New York CIty Council Member Ben Kallos

Andrea Grymes

WCBS 2 Repairs Expected To Last Days After Sinkhole Opens Up On Upper East Side by Andrea Grymes

Repairs Expected To Last Days After Sinkhole Opens Up On Upper East Side

Still, Councilman Ben Kallos, who represents the Upper East Side, said he is concerned.

“We need the Department of Environmental Protection, which manages our water supply, Con Ed working together to find any leaks underground, making sure that we’re not having any compromised spaces, and make sure that this doesn’t happen again,” Kallos said.

Con Edison said gas and electric were not impacted in the area.

Kallos told CBS2 the DEP believes a 12-inch water main — or a 6-inch sewer main — may be the cause.

CBS New York City Hopes New Bike Lane Near 59th Street Bridge Will Make Dangerous Area Safer For Cyclists by Andrea Grymes

City Hopes New Bike Lane Near 59th Street Bridge Will Make Dangerous Area Safer For Cyclists

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — A new bike lane that snakes across the busy entrance to the 59th Street Bridge on Second Avenue is a safety concern for some people.

But others say once everyone gets used to it, the area will actually become safer for cyclists, CBS2’s Andrea Grymes reported Wednesday.

CBS New York NYC Council Looks To Close Loophole Allowing Buildings To Be Extra Tall For Little Reason by Andrea Grymes

NYC Council Looks To Close Loophole Allowing Buildings To Be Extra Tall For Little Reason

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – It’s the tallest residential building in the western hemisphere – the luxurious 432 Park rises more than 1,300 feet into the Manhattan skyline.

City councilman Ben Kallos says architect Rafael Vinoly got a quarter of this super-tall height by exploiting what’s known as the “mechanical voids loophole” and it was totally legal.

The overly tall residential building at 432 Park. (Credit: CBS2)

“They’re building these mechanical voids to prop up real estate so these billionaires can have multi-million dollar helicopter views, and that’s not why we should be building buildings,” Kallos said.

The councilman added the firm is trying to do the same thing with an empty lot on East 62nd Street – to offer better and more expensive views – and they’re not alone.