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District 5

Ben Kallos

Upper East Side's Yorkville, Lenox Hill, Carnegie Hill, Roosevelt Island, Midtown East, Sutton Place, El Barrio in East Harlem

Winning Projects:

Rooftop Greenhouse at P.S. 290

Votes: 802 | Cost: $500,000

311 East 82nd Street
Construction of a greenhouse as part of the green roof project at PS290. The 800sf greenhouse will provide opportunities to enhance the school’s STEAM curricula & create desperately needed play space.

Computer Carts for 10 Schools

Votes: 768 | Cost: $350,000

NYC Schools (District wide)
32 computers per cart for: P.S. 77, P.S. 198, P.S. 290, P.S./I.S. 217, M. 225, Eleanor Roosevelt, Urban Academy, Vanguard, Manhattan International, and Life Sciences, serving over 5000 students.

The following projects were not funded:

Center @ Lenox Hill Neighborhood House Entrance

Votes: 344 | Cost: $500,000

343 E 70 St, between 1st and 2nd Avenues
Automatic doors for the Center @ Lenox Hill Neighborhood House to enable ease of access and egress for senior center members, Robbins Plaza senior residents, visitors and staff.

Parks & Recreation
Lexington Houses East & West Playground Renovation

Votes: 466 | Cost: $700,000

E. 98 St. between 3rd & Lex/ Lex & Park Aves.
Provide safety-compliant resurfacing and equipment for two community playgrounds, serving a large mix of resident families, with features that appeal to children from 6 months to 15 years old.

Parks & Recreation
Parks Greening

Votes: 553 | Cost: $1,000,000

John Jay Park
Install new and improve existing plantings – trees, shrubs, flowers and grass – around perimeters and entrances of John Jay Park.

Lexington Houses Security Upgrade

Votes: 427 | Cost: $500,000

East Lexington Avenue between 98-99 Streets
Purchase and install layered security system to ensure residents’ safety in light of growing issues and incidents and the rise in neighborhood homeless population, which has caused security problems.

STEM Green Roof at P.S./I.S. 217

Votes: 751 | Cost: $500,000

645 Main Street, Roosevelt Island
Finalize funding to build a STEM Green Roof atop P.S. /I.S. 217. Transform 6,750 square feet of unused P.S./I.S. 217 school roof into an outdoor learning hub for science, math, nutrition and the arts.

Sound System at Julia Richman JREC Auditorium

Votes: 104 | Cost: $85,000

317 East 67th Street (Upper East Side)
This project will address the acoustical needs of the auditorium and update the sound system to correct the reverberation and an inability to hear and understand speakers.

Renovate Auditorium for Eleanor Roosevelt H.S.

Votes: 282 | Cost: $250,000

411 East 76th Street
Extend stage and replace seating and flooring to improve view, increase capacity, and support gym activities. Replace antiquated control board, install acoustical panels and simplify lighting system.

P.S. 290 Bathrooms

Votes: 694 | Cost: $225,000

311 East 82nd Street
Replace toilets and sinks with age-appropriate fixtures and fittings. Remove unused urinals in boys bathrooms.

Library Modernization for Eleanor Roosevelt H.S.

Votes: 479 | Cost: $350,000

411 East 76th Street
Create flexible learning space with access to computers, listening center, digital and print media, separate quiet and group spaces. Currently cannot support number of students and technology needs.

HVAC for P.S. 198 and P.S. 77

Votes: 389 | Cost: $350,000

1700 3rd Avenue (Upper East Side)
Installing a split level air-conditioning system for the auditorium and cafeteria at P.S.198 and P.S.77.

Arts, Culture, & Community
Webster Library HVAC Improvement

Votes: 408 | Cost: $600,000

1465 York Avenue (Upper East Side)
Upgrade or replacement of air-conditioning system. This library is a designated NYC cooling center.

Arts, Culture, & Community
67th Street Library HVAC Improvements

Votes: 292 | Cost: $600,000

328 East 67th Street (Upper East Side)
Replacement or upgrade of the boiler to provide adequate heat.