Immigration-related consultations at Catholic Migration Services


As part of the borough president’s “Know Your Rights Week: Immigrants,” Queens Migration Services is hosting one-on-one consultations for those in removal proceedings or seeking asylum in their Sunnyside office.

From 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Friday, June 29, attorneys will be on hand to speak to those who fall under each category. Catholic Migration Services is located at 47-01 Queens Boulevard in room 203.


Come with questions and documents regarding your individual situation. Attorneys will provide free and safe services for all.

Schedule an appointment in advance at 347-472-3500.

Later that Thursday, from 4 to 9 p.m., legal and social services organizations are hosting an Immigration Resource Fair at Queens Center Mall. Stop by for assistance there as well.

World Beer Cup at Maggie Mae’s


The World Cup is finally back, and what better place to celebrate than at Maggie Mae’s?

They’re having a “Beer Olympics” competition: $10 per player with teams up to four people. Individual competitors are also welcomed.

The event will go down on Saturday, June 23rd from 3 to 6 p.m.

To sign up, email

Firefly opens in Sunnyside


Firefly, a cafe bistro focused on Southern European and Latin American dishes, recently opened in Sunnyside.
The eatery is located at 45-12 43rd Ave. and is headed by chef Vanessa Ceballos. Ceballos got her culinary start in her home country of Venezuela and eventually worked as Jacups Coffee Bistro in Maspeth before being inspired to open the European-style bistro in Sunnyside.
The eatery features brunch items as well as sandwiches, salads, pasta, tapas and pizza options. You can see more of the menu on Firefly’s website.

Last call for Sunnyside Day at Citi Field

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Last chance to get your tickets for Sunnyside Shines Day at Citi Field!

On Wednesday, July 11, Sunnyside Shines will be the “Non Profit of the Game” for the Mets vs. Phillies game.

The BID is organizing a community outing, complete with prizes and giveaways for attendees. The group will even appear on the Citi Field Jumbotron!

There’s only a week left to purchase tickets; the deadline is 5:10 p.m. on Monday, June 11.

Tickets are $40, which includes admissions to the game, a free drink and 10% off all night at McFadden’s Citi Field.

Get your tickets here.

Queens Boulevard retail building sold

Screen shot via Google Maps
Screen shot via Google Maps

Real estate firm Cushman & Wakefield announced that they have arranged the sale of 43-10/24 Queens Boulevard for $9.9 million.

The 8,521-square-foot, single-story retail building in Sunnyside runs on Queens Boulevard from 43rd to 44th streets, just blocks from the 46th Street stop on the 7 line.

The property features 95 feet of retail frontage, and is currently comprised of eight retail tenants, including a pharmacy, Peruvian restaurant, Nepalese and Indian restaurant, a bagel shop and a hardware store.

According to Cushman & Wakefield, the majority of the stores have short-term leases and/or demolition clauses. The property could offer 43,700 square feet of “prime mixed-use development,” the firm says.

“The buyer acquired an exceptional opportunity to benefit from existing cash flow along with the potential for future redevelopment,” says Tom Donovan of Cushman & Wakefield. “They recognized that Sunnyside is a great investment as the success of Long Island City has been spilling over into the neighborhood.”

So what does this mean for the future of retail in Sunnyside? Is the neighborhood set for development the way LIC has been built up?

Let us know your thoughts in the comments below.

Gianaris considering running for attorney general


UPDATE: On Thursday afternoon, State Senator Gianaris told a reporter that he would not run for attorney general. Instead, he will throw his support behind Public Advocate Letitia James, who is now seen as the frontrunner for the Democratic nomination.


With the creep Eric Schneiderman booted from the New York Attorney General’s office, the race for his replacement has begun.

Dozens of politicians have hinted at running in the primary in September. Interim AG Barbara Underwood will be at the helm until the voters choose a successor.

Names like Public Advocate Tish James, former gubernatorial candidate Zephyr Teachout and even former U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara have all indicated interest.

How about a name from Queens?

State Senator Michael Gianaris, long rumored to have coveted the job, issued the following statement last week:

“I am grateful to the many leaders who are encouraging me to run for Attorney General and intend to give serious consideration to doing so. In the coming days and weeks, I will continue speaking with my supporters and other interested New Yorkers as I decide whether to seek election to the Attorney General’s office this year. This is a critical time in New York and a decision that deserves careful thought. As a result, I will not be participating in the expedited legislative selection process next week.”

The senator is referring to the rule that the State Legislature, controlled by Democrats, will select an interim AG before the election. Many interested candidates like Gianaris have opted not to submit a resume for the interim slot; instead, they intend to run in the primary.

As you know, Gianaris served as deputy leader of the Senate Democrats until the IDC-Mainline Democrats reunification. He still heads the New York Democratic Senate Campaign Committee, which works to elect Democrats to the State Senate.

Gianaris was elected to the State Senate in 2010 after serving 10 years in the Assembly. Before that, he was an aide to Congressman Thomas Manton, a Queens regional rep for Governor Mario Cuomo and a counsel to the speaker of the Assembly.

A graduate of NYC public schools, Gianaris graduated from Fordham University, and later received his law degree from Harvard Law School. He practiced law as a litigator in private practice.

What do you think? Would Gianaris make a good attorney general for the state of New York? Let us know in the comments below.

Sunnyside Shines to honor Van Bramer at Citi Field

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Sunnyside Shines was formed a decade ago, and for nine of those 10 years, a local councilman has supported the organization’s revitalization efforts.

Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer has funded many of Sunnyside Shines’ programs, including renovations to the Sunnyside Arch. He has been supportive of initiatives like holiday lightings, small business marketing events and creating public plazas at 40th and 46th streets.

That’s why Sunnyside Shines will honor the councilman at a New York Mets game at Citi field on July 11.

Van Bramer will receive the honor before home plate before the first pitch is tossed on that summer day. It’ll be doubly special for Van Bramer, who is a diehard Mets fan.

Prior to the game, Van Bramer and Sunnyside Shines are hosting a happy hour in Sunnyside before taking the train to Citi Field.

Those interested in joining can buy tickets here.

Free SNAP application assistance in Sunnyside/Woodside


Two community organizations in the Sunnyside/Woodside area are teaming up to help residents apply for SNAP.

Sunnyside Community Services and Woodside on the Move are offering free application assistance to SNAP, otherwise known as food stamps.

If you are unemployed, employed, an immigrant, 65 years or older or living with a disability, you may be eligible. The average monthly benefit for a family is $250.

For more information, email or call 718-784-6173 ext. 528.

Woodside on the Move’s Maritza Munoz honored as Woman of Distinction


Woodside on the Move’s director of housing services Maritza Munoz was chosen as a 2018 New York State Senate Woman of Distinction.

She was selected for the award by State Senator Michael Gianaris.

“I have spent my career working to make the lives of my neighbors better, from the students I taught to my neighbors in Woodside,” Munoz said. “Our community has so much potential, and when good people work together, we can unleash the power of our neighborhoods.”

Munoz has served as director of housing services since 2008, where she leads the affordable housing portfolio. She helped launch a housing legal clinic, establish a walk-in legal counseling program and leads Know Your Rights workshops.

An alumna of the University of Guayaquil-Ecuador, Munoz previously worked as a teacher of all grades.

Munoz will head to Albany on May 1 to be recognized for her achievement.