Hi! I’m simplyJUAN. Thanks for stopping by. I currently reside in the New York Metropolitan area. I'm a graduate of the State University of New York. I travel the world in search of new places and adventure, but I always feel great when I return to my New York home from a distant land. I am passionate about documentary photography and have always aspired to be a photojournalist: photography is my passion. I devotedly make photographs using Panasonic Lumix gear, and quasi Leica lenses.
On All President’s Day, thousands of New Yorkers took advantage of the fact they did not have to go to work today and gathered to protest “Not My President’s Day Rally” in front of Trump International Hotel at Columbus Circle in Manhattan. The purpose of the rally was meant as a show of rejection of the Donal J. Trump administration.
Please follow the link to my images gallery of the event at New York’s Columbus Circle. You may also follow an additional link, which takes you to the Spanish language daily, El Diario NY, which covered the event and published one of my photographs.
Thousands join ‘I am a Muslim too’ rally in Times Square, with many carrying signs in disapproval of the Donald J. Trump administration. Many rally participants carried home-made sign to take their solidarity with each other to the streets.
I Am A Muslim Too Rally amongst the dignitaries and speakers were Susan Sarandon, Russell Simmons, and New York City First-Lady, Chirlane McCray. Prominently showing support for the Muslim community were many from New York’s Jewish community.
Steven McDonald, a New York City Police officer, who was shot and paralyzed from the neck down thirty-years ago by a 15-year-old boy in Central Park, died on Tuesday in Manhasset, N.Y. He was 59.
Detective McDonald was hospitalized four days earlier after suffering a heart attack in his home in the village of Malverne in Nassau County, New York. McDonald’s death was caused by complications from the July 12, 1986 shooting, which left him a quadriplegic. McDonald’s death, at North Shore University Hospital, was announced by Police Commissioner James P. O’Neill.
McDonald remained in the public’s eye for many years after his tragic injury and he later forgave his assailant: McDonald hoped for the youth’s redemption. McDonald’s assailant was arrested, and as a juvenile offender, convicted of attempted murder of a police officer. McDonald’s assailant served eight and half years in prison before his parole in 1995: he faced ten years under guidelines for sentencing juvenile offenders. Four days after his parole, the assailant died of head injuries he sustained the previous day in a speeding motorcycle crash.
McDonald is survived by his wife Patricia, his only son Conor, who is currently a New York City police sergeant, and his father, a retired New York City police sergeant.
On Friday, January 13, 2017, a funeral mass was held for Office Steven McDonald at St. Patrick’s Cathedral, with Cardinal Timothy M. Dolan the main celebrant.
Please follow this link to images of those who came to pay their respect outside the cathedral.
The last New York City Police Academy graduation of 2016, was held today at Madison Square Garden. Mayor Bill de Blasio and Commissioner James P. O’Neill addressed the rookies and welcomed them to the force, which they will join immediately after the ceremony as probationary police officers.
Among the 555 graduates was Officer Paradine, who served in the United States Marine Corps and is a Purple Heart recipient. Paradine was deployed in Afghanistan when an improvised explosive device (IED) detonated and wounded the former Marine. Also graduating this day were 143 Latinos from the New York City area. The graduating class was just in time for deployment to the New Year’s Eve celebrations in Times Square.
Please follow the link to a small photos gallery of the graduating class.
New York’s 72nd Annual Columbus Day Parade led by Grand Marshal Robert LaPenta, and Honorees Mario Batali and Federica Marchionni, celebrates Italian-American Heritage.
New York’s Columbus Day Parade is the world’s largest celebration of Italian-American culture and achievement with over 35,000 participants and 1 million spectators, which marched up Fifth Avenue from 47th street to 72nd street.
Kicking of the celebration was New York City Police Commissioner James P. O’Neill at 47th Street and Fifth Avenue. Commissioner O’Neill was joined by New York State Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and His Eminence, Timothy Cardinal Dolan in front of St. Patrick’s Cathedral.
The Columbus Day Parade in New York City is organized by the Columbus Citizens Foundation, a non-for-profit organization dedicated to the celebration of Italian heritage and the creation of opportunities for younger Italian Americans, provided through their scholarship program, which provides assistance to over 700 students annually.
Please follow this link to view a small images I made of the event: Columbus Day 2016.
New York City Police Academy, in College Point, New York, graduates ninety-five new recruits including members of U.S. Virgin Islands Police Department.
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.
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.
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:
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.
Pretty Girl Charged With Clever Swindle: Women and Crime in 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.
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.
William 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.
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.