Sunnyside Shines to honor Van Bramer at Citi Field

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Sunnyside Shines was formed a decade ago, and for nine of those 10 years, a local councilman has supported the organization’s revitalization efforts.

Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer has funded many of Sunnyside Shines’ programs, including renovations to the Sunnyside Arch. He has been supportive of initiatives like holiday lightings, small business marketing events and creating public plazas at 40th and 46th streets.

That’s why Sunnyside Shines will honor the councilman at a New York Mets game at Citi field on July 11.

Van Bramer will receive the honor before home plate before the first pitch is tossed on that summer day. It’ll be doubly special for Van Bramer, who is a diehard Mets fan.

Prior to the game, Van Bramer and Sunnyside Shines are hosting a happy hour in Sunnyside before taking the train to Citi Field.

Those interested in joining can buy tickets here.

Free SNAP application assistance in Sunnyside/Woodside


Two community organizations in the Sunnyside/Woodside area are teaming up to help residents apply for SNAP.

Sunnyside Community Services and Woodside on the Move are offering free application assistance to SNAP, otherwise known as food stamps.

If you are unemployed, employed, an immigrant, 65 years or older or living with a disability, you may be eligible. The average monthly benefit for a family is $250.

For more information, email or call 718-784-6173 ext. 528.

Woodside on the Move’s Maritza Munoz honored as Woman of Distinction


Woodside on the Move’s director of housing services Maritza Munoz was chosen as a 2018 New York State Senate Woman of Distinction.

She was selected for the award by State Senator Michael Gianaris.

“I have spent my career working to make the lives of my neighbors better, from the students I taught to my neighbors in Woodside,” Munoz said. “Our community has so much potential, and when good people work together, we can unleash the power of our neighborhoods.”

Munoz has served as director of housing services since 2008, where she leads the affordable housing portfolio. She helped launch a housing legal clinic, establish a walk-in legal counseling program and leads Know Your Rights workshops.

An alumna of the University of Guayaquil-Ecuador, Munoz previously worked as a teacher of all grades.

Munoz will head to Albany on May 1 to be recognized for her achievement.

Taste of Sunnyside tickets now on sale

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Get your ticket before they’re all sold out!

Tickets are now on sale for the 2018 Taste of Sunnyside, a scrumptious, diverse and all-around amazing culinary event that promotes local restaurants.

This year, the festival-like event will take place in the parking lot of the P.C. Richard at 50-02 Queens Boulevard (in previous years, it was at Bliss Plaza) on Tuesday, May 22.

Get your tickets online at

Want to beat the crowd? Purchase a VIP ticket for $70, and enter at 5:30 p.m. before anyone else gets there.

General admission price at 6:30 p.m. is $40.

Just to give you a sense of who will participate at Taste of Sunnyside, take a look at this list here:

  • 43 Bar and Grill (Irish American Pub)
  • Arriba Arriba (Mexican)
  • Bliss 46 Bistro (French)
  • Bliss Street Creamery (Ice Cream)
  • Corazon de Mexico (Mexican)
  • Cumbia y Sabor (Colombian)
  • Dazies Restaurant (Italian)
  • De Mole (Mexican)
  • I Love Paraguay (Paraguayan)
  • Jack’s Fire Department (American Pub)
  • La Vienesa Bakery (Colombian Bakery)
  • Lama Teas, Los Verdes (Colombian street eats)
  • Mangal Kebab (Turkish)
  • New York Style Eats (Diner)
  • Ottomanelli Burgers and Belgian Fries (Burgers)
  • Senso Unico (Modern Italian)
  • Sidetracks (Pub)
  • Sotto le Stelle (Neopolitan Pizza)
  • Tito Rad’s Grill (Filipino)
  • The Lowery Bar and Kitchen (Gastropub)

And that’s not including all the local beverages!

See more photos of the food showcased at last year’s Taste of Sunnyside here.

Synnyside Shines to host ‘City Resources for Small Businesses’ Workshop

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Join Sunnyside Shines, the BID in Sunnyside, for an informational workshop with NYC Department of Small Business Services. Presenters will speak about the array of business resources and services offered by the agency and how you can help equip your constituents with them. There will also be a deep dive into SBS’ new business portal.

