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NYC Weekend Bridge and Street Closures


The Brooklyn Bridge will be closed to Manhattan-bound traffic from midnight Friday to 7 am Saturday, from midnight Saturday to 9 am Sunday, and from midnight Sunday to 6 am Monday. The eastbound BQE exit onto the bridge closes 30 minutes earlier, the northbound FDR Drive exits close up to an hour earlier, and all other Brooklyn ramps onto the bridge shut down 5-15 minutes earlier.

Updated Mourning Customs


Since today's funeral of Whitney Houston was streamed over the internet, City Island Images has decided to visit digital mourning on the Internet.

If you find yourself with a feeling of loss today because the death of a favorite person and have no idea how to respond. Consider the following: Catholics have long wakes, Buddhists 49 days of mourning, the Protestants wear black or white, and the Jews a week long condolence called Shiva.



While most record books name Jackie Robinson as breaking the color barrier in baseball in 1947, many forget others who became the first black players.

Cuban star Orestes 'Minnie' Miñoso is certainly one to look up in the history books. His real name is Saturnino Orestes Armas "Minnie" Miñoso Arrieta.

He was a Cuban professional free agent baseball player playing for Cleveland Indians in the late 40's. The Cuban Comet is still alive and working in baseball for Chicago.



The 95th annual Pulitzer Prizes in Journalism, Letters, Drama and Music, awarded on the recommendation of the Pulitzer Prize Board, were announced today by Columbia University.
The winners in each category, along with the names of the finalists in the competition, follow:

Crane Road Bridge Project


Portions of The Bronx River Parkway will be closed on Thursday and Friday. These closures will take place from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on Aug. 14 and 15.



While other news and information content providers may feel it's necessary to abandon you and take a long summer vacation, City Island Images continues to serve all of you. We know how important each and every one of our loyal readers are, so we'll continue to offer 24/7 service.

Here are some of the services you can depend on-

LIVE VIDEO. Streaming video from City Island Avenue.

INTERNET, area-wide and Neighborhood events.
Read all about festivals, indoor and outdoor fairs, free concerts, and family-friendly events.

Giving Thanks


Not only is giving thanks is what Thanksgiving is all about, but it also shows good manners. Our sincere appreciation can help win new friends.

Thanking a new acquaintance makes them more likely to seek an ongoing relationship. So whether you thank a stranger for holding the door, smile or you send a quick thank-you note, text or e-mail to that colleague who helped you with a project, acknowledging other people’s contributions can lead to new opportunities.

Freedom of Information Failure


The public's right to see government records is coming at an ever-increasing price, as authorities continue to raise fees and hourly charges, which prevents access to this information.

In honor of Sunshine Week, the FOIA Project invited experts to nominate a FOIA case they feel represents a particularly egregious example of improper withholding.



Notification issued 10/31/2012 PM. Due to flooding and power related shutdowns caused by Hurricane Sandy, waste-water treatment plants and pumping stations have discharged untreated waste-water into New York City waterways. The New York City Department of Health & Mental Hygiene advises that direct contact with the Hudson River, East River, New York Harbor, Jamaica Bay and the Kill Van Kull for recreational activities such as swimming, canoeing, kayaking, windsurfing, or any other water activity that would entail possible direct contact with the water should be avoided until further notice.



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"Tips from Former Smokers," a series of ads was launched today by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The ads, funded by the Affordable Care Act’s Prevention and Public Health Fund, feature compelling stories of former smokers living with smoking-related diseases and disabilities. Beginning Monday, ads will run for at least 12 weeks on television, radio, and billboards, online, and in theaters, magazines, and newspapers nationwide.



The definition of censorship is the control of information and ideas circulated within a society. In the 20th Century, censorship was achieved through the examination of books, plays, films, television and radio programs, news reports, and other forms of communication for the purpose of altering or suppressing ideas found to be objectionable or offensive. The rationales for censorship have varied, with some censors targeting material considered indecent or obscene; heretical or blasphemous; or seditious or treasonous. Thus, ideas have been suppressed under the guise of protecting basic social institutions: Family, Church, and State.

To understand censorship, and the impulse to censor, it is necessary to strip away the shock epithet value that is attached to the word at first utterance. One must recognize that censorship and the ideology supporting it go back to ancient times, and that every society has had customs, taboos, or laws by which speech, dress, religious observance, and sexual expression were regulated.

In Athens, where democracy first emerged, censorship was known as a means of enforcing the orthodoxy. Indeed, Plato was the first recorded thinker to formulate a rationale for intellectual, religious, and artistic censorship. In his ideal state outlined in The Republic, official censors would prohibit mothers and nurses from relating tales deemed bad or evil. Plato also proposed that unorthodox notions about God or the hereafter be treated as crimes and that formal procedures be established to suppress heresy. Freedom of speech in Ancient Rome was reserved for those in positions of authority...etc.