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.
In2016, 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.
Philadelphia is the birthplace of American Democracy and as such, provided the perfect backdrop as it hosted the DNC.
The 2016 Democratic National Convention (DNC) was held at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania on 25th-28th, 2016. On July 25th, 2016, I proceeded to the an area just outside the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia to witness and document some the political demonstrations, and social protests, taking place thereat. Philadelphia is the birthplace of American Democracy and as such, provided the perfect backdrop as it hosted the DNC.
The DNC is the formal nominating event for the Democratic candidates for President and Vice President of the United States.
Protesters and witnesses to the events outside the Well Fargo Center came from all over the country to witness or have their voices heard. Some felt disenfranchised as they were prevented from attending the actual Convention activities held inside the Wells Fargo Center.
Crystal, a Morgan, West Virginia resident, informed me she had been a registered Bernie Sanders volunteer for the past year but was denied access to enter the Wells Fargo Center to support Mr. Sanders. Others in Crystal’s delegation of volunteers had been denied access to the Center as well.
A contingent of local and Federal law enforcement agencies were on hand to provide security to the venue, while ensuring demonstrators and observers coexisted peacefully. Most importantly, the police presence ensured all who wanted to exercise their right to free speech.
For a historical commentary on past Democratic National Conventions held in Philadelphia read the following Opinion at Philly.com: Article.