D & D


CITY ISLAND IMAGES wishes to congratulate all who participated at Orchard Beach's Down & Dirty.

The Merrell Down & Dirty presented by Subaru returned to New York City yesterday. This benefit race in the mud included a partnership with Operation Gratitude. Operation Gratitude sends care packages filled with snacks, entertainment items and personal letters of appreciation addressed to individually named U.S. Service Members deployed in hostile regions such as Iraq and Afghanistan, and on Naval ships at sea! and much more!

It was an amazing race day in Pelham Bay Park! The 2013 results are in! Click here to view your race:


Lawsuits For Academia


Lawsuits have been filed against MIT and Harvard University for failing to provide closed captioning in online teaching materials, which claim to be in violation of federal anti-discrimination laws.

The lawsuits were filed by the National Association of the Deaf, and it seeks an injunction requiring that closed captioning be provided for all online materials.

These institutions for higher learning provide free online educational resources, and through membership in edX, which offers dozens of MOOCs to students worldwide.



The rap star Curtis Jackson, known as 50 Cent, was able to see first-hand the food crisis in the Horn of Africa region during a field visit to Somalia and Kenya this week that was hosted by the United Nations food relief agency.

Mr. Jackson, who last year made a public commitment to provide one billion meals for the hungry, has been visiting various sites with the World Food Programme (WFP) such as a refugee camp in southern Somalia where thousands of women and children fleeing from drought and conflict have taken shelter.



US forecasters are warning citizens living in and around our nation's most populated region to beware of the coming storm.

The US East Coast has a chance of getting blasted by gale-force winds, flooding, heavy rain and snow early next week as a result of a hybrid of hurricane and winter storm.

The storm is reportedly spooking meteorologists. US scientists predict a 70 percent chance of smacking the Northeast.



Same sex marriage is now the law of the land and the right of all Americans. Supreme Court says same-sex couples have right to marry in all 50 states, according to Justice Kennedy, who wrote the opinions.

Same-sex unions had been recorded in the history of a number of cultures, but marriages or socially-accepted unions between same-sex partners were rare or nonexistent in other cultures. In the late 20th century, religious rites of marriage without legal recognition became increasingly common in certain sects.

Don't Put It Off — Take It Off And Keep It Off


Don't risk another dieting dead-end. Set yourself on the road to success with a weight-loss program you can stick with — and enjoy. During this holiday period, make a healthy resolution to lose weight and then keep it off.

Some diets have failed most in the past. But this may be an opportunity to finally put an end to dieting disappointments for good with will power and determination.

Headlines 3/23/12


17 MURDER CHARGES GI SHOOTER. Difficult Government Prosecution


MORE BODIES FOUND. Costa Concordia Cruise Ship.

NYPD COPS "007". Intelligence Gathering Agents.


President Mike Bloomberg?


Billionaire and former NYC Mayor Michael Bloomberg is considering an independent party run for President. This a rare photo we took together at Gracie Mansion during the annual press holiday party.

Report: Bloomberg drawing up plans for presidential run http://politi.co/1Sb3A5C | AP Photo

BREAKING: Michael Bloomberg considering a third-party run for President http://nydn.us/1K35ioz

Report: Former NYC mayor Bloomberg considering presidential run http://www.jpost.com/Diaspora/Report-Former-NYC-mayor-Bloomberg-consider...

5/2/12 News & Information Service 24/7


US TRANSITION IN AFGHANISTAN. Combat Forces Leaving, While Attack kills seven in Capital.

CHEN GUANGCHEN IS OUT OF US EMBASSY. Blind Chinese Activist Did Not Seek Asylum.

IMMIGRATION REFORM. Threat To Illegal Immigrants Stronger Than Ever.

HAZING DEATH AT FLORIDA A&M. Five Will Be Charged Today.

NEWT'S GONE. Gingrich Says Goodbye and Adios Amigos.

NYC Mayoral Candidates


Which one of these NYC mayoral candidate do you plan to vote for and why? Is it Ms. C Quinn, Mr. G McDonald, Mr.J Lahota, Mr. S Albanese, Mr. B Thompson, Mr. J Liu, Mr. E. Salgado, Mr. B de Blasio, Mr. J Catsimatidis, or Mr. A Carrión?

C. Quinn - NYC Council Speaker Christine Quinn is a powerful politician and a Manhattan Democrat. She is trying to become the first female and first openly gay mayor of NYC. She has a background in progressive politics, but in the past has allied herself with Mike Bloomberg, staking out centrist positions on several key issues like paid sick days, the NYPD’s inspector general and the city’s relationship with real estate developers. Quinn lives in Chelsea with her wife, Kim Catullo.

