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!!!

Donald Trump gets to treat everyone around him, from his aides to the press to the people targeted by his policies, as his own personal punching bag because he’s never been confronted with anyone more powerful than he is who punches back.



The U.S. Postal Service and Japan Post have jointly issued Gifts of Friendship Forever stamps today, celebrating the American issuance during the Cherry Blossom Festival in Washington, DC.

The stamps feature beautiful images of flowering dogwood and cherry trees and honor the enduring connection between two nations on the centennial of the gift of dogwood trees from the United States to Japan in 1915.

NY Free Tuition


You must be delighted if you are like me, who has a child of age to qualify for free state tuition. If not and you have a kid starting college soon? You might want to move to New York.

The state becomes the first in the nation to make college tuition free for middle-class students at two-year and four-year public colleges. Gov. Andrew Cuomo pushed for the plan earlier this year. Lawmakers OK'd it in the state budget over the weekend.

New York just passed a $163 billion budget and a free college tuition plan



75 year old Gerry Goffin, who wrote many songs on the American Hit Parade has died. Gerry Goffin was born on February 11, 1939 in NYC, where he met, fell in love, married and wrote songs for Carole King and may others. Here's an eclectic sample sung by Ms. King. The young teenage couple shared an instinct for classic pop song construction and he was Carole's first love.



Java ~ Cafe Benefits


Researchers have found even more evidence that coffee can be good for you. People who drink regular, moderate amounts of coffee are less likely to die from a range of diseases, from diabetes to heart disease.

The cutoff seems to be around five cups a day, and even decaf coffee helps, the team at Harvard University's school of public health found.

But even heavy coffee drinking doesn't appear to offset the damage caused by smoking, they report in the journal Circulation.

6 Unique Ways To Drink Coffee via @YouTube

Los investigadores han encontrado más pruebas que tomar café puede ser bueno. Las personas que beben cantidades regulares, moderados de café tienen menos probabilidades de morir a causa de una serie de enfermedades, desde la diabetes hasta enfermedades del corazón.

El punto de corte parece ser alrededor de cinco tazas al día, e incluso el café descafeinado ayuda, el equipo de la escuela de la Universidad de Harvard de la salud pública su encuentra.

Pero incluso el consumo de café pesada no parece compensar el daño causado por el tabaquismo, según informan en la revista Circulation.

Eve Of Destruction


The eastern world, it is explodin',
Violence flarin', bullets loadin',
You're old enough to kill but not for votin',
You don't believe in war, but what's that gun you're totin',
And even the Jordan river has bodies floatin',
But you tell me over and over and over again my friend,
Ah, you don't believe we're on the eve of destruction.

Don't you understand, what I'm trying to say?
And can't you feel the fears I'm feeling today?
If the button is pushed, there's no running away,
There'll be no one to save with the world in a grave,

Women Are Better and Brighter


Recently, while speaking with my oldest daughter Natasha, who has three delightful daughters (my grand-kids), I said she drives too fast. She asked me if I was implying that she's not a good driver. On the contrary, she is not only a better driver than me, but women as a whole are much better at many more things than men.

Women drive better than men.

Well this reverses a social myth – that women are bad drivers. Carnegie Mellon University researchers found after analyzing a lot of traffic data in 2007 that men are 77% more likely to die in a car accident than women, keeping the miles driven constant. So next time when your husband asks you to hand over the car keys, just give him this article.

Syphilis On The Rise


There is a troubling rise in syphilis infections among men, particularly gay and bisexual men
CDC data show rates of syphilis are increasing at an alarming rate 19 percent in 2015.

#MEN: #Syphilis is on the rise, especially in gay/bisexual men.

While rates have increased among both men and women, men account for more than
90 percent of all primary and secondary syphilis cases.



This Thursday, June 27th at 5:30 pm, Freshdirect will appear before Bronx Community Board 1. It will present a plan to move into that local community. Activist Shannon Lee Gilstad of Bronx Movers and Shakers is seeking citizens to demand answers.

"We need everyone available to come to that meeting, not to disrupt, but to demand the facts be made public. The biggest advantage we've always had are the facts. Let's not allow another polluting industry to come to our community with lies of how they will bring salvation."



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.



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