Sunnyside Restaurant Week begins October 1


It’s finally here!

The 5th annual Sunnyside Restaurant Week, organized by Sunnyside Shines BID, is taking place from October 1st to October 7th.

Nearly 30 restaurants throughout the neighborhood are expected to participate in the event, which features great deals at local eateries.

Each participating restaurant will serve a three-course dinner menu for $25. Some establishments will offer an additional lunch special, while others will offer the $25 dinner menu for two people.

Menus for each participating restaurant will be posted online and updated at

Given Sunnyside’s diverse population, there’s no doubt the selection will include cuisines from Italy, Japan, Peru, Mexico, Ireland, Colombia, Tibet and France.

This year’s Sunnyside Restaurant Week encourages diners to eat out multiple times during the week. Each time you order a Restaurant Week deal, you will receive a sticker for your Restaurant Week card.

Customers with three stickers can return their card to any participating restaurant and be entered to win dinner for four at a participating restaurant with a $250 gift certificate.

Cards are available at all participating restaurants and will be distributed throughout the neighborhood.

“Sunnyside Restaurant Week is a great opportunity for everyone,” said Jaime-Faye Bean, executive director of Sunnyside Shines. “It makes for a great date night for ur local residents, but we also want New Yorkers from outside the neighborhood and even visitors to the city to come discover one of the city’s best neighborhoods while having a delicious and memorable meal.”

Woodside Library among finalists for citywide award

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Next month, five leading library branches will take home $20,000 as part of the NYC Neighborhood Library Awards, otherwise known as the “Oscars of Libraries.”

Unsurprisingly, Woodside Library is among the finalists this year.

The fourth annual celebration will take place on Monday, October 2nd at Hearst Tower, located at 300 West 57th Street in Midtown Manhattan.

The ceremony begins at 6:30 p.m.


Elementary to shoot in Sunnyside this week


We found this sign posted at the corner of 47th Street and 48th Avenue in Sunnyside.

It appears the CBS show “Elementary” is shooting on these streets on Thursday starting at 6 a.m.

Of course, “Elementary” is one of the shows that has a set down in Long Island City and regularly films throughout the city, especially Queens.

But if you’re around at 6 a.m. on Thursday, you might want to check it out (and make sure you don’t park there!)

Emergency Preparedness and Prevention event at Sunnyside Library


Queens Library at Sunnyside is teaming up with NYC Health + Hospitals/Elmhurst for a free event about emergency preparedness and prevention.

Residents are invited to learn about strategies every household should be aware of, such as how to prepare a “go bag” in the event of a weather or disaster-related emergency.

Dr. Stuart Kessler, chief of emergency medicine, will also lead a discussion on common household accidents and injuries.

The event takes place tonight at 6:30 p.m.

Education officials announce new sepsis prevention curriculum materials

From left to right: Regent Judith Chin, Orlaith Staunton, PS 150 Principal Carmen Parache, Ciaran Staunton, Education Commissioner MaryEllen Elia, Assemblywoman Cathy Nolan, NYS Chancellor Betty Rosa.

State education officials joined Assemblywoman Cathy Nolan and the Rory Staunton Foundation for Sepsis Prevention last week at PS 150 to announce that sample K-12 grade curriculum on sepsis prevention is now available for educators.

Sepsis is an extreme response to infection, and is one of the leading causes of death in the U.S. Officials say it claims more American lives than AIDS, breast and prostate cancers and stroke combined.

“We are providing schools with tools to teach our children about the dangers of sepsis and how they can prevent it,” said Board of Regents Chancellor Betty Rosa. “This curriculum provides guidance for health teachers to engage students on this important topic. Sepsis prevention education can truly save lives.”

State Education Department Commissioner MaryEllen Elia said Sepsis is responsible for hundreds of thousands of deaths each year, and it can be easily prevented.

“It is so important that our young people learn at an early age how to protect themselves from this often-deadly disease,” Elia said. “I urge our educators across the state to use this Sepsis prevention curriculum as a guide to talk to children about the dangers of Sepsis.

Ciaran and Orlaith Staunton started the Rory Staunton Foundation for Sepsis Prevention after their son died from Sepsis in April 2012. When Rory got a cut from a fall in school, a deadly toxin entered his body, the family says, leading to his death.

“Rory lives in our hearts every day and we are very proud of the many lives that have been saved in his name,” the Staunton family said.

Woodside honors 9/11 heroes


Woodside veterans turned out on September 11 to remember those who lost their lives 16 years ago.

The event featured singing, music, a candlelight ceremony and flowers for each of the 34 Woodsiders who died on that day.

“This community is always remembering,” said Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer. “We’re grateful to every single person who has worn the uniform and all those serving right now.”

Organics brown bins coming to Sunnyside, Woodside in October

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The Department of Sanitation (DSNY) is expanding its curbside organics collection service to include parts of Queens, Bronx and Brooklyn this fall.

In October, residents of Long Island City, Sunnyside and Woodside should expect to receive their “brown bins.” DSNY will begin collecting organics starting the week of October 30.

DSNY will collect it once per week on Recycling Day.

Residents are asked to leave their food scraps and yard waste inside the brown bins for recycling. Organics also includes soiled papers like towels and napkins.

The collected material is taken to regional facilities, where it’s turned into compost. It’s then taken to greening groups, urban farmers, community gardens and street tree stewards.

To read more about the NYC Organics collection program, see here.

Pols tour new school buildings


Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer, Assemblyman Brian Barnwell and Community Board 2 Chair Denise Keehan-Smith toured new facilities at PS 11 in Woodside and PS 125 in Sunnyside last week.

The new buildings are set to open for the start of the 2017-2018 school year.

The 350-seat, $92 million PS 11 annex in Woodside and the $84 million annex to PS 125 in Sunnyside replaced old facilities. They will now include brand new classrooms, technology, libraries, dace studios and cafeterias.

“Together, these projects bring nearly 1,000 new seats to alleviate overcrowding and represent a nearly $200 million investment in our children, which is an investment in the future of our community,” Van Bramer said.


9/11 Commemoration at Doughboy Park


The Doughboy Park Patriots and Woodside on the Move are hosting its annual 9/11 Day of Remembrance.

This is the seventh year they will honor the fallen in Woodside.

“It will be a night of healing and music,” an organizer says. Veterans, public officials, the 108th Precinct, Ladder 163 and Rescue 4 are all expected to attend.

The service begins at 5:30 p.m.

Sunnyside student named Presidential Scholar in the Arts


Sunnyside resident Aaron Greenberg was selected as a 2017 U.S. Presidential Scholar.

Greenberg is one of 161 high school seniors who demonstrated outstanding academic achievement, artistic excellence, leadership, citizenship, service and contribution to school and community.

Presidential Scholars were honored in Washington, D.C. in June. The 20 Scholars in Arts performed at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. Greenberg performed “Nigel’s Lament” from the Broadway play “Something Rotten!”

“I commend Aaron’s hard work, celebrate his talent, and look forward to seeing him excel in the future,” said Congressman Joe Crowley. “To be selected as a U.S. Presidential Scholar is a prestigious honor. It is a distinct honor to see a student from Queens be celebrated so early on in his career.”

Greenberg graduated this year from LaGuardia High School. He performed in plays like “Les Miserables,” “Beauty and the Beast” and “Gypsy.”

The Sunnyside resident will begin training to be a professional actor at Purchase College’s Conservatory of Theater Arts.