New York CIty Council Member Ben Kallos

Shay Weaver

DNAinfo.com 15 Bus Countdown Clocks, New Citi Bike Station Added to Upper East Side by Shay Weaver

15 Bus Countdown Clocks, New Citi Bike Station Added to Upper East Side

On Thursday, Councilman Ben Kallos and DOT Borough Commissioner Luis Sanchez announced 15 countdown clocks have been installed or will be at stops along the M15, M31, M57, M66 and M72 lines.

The clocks will appear at 70th, 72nd and 75th streets along First Avenue; on Second Avenue at 94th Street; on York Avenue at 72nd, 74th, 76th, 77th, 79th, 84th, 86th and 88th streets; on First Avenue at 57th Street; and on First Avenue at 67th and 72nd streets.

DNAinfo.com Dozens More Free Pre-K Seats Just Opened Up on the UES by Shay Weaver

Dozens More Free Pre-K Seats Just Opened Up on the UES

Parents at P.S. 183, who worked with Councilman Ben Kallos to increase the total seats on the Upper East Side from just over 123 to 515 since 2014, say they are relieved to have more pre-K seats because it can be tough getting a spot in the neighborhood.

"As an Upper East Side parent, I am concerned not only about the chances of my own child obtaining a pre-K spot in the neighborhood but also about the children of my friends and neighbors," resident Ariel Chesler said. "That is why I have been speaking out about the insufficient number of seats in the area."

For more than a year, members of the Roosevelt Island Parents' Network, which advocates for more than 500 families' needs, also worked to get more free pre-K seats on the island, according to member Eva Bosbach.

DNAinfo.com Share Your Ideas on How to Improve the Playground at Carl Schurz Park by Shay Weaver

Share Your Ideas on How to Improve the Playground at Carl Schurz Park

The city wants to hear from residents about how best to spend $1.3 million to upgrade a run-down playground at Carl Schurz Park.

A meeting dedicated to the topic on Dec. 15 will gather ideas from the community about how to improve the play space at East End Avenue and East 84th Street, according to City Councilman Ben Kallos, who earmarked the funds.