City Island Issues


Brother Can You Spare?


Forget that old line which was coined in 1929, when the average unemployment in the US was 3.2%. In 1930, after an unprecedented stock market crash devastated the U.S. economy, the average unemployment was 8.9%.

By 1932, when Bing Crosby's version of "Brother, Can You Spare A Dime?" was released, the unemployment had soared to 24.1%. The height of the Great Depression had arrived, and unfortunately, it was still just the beginning. This may well have been the first protest song.



US Senate and House so called leaders pass a bill to re-open the government and raise the debt ceiling, but only for a few months.

On the 16th day of the US government shutdown, politicians in the Senate and House have finally passed a bill that would reopen the government and avert a potentially cataclysmic default on U.S. debt payments by raising the federal government's debt limit.



The city of Atlanta has become a virtual ghost town as emergency crews battle a vicious ice storm in the state capital of Georgia that had already cut off power for tens of thousands of people across a long arm of the Southeast and left the streets empty and regions covered with ice and snow.

Atlanta residents were just recuperating from another snowstorm two weeks ago after hundreds of people jammed local roads trying to get home at the same time. The ice storm this week prompted Governor Nathan Deal to declare a state of emergency for about 40 Georgia counties.



Republicans and Democrats are more divided along ideological lines – and partisan antipathy is deeper and more extensive – than at any point in the last two decades.

These trends manifest themselves in myriad ways, both in politics and in everyday life. And a new survey of 10,000 adults nationwide finds that these divisions are greatest among those who are the most engaged and active in the political process.

"Winter Dreams" by F. Scott Fitzgerald


"Winter Dreams" by F. Scott Fitzgerald :

Some of the caddies were poor as sin and lived in o
ne-room houses with a neurasthenic
cow in the front yard, but Dexter Green’s father ow
ned the second best grocery-store in Black
Bear—the best one was "The Hub," patronized by the
wealthy people from Sherry Island—and
Dexter caddied only for pocket-money.
In the fall when the days became crisp and gray, an
d the long Minnesota winter shut
down like the white lid of a box, Dexter’s skis mov
ed over the snow that hid the fairways of the

Li Fi > Wi Fi


Li-Fi is the faster, more secure cousin of Wi-Fi Wireless. The Internet is about to reach lightspeed, literally. it's 100 times faster than Wi-Fi.

You'll be hearing more about Li-Fi wireless technology that transmits high-speed data using visible light communication VLC. With scientists achieving speeds of 224 gigabits per second in the lab using Li-Fi earlier this year, the potential for this technology to change everything about the way we use the Internet is huge.

Southern California Fires


While visiting family in Los Angeles, I noticed my daughters' neighborhoods were exceedingly dry and wondered when the rains would come. Now, that precipitation is needed more than ever.

Hundreds of thousands of Californian residents have already fled their homes since the increasing number of wildfires keep breaking out across the region. Multiple blazes popped up around Los Angeles, encroaching on the city. The smoke from these fires is making it increasingly difficult for folks to breathe.

Practical Idea From A City Islander


Just like City Islander Susan Bellinson, many of you may have suffered through the growing pains of a business and a very many of you may have already supported her venture, by owning one of these.

We just thought we would share this article with you because it is well written and embraces the spirit of what Susan is trying to do. You may contact Susan at:



Is the soon to be NYC Mayor moving forward or backwards?

Bill DeBlasio has chosen Bill Bratton as the new NYPD commissioner. He was Rudy Giuliani's police commissioner and this 66-year-old is not a native New Yorker.

The mayor elect has also announced the appointment of Anthony Shorris as First Deputy Mayor. NYC's second highest-ranking City Hall official is a former executive director at the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, has also served as deputy education chancellor and former finance commissioner during the administration of former Mayor Ed Koch.

DeBlasio says "Bill Bratton is a proven and progressive crime-fighter, and my charge to him is clear:

Use the best technology and tactics to focus our law enforcement’s efforts on criminals to reduce crime even further, and make our streets and neighborhoods even safer.

Continue the NYPD’s success in keeping our city safe from terrorist threats.

Continue the groundbreaking work in progressive policing to keep the NYPD at the cutting edge of innovation and pioneering police strategies.

And repair relations between the police and the communities it protects by ending the overuse of stop-and-frisk, and ensuring police tactics are applied constitutionally, consistently, fairly and without bias."



As Spring draws closer, weather forecasters are preparing to say goodbye to one of the coldest winters in recent US history. However, political pundits are now warning that US is about to return to a more dangerous period know as The Cold War.

Russian tanks amass on the Ukrainian border, while US diplomats attempt a last-ditch meeting with Russian counterparts, but Moscow and Washington could be on the verge of a series of punitive and retaliatory measures following a planned referendum in Crimea on Sunday.