Holiday lights are up in Sunnyside


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.

Have thoughts on improving Northern Blvd? Attend a workshop


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!

Local Hispanic and Latinx community leaders honored


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

Outdoor holiday market comes to Bliss Plaza

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The holiday spirit – and vendors – are coming to Bliss Plaza.

Starting on Saturday, November 24, an outdoor holiday market is coming to the plaza under the 7 train at Queens Boulevard and 46th Street.

The market will be every Saturday and Sunday from noon to 6 p.m. until Sunday, December 16.

The pop-up includes 30 rotating vendors, including local businesses, entrepreneurs and craftspeople. They will be selling gift items such as 3D printed jewelry, fine ceramics and artisanal candles.

Sunnyside Shines BID is also offering a coupon book for savings to local shops in the neighborhood.

For two Saturdays, Sunnyside Shines is sponsoring a free trolley to take shoppers from Bliss Plaza to local stores as well.

Interested vendors can apply online here:

Look up more details on participating vendors here:

Meet your state senator-elect in Woodside

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Here’s your chance to meet State Senator-elect Jessica Ramos before she goes up to Albany.

Ramos is hosting several “visioning sessions” to hear from constituents on issues like immigration, transportation, public schools, housing and health care.

These sessions will also be a chance to voice your concerns.

Ramos will be at the Woodside Houses community room on Thursday, November 1, from 6 to 8 p.m.

If you can’t make that, here’s the info for other sessions:

  • October 18: Corona, PS 110
  • October 25: East Elmhurst, First Baptist Church
  • November 25: LeFrak City
  • November 12: Elmhurst
  • November 19: Astoria
  • November 26: Jackson Heights, The Jewish Center of Jackson Heights

Woodside native Greg Lasak is running for District Attorney

He’s running.

Woodside native Greg Lasak, who just left the bench of the Supreme Court of Queens County earlier this month, threw his hat into the ring for Queens District Attorney.

His announced his bid with this video, titled “Unequaled,” which cites his experience as a prosecutor, judge and champion of overturning wrongful convictions.

Lasak attended Queens College and New York Law School. He became an Assistant District Attorney and rose to become the chief of the Homicide Bureau and executive assistant for the Major Crimes Division.

In 2003, Lasak was elected to the Supreme Court of Queens and re-election in 2017, serving as the Deputy Administrative Judge.

Lasak reopened wrongful prosecution cases that led to two dozen exonerations.

He is campaigning on ending cash bail on low-level, non-violent offenses, and will decline to prosecute and divert where appropriate.

Lasak wants to also focus on strengthening relations between police and communities.

Learn more about the candidate with the video above.

Anti-immigrant signs linked to white supremacists

This disgusting sign was posted along Skillman Avenue. Van Bramer took it down and tore it up.
This disgusting sign was posted along Skillman Avenue. Van Bramer took it down and tore it up.

New York City is a sanctuary city, and is proud of its diverse immigrant community.

That’s why it’s harrowing to see signs like the one above posted along Skillman Avenue, right here in Sunnyside.

On Sunday, Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer found the signs posted at 35th Street and Skillman Avenue. He tore down the sign and ripped it up. You can see the video, which he posted on Twitter, below.

Earlier this morning, Van Bramer joined local immigration advocacy groups to denounce the signs and anti-immigrant actions in the neighborhood.

Van Bramer confirmed that the white supremacist group Vanguard America was responsible for creating the sign. Similar ones have been posted in Nebraska, Washington and Pennsylvania.

Khan’s Tutorial opening in Sunnyside


On Saturday, October 20 at 3 p.m., celebrate the grand opening of a new Khan’s Tutorial site at Queens Boulevard and 48th Street.

Khan’s Tutorial is a tutoring academy, founded in 1994 by Dr. Mansur Khan, that gives students high-quality instruction at low prices.

They cater to students’ needs, whether it’s taking the Specialized High School Admissions Test (SHSAT), the SATs, the ACT and more.

Other KT locations include Jackson Heights, Jamaica, Astoria, Ozone Park, Richmond Hill, Floral Park, Brooklyn and the Bronx.

For more information, call 718-938-9451.

Participatory budgeting neighborhood assembly schedule


Don’t miss out on your chance to pitch a neighborhood project that could be funded by the City Council!

Starting Thursday, September 20, at the Woodside Library, Councilman Van Bramer is hosting neighborhood assemblies for participatory budgeting.

If you can’t make it, five other assemblies will take place through October 11.

Each assembly will have a specific theme. September 24 will be education, September 26 is housing, October 2 is parks, October 3 is transportation, and October 11 is libraries.

This year, residents ages 11 and up can vote either in person or line.

Be sure to get your ideas on the ballot by participating in a neighborhood assembly.