“We don’t want to create a situation where landlords can game the system and run out the clock,” said Councilman Ben Kallos, a Democrat from the Upper East Side of Manhattan, who is a member of the Landmarks Subcommittee and an opponent of the bill.
While the latest expansion is exciting, the station density on the Upper East and Upper West sides is lower than both the existing Citi Bike service area and DOT’s own density targets. This makes bike-share less convenient, potentially hampering ridership in two of the city’s densest neighborhoods. At this morning’s event, Daily News transit reporter Dan Rivoli asked about station density, and Kallos said he would welcome additional bike-share stations in the neighborhood.
The first Citi Bike stations rolled out on the Upper East and Upper West sides on Tuesday morning. To celebrate the opening, City Councilman Ben Kallos is offering Upper East Side residents who are not yet members and who attend a bike safety class a free day pass and a $25 discount on annual memberships, which usually cost $149, he said.
Upper East and Upper West siders have been griping about Citi Bike’s below-Central Park coverage area since the program launched in May 2013, a state of affairs that ended today with the opening of new Citi Bike stations in both neighborhoods.
The New York City Council is once again deliberating the “Healthy Happy Meals” bill, a proposal that would set nutritional standards for the meals sold with toys in fast food restaurants.
DOT, Citi Bike and other city officials marked the program’s expansion with an inaugural bike ride this morning, beginning at the new Upper East Side station at 67th Street and Lexington Avenue, then biking across Central Park to the new Upper West Side station at 63rd and Broadway.
“Uptown felt left out when the initial roll out came out. We were supposed to be a part of it, and now we are,” city councilmember Ben Kallos told the Observer.
Prior to the expansion, 59th Street was the Northernmost location for Citi Bike stations, with the exception of a single Westside station at 61stand Broadway.
“The Upper East Side is a place where you can be the furthest from any form of public transportation,” Mr. Kallos said. “You can be living a half mile from the nearest subway station, and that subway station is overcrowded, and so are uptown buses. This will provide another form of public transportation.”
While many of us are somewhat dreading the forthcoming winter snowstorms—and ridership in the program has, not surprisingly, dropped off every winter—Mr. Kallos isn’t worried about the impending winter weather putting a damper on Citi Bike use.
“The winter isn’t as cold as people make it out to be, and for the couple of days that it’s snowy and icy out, most people don’t even want to get in their car. Citi Bikes aren’t really something people use for longer than half an hour or 45 minutes, so you have the choice between walking half an hour or taking a bike ride.”
Following the Upper East and Upper West Side locations, Citi Bike will expand into Long Island City, Astoria, Williamsburg, Greenpoint, Bushwick, Prospect Heights, and Park Slope, among other neighborhoods.
City Councilman Ben Kallos called the expansion critical to reducing crowding on the streets and over-packed 4, 5 and 6 subway trains.
“Even when we have the Second Avenue subway it’s still going to be overcrowded, Citi Bike will offer an alternative to so many people,” he said. “Our commutes are about to get a lot better, especially on the Upper East Side where we live the furthest distance from any public transportation.”
A proposal that would force New York City's fast food restaurants to make their kids-themed meals healthier might actually have some benefit, researchers reported Monday.
NYC 'Happy Meals' Bill: Childhood Obesity Rate Could Fall If Nutritional Requirements Implemented
The bill, which was proposed by New York City Council member Ben Kallos, also would limit the meals to 500 calories or less, with fewer than 35 percent of calories coming from fat, only as much as 10 percent from saturated fat, fewer than 10 percent from added sugars and no more than 600 milligrams of sodium.
Every parent knows the appeal fast food meals hold for kids, especially when there's a toy included in the deal.
The Healthy Happy Meals bill, proposed by NYC council member Benjamin Kallos, would require that fast-food meals marketed with toys or other merchandise meant for kids include a serving of fruit, vegetables or whole grain, with no more than 35% of calories coming from fat. Furthermore, the meals must contain fewer than 10% of calories from saturated fat or added sugar, and they can’t have more than 600 milligrams of sodium.
