Articles by: Michael Benjamin

JCOPE WORK YIELDS MORE QUESTIONS THAN ANSWERS

JCOPE WORK YIELDS MORE QUESTIONS THAN ANSWERS

New York needs a truly independent ethics watchdog that is empowered and effective.

by · January 31, 2016 · Op Ed
Profile America: Tale of the Tape

Profile America: Tale of the Tape

Richard Drew, 3M Company, was working on another problem when he invented one of the world’s most practical items, masking tape and later, Scotch tape.

by · January 31, 2016 · History, Profile America

Profile America: The First Librarian of Congress

John James Beckley was appointed the first Librarian of Congress this week in 1802.

by · January 30, 2016 · Profile America
Zika Virus Appears In The City

Zika Virus Appears In The City

There are three reported cases in New York City   Three individuals with Zika virus have been identified in New York City, including one pregnant woman. All of the patients are adults who were infected while traveling in affected areas […]

by · January 29, 2016 · Government, Health, News
Mr. G Day In The Bronx 2016

Mr. G Day In The Bronx 2016

On Thursday, January 28, 2016, Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr. joined Principal Jasmine Gonzalez, as well as the students and faculty at P.S. 65—Mother Hale Academy, to declare it “Mr. G Day in The Bronx.” The legendary weatherman and […]

Salamanca Grabs DC 37 Endorsement For 17 Council Race

Salamanca Grabs DC 37 Endorsement For 17 Council Race

In advance of this evening’s candidate’s forum at Pregones Theater, Rafael Salamanca, Jr. netted the endorsement of DC 37, New York’s largest public employee union. “The future of the Bronx can be bright if we continue to work together to […]

Profile America: Lotus 1-2-3

Profile America: Lotus 1-2-3

On this date 33 years ago, the infant personal computer was empowered to become something much greater than a glorified word processor with the release of the spreadsheet program Lotus 1-2-3.

by · January 26, 2016 · Business, Profile America, Technology
Today’s Birthday: Elizabeth “Bessie” Coleman (1892)

Today’s Birthday: Elizabeth “Bessie” Coleman (1892)

Coleman was an American civil aviator who became the first female pilot of African-American descent and the first person of African-American descent to hold an international pilot license. After attaining her license in France, Coleman continued to train extensively and […]

by · January 26, 2016 · History
Profile America: Canned Beer Appreciation Day

Profile America: Canned Beer Appreciation Day

CANNED BEER An innovation in product packaging — and a staple of TV advertising — had is its 81st anniversary last Sunday: Beer Can Appreciation Day. The first canned beer went on sale on January 24, 1935 as a marketing […]

by · January 26, 2016 · History, Profile America
Irv "Mr. G" Gikovsky, PIX 11 News

January 28th Is ‘Mr. G Day’ in the Bronx

NEW YORK – PIX11, Tribune Broadcasting’s New York flagship station, is joining Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr. in proclaiming January 28th ‘Mr. G Day’ in the Bronx. The ceremony will be held at P.S. 65 in the South Bronx. PS 65, The Mother Hale […]

by · January 26, 2016 · Bronx Personalities, Television
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Black Ice Advisory Issued

As nighttime temperatures drop to near or below freezing throughout the week, melted snow can turn to ice/black ice causing dangerously slick driving conditions     New York, NY — The National Weather Service forecasts daytime temperatures Tuesday through Friday […]

Landmarked St. Jerome’s Church Plans 12-Story Building On Jerome Avenue

Landmarked St. Jerome’s Church Plans 12-Story Building On Jerome Avenue

Landmark Bronx Church Plans New 12-Story Residential Building On Jerome Avenue Real estate newsletter New York YIMBY (‘Yes In My Backyard’) reports that St. Jerome’s Episcopal Church filed plans for a 12-story residential building with the city last Friday. The landmarked […]

by · January 25, 2016 · Housing
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ASP Suspended Through February 1

ALTERNATE SIDE PARKING (ASP) SUSPENDED THRU MONDAY, FEBRUARY 1   Cars parked in School Zones marked ‘No Standing – School Hours’ also allowed to remain in place until Wednesday, January 27   NEW YORK—The city has extended suspension of Alternate Side […]

The Revenant Tops US and Global Weekend Box Offices

The Revenant Tops US and Global Weekend Box Offices

The Revenant topped weekend movie box offices domestically and worldwide. ‘Ride Along 2’ tumbled from the number one spot domestically to number three.

by · January 25, 2016 · Entertainment
Profile America: The First Transcontinental Phone Call

Profile America: The First Transcontinental Phone Call

On this date in 1915, east and west were linked by voice in the first transcontinental phone call.

by · January 25, 2016 · History, Profile America