Join the Sunnyside bike lane litter clean-up this Saturday

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In an effort to clean up the litter on the bike lanes at Skillman and 43rd avenues, a group of volunteers is organizing an event on Saturday, February 2 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Volunteers will meet at Lou Lodati Playground, located at 41-15 Skillman Avenue, to kick off the clean-up.

According to the cyclists, stretches of the protected bike lane have been hit with trash, particularly near the rail yards.

Yellow vests will be donated by Transportation Alternatives. Cleaning supplies like gloves, trash bags, trash barrels, brooms, shovels and rakes are being donated by the Jackson Heights Beautification Group.

Afterward, enjoy hot chocolate, courtesy of the organizers of this event.

The Department of Sanitation will pick up the full trash bags at the intersection of Skillman and 43rd avenues, near 33rd Street, at about 1:30 p.m.

Travel advisory issued for tonight, Wednesday

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With a wintry mix of snow and rain expected in the next few days, the city is issuing a travel advisory for commuters.

Light snow is already coming down today, which will transition into rain in the afternoon.

The temperatures are expected to plummet Tuesday night, causing for a messy commute.

The cold could produce spots of black ice on the road.

“We advise New Yorkers to take mass transit where possible, exercise caution and allow for extra travel time,” said Emergency Management Commissioner Joe Esposito. “Frigid temperatures will also return. Stay indoors as much as possible. If you have to go outdoors, limit your time and bundle up.”

Temperatures are expected to go back to theĀ 40s by Sunday, and even 50 on Monday.

Showcase your work at the District 13 Art Gallery Initiative

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Are you an artist living in Corona, Jackson Heights, Elmhurst, East Elmhurst Woodside or Astoria?

If yes, then this is your chance to showcase your artwork for the district.

State Senator Jessica Ramos announced today her District 13 Art Gallery initiative, which invites constituents to submit pieces to be shown in Ramos’s district office for a two-week rotation.

“District 13 is the most diverse district in the country,” Ramos says. “The walls of our community office should be filled with our culture and perspectives.”

Photos of the artwork must be sent by January 20 to artforstatesenatorjessicaramos@gmail.com.

Submit, along with the piece, your name, neighborhood and a short bio.

Participants will be announced on January 28 both by email and on Twitter.

Sunnyside Shines creates Business Community Disaster Program

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After the devastating fire that destroyed six Sunnyside businesses along Queens Boulevard in December, Sunnyside Shines is creating a new “Business Community Disaster Program.”

The program can be activated by the BID’s board of directors’ executive committee in response to events that significantly impact the businesses in the neighborhood.

The Sunnyside Shines Fire Relief Fund, which raised money to respond to the fire, is the program’s first activation.

As of December 27, the relief fund raised more than $150,000 to provide emergency short-term relief.

Queens LGBT activist passes away

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Queens has lost a longtime LGBT rights activist just before the new year.

Larry Lombardi, 83, passed away over the weekend in his own bed.

An active member of the Queens Center for Gay Seniors in Jackson Heights, Lombardi served as the treasurer for the Lesbian and Gay Democratic Club of Queens. He also helped organize the annual Queens Pride parade.

A memorial service will be held in January.

In a statement, Councilman Daniel Dromm said he spent time with Lombardi last week.

“Larry was an amazing human being and he will be sorely missed by all who were lucky to know him. Larry spent at least the last 26 years of his life fighting for the rights of LGBT people in Queens and beyond. He was a progressive fighter who took to the streets to fight for the things he believed in. He was active in LGBT causes until the very end.”

Help the Sunnyside Fire Relief Fund reach its goal

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In the aftermath of the massive fire that ripped through six stores on Queens Boulevard, Sunnyside neighbors are standing up for their community.

Sunnyside business leaders have organized a GoFundMe campaign, the Sunnyside Fire Relief Fund, to raise money for the business owners and employees who have been affected.

In less than a week, the campaign has raised more than $86,000.

Cash donations from a fundraiser last night totaled $15,778. Other large donations came from Amin Siad, Fresh & Save Supermarkets ($2,000), Sunnyside Ballet Nutcracker Collection ($793) and Dazies Restaurant ($500).

You can help the campaign reach its goal of $100,000 by contributing to the online fundraiser, linked above.

Laser hair removal spot to come to 47th Avenue

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This vacant storefront at the corner of 47th Avenue and 47th Street appears to finally have a tenant.

Sunnysiders will know this was a family-owned deli until the shop closed a few years ago.

Just today, workers were seen putting up the sign for Miss Laser, a laser hair removal spot.

The promises to give no razor bumps, no ingrown hairs and the ability to never shave again. The first deal is any three small areas for $99. Is that a bargain I hear?

The store hours are 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday to Friday, closed on Saturday, and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday.

Get a free consultation at 718-472-3000, or visit misslaserny.com.

Check out the Bliss Plaza Holiday Market this weekend

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Every Saturday and Sunday until December 16, Bliss Plaza will be host to a pop-up holiday market.

Done in collaboration with the Queens Night Market, the holiday market includes over 30 rotating vendors each day.

Items on sale include 3D-printed jewelry, fine ceramics, artisanal candles, handmade swaddlers and other gifts.

The market runs from noon to 6 p.m.

Find a full list of the vendors on the Sunnyside Shines website here.

Donate to the holiday food drive

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For the 9th year, Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer is hosting the annual holiday food drive to collect food for the hungry in our community.

Please donate non-perishable items including: canned meets, canned soup, canned veggies, canned or dried fruit, infant formula, peanut butter and other dried goods like pasta, rice and grains.

Drop them off at the following locations:

  • Van Bramer’s office: 47-01 Queens Blvd. #205
  • Court Square Library: 25-01 Jackson Ave.
  • Sunnyside Library: 43-06 Greenpoint Ave.
  • Broadway Library: 40-20 Broadway
  • LIC Library: 37-44 21st St.
  • Woodside Library: 54-22 Skillman Ave.

The drive will continue until December 19.