Taste of Sunnyside tickets now on sale

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Get your ticket before they’re all sold out!

Tickets are now on sale for the 2018 Taste of Sunnyside, a scrumptious, diverse and all-around amazing culinary event that promotes local restaurants.

This year, the festival-like event will take place in the parking lot of the P.C. Richard at 50-02 Queens Boulevard (in previous years, it was at Bliss Plaza) on Tuesday, May 22.

Get your tickets online at tasteofsunnyside.com.

Want to beat the crowd? Purchase a VIP ticket for $70, and enter at 5:30 p.m. before anyone else gets there.

General admission price at 6:30 p.m. is $40.

Just to give you a sense of who will participate at Taste of Sunnyside, take a look at this list here:

  • 43 Bar and Grill (Irish American Pub)
  • Arriba Arriba (Mexican)
  • Bliss 46 Bistro (French)
  • Bliss Street Creamery (Ice Cream)
  • Corazon de Mexico (Mexican)
  • Cumbia y Sabor (Colombian)
  • Dazies Restaurant (Italian)
  • De Mole (Mexican)
  • I Love Paraguay (Paraguayan)
  • Jack’s Fire Department (American Pub)
  • La Vienesa Bakery (Colombian Bakery)
  • Lama Teas, Los Verdes (Colombian street eats)
  • Mangal Kebab (Turkish)
  • New York Style Eats (Diner)
  • Ottomanelli Burgers and Belgian Fries (Burgers)
  • Senso Unico (Modern Italian)
  • Sidetracks (Pub)
  • Sotto le Stelle (Neopolitan Pizza)
  • Tito Rad’s Grill (Filipino)
  • The Lowery Bar and Kitchen (Gastropub)

And that’s not including all the local beverages!

See more photos of the food showcased at last year’s Taste of Sunnyside here.

Synnyside Shines to host ‘City Resources for Small Businesses’ Workshop

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Join Sunnyside Shines, the BID in Sunnyside, for an informational workshop with NYC Department of Small Business Services. Presenters will speak about the array of business resources and services offered by the agency and how you can help equip your constituents with them. There will also be a deep dive into SBS’ new business portal.

The workshop will be held on Wednesday, April 25th for community leaders and non-profit organizations, to instruct on how they can assist local businesses, entrepreneurs and community members to access free programs and services. The workshop will be held at the Sunnyside Business Improvement District (BID) office (4556 43rd St, Sunnyside, NY 11104).

Join the event to learn about:
· Free resources for businesses ranging from courses to legal services
· Funding options to help entrepreneurs launch or grow a business
· Free on-site compliance consultations
· Learn about the new updates to our online portal

To RSVP, register at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/nyc-small-business-services-wo….

For more information, contact info@sunnysideshines.org. Lunch will be served.

Spring Open House with Council Member Jimmy Van Bramer

New York City Council Member Jimmy Van Bramer invites you to his 9th Annual Spring Open House!

The following women will be honored for their achievements:

  • Erin Boyle Acosta, Community & Family Engagement Coordinator, Growing up Green Charter Schools
  • Kayla Almanzar, Case Manager for Immigrant Services Program, Jacob Riis Neighborhood Settlement
  • Genevieve Bernier, Co-President, PS/IS 78Q PTA
  • Bree Chambers, Co-President, PS/IS 78Q PTA
  • Leandra Requena, Community Activist

    Student leaders from the Academy of American Studies and Bard High School will also be recognized for their anti-gun violence efforts.

Enter the Scrabble tournament this Saturday

ScrabbleADDThe Jackson Heights Beautification Group is hosting its Scrabble Tournament this Saturday, April 14 at the Community Church (64-14 Woodside Avenue).

The tournament will commemorate the 80th anniversary of Scrabble, which was created in Jackson Heights.

The event is open to teenagers ages 10-17 and adults, the two groups that will compete.

Places are limited, and seats must be reserved.

Register by emailing Jessica Ramos at jhbgscrabble@gmail.com

For more information, visit their site here.

Students giving out free donuts and coffee at Bliss Plaza


If you’re passing by Bliss Plaza at 46th Street and Queens Boulevard today, make sure you stop by and grab a free donut and coffee.

Students from North Carolina are visiting a Sunnyside church and as part of their visit, they are doing good acts like giving out a free pick-me-up.

