Skillman Avenue Holiday Lighting & Winter Festival


Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer, in partnership with The Skillman Project, Sunnyside Chamber of Commerce and the Sunnyside Post is hosting the 7th annual Skillman Avenue Holiday Lighting and Winter Festival.

The event will run on Saturday, December 3rd from 4 to 8 p.m., while the tree lighting ceremony starts at 6 p.m.

Festivities will take place at the 48th Street Reformed Church, while the festival will be on Skillman between 41st and 43rd streets.

The program includes caroling by local schoolchildren and features warm cider and hot cocoa provide by Aubergine Cafe.

7th Annual food Drive


Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer is hosting his 7th annual food drive to distribute food to homeless and hungry New Yorkers during the holiday season.

You can donate donate canned foods, infant formula, pasta, rice, grains, peanut butter and other non-perishable items to their district office in Sunnyside (47-01 Queens Boulevard, Suite 205).

“We all must step up to help hungry families in our community,” Van Bramer. “No child should ever have to go to bed hungry.”

Last year, all donated items were given to Borden Avenue Veterans Residence in Long Island City.

Until December 20th, you can also drop off donations to the following locations:

  • Broadway Library (40-20 Broadway)
  • Court Square Library (25-01 Jackson Avenue)
  • Long Island City Library (37-44 21st Street)
  • Ravenswood Senior Center (34-35A 12th Street)
  • Sunnyside Library (43-06 Greenpoint Avenue)
  • Woodside Library (54-22 Skillman Avenue)

Pols, Woodside org donate turkeys


Queens elected officials teamed up with Woodside on the Move and other co-sponsors to donate more than 1,000 turkeys as Thanksgiving Day nears.

State Senator Jose Peralta, Assemblywoman Aravella Simotas, Assemblman Francisco Moya and Assemblyman Michael DenDekker helped collect the turkeys to donate to community and faith-based organizations, senior and day care centers and schools.

Sponsors who picked up the turkeys include Food Universe, Food Bazaar, Foodtown, Fidelis Care, the York Group, Affinity and Ferrari Driving School.

Each turkey will be given to families in need to provide a much-needed meal.

“This is a time to give thanks and reflect,” said Peralta, whose office collected the turkeys. “We organized this turkey drive with the only intention of giving back to the community, to help those who are struggling. Many hard-working families are going through some real tough economic times, and providing a free turkey will allow them to enjoy a decent holiday meal.”

This sixth annual drive collected more than double the amount of turkeys compared to last year, Peralta’s office said. A total of 16 organizations donated to the drive.

“Giving Thanksgiving turkeys to families in need is not just about food, it is also a way to reach out and share the holiday with fellow New Yorkers,” Simotas said. “This is a way to help families come together around a warm and festive meal that satisfied our universal need for companionship and love.”

Suspect wanted for Woodside knife attack


Police are searching for this man, sketched above, who was reportedly behind an assault on the platform of a Woodside train station.

Authorities say that on Sunday, October 23, at approximately 10 p.m., the suspect got into a verbal dispute with the 20-year-old victim on the 7 train platform at 61st Street and Woodside Avenue.

The suspect threw a bottle at the victim, which hit him in the back. But the victim walked away without retaliating.

Then another argument formed, which led the suspect to take out a knife and stab the victim in the abdomen. He had a small puncture, authorities say, but was not taken to the hospital.

Anyone with information in regards to this incident is asked to call Crime stoppers at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477).  The public can also submit their tips by logging onto the Crime stoppers website at WWW.NYPDCRIMESTOPPERS.COM or by texting their tips to 274637 (CRIMES) then enter TIP577.

Sunnyside Shines Holiday Passport


Sunnyside Shines wants you to shop local this holiday season.

The business improvement district (BID) organization has mailed out these passports out to 23,000 local residents. Featuring 19 neighborhood businesses, shoppers are encouraged to visit the stores, purchase the deals and get their passport stamped each time.

Shoppers who collect three stamps can return their passports to participating businesses and be entered for chance to win cash prizes totaling $500.

“We are serious about supporting our local retailers for the holidays,” said Rachel Thieme, executive director of Sunnyside Shines. “We hope the Sunnyside Passport provides lots of incentives to shop locally this year.”

Shoppers are encouraged to post their deals on social media using #SunnysidePassport. Locals have until December 23rd to visit the 19 businesses and get their passports stamped.

Nolan to host mobile office hours in Sunnyside

Assemblywoman Cathy Nolan, left, and Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer, right

Assemblywoman Cathy Nolan will be hosting mobile office hours at Sunnyside Library next week.

She will be there on Tuesday, November 15th from 1 to 4 p.m. Sunnyside Library is located at 43-06 Greenpoint Avenue.

“If you have any issues, concerns or need help navigating through city and state agencies, please feel free to stop by,” Nolan said. “My staff and I are here to help.”

For any questions, contact Nolan’s office at 718-784-3194.

‘The History of Salsa’ returns tonight

Thalia Theatre
Thalia Theatre

From Cuba to Colombia, the entire family can enjoy the exploration of salsa styles and history. Beginning tonight and running on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays until December 11, ‘The History of Salsa’ will combine intoxicating rhythm and mesmerizing moves while history lessons of salsa are on display.

Artistic directors Jhonathan Ramos and Vivian Reyes will bring the high-energy show to life. The show will also feature the award winning Colombian dance company Cali Salsa Pal’ Mundo.

Tickets are $40, students and seniors are $37 and social group rates are available. Tickets can be purchase online at, by phone (718-729-3880) and at the theater’s box office prior to the date of the show.

Friday and Saturday shows occur at 8 p.m. while Sunday shows are at 4 p.m.

Van Bramer announces $2.8 million for district schools

Councilman Van Bramer joins Aviation High School Principal Steven Jackson and student body leaders Ramanpreet Singh and Nicholas Maya to check out a plane used in their classes.

Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer announced on Tuesday that his district schools would receive $2.8 million in capital funding for Fiscal Year 2017.

The 26th Council District features 13 high schools, including Aviation High School, where he made the announcement.

According to the councilman, the money will be used for technology and facilities upgrades, construction of new playgrounds, purchase of smart boards and laptops and the installation of air conditioning systems.

“The most important thing we can do is make sure our children have the tools they need to learn,” Van Bramer said. “With these funds, our schools can make the necessary investments in our children’s education.

The councilman said since taking office in 2009, he has allocated nearly $8.5 million for public schools within his district.

Aviation High School, one of the recipients, received $50,000 for tech upgrades this year. That goes a long way for its students, many of whom complete both vocational and academic programs and eventually become aircraft maintenance technicians.

An estimated 12 percent of airplane technicians in the U.S. are graduates of the Long Island City-based school, Van Bramer said.

Councilman Van Bramer and Aviation High School Principal Steven Jackson examine a new smart board.
Councilman Van Bramer and Aviation High School Principal Steven Jackson examine a new smart board.

St. Sebastian to honor heroes of 1916 Rising


The Parish of St. Sebastian in Woodside is hosting an event Friday night to honor the heroes of the 1916 Rising.

Often called Easter Rising or Easter Rebellion, the armed insurrection by the Irish people led to the end of British rule in Ireland and established an independent republic.

The centennial celebration is a concert, featuring a newly composed suite by Dr. Charlie Lennon, performed by Lennon, Cathie Ryan and members of the New York String Quartet.

The event will take place this Friday, October 28th, starting at 7:30 p.m.

Tickets are $20 for general public and $10 for seniors and students.

For more information, contact Fiona Smyth at 631-796-7217.

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