S. Albanese - This Democrat is making a third bid for mayor, after politicking for City Hall twice before, back in 1997 and 2001. He was born in Italy, but Mr. Albanese moved to Park Slope with his family when he was a kid. Albanese worked as a public school teacher for nearly a decade before he was elected to the City Council in 1982. He represented Brooklyn for 14 years as a Democrat before stepping down to run his first mayoral campaign. Since leaving public office, he has worked in finance and law. Most recently as a managing director at Mesirow Financial. Albanese lives in Bay Ridge, Brooklyn with his wife Lorraine and their two daughters.

B. de Blasio, Bill is NYC Public Advocate and a Democrat, who represented Park Slope and its surrounding neighborhoods on the City Council for nearly a decade before he was elected Public Advocate back in 2009. Bill began his career working for ex-mayor David Dinkins and later on was instrumental in the Senate campaign of Democrat, Hillary Clinton. Bill De Blasio has two children with his wife, Chirlane McCray, who is a writer, a poet and feminist activist. Their teenage son is a public school student at Brooklyn Tech and their daughter is a college freshman.

J. Lahota - Joe Lhota, a member of the GOP left his post as MTA chairman three months ago to launch this campaign to run for City Hall. He knows the city well, following years as finance director and deputy to ex-Mayor Rudy Giuliani. He was born in The Bronx, is the son of a cop and the grandson of a firefighter and a cab driver, Lhota has also worked as an investment banker and an exec at Cablevision and Madison Square Garden. Lhota is a graduate of Georgetown University and Harvard Business School. He lives in Brooklyn with his wife, Tamra and has one daughter.

E. Salgado - Rev. Salgado is a social conservative minister who represents the fast-growing community of evangelical Hispanics. His church is located in in Bensonhurst, Brooklyn, he has a radio ministry and his campaign claims a potential base of about 300,000. However, he has little money, with limited name recognition among NYC’s liberal precincts.

B. Thompson - Ex-City Controller Bill Thompson is trying for his second chance at the Democratic mayoral nomination, after winning the party’s nod, back in 2009 but he lost to losing to Mayor Bloomberg, despite winning an unexpectedly strong 46% of the vote. Thompson is 59 years old and has served two terms as controller. He also headed the Board of Education, which ran the city school system back in the good old days before mayoral control. He is from Bedford Stuyvesant, but now lives in Harlem with his third wife, Elsie McCabe. He has two stepchildren from a grown daughter.

J. Liu - NYC Controller John Liu is a Democrat and was elected to the City Council back in 2001 to represent northeast Queens, then re-elected in 2005. When he won the race for City Controller in 2009, he became the first Asian American elected to city-wide office. Liu’s campaign fundraising practices are under a US Justice Department investigation. Two of his fund-raisers have been arrested on charges of wire fraud and obstruction of justice. Liu was born in The Republic of China, but moved to Queens with his family as a kid. Liu lives with his wife, Jenny, and their son in Flushing.

J. Catsimatidis - John is a Republican and was born on the small Greek island of Nisyros.
He came to New York with his family as a baby. Catsimatidis grew up in Harlem, went to school Brooklyn at Tech High School. After dropping out of New York University, Catsimatidis opened up a successful grocery store on UWS that is now a mega supermarket empire. He is the owner and CEO of the Gristedes market chain. John has an estimated net worth of $3 billion. Catsimatidis and his wife Margo have two children.

G. McDonald - George McDonald is an ex-Democrat and “homeless advocate” as the longtime head of The Doe Fund, which hires formerly homeless people to help clean the streets. He is a native of Spring Lake, New Jersey and started the large non-profit in 1985 during a sharp rise in NYC homelessness. Since then, the group has grown into a $50-million organization that aims to provide work, housing and education to people with histories of incarceration, homelessness and substance abuse. Before starting the Doe Fund, McDonald worked as an executive in the apparel industry and as a campaign worker in New York Democratic politics. He switched parties last summer in preparation for his mayoral run. He is the father of four.

A. Carrión, Jr. - Adolfo served as Bronx Borough President from 2002 to 2009. In 2010, The Obama Administration named him regional director for HUD's New York and New Jersey Regional Office. However, Adolfo left HUD in February 2012. The former Democrat dropped his party affiliation last year and is not currently registered with a party. Adolfo is now running as the Independence Party’s nominee and also hopes to run in the Republican primary. He is married and has four children. A Carrión, Jr. is also our neighbor and a proud resident of City Island. He lives right here on City Island Avenue.

No Progress in Half Century


The UT Tower clock stopped this morning at 11:48A. The same time when the shooting began 50 years ago. Unfortunately, there are still too many mass shootings in America. Some fear we are headed in the wrong direction. Today also marks the day when Texas’ new campus carry law goes into effect.

UT Austin Marks 50 Years Since Mass Shooting as Campus Gun-Carry Law Begins - ABC News - http://abcn.ws/2asaQf7 via @ABC

Remembering the Texas mass shooting that changed campus security http://to.pbs.org/2aqxdOv via @NewsHour