It’s just what you need to get you through this dreary spring day.

Stop by and say hello, and grab a quick bite while you’re at it!

Ocasio2018 Sunnyside PM Rush Hour Petitioning Event


Today, April 5th, at 5:30pm there will be a petitioning event to get Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez on the ballot for US Congress.

Ocasio-Cortez is fighting for the following:

• Tuition-free public college and trade school

• Medicare for All with no out-of-pocket costs for anyone

• A just and sustainable recovery for Puerto Rico including full debt forgiveness

• A 100% renewable energy economy and reducing pollution to protect our children’s health

• A country where we no longer hold the world’s largest prison population

• Family leave and childcare support to help working families get by

Representatives will be collecting signatures under the 7 train at the 46th Street/Bliss Street Station.

Katz appoints new (and returning) CB2 members

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It’s that time of the year again!

Borough President Melinda Katz has announced the new and returning community board members for Long Island City, Sunnyside and Woodside.

To be exact, 331 people will serve two-year terms on 14 community boards throughout Queens. Of the 331 appointees, 62 are first-timers.

The term began on April 1.

Community boards play an advisory role in land use and zoning matters, and review issues like parks, infrastructure and safety.

Here are the members who were appointed by Katz at Community Board 2:

  • Thalia Batan
  • Sandra Bigitschke
  • Osman Chowdhury
  • Stephen Cooper
  • Lisa Ann Deller
  • Stacey Eliuk
  • Ira Greenberg
  • Kenneth Greenberg
  • Ellen Kang
  • Denise Keehan-Smith
  • Nancy Kleaver-Saltzstein
  • Marie Konecko
  • Jordan Levine
  • Sheila Lewandowski
  • Dominick Lippolis
  • Elizabeth McKenna
  • Taina McShane
  • Thomas Mituzas
  • Clara Oza
  • Steven Raga
  • Norberto Saldana
  • Regina Shanley
  • Michael Son
  • Lauren Springer
  • Karolina Tosi
  • Rebecca Trent
  • Santiago Vargas
  • Maia Magdelena Vielma

Master Plan for Sunnyside Yards on its way

Just when you thought we were safe from overdevelopment….. the city announced its selection of an architect (Vishaan Chakrabarti) to come up with a master development plan for Sunnyside Yards.

Sunnyside Yards development is getting a master plan.
Sunnyside Yards development is getting a master plan.

The site is about 175 acres and basically runs between Northern Blvd and Queens Blvd. There are plenty of people who are comparing this project to that of Hudson Yards. Here, it is estimated that if built, the area could possibly house nearly 25,000 housing units.

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Vishaan Chakrabarti is a former city planner, serving as Manhattan’s director. He is an architect and founder of A Partnership for Architecture and Urbanism. He is responsible for designs of the Domino Domino Sugar factory development in Williamsburg … turning the lot into a mixed use neighborhood.

Skillman and 43rd redesign town hall set for March 26

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The Sunnyside and Woodside communities will discuss the proposed redesign of Skillman and 43rd avenues at a town hall on Monday, March 26.

The meeting will begin at 6:30 p.m. at PS 150 (40-01 43rd Avenue).

The proposed redesign includes protected bike lanes, school crossings, and other traffic calming measures.

The redesign comes nearly a year after two cyclists were struck by motorists on 43rd Avenue and 39th Street in a 10-day span. On April 1, 32-year-old Gelasio Reyes was returning home on his bike when he was fatally hit by a box truck.

Just 10 days later, cyclist David Nunez was also hit by a box truck.

Jon the Department of Transportation (DOT) and Sunnyside and Woodside neighbors on Monday for what is sure to be an interesting debate.


Sunnyside Gardens will get a new public park


A new public park is set to replace the former Phipps Playground in Sunnyside Gardens.

Two years ago, Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer secured $3 million to purchase the privately-owned land and refurbish it into a public open space.

But that also required the owner of the lot to sell it. On Monday, city officials announced they are moving forward with its acquisition.

Starting with a Community Board 2 presentation tonight, the rezoning proposal (from residential to parkland) will go through the borough president’s office and the City Council for final approval.

Van Bramer and Sunnyside Gardens neighbors are optimistic the plan will be approved in no time.

Which means Sunnyside Gardens may soon get its long-awaited, much-deserved park!