New York CIty Council Member Ben Kallos

Brendan Krisel

Upper East Side Patch New Esplanade Bait Station To Aid East River Anglers In Harlem by Brendan Krisel

New Esplanade Bait Station To Aid East River Anglers In Harlem

EAST HARLEM, NY — The men and women who fish off of the East River Esplanade have a vital new resource in the form of an ADA-accessible bait station on a stretch of the East Harlem waterfront.

The station — where fishermen and fisherwomen can prepare bait, inspect catches to see if they require release and clean catches to take home — was funded by the group Friends of the East River Esplanade through a $15,000 grant from Sea Grant New York, according to the organization's board chair Jennifer Ratner. In addition to serving as a useful tool for East River anglers, the bait station is outfitted with public art depicting sketches of the types of fish that call the urban river home, Ratner said.

Upper East Side Patch Yearlong Project To Upgrade Carl Schurz Playground Breaks Ground by Brendan Krisel

Yearlong Project To Upgrade Carl Schurz Playground Breaks Ground

For City Councilmember Ben Kallos, renovations to the playground are personal. The local lawmaker played in Carl Schurz Park while growing up in the neighborhood and now takes his daughter to the playground, he said Thursday.

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"A lot of parents have brought concern about the condition of the equipment — at one point there was actually plywood up," Kallos said. "Thankfully that is now down but this park has been desperately in need of an upgrade."

Kallos and the City Council allocated $2.5 million in funding for the project. Another major backer was Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer, whose office allocated $775,000.

Upper East Side Patch John Jay Park's New Ball Courts Result Of UES Dad's 4-Year Fight by Brendan Krisel

John Jay Park's New Ball Courts Result Of UES Dad's 4-Year Fight

UPPER EAST SIDE, NY — The basketball courts at the Upper East Side's John Jay Park were bustling with activity Thursday. Neighborhood kids flocked to the courts after the first day of school to practice their shots, play one-on-one and partake in one of the park's largest games of knockout in history.

Upper East Side Patch 180-Seat Pre-K Center Opens On UES For 2019 School Year by Brendan Krisel

180-Seat Pre-K Center Opens On UES For 2019 School Year

UPPER EAST SIDE, NY — Hundreds of Upper East Side families sending their children to their first days of preschool this week can breathe a sigh of relief knowing they don't have to take their four-year-old's to school in Lower Manhattan.

Upper East Side Patch Supportive Housing Facility Opens On Upper East Side by Brendan Krisel

Supportive Housing Facility Opens On Upper East Side

"I'm thrilled for message we are sending across this city," Quinn said Tuesday. "It's priceless for families to know they are welcome in this neighborhood and that they will be part of this neighborhood."

The seven-story facility will house 17 families made up of mothers and their children and will provide services such as to help place mothers in good jobs and children in a steady school environment, Quinn said.

"The opening of this facility is a critical step forward for 17 families in fight to find good quality, stable housing and it's a step forward for our city embracing supportive housing as an option that will prevent people from returning to shelter," Quinn said Tuesday.

Upper East Side Patch Sutton Place Tower At Center Of Zoning Fight Begins Rise by Brendan Krisel

Sutton Place Tower At Center Of Zoning Fight Begins Rise

SUTTON PLACE, NY — The planned skyscraper that played a central role in the resident-led rezoning of the small Sutton Place neighborhood on the East River has begun its rise, according to new reports.

Upper East Side Patch Developer Claims No Clear Plan For Replacing Demolished UES Block by Brendan Krisel

Developer Claims No Clear Plan For Replacing Demolished UES Block

UPPER EAST SIDE, NY — Extell Development's Gary Barnett revealed few details Tuesday night during a Community Board meeting to discuss his firm's planned full-block developments on First Avenue between East 79th and 80th streets and East 85th and 86th streets.

Upper East Side Patch Development Brings 28 Below-Market Units, Preschool To UES by Brendan Krisel

Development Brings 28 Below-Market Units, Preschool To UES

City Councilman Ben Kallos praised the project as a win for the neighborhood because it proves that below-market housing can be built on the Upper East Side despite the expensive cost of real estate. Extell bought the site for $14 million in 2014, according to city Department of Finance records.

Extell Development is using 421A and Mandatory Inclusionary Hosing subsidies at the building, developers said.

Upper East Side Patch New Stretch Of East River Esplanade Opens After $15M Renovation by Brendan Krisel

New Stretch Of East River Esplanade Opens After $15M Renovation

In addition to financing the $15 million renovation, Rockefeller University is creating an endowment to maintain the esplanade section and contributed $150,000 to the conservancy group Friends of the East River Esplanade, Kallos said.

"When I got elected the waterfront was crumbling, which is why I set a goal of involving local institutions in public-private partnerships to rehabilitate the East River Esplanade," Kallos said.