Sunnyside artists crafts & art fair this weekend


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.

Sunnyside Shorts International Film Festival this Saturday

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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

Sunnyside holiday lighting ceremony set for November 20

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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 or call 718-606-1800.

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