Sunnyside Library installs new surveillance cameras

Queens Library’s Dennis Walcott, Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer, Queens Library Operations Manager James Phelan observing the feeds from the new CCTV cameras

Earlier this week, Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer met with Queens Library President and CEO Dennis Walcott to announce that the Sunnyside and Woodside libraries have installed new closed-circuit television (CCTV) cameras.

Van Bramer allocated $201,285 for the purchase and installation of 49 interior and exterior cameras at both facilities.

Eighteen of those cameras are installed at the Sunnyside Library and 31 are being used at the Woodside branch.

REMINDER: Neighborhood assembly at Woodside Community Center


Just another reminder that tonight at the Woodside Community Center at Woodside Houses (50-19 Broadway), Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer’s office is hosting another neighborhood assembly for participatory budgeting.

Community members can brainstorm ideas on how to best spend $1 million in the neighborhood, whether it’s improvements to parks, schools, libraries, streets or more.

The neighborhood assembly tonight will start at 6 p.m. and last approximately two hours.

Spider-Man: Homecoming is filming in Sunnyside


636004376743262202-1634810575_spidey-loves-metsSpider-Man:Homecoming, was spotted filming in Sunnyside, Queens this week.

The movie stars Tom Holland as Peter Parker alongside Zendaya as the female lead Michelle. Aunt May, played by Marisa Tomei, and Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.) will also make appearances in the movie.

This latest incarnation of Spider-Man, debuted in Captain America: Civil War and is now spinning off in an independent film.

Spider-Man: Homecoming is scheduled to hit theaters on July 7, 2017.

The film’s working title is “Summer of George,” and filming will mostly take place on 43rd Street (between Queens Blvd and 43rd Avenue). A production crew has erected a temporary Cricket Wireless store and Pizza Hut near Queens Blvd/43rd Street for some of the scenes.



Public Hearing on Universal Church

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Queens Community Board 2 is holding a public hearing about a BSA (Board of Standards and Appeals) application for the Universal Church (68-03 Roosevelt Avenue).

According to the notice, the applicant is applying to build a 5-story community facility with three valet parking decks and 10 rectory facilities. The building would be more than 67,000 square feet.

The hearing will be tonight at 6 p.m. at the St. Sebastian’s Parish Center at 39-60 57th Street in the back room.

Sunnyside to welcome new middle school


Sunnyside and Woodside parents can finally celebrate.

After years of fighting for a new middle school in the area, parents, community leaders and elected officials finally announced the School Construction Authority (SCA) has purchased a 27,000-square-foot lot on 48th Street and Barnett Avenue.

That will be home to the neighborhood’s next middle school.

The explosion of young families moving into the neighborhood has created a need for new schools. According to Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer, his district has already built, funded or sited 10 schools in his district, which includes Long Island City.

To read the full article about the middle school announcement, click here.

REMINDER: Participatory budgeting assembly tonight in Woodside


Remember that tonight is the first neighborhood assembly for Councilman Van Bramer’s participatory budgeting process in the district.

The meeting, where neighbors can share ideas about funding projects for schools, parks, transportation, libraries or more, will take place tonight at Woodside on the Move (39-42 59th Street, 2nd floor) starting at 6 p.m.

Another assembly will come to Woodside on Thursday, September 29th when it’s hosted at the Woodside Community Center at Woodside Houses (50-19 Broadway).

Be sure to attend a neighborhood assembly to share your ideas on how to fund projects you care about!

Chase Bank on Queens Blvd robbed


The Chase Bank at 47-14 Queens Boulevard, across the street from the 46th Street Bliss 7-train station, was robbed last night.

At about 5:54 p.m., a man entered the bank and approached a teller with a note demanding money. The teller complied, the police said, and gave the man an undetermined amount of cash.

He then left the bank and walked westbound.

Take a good look at the photo above to see if you can provide any information to the authorities.

Anyone with information in regards to this incident is asked to call the NYPD’s Crime Stoppers Hotline at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477) or submit their tips by logging onto the Crime stoppers website at WWW.NYPDCRIMESTOPPERS.COM.

LIC Vice: Burglar lifts cigarettes, lotto tickets


Police are looking for a man who burglarized a shop in Long Island City.

Between 9 p.m. and 9:40 p.m at MDS Corp. on 32-02 Queens Boulevard, police say this man gained entry into the business by breaking the front glass door.

He removed nearly $200 from the cash register and pocketed 52 cartons of cigarettes and 59 scratch-off lottery tickets.

As seen in the photo, the man was last seen wearing a dark shirt, dark shorts, black socks, dark sneakers and also wore a red and black book bag.

Anyone with information about this incident is asked to call the NYPD’s Crime Stoppers Hotline at 1-800-577-TIPS or submit their tips by logging onto the Crime stoppers website at WWW.NYPDCRIMESTOPPERS.COM



Sunnyside Restaurant Week from September 19-25


If you’re looking for good eats, look no further.

The 4th annual Sunnyside Restaurant Week will run from September 19 to the 25th this year.

Thirty restaurants from throughout the neighborhood have agreed to participate and offer terrific deals for customers.

“Sunnyside Restaurant Week is a great reason to try a new local restaurant or make your first visit to Sunnyside,” said Rachel Thieme, executive director of Sunnyside Shines.

Each participating restaurant will offer a three-course dinner menu for $25. Others are offering lunch specials and even a $25 dinner menu for two. For more menus of participating restaurants, check here.

Also new to this year’s restaurant week is a contest encouraging people to dine out multiple times during the week.

Each time a customer orders a Restaurant Week deal, they will receive a sticker on their “Restaurant Week” card. Collect three stickers, and if you return the card to a participating restaurant, you will be entered to win a $250 gift certificate for a dinner for four.

Cards will be available at all participating restaurants.

Here are the following restaurants that are participating in Sunnyside Restaurant Week:

  • Ariyoshi (Japanese)
  • Arriba Arriba (Mexican)
  • Bliss 46 Bistro (French)
  • Blu Orchid Thai Kitchen (Thai)
  • Boon by Moldova Restaurant (Moldovan)
  • Cafe 52 (American
  • Claret Wine Bar (Wine Bar)
  • Copper Kettle (Irish/American)
  • Dazies Restaurant (Italian)
  • De Mole Restaurant (Mexican)
  • Dee Thai Restaurant (Thai)
  • Don Pollo (Peruvian)
  • I Love Paraguay (Paraguayan)
  • La Adelita (Mexican)
  • Los Verdes (Colombian)
  • Mario’s Restaurant (Italian)
  • Pete’s Grill (American)
  • Punda Tibetan Restaurant (Tibetan)
  • Quaint (New American)
  • Riko Peruvian Cafe Express (Peruvian)
  • Riko Peruvian Cuisine (Peruvian)
  • Saffron Garden (Indian)
  • Salt and Fat (New American)
  • Sidetracks (Irish/American)
  • Soleluna (Italian)
  • Takesushi (Japanese)
  • Thai Diva Cuisine (Thai)
  • The Dog and Duck (Gastropub)
  • The Lowery Bar and Kitchen (New American)
  • Venturo (Italian)