New York City Police Academy Graduation Ceremony

New York City Police Academy, in College Point, New York, graduates ninety-five new recruits including members of U.S. Virgin Islands Police Department.

PA Graduating Class of September 29, 2016.

On September 29, 2016, the New York City Police Academy graduated 95 police recruits to the rank of police officer.  The new police officers will now join the ranks amongst New York’s Finest: the NYPD.  The graduating class was one of the smallest graduating class in recent New York City Police (NYPD) history.  It was also one of the most culturally and racially diverse group of new police officers.  Congratulations to the graduating class of September 29, 2016.

Please follow this link to view of a small photos gallery of the graduating class: PA Graduation 2016.

NYPD Is Asking For The Public’s Assistance In Locating Homicide Suspect: Koron Bailey

The NYPD is asking the public to help locate Koron Bailey, suspected in connection to a homicide that occurred in front of 230 West 141 Street.


Images of Koron Bailey, 30 year-old male. Photo: NYPD
Images of Koron Bailey, 30 year-old male. Photo: NYPD

The following is a reprint of New York Police Department (NYPD) Request Media Attention (RMA # 2732-16), which was updated on 25SEP2016:

On Friday, September 23, 2016 at approximately 1350 hours police responded to a 911 call of a male shot in front of 230 West 141 Street within the confines of the 32 Precinct.  Upon arrival, police discovered a 21-year-old male with a gunshot wound to the head. EMS responded and transported the male to Harlem Hospital where he succumbed to his injuries.  There are no arrests and the investigation is ongoing. The identity of the deceased is pending family notification. 

*****Update 9-25-16 by Det. HR*****

The New York City Police Department is asking for the public’s assistance to identify the whereabouts of the following individual in connection to a homicide that occurred within the confines of the 32 Precinct. Attached are two photographs of the suspect; one that depicts him with short dreadlocks and a beard and another where the individual is clean shaven with shorter hair. Details are as follows:

It was reported to police that on Friday September 23, 2016, at approximately 1350 hours, in front 230 West 141 Street, the suspect approached the 21 year-old male victim from behind and fired several shots at him. When the victim dropped to the ground to avoid the gunfire, the suspect walked over and shot him one time in the head. The suspect then fled on a skateboard eastbound on 141 Street. 

The individual has been identified as:

Bailey, Koron

30 year-old male

Brown eyes, black hair in dreadlocks, 5’7″, 160lbs.

Anyone with information in regards to this incident is asked to call the NYPD’s Crime Stoppers Hotline at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477) or for Spanish, 1-888-57-PISTA (74782). The public can also submit their tips by logging onto the Crime stoppers website at WWW.NYPDCRIMESTOPPERS.COM, or by texting their tips to 274637 (CRIMES) then enter TIP577. All calls are strictly confidential.

NYC Department of Records at Photoville 2016, Brooklyn Bridge Plaza

Pretty Girl Charged With Clever Swindle: Women and Crime in 20th Century New York City.

Pretty Girl Charged with Clever Swindle: Women and Crime in Early 20th-Century New York City
Pretty Girl Charged with Clever Swindle: Women and Crime in Early 20th-Century New York City

Established in 1977, the Department of Records and Information Services preserves and provides public access to historical and contemporary records and information about New York City’s government. Open to the public, the Municipal Archives preserves 200,000 cubic feet of original documents, photographs, ledgers, maps, architectural renderings, manuscripts, and moving images. Nearly one million historical photographs are accessible online via the agency website; 10.5 million birth, death, and marriage certificates provide essential documentation for family research; and world-class mayoral, court, and city department collections are unequaled by any other city in the nation.

At Photoville 2016, visitors can see images of the earliest use of police mugshots, or criminal portraits, which were commonly used in early 20th-century New York.  The mugshot exhibit at Photoville focuses solely on women captured by police cameras.  The mugshot “portrait” images are a rare and fascinating look into the lives and social status of women in early 20th-century New York.  Photoville runs from September 21-25, 2016 in Brooklyn’s Dumbo neighborhood, underneath the Brooklyn Bridge. For more information, visit: Photoville.

