New York CIty Council Member Ben Kallos

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Time Out New York Free summer camp for all NYC kids? This City Council bill could make it happen by Oliver Strand

Free summer camp for all NYC kids? This City Council bill could make it happen

This comes at a time of the year when many families are strategizing about what to do with the summer. If you're a NYC parent, you're working out schedules (and budgets) for what your children will be doing in June, July and August—this is when you start enrolling your little ones in academic summer camps NYC kids love, and cool science camps 2020 has in store. In the near future, Universal Summer Youth Programs could be one of your options, offering something like a play-based extension of the school year only with tons of outdoor summer activities for kids: Your little New Yorker would be engaged, learning and having fun all year long.

The legislation was introduced by Debi Rose (Staten Island) and Ben Kallos (Manhattan). According to Rose, "Summer programs are invaluable experiences that build self-esteem, social skills, leadership skills and friendships in a safe, constructive environment. They also help curb summer learning loss," she said in a statement. "It is time we build on our successes with early childhood education in the city and give all students seeking a spot in a summer program the opportunity to participate."

Time Out New York Scaffolding in NYC stays up for way too long by Hannah Streck

Scaffolding in NYC stays up for way too long

City Council member Ben Kallos currently has a bill that would allow scaffolding to remain standing for only six months after it was first installed. For all our sakes, let’s hope this long-delayed law is somehow passed. Indeed, it seems like a crime that such a stylish city with some of the slickest architecture in the world should be endlessly covered with these green metal monstrosities.

Time Out New York LIC Flea & Food officially opens for the season this weekend by Rebecca Fontana

LIC Flea & Food officially opens for the season this weekend

This weekend, May 12 and 13, the free LIC Flea & Food market will open in Long Island City at 5-25 46th Avenue from 11am to 6pm. It’s your chance to visit the market while it’s actually in its namesake LIC: It will move over to Astoria beginning the weekend of May 19. 

Time Out New York: City Council passes measure to make NYC quieter at night by Clayton Guse

City Council passes measure to make NYC quieter at night

It’s no secret that New York is an obnoxious place—it’s known as the city that never sleeps for good reason. But any resident here will tell you that they absolutely cherish their beauty sleep. 

On Tuesday, the City Council passed a measure aimed at keeping Gothamites from being woken from their peaceful slumbers. The legislation, dubbed the Noise Complaint Response Act, proposes more strict standards and oversight on construction crews that operate after hours (between 6pm and 7am).

Introduced by Council Member Ben Kallos, the measure would require the city’s Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) to more thoroughly inspect and respond to late-night noise complaints. Currently, crews working overnight are forbidden from creating noise that exceeds 85 decibels within 200 feet of a residential building. This legislation forces that figure to drop to 75 decibels in 2020 and removes some barriers that prevent the DEP from investigating noise complaints.