Articles by: Michael Benjamin

Profile America: New Year’s Eve

Profile America: New Year’s Eve

Monday, December 31st. On this New Year’s Eve, some 329 million Americans of all ages and backgrounds are ready to greet the year 2019. A hundred years ago, the nation’s population was just a bit over 103 million. Fifty years […]

by · December 31, 2018 · Bulletin Board, Census, Profile America
Wishing you a Happy Kwanzaa

Wishing you a Happy Kwanzaa

On behalf of the members of the NYPD Community Affairs Bureau, I would like to wish everyone a Happy Kwanzaa. May this New Year bring you happiness, hope and harmony. Nilda Hofmann Chief of Community Affairs

by · December 26, 2018 · Uncategorized
New York State Senator Andrea Stewart-Cousins (D-Yonkers) will become the first-ever woman Senate Majority Leader in January 2019.

State Senate Democrats Elect Stewart-Cousins as 1st Female Majority Leader

Spectrum News reported that Democratic Sen. Andrea Stewart-Cousins on Monday was formally designated the next majority leader in the state Senate by her colleagues in a conference that could have as many as 40 members at the start of the […]

by · December 21, 2018 · Bulletin Board, News
Christmas in the Bronx – Today at 4PM

Christmas in the Bronx – Today at 4PM

Bronx, NY – City Councilman Rev. Rubén Díaz, Sr., along with Mr. Edward Cox, President of the New York State Republican Party and The New York Hispanic Clergy Organization will celebrate Christmas in the Bronx by distributing free toys to […]

Mayor Bill de Blasio and Schools Chancellor Richard Carranza join students, families, and teachers for the first day of the 2018-19 school year at PS 377 in Ozone Park, Queens. Michael Appleton/Mayoral Photography Office

Where The Pols Are, December 10

Gov. Andrew Cuomo is in Albany with no public schedule. Mayor Bill de Blasio visits an injured police officer at Staten Island University Hospital North. 9:30 AM – Rep. Adriano Espaillat and state Sen.-elect Robert Jackson hold a press conference […]

Young protester Carla Cruz gets into the face of Borough President Ruben Diaz, Jr., on the steps of the Bronx County Courthouse.--Photo by David Greene

Where The Pols Are, December 4

Gov. Andrew Cuomo is in Albany with no public schedule. On Tuesday morning, First Lady Chirlane McCray will attend the Robin Hood Foundation Heroes Breakfast. 8 AM – State Attorney General-elect Letitia James tours the UPS headquarters and meets with […]

Hanukkah — The Festival of Lights Begins

Hanukkah — The Festival of Lights Begins

This year, Hanukkah began on the evening of Sunday, December 2, and will end on the evening of Monday, December 10. Hanukkah is often referred to as the “festival of lights,” which serves to remind people of the miracle that […]

Profile America: First Drive-In Gas Station

Profile America: First Drive-In Gas Station

Saturday, December 1st. On this date in 1913, what is today the Gulf Oil Company opened the nation’s first drive-in gas station. Located at the intersection of Baum Boulevard and St. Clair Street in Pittsburgh, the filling station was a […]

Profile America: American Indian and Alaska Native Heritage Month

Profile America: American Indian and Alaska Native Heritage Month

Friday, November 30th. As American Indian and Alaska Native Heritage Month concludes, it’s worth noting that much of America’s population lives in states and towns with names derived from those originally given them by America’s first peoples. In fact, 26 […]

A mid-twentieth century rotary-dial telephone

Profile America: Direct Dial

Thursday, November 29th. A key part of daily telecommunications is 67 years old this month, as direct-dial telephone area codes for transcontinental calling were introduced in 1951. The mayor of Englewood, New Jersey, made the first official call, picking up […]

by · November 29, 2018 · Profile America, Technology
Public Advocate Candidate Michael Blake Announces First Set of Endorsements in Campaign for Public Advocate. Photo credit: Michael Blake for NYC

Supporters endorse Assemblyman Blake for Public Advocate

On Wednesday, Michael Blake held a press conference rolling out his first set of endorsements from supporters across the city in his campaign for Public Advocate, including: Assembly Member Tremaine Wright, 56th District (Bed Stuy) Assembly Member Rebecca Seawright, 76th […]

City Hall, Manhattan. Benjamin Kanter/Mayoral Photo Office.

Where The Pols Are, November 29

Gov. Andrew Cuomo is in Queens, where he will be announcing the next milestone in the redevelopment of LaGuardia Airport at 11 a.m. At 9 a.m., First Lady Chirlane McCray will visit a Trauma Smart location where Pre-K students will […]

Specialized HS Parent Workshop

Specialized HS Parent Workshop

On Saturday, December 1, 2018 join the Admission Squad and The Harlem YMCA for an information workshop about preparing your child for the specialized high school admission test. Come to the Harlem Y at 180 West 135th Street, Manhattan. The […]

Profile America: Mickey Mouse at 90

Profile America: Mickey Mouse at 90

Mickey Mouse appeared for the first time in “Steamboat Willie” (1928), the first cartoon with synchronized music and sound effects.

Profile America: TV Dinners

Profile America: TV Dinners

Friday, November 23rd. The menu for the day after Thanksgiving often involves leftover turkey. Household dinner options are nothing like that facing the Swanson Company this month 65 years ago. Overestimating the need for Thanksgiving turkeys in 1953, the firm […]