Laser hair removal spot to come to 47th Avenue

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This vacant storefront at the corner of 47th Avenue and 47th Street appears to finally have a tenant.

Sunnysiders will know this was a family-owned deli until the shop closed a few years ago.

Just today, workers were seen putting up the sign for Miss Laser, a laser hair removal spot.

The promises to give no razor bumps, no ingrown hairs and the ability to never shave again. The first deal is any three small areas for $99. Is that a bargain I hear?

The store hours are 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday to Friday, closed on Saturday, and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday.

Get a free consultation at 718-472-3000, or visit misslaserny.com.

Check out the Bliss Plaza Holiday Market this weekend

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Every Saturday and Sunday until December 16, Bliss Plaza will be host to a pop-up holiday market.

Done in collaboration with the Queens Night Market, the holiday market includes over 30 rotating vendors each day.

Items on sale include 3D-printed jewelry, fine ceramics, artisanal candles, handmade swaddlers and other gifts.

The market runs from noon to 6 p.m.

Find a full list of the vendors on the Sunnyside Shines website here.

Donate to the holiday food drive

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For the 9th year, Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer is hosting the annual holiday food drive to collect food for the hungry in our community.

Please donate non-perishable items including: canned meets, canned soup, canned veggies, canned or dried fruit, infant formula, peanut butter and other dried goods like pasta, rice and grains.

Drop them off at the following locations:

  • Van Bramer’s office: 47-01 Queens Blvd. #205
  • Court Square Library: 25-01 Jackson Ave.
  • Sunnyside Library: 43-06 Greenpoint Ave.
  • Broadway Library: 40-20 Broadway
  • LIC Library: 37-44 21st St.
  • Woodside Library: 54-22 Skillman Ave.

The drive will continue until December 19.

Sunnyside’s state senator is now the deputy majority leader

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Michael Gianaris is moving on up!

At the start of the next legislative session in Albany, Sunnyside’s state senator will have the title of deputy majority leader, the second-highest role in the chamber.

He will be the deputy behind Majority Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins.

His responsibilities include crafting policy in the State Senate and managing the legislative agenda on the floor.

We knew this would happen, given that Gianaris was deputy minority leader when the Democrats were in minority.

But now that they have taken over leadership of the chamber, Queens’s own will have a forceful voice in the state capital.

Crowley joins U.S. Semiquincentennial Commission

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He may be leaving Congress soon, but Joe Crowley has another important job to do.

The outgoing congressman announced that he was sworn into the United States Semiquincentennial Commission on November 16.

The commission is planning the observances and activities for the United States’ 250th anniversary of independence in 2026.

The swearing-in ceremony took place at Independence Hall in Philadelphia, where both the U.S. Declaration of Independence and the U.S. Constitution were adopted.

The commission will submit a plan to celebrate the 250th anniversary to the president to be approved.

The group is made up of 16 citizens, eight members of Congress and nine federal government officials.

PHOTOS: Sunnyside kicks off holiday season

The annual Sunnyside holiday lighting ceremony took place earlier this week to much fanfare.

Dozens of community members braved the cold (they were aided by hot chocolate from White Castle) to enjoy local dancing and musical performances.

After hearing a few words from local officials, Sunnyside Shines officially turned on the holiday lights on Queens Boulevard to everyone’s delight.

The event was capped off with a performance by the Sunnyside Youth Drum Corps.

See a recap of all that Sunnyside Shines is doing this holiday season here.

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Sunnyside artists crafts & art fair this weekend

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This Sunday, join over 35 artisans from Sunnyside, Woodside, LIC and Astoria at the 10th annual crafts fair at Queen of Angels Church.

See exhibitors from local artists such as:

  • Miniature oil paintings by Phyllis Brachman

  • Natural relics sculpture by Nancy Gesimondo

  • Mini scones called “heaven on earth” from Hazel Coombs

  • Fruit sculpture by Blanca Narvaez

  • Christmas ornaments by Tony Andrea

  • Hand carved wooden items by Michael Gurrado

  • Hand-painted upcycled purses from Cat Penfold

  • Textiles such as home linens, scarves, hats from Una Studdert, Ann Cofta

A free glass of wine will be given by Anthony Lodati from Lowery Wine & Liquors.

Vote YES, NO and NO on tomorrow’s NYC ballot proposals

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When you vote tomorrow, make sure to flip the ballot to decide on three ballot proposals that would alter the city charter.

These are important because they will determine the balance of power in New York City’s neighborhoods.

When you look at proposals two and three, we see them as a way for Mayor de Blasio to have more say over neighborhoods like Sunnyside and Woodside.

From homeless hotels to bike lanes and other local decisions, the mayor’s office already has utmost influence. To lessen the community’s voices is a red flag. That’s why we urge you to vote no on proposals two and three.

Here, we explain where we stand on the three proposals:

Ballot proposal #1: Campaign Finance Alterations
Why you should vote YES
By voting yes, and raising the amount of public matching funds for candidates, you are helping someone who is not financed by less than transparent, less than desirable interests run for office.

Ballot proposal #2: Civic Engagement Proposal
Why you should vote NO
Don’t let the mayor give his pals a bunch of vague titles on the appointed “civic engagement commission.” Instead, we should have more community participation instead of having the voices of the community ignored.

Ballot Proposal #3: Term limits on Community Boards
Why you should vote NO

If appointed community board members have to apply to the borough president, for renewal every two years, why would term limits make sense? Let’s not forget the importance of institutional memory on our community boards.

To read our full opinion, visit the Queens Ledger’s NYC Ballot Proposals Vote YES NO and NO piece.