TONIGHT: 7th annual Hispanic Leadership Awards


Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer is hosting his 7th annual Hispanic Leadership Awards tonight at 6:30 p.m. at the Thalia Spanish Theater at 41-17 Greenpoint Avenue.

Van Bramer will present the Distinguished Public Service Award to Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr. He will also honor the following people:

  • Bianey Garcia D la lO, organizer at Make the Road NY
  • Lorena Lopez, tenant organizer at Catholic Migration
  • Margarita Mendoza, parent and community organizer
  • Erick Morocho, president of Sunnyside Community Key Club
  • Elizabeth Pena-Jorge, principal at PS 11
  • Amadeo Plaza, president of Court Square Civic Association
  • Juan Rodriguez, pastoral associate at Queens of Angels Church
  • Zuleika Tenf, occupational therapist at P4
  • Marcelo Torres, aide at Ecuadorian Consulate
  • Alfonso Zhicay, owner and chef at Casa del Chef

To RSVP, contact or call (718) 383-9566 x1

CEC30 to host hearing on Sunnyside middle school


The Community District Education Council (CEC) 30 is hosting a public hearing on Monday, October 17th about the selection of a site in Sunnyside for a middle school.

Last month, elected officials, city officials and parents celebrated after news that the School Construction Authority (SCA) was purchasing a large property on 48th Street and Barnett Avenue.

The building is an abandoned pool hall, which many in the community regard as historic and architecturally significant. It sits right across the street from the landmarked Sunnyside Gardens district.

Many young parents, however, want the middle school to correspond with the new elementary schools in the area. With the population in western Queens expanding, young families want a close school for their children to attend.

The public hearing will take place at PS 361 at 39-07 57th Street in Woodside. It starts at 6 p.m.

Each speaker has a speaking time of three minutes.

VIDEO: Sunnyside man’s wallet stolen while opening his door

What would you do in this situation?

Police just released video of a grand larceny that happened back on Friday, August 12 at approximately 12:20 a.m.

Near his apartment on 48th Street and 47th Avenue in Sunnyside, a 25-year-old man was opening his front door when an unknown lurking man approached him from behind.

As you can see in the video, the suspect snatched the victim’s wallet from his back pocket. The victim, probably not willing to risk injury, didn’t put up a fight for his wallet.

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.

Senator asks SCA to review Sunnyside school plan

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After parents rejoiced at the announcement of a new 600-seat middle school in Sunnyside, some neighbors have raised concerns.

At a recent public hearing by Community Board 2, many longtime neighbors spoke about the value of the historic building, which was the Clarence Stein Sunnyside Community Garage before it was turned into a pool hall.

Today, the former billiards site, which sits just one block away from the Sunnyside Gardens historic district, is vacant.

On Wednesday, State Senator Michael Gianaris called on the School Construction Authority to revisit its plan to convert the building into a middle school.

“While the severely overcrowded schools in this community make this new middle school both welcome and necessary, the SCAS would ideally construct this new building in a way that maintains the historic nature of the neighborhood.”

In a letter to SCA president Lorraine Grillo, Gianaris asked the agency to review the proposed construction plan to find a solution that benefits everyone.

“Some residents, however, contacted my office to voice concern over the proposed construction plan, specifically regarding the proposed demolition of the existing structure at that site, which is listed on the National Register of Historic Places,” Gianaris wrote. “These residents expressed a desire to see some aspect of the historic structure remain a part of the new school building.”

Police arrest man behind hatchet assault

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Cops have arrested and charged a man in connection to an attack in Woodside last week.

On Saturday, October 1st, at approximately 11:30 p.m., a 23-year-old woman was walking near Woodside Avenue and Roosevelt Avenue when she was approached from behind by a man.

Moises Fernandez, 42, was carrying a hatchet when he dragged the victim to the ground and took her bag. He then left the scene toward 64th Street.

After an investigation, police arrested and charged Fernandez with robbery, grand larceny and menacing.

Sunnyside Shorts Film Festival this weekend


After a 5-year hiatus, the Sunnyside Shorts Film Festival is coming back to town.

On October 7th and 8th, films from around the world and of various genres will be shown to a panel of judges and for community members, adults and kids alike. Judges and the audience will have the opportunity to vote for their favorite films in different categories.

The first showing will be on Friday, October 7th at 7 p.m., followed by Saturday, October 8th at 1 p.m. (for the kids) and finally again at 7 p.m. All of this will go down at Sunnyside Reformed Church (48-03 Skillman Avenue) in Sunnyside Gardens.


Here’s the selection of films this year, courtesy of the SSFF website:


For more information, visit

Funding announced to renovate Sunnyside park


An old park in Sunnyside will soon be made new and open to the public.

Yesterday, Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer and the Parks Department announced $3 million in funding to purchase and renovate the former Phipps playground. The abandoned playground has sat empty and fenced in for decades.

The lot was used as a private playground for the children of the Phipps Garden Apartments, an affordable housing development across the street. It was then closed and sold to a developer, who left the park alone.

“I’m thrilled to have allocated this funding to turn this abandoned playground back into a beautiful green space that our whole community can enjoy,” Van Bramer said. “Community members have been advocating for this space to be turned into a public park for decades.”

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.