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.

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.

Help Puerto Rico


American citizens who live in Puerto Rico are making plans for an exodus to the US mainland, searching for safety and security following the human disaster caused by hurricane Maria. Americans in Puerto Rico and the US Virgin Islands are danger and need our help now. Puerto Rico governor pleads with Congress: "We need more help"

In my City Island neighborhood alone, one proud Puerto Rican veteran, who we spoke with is opening his home for family members who are arriving, including his mother, aunts, and cousins. The Bronx is located in the northernmost of NYC, with an overwhelming number of Latinos. In fact, The US Census says the NYC borough is the most diverse area in our entire nation.

Meanwhile, as Congress considers dealing with the devastation, they are pushing for quick approval of relief funding and bracing for a political financing brawl for these American territories. Donald Trump finally notices Puerto Rico—long enough to blame them for their problems

'Apocalyptic' devastation in Puerto Rico, and little help in sight @CNN



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.



U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx today announced that at the Department’s insistence, air bag manufacturer Takata has acknowledged that a defect exists in its air bag inflators. Takata has agreed to a national recall of certain types of driver and passenger side air bag inflators. These inflators were made with a propellant that can degrade over time and has led to ruptures that have been blamed for six deaths worldwide. The action expands the number of vehicles to be recalled for defective Takata inflators to nearly 34 million.

Where Are The Heroes?


My hero and heroine are MoM, DaD and the members of my family who in the face of danger, left their worldly belongings behind and sacrificed for their families by fighting adversity in a new nation and learning another language and through feats of ingenuity, bravery and strength, put aside their own personal concerns for a greater good and for a future in The United States of America.



Crime Stoppers. It’s easy and your don’t have to share your name. Help spread the word by sharing the image below and visit Crime Stoppers here:

NYPD 45th PRECINCT - Latest local crime data is categorized under seven major NYS Penal Law felonies. Murder and Non-Negligent Manslaughter, Rape, Robbery, Felonious Assault, Burglary, Grand Larceny and Grand Larceny Motor Vehicle.

Police Department Radio Dispatch: Listen live for Bronx 43-45 Precinct - New York City, New York -

Nationalism vs Globalism


Globalism has been the American philosophy for a long time and can be seen in media, academia, at financial corporations and at charitable foundations. Then came The Donald and changed everything, with his nationalism promises on immigration, foreign policies and trade talk.

Nationalists believe that any true nation must have clearly delineated and protected borders, otherwise it isn’t really a nation. They also believe that their nation’s cultural heritage is sacred and needs to be protected, whereas mass immigration from far-flung lands could undermine the national commitment to that heritage. Globalists don’t care about borders. They believe the nation-state is obsolete, a relic of the 1648 Peace of Westphalia, which codified the recognition of co-existing nation states. Globalists reject Westphalia in favor of an integrated world with information, money, goods and people traversing the globe at accelerating speeds without much regard to traditional concepts of nationhood or borders.

Globalists are motivated by humanitarian impulses. For them, the rights and well-being of the world’s people supersede the rights and well-being of the American populace. Nationalists don’t care about dominating world events. Being nationalists, they want their country to be powerful, with plenty of military reaches, but mostly to protect American national interests. They usually ask a fundamental question when foreign adventures are proposed—whether the national interest justifies the expenditure of American blood and treasure on behalf of this or that military initiative. The fate of other people struggling around the globe, however heartrending, doesn’t usually figure in nationalist considerations. The fate of America is the key.

The US history of trade admits of no straight-line analysis. Andrew Jackson was a supreme nationalist, and a free-trader. William McKinley made America a global power but was a protectionist. In our own time, though, the fault line is clear. Globalists salute the free flow of goods across national borders on the theory that this will foster ever greater global commerce, to the benefit of all peoples of all nations. Whether they are right or not, their focus is on the American citizens whose lives and livelihoods have been also hollowed out in many instances. Thus has a powerful new wave of protectionism washed over the body politic, leaving globalist elites running to get out of the way. Globalists were too focused on global trade and commerce to notice the horrendous plight of America’s internal refugees from the industrial nation of old.

Therefore, it's not women vs. men; evangelicals vs. liberals; Latinos vs. Whites, working-class Americans with no college; progressives vs. traditionalists; old vs. young. These are all important, but not crucial. An understanding of this mudslinging camp pain and the upcoming election, or what may be known as the revolution of 2016 will be what is driving The United States of America into a period of serious political tremors.

The mission of informing, enlightening, illuminating, stimulating and entertaining our readers also involves equipping digital content consumers with knowledge, wisdom, and context needed to act as productive citizens.



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