Queensboro Dance Festival in Sunnyside Friday

Queensboro Dance Festival

The Queensboro Dance Festival is coming to Skillman Avenue and 41st Street in Sunnyside.

Dance into the summer solstice with performances, yoga sun salutations, mini dance workshops, and a silent disco at sundown!

Dance company line up:
Spaces of Fontana
Flamenco Latino
Cole Collective
Karla Florez

The event will run from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Torsney/Lou Lodati Playground, located at 41-15 Skillman Avenue.

PS 151 opens new schoolyard

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After decades without proper play space, the kids at PS 151 near the Boulevard Gardens apartment co-ops in Woodside finally have a full schoolyard.

The brand-new yard features different types of colorful jungle gyms, basketball courts, a turf field and so much more.

For 21 years, trailer classrooms for the special needs students at PS 255 sat in the yard. The trailers were not good for learning, and the lack of a schoolyard made recess a dull affair.

In fact, current Assemblyman Brian Barnwell, who reps Woodside, was a student at PS 151 when the trailers went in. He’s now in his 30s!

Faculty, staff, parents and especially children were thrilled by the yard opening last week.

For more reaction and information, check out the article in this week’s LIC/Astoria Journal newspaper.

 

Check out Sunnyside’s outdoor movie night

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Got any plans tomorrow night (Friday, June 14)? If not, you’re in luck. You can catch a free movie in Sunnyside!

At 7 p.m. in Noonan Park, there will be an outdoor screening of “The Muppets Take Manhattan.”

Here’s the movie’s plot: When Kermit the Frog and friends start a stage act, they decide to take the show from their college town to Broadway. However, once the Muppets wind up in New York City, they have difficulty finding financial support for the production, instead running into cheats like Murray Plotsky (Dabney Coleman). Unable to stage the show, the group splits up, and they all take different jobs around the country. Just as Kermit thinks he has finally found a backer, an accident gives him amnesia.

If you’d like to further explore the Muppets, head over to the Museum of the Moving Image to check out the permanent Jim Henson exhibit.

Noonan Park is located at 47th Ave & Greenpoint Ave, btwn 42nd & 43rd Streets, in Sunnyside.

Only In Queens Summer Festival on June 23

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Sheila E. will headline the free “Only In Queens” summer festival on Sunday, June 23 at Flushing Meadows-Corona Park.

The festival will be from 3 to 8 p.m. The Capital One City Parks Foundation SummerStage Concert will begin at 5 p.m.

The concert will also feature performances by soul artist Musiq Soulchild and reggae singer Kranium.

Other activities at the festival include a scavenger hunt, opportunities to meet NY1 anchors and reporters, exhibitions from the World’s Fair, international food vendors, and more.

Corner by St. Sebastian’s school finally gets all-way stop

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The corner of 57th Street and Woodside Avenue has been a dangerous spot for Woodside residents.

It was the site of a fatal incident last year, and at least a dozen people have been injured here over the past few years.

After a concerted push by community board leaders, elected officials and school administrators, the Department of Transportation has finally installed an all-way stop sign at the intersection.

As you know, this corner is not only near St. Sebastian’s Catholic Academy, but PS 11, Doughboy Park and other schools nearby. Cars often use 57th Street to cut through Woodside down from Queens Boulevard.

Thanks to advocacy from residents, this intersection will be a little safer for everyone to cross.

Winners of this year’s participatory budgeting

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Last Friday, Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer announced the winners of this year’s participatory budgeting process.

In total, six projects were funded for a total of $2.05 million.

Thousands of residents ages 11 and up voted for their favorite projects from March 30 to April 7.

Here are the winning projects:

  • Tech Upgrades for Schools ($400,000)
    • 3,484 votes
    • Laptop carts, computers, projectors and interactive boards for PS 112, PS 150, PS 166 and the Academy of American Studies
  • Tech Upgrades for Libraries ($450,000)
    • 2,278 votes
    • Queens Public Library branches at Woodside, Broadway, LIC, Sunnyside and Court Square will each receive $90,000 for technology upgrades
  • PS 150 Hydroponics Science Lab ($200,000)
    • 2,022 votes
    • STEM classroom where 100+ students will grow food and learn hands-on about nutrition, land use and sustainability
  • PS 112 Bathroom Renovations ($200,000)
    • 1,973 votes
    • Repairs, upgrades and efficiency enhancements to four bathrooms
  • Additional Bus Time Countdown Clocks ($200,000)
    • 1,561 votes
    • Provide groups that cannot rely on or utilize the subway system with on-time bus information

A bonus winner was announced:

  • Bathroom Upgrades at Ravenswood Community Center ($600,000)
    • Renovate bathrooms, which are currently in state of complete disrepair, and install energy saving improvements.

