Inside the Singer Center
Getting to the Singer Center involves going through multiple security checkpoints, taking a bus across a bridge and driving through winding roads surrounded by miles of concertina wire, inmate facilities and more than a few buildings sitting in disrepair. The atmosphere surrounding Rikers is both desolate and oppressive, as you rarely see any signs of life or any means of getting off the island. Cell phones, nicotine products, aluminum foil and rubber bands were just some of the things visitors were told not to bring across. "I better leave this file here," Vinny Appice joked as he pulled into the Singer facility. And like many drummers, Carmine Appice couldn't stop himself from using any surface to hit sticks on, including the bars of one of the doors he had to pass through on the way to meeting the gathered inmates.