiac was the beeper I wore while working for the Department of Correction’s public-information office. But that’s a Read More
Inside Rikers , by Jennifer Wynn. St. Martin’s Press, 206 pages, $24.95.
Albert Einstein thought the “prettiest way” to get to the heart of certain concepts in physics was to think up good thought experiments. This seems as apt a method as any for illuminating the deep fissures of class and race at the heart Read More
Any C-Span viewer of recent Potomac cavortings has the evidence of his or
her eyes to know how rankly foul our school systems, public and private,
must be. Seldom has there been a more discouraging parade of illiterate,
unlearned, ill-prepared, poorly spoken ignoramuses than the men and women
members of the Congress depositing their soot Read More
On June 25, Yvette Green, a pregnant detainee at Rikers Island, went to one of the jail’s medical clinics in labor and three centimeters dilated. Ms. Green, 33, is known to New Yorkers as the guardian of Sabrina Green, the 9-year-old girl who was found dead in her apartment with burned and gangrenous hands. Ms. Read More