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!!!



Intriguing research suggests that positive energy helps with routine ups and downs of life and it also builds resilience for times of difficulty.

These are simple steps to follow:

Say thanks. Gratitude is a thankful appreciation for what you have — from a roof over your head to good health to people who care about you. When you acknowledge the goodness in your life, you begin to recognize that the source of that goodness lies at least partially outside yourself. In this way, gratitude helps you connect to something larger than your individual experience — whether to other people, nature, or a higher power.

Positive re-enforcement. Set aside a few minutes every day and think about five large or small things you're grateful for. Write them down if you like. Be specific and remember what each thing means to you.

Leverage your strengths. To reap the benefits of your strengths, you first need to know what they are. Unfortunately, according to a British study, only about one-third of people have a useful understanding of their strengths. If something comes easily, you may take it for granted and not identify it as a strength. If you are not sure of your strengths, you can identify them by asking someone you respect who knows you well, by noticing what people compliment you on, and by thinking about what comes most easily to you.

Certain strengths are most closely linked to happiness. They include gratitude, hope, vitality, curiosity, and love. These strengths are so important that they're worth cultivating and applying in your daily life, even if they don't come naturally to you.

Savor the "good." Most people are primed to experience the pleasure in special moments, like a wedding or a vacation. Everyday pleasures, on the other hand, can slip by without much notice. Savoring means placing your attention on pleasure as it occurs, consciously enjoying the experience as it unfolds. Appreciating the treasures in life, big and small, helps build happiness.

Multitasking is the enemy of savoring. Try as you might, you can't fully pay attention to multiple things. If you're scanning the newspaper and listening to the radio during breakfast, you're not getting the pleasure you could from that meal — or the newspaper or radio program. If you're walking the dog on a beautiful path but mentally staring at your day's to-do list, you're missing the moment.



My Tocayo likes to tell it like it is. Robert De Niro, who is considered to be one of the greatest American actors of all time, was born in New York City, to artists Virginia Admiral and Robert De Niro Sr. His paternal grandfather was of Italian descent, and his other ancestry is Irish, Dutch, English, French, and German.

The native New Yorker, De Niro gave an amazing graduation speech to NYU grads AT Tisch School of the Arts' commencement telling the students they would have a hard time finding jobs after graduation.



I am a New Yorker
I do not live in the five boroughs or on the Island or Upstate
I may live hundreds or thousands of miles away
Or I may live just over the GW Bridge
But I am a New Yorker nonetheless

I am a New Yorker
Whatever took me out of New York:
Business, family or hating the cold
did not take New York out of me.
My accent may have faded and my pace may have slowed
But I am a New Yorker

I am a New Yorker
I was raised on Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade and Rockefeller
The Yankees or the Mets
Orchard, Jones or Rye Beach or other beaches on the sound

Learning 4 Rs


Reading, ’riting, ’rithmetic, rhetoric are the main subjects all students should master before they graduate, with no exceptions.

These are regarded as the fundamentals of education of basic knowledge, or skills of any system or field of study regardless of the language.

Spring Weather Warnings


Our introduction to Spring plans to bring more snow, and slush. This will make for treacherous and stormy trails on First Day of Spring.

NY, NJ and CT residents have waited eagerly for Spring, but it may be marred by a slushy, wintry storms and wicked weather no one wants.

Long Island Sound area residents may see as much as 6 inches of accumulation before Friday evening. A slushy 4 inches are probable in New York City, on Long Island and in parts of New Jersey. NYC has issued a snow alert ahead of the storm. Friday are expected to cap out at slightly above the freezing mark.

Cannabis and Cannabinoids


The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine released a new report on the health effects of marijuana, looking at more than 10,000 studies about medical and recreational use. It is considered to be the most comprehensive since 1999.

These released Health Effects of Cannabis and Cannabinoids: The Current State of Evidence and Recommendations for Research.

Significant changes have taken place in the policy landscape surrounding cannabis legalization, production, and use.



NYC Mayor Michael Bloomberg's three term and 12 year reign is finally wrapping up, with less than a week before election day. Some of Mike's laurels include 450 miles of bike lanes, the creation of seating areas at locations that once held only cars, a smoking ban in restaurants, as well as bars and the requirement of food chains to post calorie counts, also 311, control of the public school system... etc.



Public health officials are warning that a bacterial pneumonia first identified after an outbreak at an American Legion meeting back in 1976, has reappeared in The Bronx and fear that it could be spreading. It is found chiefly by water droplets through air conditioning and similar systems.

Thirty-one cases in The Bronx sections of High Bridge, Morrisania, Hunts Point and Mott Haven have been treated, according to Health Department officials. Two of the people stricken have died.

Mixed 2015 Forecast For US


As Americans prepare to celebrate the end of 2014, and bring in 2015 there's good and bad news from the National Weather Service.

First, the good news... New Year’s Day has no chance of precipitation for that time period. So folks won’t have to deal with snow or rain on New Year’s Eve or New Year’s Day.

Now for the bad news, it’s finally going to begin to feel like winter just in time for New Year’s Eve. The cold weather and low temps for the last night of 2014 calls for temperatures in the high teens. New Year’s Day will be sunny with a high in the low 30s.



#ChasingPhilly tonight will be the final session of the Democratic National Convention. Hillary Clinton is expected to take the stage and tell American voters what she plans for US and how she will accomplish her goals.

On the heels of Wednesday's boost from many well known leaders, including VP Biden and President Obama, Hillary must continue to attract women, minority and young voters who are crucial to her victory some 100 days away.

Keep up with DON for a complete roundup of the convention and the politics:



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