'Le Cirque It Ain't'

The prison cell, apparently, isn’t quite what Bernard Madoff is accustomed to: The New York Post reports, with typical élan, that “he will have to tweak his taste for prime rib and cognac amid conditions that are decidedly less refined.” The admitted Ponzi schemer spent his first night at the Metropolitan Correctional Center in isolation, after a savoring a meal of frozen chicken patties and canned string beans served on the finest Styrofoam. “Think of the worst school lunch you ever had,” said a source. And one veteran defense attorney quipped: “Le Cirque it ain’t.”