Sunnyside Family Fun Bike Ride scheduled for May 4th

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On Saturday, May 4, from noon to 1 p.m., the second “Sunnyside Family Bike Ride” will ride through Sunnyside and Woodside along the protected bike lanes on Skillman and 43rd avenues.

The event is free and open to the public. People of all cycling abilities are encouraged to attend.

All riders must bring a bike in good working order. Children under the age of 14 must wear a helmet.

The route will begin at Lou Lodati Playground, located at 41-15 Skillman Avenue, and will end at Sunnyside Greenmarket.

The second Sunnyside Family Bike Ride will honor the efforts of Dr. Rosamond Gianutsos, a CB2 member and lifelong street safety advocate, and Laura Shepard, chair of Transportation Alternatives’ Queens Committee.

Officers from the 108th Precinct will escort riders along this three-mile bike ride. Participants will pass by notable Sunnyside and Woodside parks such as Sunnyside Gardens Park and Windmuller Park, as well as PS 150 and PS 11.

The rain date is Saturday, May 11 with the same time, route and details.

Get your tickets now for Taste of Sunnyside

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Now is the time to get your tickets to the 2019 Taste of Sunnyside.

The annual food festival showcasing the neighborhood’s diverse cuisine, restaurants and beverage purveyors will take place on Tuesday, May 21 at the P.C. Richard’s parking lot at 50-02 Queens Boulevard.

The event will also feature an open air beer garden area, interactive arts activities, and even “Sunnyside Strong” t-shirts for VIP ticket holders.

VIP tickets holders ($75) will get to enter at 6 p.m. General admission ($40) begins at 7 p.m.

There are 34 participating restaurants, including:

  • 43 Bar and Grill (Irish American Pub)
  • Arriba Arriba (Mexican)
  • Bantry Bay Publick House (Irish pub)
  • Bliss 46 Bistro (French),
  • Cardamom Indian Cuisine (Indian)
  • Chakra Cafe (Turkish café favorites)
  • Corazon de Mexico (Mexican)
  • Cumbia y Sabor (Colombian)
  • Dazies Restaurant (Italian)
  • De Mole (Mexican)
  • Firefly Petite Café Bistro (Global Bistro)
  • Jack’s Fire Department (American Pub Favorites)
  • La Vienesa Bakery (Colombian Bakery)
  • Lion City Coffee (Singaporean style coffee and pastries)
  • Los Verdes (Colombian-style street eats)
  • Mangal Kebab (Turkish)
  • Ottomanelli Burgers and Belgian Fries (Gourmet Burgers)
  • Philomena’s (New York Style pizzas)
  • Rincon de Melania (Ecuadorian)
  • Sanger Hall (Burgers and Fries)
  • Senso Unico (Modern Italian)
  • SoleLuna (modern Italian)
  • The Skillman (new American)
  • Tito Rad’s Grill (Filipino).

The official after-party will take place at Maggie Mae’s Bar, located at 41-15 Queens Boulevard, at 9 p.m. Those with Taste of Sunnyside admissions bracelets will enjoy special drink specials.

To purchase your tickets, visit www.tasteofsunnyside.com.

Apply to be the next Queens Poet Laureate

Outgoing Queens Poet Laureate Maria Lisella
Outgoing Queens Poet Laureate Maria Lisella

From April 29 to May 31, Borough President Melinda Katz, along with Queens Public Library and Queens College, are accepting applications for the next Queens Poet Laureate.

What does the position do, you ask? According to Brough Hall, the poet laureate, an unpaid role, is “charged with promoting a love of poetry and literacy throughout the borough.”

Applicants must be published poets and residents of Queens. The winning candidate should be a “talented writer who can also demonstrate that she or he has a compelling vision for the role.”

Applications for the position will be available here starting April 29. The deadline is 5 p.m. on May 31.

To apply, submit a writing sample of up to 10 pages of your poetry, along with an essay of up to 500 words on why you want to be the next Queens Poet Laureate.

Applicants must also submit a one or two page resume focused on poetry-related work, along with public readings, grants, fellowships or awards.

Once selected, the poet laureate will serve for a three-year term.

Here are the past Queens Poet Laureates: Maria Lisella (2015-2018), Paolo Javier (2010-2014), Julio Marzan (2007-2010), Ishle Yi Park (2004-2007), Hal Sirowitz (2001-2004) and Stephen Stepanchev (1997-2001).

Former Queens Poet Laureate Paolo Javier
Former Queens Poet Laureate Paolo Javier