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!!!



This feeling of deep admiration for someone elicited by their abilities, qualities, or achievements.

Esteem, regard, high opinion, admiration, reverence, deference, honor. It can also be used in reference to aspect, regard, facet, feature, way, sense, particular, point, detail/

Everything is possible and all problems can be resolved with respect, admiration, and consideration. R.E.S.P.E.C.T. Aretha Franklin sang about it back in 1967 and it still rings true. Aretha Franklin - Respect (Original Version) via @YouTube



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.

Too many obese kids


One in three children in US can be classified as overweight or obese, which puts them at risk for serious health problems. Rosa Cataldo, DO, MPH, Director of the Healthy Weight & Wellness Center at Stony Brook Children’s Hospital, discusses what parents can do now to keep their child at a healthy weight and get them on the road to a healthy life.

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.



Unfortunately 90 percent of news content is controlled by handful of media giants. This is one of the main reasons to diversify your information sources.

Journalists are complaining about this across the board at many online, print and broadcast outlets. Our news aggregate website, DOSE OF NEWS: is finding too much bad news lately. Here is a sample.

Baltimore Freddie Gray protests turn violent as police and crowds clash

West, South Side shootings leave 1 dead, 5 wounded



Did you reflect on all your blessings this Christmas? Have you received everything you needed?
Were you able to spend time or speak with someone special and tell them you love them?
Please, share with us what was that favorite present waiting for you under the tree.

Please feel free to share with City Island Images. However, if you did not get all the gifts that you were expecting, this is probably the best time to get the best deals and lowest prices on those items that were probably overpriced to begin with.

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.



While speaking with a friend and neighbor today, its appears that poor behavior is the new normal. Please make it a call-to-action towards restoration of respectful gestures and tolerance towards everyone, regardless or their nationality, race, color, creed, or sexual preference.
Live and let live is the policy and personal philosophy that should be practiced by all.

Valentines Day Celebration


V Day is days away. Are you wondering about ways to treat that special person in your life? Are you considering fancy chocolates and fine wine, or perhaps a sensual massage?

Our recommendation is simple and direct. Gratitude Kudos... This year on February 14th, while many couples are spending the big bucks at restaurants, drinking overpriced wines, try cuddling on your couch and saying nice things to each other. Because it turns out that despite all the efforts to impress on V-Day, simply appreciating each other does more for your relationship than almost anything else.



#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