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!!!



Which media outlet helped develop Donald Trump into a national broadcasting celebrity? Will this famous candidate soon implode and become infamous? The Ugly American is alive and dumping on US.

It is US laws which allowed Donald Trump to file for corporate bankruptcy four times, The first time was in 1991, then in 1992, later in 2004 and finally in 2009.

These bankruptcies were connected to over-leveraged casino and hotel properties, which are now operated under the banner of Trump Entertainment Resorts.

Sanctuary City vs Trump


Chicago sues Trump administration over policy. The city attorney filed a lawsuit alleging that federal officials cannot “commandeer local law enforcement to carry out federal immigration law functions.” Chicago sues Trump administration over sanctuary city plan Chicago files federal lawsuit over sanctuary cities threat

Winter Storm


Forecasters are calling it Damon and some say it was more like a daemon, because the devil is in the detail.

It arrived by pushing a steady mix of wind and cold rain that flooded coastal and inland areas, while making it dangerous to travel.

The rain was heavy enough to flood parts of the Bronx River Parkway. NY State Police wants motorists to exercise due care when traveling the roadways: A wintery mix is expected to continue throughout the day making all roadways slick and unpredictable. Allow adjustments to your schedule to ensure safe travel or simply avoid unnecessary travel.

Penny For Your Thoughts?


If Darwinism is real, it might be a matter of time for the GOP, as the Republican Convention approaches and The Donald's superego continues to demand attention 24/7 from the media.

Nobody seems to know what this guy is thinking, and the person most expected to be his VP pick may not be his chosen one.

The deadline is lunchtime today for penny for your thoughts Pence, who faces a high noon deadline in Indiana for filing for gubernatorial re-election. If he misses that, his political future wont be worth a pence. As The Donald would say... You're Fired!



Lehman Center for the Performing Arts in association with Sal Abbatiello of Fever Records celebrates the 38th Anniversary of the legendary Bronx nightclub Disco Fever with a night of OLD SCHOOL HIP HOP: Fever Re-Union Throw-Back Concert on Saturday, May 9th, 2015 at 7pm. In the early 1970’s the Hip Hop musical genre was born in the neighborhoods of the South Bronx. The Fever Re-Union concert will feature performances by KURTIS BLOW “The Breaks,” ROB BASE “It Takes Two,” SUGARHILL GANG “Rappers Delight,” BIZ MARKIE “Just A Friend,” GRANDMASTER MELLE MEL & SCORPIO of THE FURIOUS FIVE “The Message,” SOULSONIC FORCE “Planet Rock,” SWEET G “Games People Play,” MC SHAN “The Bridge,” FEARLESS FOUR “Rockin It,” T-SKI VALLEY “Catch the Beat,” SPYDER-D “Smerphies Dance,” SPOONIE GEE “Spooin’ Rap,” BUSY BEE STARKI “Running Things” and More Groups to be announced. Hosted by SAL ABBATIELLO and DR BOB LEE. Music by DJ MARLEY MARL, DJ HOLLYWOOD and DJ BRUCIE B. Produced by Lehman Center and Sal Abbatiello.

Driving Terror


Terrorists have taken to driving massive vehicles into large crowds to cause massive deaths and injuries. They have carried out these types of crimes before in France, Germany, and the UK.

This time it was Sweden, which remains in mourning after a hijacked truck crashed into a department store and killed at least four people in central Stockholm.

Public safety authorities arrested a suspect, who is thought to be the driver, but would not confirm or deny reports that police had found a bag containing explosives in the truck.



All writers photographers and storytellers are invited to participate in an exciting proposal which is currently unfolding: The City Island Images Project.

US based photographers, writers and content producers are hereby being asked to document a favorite senior citizen in your neighborhood. The participants can be as diverse as this country itself. They range in age from 65 to 95 years young.

This Project is destined to become part of the cultural history of The United States of America.



A website specializing in US coins has released its list of most valuable " pennies " to look out for.

This list includes some that are highly prized among collectors and paid thousands of dollars .

According to the website Cointrackers, the "penny" of most value is worth $100,000 and is a paper currency from 1944. For more information about these pennies that are now collectibles and great value,

The Most Valuable Pennies (Updated 2015) |



Election Day is less than a month away. It’s time to make sure you’ve checked off all the things you need to vote in 2016. Deadlines are fast approaching and some states will open early voting in September. Waiting or ignoring deadlines could put your vote in jeopardy.

Review USAGov’s list of things to do before you vote to make sure you know all you need to know before November 8:

Contact Your Elected Officials


City Island Images is deeply disheartened and dismayed by the arrests of our elected officials this week. This is truly a sad time for The Empire State.

We urge all of you to contact your elected officials and tell them how you feel and stress the importance of working hard to restore the faith and trust that is necessary to keep them in elected office serving US.

What is your opinion? Please let City Island Images know as well as your own representatives.



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