TODAY: IDNYC launches pop-up site at United Sherpa Association

Screen shot via Google Maps
Screen shot via Google Maps

This morning at 10 a.m., the Mayor’s Office of Immigrant Affairs (MOIA) is opening up an IDNYC pop-up enrollment site at the United Sherpa Association’s headquarters in Woodside.

For the first time, IDNYC applications will be offered in Tibetan.

The headquarters are located at 41-58 73rd Street.

The United Sherpa Association is expected to join Councilman Daniel Dromm, MOIA, the Himalayan Elders Project, Adhikaar, the Tibetan Service Center and the Tibetan Community of New York and New Jersey for the announcement.

Neighborhood Housing Services gets state funding


The Neighborhood Housing Services (NHS) of Queens, a Woodside-based organization, received a $75,000 check from State Senator Jose Peralta.

Last year, the nonprofit saved 49 families from foreclosure and helped another 29 families buy their homes with a down payment assistance program.

“Housing is paramount for healthy and sustainable neighborhoods,” said Roselyn Genao Estrella, executive director at NHS. “We currently face an affordable housing crisis in NYC, and these much-needed housing services are being threatened at a federal level by proposed draconian cuts.”

The funding will be used for the organization’s financial capacity and tenant assistance programs.

“Fighting for affordable housing is crucial to maintaining our neighborhoods. This is an organizing that is vital to helping people buy or maintain their properties,” Peralta said. “NHS changes people’s lives, so I am honored to have secured funding in this year’s budget for an organization that works to preserve our neighborhoods’ affordability.”

Emerald Isle Immigration Center gets $50K


State Senator Jose Peralta has allocated $50,000 in state funds for the Emerald Isle Immigration Center based in Woodside.

The organization provides legal assistance and services to immigrants.

“It is vital that we help organizations that offer services to immigrants, especially under the current political landscape,” Peralta said. “We must ensure we protect our hard-working families and communities.”

The funds will support the organization’s services, including information on New Yorkers’ rights.

“The Emerald Isle Immigration Center is particularly grateful to the Senator for making funds available to us to do what we do best, and that is to help immigrants with any questions they may have about their immigration status, treat every case individually and provide the best path we can toward US citizenship,” said Siobhan Dennehy, executive director of Emerald Isle Immigration Center.

Sunnyside Business Scenery

by: Jennifer Luizzi

In Sunnyside, the Greenpoint Avenue strip gives customers places to eat and shop, and these are only a few to check out.


Sunnyside Thrift Shop: 46-25 Greenpoint Avenue ☼ Sunnyside, NY 11104


This thrift store is ample in clothes, books, movies and knick knacks all at very affordable prices.  The two thrift shops reside across the street from each other, one established for about 20 years and the other for about 7-8 years.  Their attractive window display and items inside the store gives shoppers a lot of quality choices for a low price. Shoppers always have digging to do as the shop has been called a goldmine.  Everything is organized and it allows people to shop quickly and conveniently.



Metro Sports: 4513 Greenpoint Avenue ☼ Sunnyside, NY 11104


This sports sneaker store sells big-time name brands such as Nike, Air Jordan, Timberland, Converse, and Adidas, whose products are especially big in their store for this time of the season.  Their helpful crew and organized, colorful, and wide selection of sneakers makes you want to be active in every pair, even for those who aren’t very athletic.






Paris Baguette: 45-22 46th Street ☼ Sunnyside, NY 11104


Whether to indulge in a sweet treat or take something on the go, Paris Baguette is a friendly, calm environment where no one has to rush.  They freshly bake green tea flavored treats to expose us to an Asian cultural staple.  They also have a wide variety of sweet treats including fluffy pastries, fruit cakes, cheesecakes, croissants, along with coffee and sweet iced drinks.  Paris Baguette stores are established nationally and internationally in New York, Los Angeles, San Fransisco, Seoul, Paris, Shanghai, Beijing and Singapore.



