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.
We found several trees taken down by yesterday’s snowstorm on 43rd Avenue, 48th Street and 47th Street in Sunnyside/Woodside.
The snowstorm sure was dangerous, and we suspect the city wasn’t properly ready for the storm.
Either way, here’s what we found this morning:
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.
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.
Want to know what to do with your pumpkins after Halloween?
The NYC Compost Project and GrowNYC are hosting Pumpkin Smash 2018 this Saturday at Lou Lodati Park from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Bring your pumpkins, jack-o-lanterns and gourds to smash them!
They will be turned into compost, which will then help revitalize the soil in our New York City parks.
The Sunnyside Shorts International Film Festival is taking place this Saturday, November 3.
According to festival organizers, their hope is that in the making and viewing of these works of art, bridges can be built across the span of cultures.
Films by and for teens begin at 1pm with a free entrance and refreshments. Films by and for adults from around the world starts at 7 p.m.
Tickets range from $12 to $15. Learn more about the festival, and purchase tickets, at www.sunnysideshorts.com.
Watch Sunnyside light up for the holidays on Tuesday, November 20.
At 40th Street and Queens Boulevard, next to Dazies Restaurant, Sunnyside Shines will put on a holiday lighting ceremony, a tradition in the neighborhood.
There will be hot chocolate and cake, music, dancing and even a visit from Santa!
Here’s our coverage from last year’s holiday lighting ceremony.
For more information, email email@example.com or call 718-606-1800.
The cold weather is back and that can only mean one thing – the holiday season is coming!
Here in Sunnyside, we spotted holiday lights on Greenpoint Avenue and 47th Street.
It’s not even Halloween yet, and we still have Thanksgiving!
But it’s never too early for holiday lights, which brightens the entire neighborhood in the winter darkness.
We can’t wait to see the lights shine bright in the nighttime.
The Department of Transportation is collecting input and feedback on how to best improve Northern Boulevard.
The thoroughfare that crosses though Queens has been under heavy scrutiny after four traffic fatalities this year, and six last year.
Tonight, DOT will host a safety improvement workshop at PS 151 on the border of Astoria and Woodside. The workshop runs from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
Facilitators will be on hand to guide discussions on street safety concerns, design solutions and other ways to enhance safety.
The input will be gathered before the DOT makes a proposal to redesign the corridor.
Give your thoughts on how to best improve Northern Boulevard!
Continuing an annual tradition, Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer honored local Hispanic and Latinx leaders at the 9th annual leadership awards.
More than 150 people attended the celebration at Thalia Spanish Theater earlier this week.
State Senator-elect Jessica Ramos was given the Distinguished Public Service Award.
Here are the other honorees:
- Janice Quiles-Reyes, PS 150 Parent Coordinator
- Janneth Calle, Girl Scout Troop 4079 Co-Leader
- Eleazar Rubi, Girl Scout Troop 4079 Co-Leader
- Oscar Escobar, LGBTQ Activist and Founding Member of Out Rockaway
- Nora Gomez-Strauss, Director of Digital at Public Art Fund
- Ruben Ramales, Managing Director at American Institute of Architects Queens
- Adolfo Steve Vazquez, Founder of Queenscapes
- Claudia Corcino, Founder of Ciclistas Latinoamericanos de New York
- Felix Figueroa, Shop Steward at Local 32BJ SEIU