To determine whether those changes would affect how children eat, a team of researchers from New York University analyzed receipts from 358 purchases made at McDonald’s, Burger King and Wendy’s restaurants in the NYC area. The purchases included 422 meals for children. Not surprisingly, the NYU researchers found that 98% of the meals did not meet the proposed guidelines, according to the paper, published online by the American Journal of Preventive Medicine. On average, adults purchased 600 calories per child, and 36% of those calories came from fat.
Manhattan Democrat Ben Kallos wrote to the city’s Law Department on Monday after reading an exclusive story in The Post about how the agency paid InSync Litigation Services $1.2 million over the past five years to deliver legal papers by hand when it could have filed them online for free.
Mr. Werth is only one obstacle in the quest by the developer, Joseph P. Beninati, to build the deluxe skyscraper. Opposition to his project has spread among the well-heeled in the Sutton Place area in a sign that at least some New Yorkers are exhausted by the relentless pace of construction.
Help decide what neighborhood projects should get $1 million from City Councilman Ben Kallos' capital budget next year.
Hearing the news, neighborhood residents stirred themselves promptly into a tizzy of protest. Hundreds turned out to raise a fuss (and learn more about the facts) at meetings of Community Board 6—whose jurisdiction encompasses the neighborhood—SAC and the East River 50s Alliance, a group organized for the express purpose of blocking the tower. Nearly 1,000 people have signed a petition opposing construction circulated by Councilman Ben Kallos, who represents the Upper East Side.
HSS agreed to invest in the East River Esplanade as part of a favorable land use vote held recently by the city council. The hospital will repair and maintain a two-block stretch of the esplanade and, in a partnership with Rockefeller University that’s being led by Kallos, will work with key community stakeholders to develop a master plan for the esplanade from 62nd Street to 78th Street.
The new platform is the result of legislation signed into law last year that required the publication, produced by the Department of Citywide Administrative Services, to be available online in a searchable and machine-readable format, and which was introduced by Councilman Ben Kallos.
Heroes and villains: Naming the names of NYC Council members who do the right thing on lulus, and those who don't
Here are the local heroes ... Ben Kallos ... of Manhattan, all of whom relinquish $8,000.
"We want to make sure these buildings are in the context of what we have and what we want to be. We want to make sure we don't have the dog wagging the tail when it comes to planning," Councilman Garodnick said at July 23's meeting (although Central Park South is arguably already wagged.) Although 57th Street may be a lost battle at this point, DNAinfo suggests that attention is now turning to the Upper East Side after DDG's 551-foot-tall condo building was greenlit in mid-June. Council member Ben Kallos, whose district it's in, urged meeting attendees to press the neighborhood's community board to adopt a resolution to change the Upper East Side's zoning to restrict larger developments. Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer, who has gained a reputation for curtailing development, attended the meeting to cheer Kallos on.
Elected officials urge action against 'Billionaires' Row' towers, super-tall buildings
Another perceived ally for community members in Councilman Ben Kallos, who held a public forum last week regarding the super-tall building structures. While Kallos represents a district spanning Sutton Place up to 100th Street and Roosevelt Island, he as voiced his concern for what could be described as the first "Billionaires' Row" suburb. A 90-story building located in Sutton Place is slated to rise 900 feet, outraging a community that believed it would be half as high.
Kallos is now pushing for a cap on buildings reaching over 500 feet in a residential area.
“Navigating a Bureaucratic Maze to Renew Food Stamp Benefits” (news article, July 24) vividly demonstrates that it is still far too difficult for many struggling New Yorkers to get federal SNAP benefits (the new name for food stamps) to which they are entitled. That’s why we strongly support thebill proposed by City Councilman Ben Kallos that would ease the burden.
New York City Councilman Ben Kallos, who chairs the Council's governmental operations committee, have the board credit for improvements, saying that “great strides” had been made to “improve the process.”
“However, I grow concerned as 2016 approaches and the presidential election, being an election which people will come out and vote for in numbers we haven’t seen since 2012 and most likely 2008 beforehand ... that the N.Y.C. B.O.E. is not relocating staffers to problem areas where lines form,” Kallos told Capital.
At a July 23 meeting sponsored by City Councilman Ben Kallos to discuss a proposed 900-foot building on residential Sutton Place, Community Board 6 member Terrence O'Neal urged his residents to brush up on their knowledge of neighborhood zoning laws.