This dangerous Woodside intersection will get a traffic signal

Screen shot via Google Maps
Screen shot via Google Maps

The intersection of 32nd Avenue and 61st Street in Woodside has been a dangerous one to cars, bikes and pedestrians.

Since 2009, there have been 22 injuries at that spot, according to city data. In the last three years, there were 16 injuries.

For years, elected officials asked the city to install a traffic light, especially because it’s near Corpus Christi Church and the Academy of the City Charter School.

Earlier this year, the Department of Transportation finally conducted a study, and will install the light by September 30, pols say.

That’s a big win for the community, the students, and even the drivers of this part of town.

“A Better World” Festival on Bliss Plaza Saturday, August 18th Brings Focus to ‘KIDS’ Power

The free event, running noon until 5 in the Bliss Plaza, (Queens Blvd. @ 46 Street) on Saturday brings together neighborhood residents and merchants,
nonprofits, and well-known speakers and performers for a unique celebration of idealism and engagement. 13 year-old Queens native Ellis Rubin, who earned critical raves as young P.T. Barnum in the 2017 film The Greatest Showman will emcee the even. She is part of the LOVE HALLIE Foundation.

The event will feature dramatic readings by youth activists, and will also include a special performance of Hallie Geier’s writings by best friends Barbara Feldon and Buddy Mantia. Feldon created the role of Agent 99 in the 1960s television series Get Smart, and Mantia is best known for his numerous TV appearances and performances with the comedy ensemble The Untouchables.

Children at the event will be given the opportunity to sing, dance, read and more.

“The spirit of Sunnyside is the kind of attitude that can create a better future — uniting people of all ages and backgrounds who care about their neighbors, their country, and the world,” said Jaime-Faye Bean, Executive Director of Sunnyside Shines (www.sunnysideshines.org), which is presenting the Festival with LOVE, HALLIE.

The inspiration for A Better World is Hallie Geier, a prolific writer and youth activist who lived in Sunnyside during her eleven years of life. Her favorite themes were the value of kindness, empathy, and positive action. Her family established the Love, Hallie Foundation (www.lovehallie.org) and Hallie’s Angels to spread Hallie's message and encourage young people to engage with causes they care about.

The Earth, a book written by Hallie at age 6 with illustrations by Casey Conselmo, will be released at the Festival. “Hallie felt that she could make a difference. She always wanted to do something special,” said her father Ted Geier.

Police seeking info on a residential burglary

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Officers from the 108th Precinct are looking for possibly one or two men who are connected to a residential burglary in Sunnyside.

On June 30, at approximately 5:15 p.m., the perps broke into a residence at 48-10 45th Street through a side bathroom window where they stole a number of items from an elderly man. The police and the man are asking for any assistance in finding the men.

Anyone with information in regards to this incident is asked to call the NYPD’s Crime Stoppers Hotline at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477) or for Spanish, 1-888-57-PISTA (74782). The public can also submit their tips by logging onto the Crime stoppers website at WWW.NYPDCRIMESTOPPERS.COM or by texting their tips to 274637 (CRIMES) then enter TIP577.

Enroll in free classes for adults

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School isn’t just for kids.

The NYC Department of Education is taking applications for free adult classes beginning August 27.

Classes offered include English for all languages, computer courses and basic education classes.

Programs are offered for both the morning and the evening.

The Queens Adult Learning Center is located at 27-35 Jackson Avenue in the third floor in Long Island City.

Classes are also offered in Astoria, Sunnyside, Jackson Heights, Corona, Elmhurst, Ridgewood and Fresh Meadows.

Bix Beiderbecke Memorial Jazz Concert comes back to Bliss Plaza

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Returning for its 18th year at Bliss Plaza, the Bix Beiderbecke Memorial Jazz Concert is set for August 7 from 4 to 9 p.m.

The concert is a 1920s-themed celebration of the life and work of Bix Beiderbecke, a well-regarded cornet-player who lived his last days in Sunnyside.

Local jazz performers Cait and the Critters will play from to 5 to 7 p.m., followed by tribute band the Sunnyside Wolverines.

Swing Dance Astoria is also performing period dance and mini-lessons for the crowd.

“It’s a vibrant annual event that brings our community together in a spirit of neighborhood pride and fun,” says Jaime-Faye Bean, executive director of Sunnyside Shines, “and helps our very global community connect with the history of our home.”

Rally planned against Sunnyside/Woodside bike lanes

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A group of businesses, civic groups, parent-teacher associations and religious institutions are planning a big rally at the Sunnyside Arch on Wednesday evening against the mayor’s decision to implement protected bike lanes on Skillman and 43rd avenues.

The protest is the latest in a long saga of community opposition to the city’s plan, which would eliminate 116 parking spots, but add safety measures along the highly-used corridors.

If you recall, Community Board 2 and local elected officials all came out against the plan, but the mayor has the ability to override those decisions.

They hope to convince the mayor to reverse his decision before the protected bike lanes are implemented over the summer.

CEC 24 meeting tonight!

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PS 12 in Woodside. Screen shot via Google Maps

Attention Sunnyside and Woodside parents!

CEC 24 is hosting its July meeting tonight at PS 12 in Woodside, located at 42-00 72nd Street.

In addition to hearing from elected parent representatives and the local superintendent, the meeting will cover the budget for the school district and more.

This is the best way to stay informed about the ongoings on the local school district.

For any questions or concerns, contact CEC 24 at 718-361-3560 ext. 1092 or email CEC24@schools.nyc.gov.

New traffic signals by PS 11 in Woodside

Good news for Woodside parents!

The city has finally installed a traffic signal outside of PS 11 on Skillman Avenue.

That means the 1,000+ students who attend PS 11 will finally have additional safety measures when crossing the street.

The school building was renovated and expanded to meet the growing needs of the school community. Now students will have an easier time crossing the street to get to Woodside Library.

New Zipcar spots at Bliss Plaza parking lot

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For all the drivers out there, have you noticed that the city has reserved four spots at the Bliss Plaza parking lot underneath the 7 train for carshares?

It’s a sudden change that may surprise motorists in desperate need of parking in the area. As you know, these spots are precious because you can pay the meter for up to 4 hours at a time.

Walking by the signs, we already noticed at least one car with a ticket because of the new reserved signs.

What are your thoughts about these new spots? Will it make Sunnyside and Woodside harder to park?

Let us know in the comments below.