The workshop will be held on Wednesday, April 25th for community leaders and non-profit organizations, to instruct on how they can assist local businesses, entrepreneurs and community members to access free programs and services. The workshop will be held at the Sunnyside Business Improvement District (BID) office (4556 43rd St, Sunnyside, NY 11104).

Join the event to learn about:
· Free resources for businesses ranging from courses to legal services
· Funding options to help entrepreneurs launch or grow a business
· Free on-site compliance consultations
· Learn about the new updates to our online portal

To RSVP, register at….

For more information, contact Lunch will be served.

Spring Open House with Council Member Jimmy Van Bramer

New York City Council Member Jimmy Van Bramer invites you to his 9th Annual Spring Open House!

The following women will be honored for their achievements:

  • Erin Boyle Acosta, Community & Family Engagement Coordinator, Growing up Green Charter Schools
  • Kayla Almanzar, Case Manager for Immigrant Services Program, Jacob Riis Neighborhood Settlement
  • Genevieve Bernier, Co-President, PS/IS 78Q PTA
  • Bree Chambers, Co-President, PS/IS 78Q PTA
  • Leandra Requena, Community Activist

    Student leaders from the Academy of American Studies and Bard High School will also be recognized for their anti-gun violence efforts.

Enter the Scrabble tournament this Saturday

ScrabbleADDThe Jackson Heights Beautification Group is hosting its Scrabble Tournament this Saturday, April 14 at the Community Church (64-14 Woodside Avenue).

The tournament will commemorate the 80th anniversary of Scrabble, which was created in Jackson Heights.

The event is open to teenagers ages 10-17 and adults, the two groups that will compete.

Places are limited, and seats must be reserved.

Register by emailing Jessica Ramos at

For more information, visit their site here.

Students giving out free donuts and coffee at Bliss Plaza


If you’re passing by Bliss Plaza at 46th Street and Queens Boulevard today, make sure you stop by and grab a free donut and coffee.

Students from North Carolina are visiting a Sunnyside church and as part of their visit, they are doing good acts like giving out a free pick-me-up.

It’s just what you need to get you through this dreary spring day.

Stop by and say hello, and grab a quick bite while you’re at it!

Ocasio2018 Sunnyside PM Rush Hour Petitioning Event


Today, April 5th, at 5:30pm there will be a petitioning event to get Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez on the ballot for US Congress.

Ocasio-Cortez is fighting for the following:

• Tuition-free public college and trade school

• Medicare for All with no out-of-pocket costs for anyone

• A just and sustainable recovery for Puerto Rico including full debt forgiveness

• A 100% renewable energy economy and reducing pollution to protect our children’s health

• A country where we no longer hold the world’s largest prison population

• Family leave and childcare support to help working families get by

Representatives will be collecting signatures under the 7 train at the 46th Street/Bliss Street Station.

Katz appoints new (and returning) CB2 members

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It’s that time of the year again!

Borough President Melinda Katz has announced the new and returning community board members for Long Island City, Sunnyside and Woodside.

To be exact, 331 people will serve two-year terms on 14 community boards throughout Queens. Of the 331 appointees, 62 are first-timers.

The term began on April 1.

Community boards play an advisory role in land use and zoning matters, and review issues like parks, infrastructure and safety.

Here are the members who were appointed by Katz at Community Board 2:

  • Thalia Batan
  • Sandra Bigitschke
  • Osman Chowdhury
  • Stephen Cooper
  • Lisa Ann Deller
  • Stacey Eliuk
  • Ira Greenberg
  • Kenneth Greenberg
  • Ellen Kang
  • Denise Keehan-Smith
  • Nancy Kleaver-Saltzstein
  • Marie Konecko
  • Jordan Levine
  • Sheila Lewandowski
  • Dominick Lippolis
  • Elizabeth McKenna
  • Taina McShane
  • Thomas Mituzas
  • Clara Oza
  • Steven Raga
  • Norberto Saldana
  • Regina Shanley
  • Michael Son
  • Lauren Springer
  • Karolina Tosi
  • Rebecca Trent
  • Santiago Vargas
  • Maia Magdelena Vielma