City Island Issues




Voters head to the polls in several states on this Primary Day, as new conservatives are taking on incumbents who have consistently served their districts.

Among them are candidates in Colorado, Maryland, Mississippi, New York, Oklahoma and Utah. These include two of the longest-running members of Congress, US Sen. Thad Cochran, Mississippi and a member of the Republican Party and US Representative Charles Rangel, Democrat, NY.

These are two of the longest serving members in Congress who face challenges that could basically end their careers.



The ninth edition of Earth Hour rolled across this wonderful wide world tonight promptly at 8:30P

Saturday night, all people and public places across the globe were being asked to switch off their lights for one hour to raise awareness about the impact of energy use on climate change.

Families and organizations were encouraged to turn off the lights and other unnecessary electrical devices from 8:30 to 9:30 p.m. local time in order to participate in the global Earth Hour campaign, organized by the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF).



President Obama is expanding a national monument off the coast of Hawaii in an effort to protect more than 7K species and improve the ecosystem's resiliency. The area off Hawaii will encompass 582,578 square miles of land and sea.

Obama expands protected waters off Hawaii, creating world's largest reserve via @usatoday

Obama creates the largest protected place on the planet, off Hawaii

Obama to Create World’s Largest Marine Reserve Off Hawaii

Seaport of The Bronx


City Island is a little piece of New England in the northeastern most point of New York City. It is located in The Bronx on the Long Island Sound and is connected to the mainland by a small bridge. The island has a seafaring tradition dating back to the 18th century, with many of its inhabitants tracing their heritage back to those early days.

City Island hosts some of the finest seafood restaurants in New York City. On national holidays, these eateries are usually full of visitors who come to celebrate with their friends and familees.



t’s beginning to look a lot like like Christmas at USPS. And it will really be the busiest week for the US Postal Service as it anticipates what should be the busiest mailing time of the year.

USPS takes a good licking with 600 million pieces of mail processed today. This is their busiest day of the year.

Postal Service officials predict more than 658 million cards, letters and packages will be mailed in one day, compared to 528 million pieces on an average day. The Postal Service expects to deliver 17.9 billion cards, letters and packages during the holidays from Thanksgiving to New Year’s Eve.

The Postal Service also reminds customers that December 20th is the last recommended day to send First-Class Mail, in order to have it reach its destination by Christmas Eve. After December 20th, the Postal Service recommends using Priority Mail, a 2-day service to most of the country, and for the ultimate procrastinator, who has not mailed by December 22, the Postal Service recommends using Express Mail, a guaranteed overnight service.

Express Mail can be mailed as late as Christmas Eve at most Post Offices for guaranteed delivery on Christmas Day.

To ensure that your gifts and greetings arrive on time and intact, the Postal Service recommends the following:

Use complete addresses on your cards, letters and packages, including apartment numbers and suite numbers.
Use directionals, such as NE and NW and designations such as St., Ave., and Blvd – and always include the ZIP Code. If you’re unsure of the ZIP Code, go to

When sending packages, use a sturdy container that is designed for shipping, cushion the contents to prevent movement during transit, include a return address inside the package and seal it, using a tape designed for shipping.



After weeks of listening to the warning, the Russians are coming, it is now time to say the Russians are gone. The G8 has decided that kicking out Russia was the best response, which will now be The G7.

Furthermore, this year's G8 summit won't be held in Sochi, Russia as previously planned. And also it won't include Russia at all. The seven other world leaders in the group of industrialized nations have now agreed to give Russia a kick in the butt, or as they say in Russian, Как о вас поцеловать меня в задницу.



The Mall at Bay Plaza officially opened their doors to the public today. The first enclosed mall in 40 years in NYC promises to bring nearly two thousand permanent jobs to The Bronx. With over 100 stores, restaurants, a movie theater and a 24-hour fitness center.

Ready for business, with limited live music, free food and promotions. Browsers were in abundance, but most were curiosity and bargain seekers, but not shopping yet. The usual suspects were also there, including plenty of elected officials, public servants, police officers and private security. NY Senator Jeff Klein was a no show because he is on a political junket to Israel.

Israeli Iraqi Sam Shalem, Chairman and CEO of Prestige is banking on his expanded version of The Mall At Bay Plaza. He told City Island Images that he expects shoppers will continue to visit to his shopping center to participate in the mall experience and is happy to have helped create local jobs. “It’s humbling to know that we have brought a number of new stores and jobs to the borough.” His timing appears to have been perfect, as the shopping season will soon be gearing up in full force, not only for back to school sales, but also for the holidays.



Was Donald Trump meaning to say go back to where you came from to Mexican anchorman Jorge Ramos? He had his bodyguards remove the superstar anchorman for doing his job.

The Donald had his security detail remove the Univision personality from his news conference when Ramos started asking pointed questions about Trump's immigration proposal. Jorge was then allowed to return, and later involved Trump in a lengthy argument.

NYC Weather Warning


The National Weather Service has issued a Wind Advisory for New York City until 6:00P Thursday. The advisory is for sustained winds up to 25 mph and gusts of 45 to 50 mph.

During periods of high winds, residents should use caution when walking or driving high profile vehicles. Winds at these speeds can cause flying debris, turn unsecured objects into projectiles, and cause power outages.

To prepare, charge cell phone batteries, gather supplies and turn refrigerators and freezers to a colder setting. Always stay clear of downed power lines.



It's an election year and Congress is poised to make some key decisions that will certainly affect museums, especially nonprofit, 501(c)(3) organizations.

The U.S. Internal Revenue Service says that nonprofits "generally are permitted to engage in advocacy or lobbying related to their exempt purposes," although there are some rules to follow.

AAM has developed a true/false quiz to test your knowledge about how nonprofit museums are allowed to get involved during this election season. Good luck!

Museum is allowed to publicize Election Day.