City Island Issues




The September Meeting of the City Island Civic Association will take place on Tuesday, September 27th, at 7:30 p.m. at 190 Fordham Street. We welcome your input and attendance and we need your help.

There is no guest scheduled to speak.

Updates from our officers, committee reports on Crime, Development, Quality of Life and Traffic, and an open public forum for residents to address their grievances.

We will update members on nominations for important officer positions for First Vice President, Treasurer, and Corresponding Secretary.



Back in 1931 NYC construction workers lined up for their pay checks standing next to the first Rockefeller Center Christmas tree.

The Christmas tree went on to become an icon and an annual tradition and a New York landmark.

This afternoon, four blocks around Rockefeller Center will be closed to cars and filled with barricades.

As Fifth and Sixth Avenues shut down, traffic will be pushed from avenue to avenue.

With 48th to 52nd Streets closed, the 40s and 50s will be virtually full of folks and impassable.



Honoring those who proudly served in the US Military is a project that 75 year old City Islander Jimmy Mullarkey takes very seriously. The objective is to provide in a dignified fashion, and arrange funerals for veterans who are considered indigent, but have nevertheless defended our nation.

Upon family's request, the law requires that every eligible veteran receive a military funeral honors ceremony, to include folding and presenting the United States burial flag and the playing of Taps.



This is the sixth United Nations facility to be hit since the Gaza conflict began and it is unacceptable under international law, according to UN officials.

The Israeli military continues to strike Gaza as troops continue redeploying. UN says nearly two thousand Palestinians have been killed and almost ten thousand injured and Israel has less than one hundred, since the conflict began more than three weeks ago.

BBC News - Gaza crisis: Deadly strike 'at UN school in Rafah'



Global efforts to stop human trafficking continue to gain support. The Department of State’s Office has increased the monitoring and combating of trafficking in persons, which is headed by Acting Director Kari Johnstone. The effort leads the United States' global engagement against human trafficking, an umbrella term used to describe the activities involved when someone obtains or holds a person in compelled service.

Here us what individuals can do:

Manning Up?


It's a Chelsea mourning, as pushback increases after President Obama commuted the 35-year federal sentence of Chelsea Manning. He is the Army analyst convicted of leaking secret intelligence documents.

The high-profile prisoner, who announced he was transgender following his sentencing in 2013, is set to be freed in May.



Appearing in an op-ed ran in the Litchfield County Times of Connecticut, written by Deyan

Ranko Brashich, the writer describes The Bronx in outdated, negative terms.

The original piece can be found here:

Bronx Borough President Diaz’s response:

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An earthquake has occurred according to The US Geological Survey, M6.4 - 57km N of Hatillo, Puerto Rico. A strong 6.5-magnitude quake struck off the coast of Puerto Rico at a shallow depth of less than 30 km.

The quake hit some 56 km off the northern coast of the island. The capital, San Juan, where nearly one half million people live on the same side of the island.

No immediate injuries or damage has been reported. The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center said the quake couldn't trigger a local tsunami.

This Week in Her and History


This Week in History, May 18 - May 24

May 18, 1920
Pope John Paul II born. On May 18, 1920, Karol Jozef Wojtyla is born in the Polish town of Wadowice, 35 miles southwest of Krakow. Wojtyla went on to become Pope John Paul II, history's most well-traveled pope and the first non-Italian to hold the position since the 16th century. After high school, the future pope enrolled at Krakow's Jagiellonian University, where he studied philosophy and literature and performed in a theater group. During World War II, Nazis occupied Krakow and closed the university, forcing Wojtyla to seek work in a quarry and, later, a chemical factory. By 1941, his mother, father, and only brother had all died, leaving him the sole surviving member of his family.

May 19, 1935
Lawrence of Arabia dies. T.E. Lawrence, known to the world as Lawrence of Arabia, dies as a retired Royal Air Force mechanic living under an assumed name. The legendary war hero, author, and archaeological scholar succumbed to injuries suffered in a motorcycle accident six days before. Thomas Edward Lawrence was born in Tremadoc, Wales, in 1888. In 1896, his family moved to Oxford. Lawrence studied architecture and archaeology, for which he made a trip to Ottoman (Turkish)-controlled Syria and Palestine in 1909. In 1911, he won a fellowship to join an expedition excavating an ancient Hittite settlement on the Euphrates River. He worked there for three years and in his free time traveled and learned Arabic. In 1914, he explored the Sinai, near the frontier of Ottoman-controlled Arabia and British-controlled Egypt. The maps Lawrence and his associates made had immediate strategic value upon the outbreak of war between Britain and the Ottoman Empire in October 1914.

May 20, 1873
Levi Strauss and Jacob Davis receive patent for blue jeans. On this day in 1873, San Francisco businessman Levi Strauss and Reno, Nevada, tailor Jacob Davis are given a patent to create work pants reinforced with metal rivets, marking the birth of one of the world's most famous garments: blue jeans. Born Loeb Strauss in Buttenheim, Bavaria, in 1829, the young Strauss immigrated to New York with his family in 1847 after the death of his father. By 1850, Loeb had changed his name to Levi and was working in the family dry goods business, J. Strauss Brother & Co. In early 1853, Levi Strauss went west to seek his fortune during the heady days of the Gold Rush.

The place to find beautiful people


They call it the city of angels, but the official name is Los Angeles, aka LA-LA Land and in nearby Hollywood, they have all the beautiful people who are lucky enough to walk down the red carpet, and there are those who are just content to get up close and personal.

To feel like you’re one of these people, spend an afternoon on West Hollywood’s Robertson Avenue, or down ridiculously overpriced Rodeo drive where upscale department stores offer excellent chances to rub shoulders with celebrities.