John Surico

News

What to Watch Out for During Tonight's Clinton-Trump Mudfight

After spending months insulting each other, Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump will finally have their first face-to-face showdown tonight in Long Island.
John Surico
9.26.16
News

The Infamous Rikers Inmate Who Stole Entire Subway Trains

"The funniest thing is, I love the system," he tells us from the notorious New York City jail.
John Surico
6.9.16
VICE Long Reads

I Spent 18 Hours in One of New York City’s Busiest Emergency Rooms

In many ways, Brookdale University Hospital's emergency room—one of the busiest in New York City—acts as a bizarro microcosm of the inequitable American healthcare system.
John Surico
4.8.16
Stuff

Men of Color on What It's Like Getting Busted for Weed in Today's New York City

The NYPD has softened the penalties for possessing pot, but law enforcement still hits young men of color harder than everyone else.
John Surico
3.9.16
News

Friday Night Hip-Hop on Rikers Island

Hanging out with teenage inmates as they make beats and write rhymes inside the notorious New York City jail.
John Surico
3.3.16
Stuff

How Mafia Pizzeria Drug Fronts Inspired One of the Most Complex Criminal Trials Ever

A billion-dollar international heroin scheme got dozens of mobsters arrested in the mid 80s. But did the 17-month trial actually do anything?
John Surico
1.29.16
The VICE Guide to the 2016 Election

Sunday's Democratic Debate Showed How Seriously Bernie Sanders Is Being Taken

With two weeks left before the Iowa caucuses, the story in the Democratic race is Bernie Sanders's surge, and whether Clinton can successfully handle herself in the face of growing pressure.
John Surico
1.19.16
Stuff

How Rikers Island Became the Most Notorious Jail in America

From its origins as an island owned by a slaver to its more recent history of brutality and scandal, Rikers has always been tainted by controversy.
John Surico
1.11.16
News

How New York's Massive Homeless Population Endured Winter 2015

I talked to homeless New Yorkers about taking refuge on the subway, watching out for the cops and why the street outside was sometimes better than sleeping in a homeless shelter.
John Surico
12.25.15
News

One of the Most Powerful Politicians in New York Was Just Found Guilty of Corruption

The only question is what kind of impact former State Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver's fall will have on the way things get done in New York.
John Surico
12.1.15
News

​The Mobster Charged with the ‘Goodfellas’ Heist Was Found Not Guilty

"Even John Gotti didn't get this much attention," 80-year-old Vincent Asaro joked after being acquitted of all charges.
John Surico
11.13.15
News

​What Happened to the Mafia in Williamsburg?

A neighbourhood now synonymous with youth, money, and cool used to be a stomping ground for New York gangsters.
John Surico
11.5.15
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