In case you missed Photoville, check out the New York Times Lens blog slide show, Under the Brooklyn Bridge, the New Photoville.  Lens is the photojournalism blog of The New York Times, presenting the finest and most interesting visual and multimedia reporting: photographs, videos and slide shows.  It was such a beautiful day, I walked across the Brooklyn Bridge to get to Photoville in Dumbo, the Brooklyn neighborhood.  This link will take you to the few images I made at Photoville.

Police Commissioner William Bratton Is Given A Ceremonial Send-off

NYPD Police Commissioner William Bratton is honored with a ceremonial send-off on his last day at work as Commissioner of New York City’s Police Department.

bill-bratton-retires-nypd-09162016-1010751William Bratton, the police commissioner, ended his illustrious law enforcement career with a ceremonial send-off on Friday, September 16, 2016 in front of One Police Plaza and in the city that was his biggest triumph.  Police commanders lined up in formation outside of New York Police Department headquarters to bid farewell to the 68-year-old Bratton as he left the building for the last time.  For complete coverage, please read the following New York Times article.

Please follow this link to a small gallery of images I made of Bratton’s send-off in front of One Police Plaza: William Bratton Send-off, Images Gallery .

The NYPD Remembers The Fallen: Chief Steven Bonano

The NYPD honors its fallen 911 heroes.

Deputy Chief Steven Bonano. Photo: simplyJUAN

Fifteen years after the fall of New York’s famed twin towers, the World Trade Center, victims continue to fall due to illnesses contracted as a result of the fallout from the debris and the time spent doing recovery efforts by first responders at the “pile.”  The pile was the debris field created from the rubble of the fallen towers.  One such victim is New York City Police Department (NYPD) Deputy Chief Steven Bonano, who passed away January 17, 2015, due to a cancerous blood disorder.

For further reading on Deputy Chief Bonano’s heroic life and tragic end, please read the following article published by El Diario NY online, serving New York’s Latin community: El Diario NY.

I hope you enjoy the following images I made of the parents of Steven Bonano at 2015 NYPD memorial in lower Manhattan, honoring the fallen 9/11 officers: Bonano Family, Images Gallery.

A Thaw in U.S.-Cuba Relations

la-habana-1070897-1In2016, I traveled twice to the Republic of Cuba, once in February and then again, in May.  On my trip in February, I boarded an American Airlines charter destined for the José Martí International Airport, which is just a short cab ride away from the center of La Habana, (sic) Havana.  I still remember the excitement I felt as the plane approached the island nation of Cuba because of all I had heard about its political system, and its most infamous leader, Fidel Castro.  It surprised me to see how green and lush the island is, and how well manicured the land was.  Most surprising were the occasional swimming pools in the back yards of what appeared to be modest homes from the air.

Since the 1960s, successive U.S. administrations have maintained a policy of economic sanctions and diplomatic isolation of Cuba.  It is the reason why Cuba appears to have been frozen in time.  The so-called “Embargo” also affects nations, which are aligned with the U.S., because it imposes legal and economic penalties to those U.S.-aligned nations, if they decide to go against the U.S. economic embargo – or as the Cubans refer to it: the blockade.  While the U.S. lead economic embargo is designed to compel the Cuban government to adhere to political and social norms more in line with U.S Foreign Policy.  For more in-depth look a U.S.-Cuba foreign relations read this article: U.S.-Cuba Relations.

The airport terminal was exactly as one would expect to find in any Third World country: it was cramped, dark and lacking all manner of modernity.  The airport was a stark reminder that the Republic of Cuba (Cuba) is an economically and diplomatic alienated nation, the result of the U.S. Embargo.  It is noted that Cuba is by definition, not a “Third World” country, but rather it is a “Second World” country because of its alignment to the former Soviet Union and China, which comprised the major portions of the Communist Bloc at the time of the Embargo.

I hope you enjoy the following images I made in La Habana, and Viñales, Cuba: La Habana, Cuba, Images Gallery.