Citizens Soap Box


City Images wishes to know what's on your mind... Speak up, citizens!

This originates from the days when individuals would stand on a wooden crate used for shipment of soap or any other dry goods from a manufacturer to a distributor.

So, we want to know what's bugging you? Write to your heart's content.

What's keeping you up at night and worth sharing with the online community?

The truth is many of our leaders don’t know enough about what we want and need. Your stories help them better understand the value of the taxes you and your families pay to support your area.

We’ve already sent multiple messages to our elected leaders. And each time you send legislators your thoughts, they get the message: we want fair and clear rules for all our citizens.

Now, it’s your turn to make your voice be HEARD!!!



The battle against ISIS has been waged largely by men. But it is women and children who have borne some of the more horrific violence, with thousands forced into slavery, where they have been subjected to rape and other forms of torture.

Sexual violence has a long history in war, but ISIS has built it into their bureaucracy, with dedicated slave markets and price lists based on the victims’ ages, according to Zainab Hawa Bangura, the United Nations’ special representative on sexual violence in conflict.

FLU Season Tips


In the Northern hemisphere, winter is the time for flu, but the exact timing and duration of flu seasons vary.

While seasonal flu outbreaks can happen as early as October, most of the time flu activity peaks between December and February, although activity can last as late as May.

February is the peak month of flu activity with the highest percentage of respiratory specimens testing positive for influenza virus infection. During a 32-year period, flu activity most often peaked in February, followed by December, January and then March.



This Mega Millions jackpot has now grown to over $454 million. According to Lotery oficials, this is the seventh largest in the history of USA.

You've got to be in it to win it. This is what many are saying as they purchase tickets. Millions of Americans are hoping to strike it rich tonight in one of the largest lottery jackpots ever offered in the United States. This is almost a half billion dollars, folks.

We Love YouTube


YouTube video streaming started as a brilliant idea, with a clip of a man at the San Diego Zoo gawking at elephants. Since April 23, 2005 every other animal on the planet from monkeys to pandas have all enjoyed fame on YouTube.

The following video clips are some of the most popular videos as well as favorite ones for our staff at City Images:

Me at the zoo via @YouTube

PSY - GANGNAM STYLE (강남스타일) M/V via @YouTube

The Star of Stratford, Canada- Justin Bieber (before he was famous) via @YouTube

RIP: Don Rickles


Queens-born wiseguy comedian Don Rickles died today. The Donald of comedy, who became famous for insulting everyone was 90. The comic died at his home in Los Angeles of kidney failure.

Don Rickles, legendary insult comic, dies at 90

Don Rickles, king of insult comedy, dies at 90

RIP: Don Rickles says Donald Trump Tried to Sell Him a Condo

BBC News - Legendary US comedian Don Rickles dies at 90



Communities and residents have no real voice in the decision making process. This is the process everywhere in the Bronx.

This is what happened with the golf course in Ferry Point Park; and with the filtration plant in Van Cortlandt Park; and with the Kingsbridge Armory ice skating center. It's what's happening now with the plans for shopping malls in Coop City and at the Whitestone Multiplex; and with the proposed soccer stadium near Yankee Stadium; and with the fight to keep Fresh Direct out of an already crowded and overburdened South Bronx; and with the location of waste transfer stations.

This is what happens when one political party has a stranglehold over a community, has no competition, and therefore doesn't have to answer to anyone. This is not democracy.

Now playing at a theater near you


Saving the best for last, this Fall film release season was anticipated by industry toppers because epic movies are saved for the end of the year, therefore the holidays and their most prestigious of all seasons - The Oscars.

It'll be hard to escape the deluge of films released over the next few months, but we've got a long way to go 'til December, and plenty of notable films to check out until then.

Oscars 2016: 10 early predictions for this year’s Best Picture nominations

​The New Season: Movies via @cbsnews

Fall 2015 movie guide: the 34 films on our radar this awards season




Dear Godfather. You are the last living son from five fabulous children of our grandparents Antoñico Soto y Tete Polo, and the youngest son (my late dad was the oldest).

You are a loving family man, devoted professor, community leader, attorney and founding father of SALAD (Spanish American League Against Discrimination), as well as having earned so many other acclaims, that it would literally take forever to gratefully acknowledge and declare with enthusiastic approval what you signify to me and for that matter, for all of us, who are members of The Soto Polo Family.



The countdown continues towards E-Day Election Day.

TODAY is the final registration deadline in 12 states: Arkansas, Georgia, Indiana, Kentucky, Louisiana, Michigan, New Mexico, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee and Texas. Florida’s deadline has been extended as result of the hurricane from Tuesday to Wednesday.

Remember, the deadline is today if you are an American citizen living in the following states:
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The following six tips can help you take care of your neck.
Everyday life isn’t kind to the neck. You may be all too familiar with that crick you get when you cradle the phone between your shoulder and ear, or the strain you feel after working at your computer.

Neck pain rarely starts overnight. It usually evolves over time. And it may be spurred by arthritis or degenerative disk disease and accentuated by poor posture, declining muscle strength, stress, and even a lack of sleep



Is the poem the only one in the Citizens' Soap Box? Where are the rest, if any?


Dear Lady standing by the sea
You are a welcome sight to see
I have left the walls and shores of tyranny
And now I gaze at thee
You stand so tall for all to see
Your burning torch lights up the night
So all can see your Crown of Liberty
We who have come from across the sea
Stand on crowded decks to gaze at thee
I know that if by chance you gaze at me
My only wish is to be free
Dear Lady standing by the sea.

By City Islander Jim Mullarkey
82nd Airborne Division