Bing’s Gifts: 4515 Greenpoint Avenue ☼ Sunnyside, NY 11104 

IMG_9077Bing’s Gifts has been owned and operated for 30+ years since its previous owner and was renovated in 2012.  Its friendly people and environment displays their “mom and pop” family-owned business persona.  Their variety in gifts for weddings, birthdays, anniversaries, and last minute gifts for the people of Sunnyside. Customers come here for a quick gift; when other things are/can be hard to find anywhere else, they have something for you.  Recently, Bing’s Gifts launched PROUDNYC products.  Available in 70 neighborhoods across the 5 boroughs, you can personalize shirts, caps, bags, pillows, mugs, etc. showing pride in your neighborhood.

Colombian Cumbia & Sabor (Cumbia y Sabor):  45-06 Greenpoint Avenue ☼ Sunnyside, NY 11104

IMG_9078Translating to “music and flavor” in English, this Colombian eatery and lounge gives customers a taste of Colombia and Colombians a taste of home.  They have a variety of traditional dishes, arepas, appetizers, rotisserie chicken and sides.  The loud music and hanging lights gives Cumbia & Sabor a lively feel at any time of the day.  The people are friendly and want you to have a good time.  At night, the lounge is popular and there is occasionally a DJ, which is fun for a night out and some good food for the Sunnyside people.

Papa’s Furniture & Mattress: 45-28 47th Street ☼ Woodside, NY 11377 

IMG_9080Papa’s Furniture is family owned and operated for 3 years in Sunnyside.  They are not part of a chain, and their only location provides customers with a various selection of furniture from couches, to mattresses and living room sets.  They are friendly and helpful, which helps guarantee you to find what you’re looking for, also at reasonable prices.


Riko Peruvian Cuisine: 4523 Greenpoint Avenue ☼ Sunnyside, NY 11104

rikoRiko Peruvian Cuisine has allowed for Sunnyside to try something different and new.  Riko is an outdoorsy, welcoming place to enjoy.  It is a friendly environment which serves food such as ceviche, combos, chicken, appetizers, family style limeño, and seafood.  Anyone who eats here is encircled by a true feel of Peruvian cuisine as well as Peruvian culture.



Sunnyside mourns death of Gertrude McDonald

Elected officials representing Sunnyside paid tribute to Gertrude McDonald, a longtime community leader and pioneer for women in politics.

She died at age 100 on Sunday, May 21.

McDonald was the first woman to run for the state Assembly from Queens. She was a Democratic district leader, a member of the Anoroc Democratic Club, past president of the 108 Precinct Community Council, member of Community Board 2, member of United Forties Civic Association and a member of Sunnyside Community Services.

“Gert McDonald was a kind and loving woman who made a difference not only in Sunnyside, but throughout Queens,” said State Senator Michael Gianaris. “As the first woman to run for elective office in Queens County, she opened doors for hundreds of women, granting them additional opportunities to serve the public.”

“At the age of 100, she was still a strong leader and gracious friend to many,” he added. “May her memory be eternal and always hold a special place in our borough.”

Assemblywoman Cathy Nolan called her a “wonderful community-minded person” who wanted to make Sunnyside and western Queens a better place.

“She paved the way for many women elected officials like myself to be more active in government,” Nolan said. “For these accomplishments and many more, she will be truly missed.”

Here’s the rest of her obituary, courtesy of the Edward D. Lynch Funeral Home:

Gertrude McDonald (nee Anderson), age 100, died suddenly Sunday, May 21, 2017 at Forest Hills Hospital. Gertrude was born August 8, 1916 in New York City. She was a longtime and devoted member of St. Raphael’s Parish in LIC, lifelong Community Activist, longtime Democratic District Leader, a member of the Anoroc Democratic Club since the age of 18, the first woman to run for NYS Assembly from Queens County, Past President of the 108 Precinct Community Council, Past Executive Member of the Community Board #2, Member of Sunnyside Community Services and a Member of the United Forties, just to name a few of the organizations she was passionate about.

Gert was predeceased by her beloved Scotty. Loving mother of Eileen Auld and her husband Tom and the late Robert. Dear mother-in-law of Fran Feeney McDonald. Cherished grandmother of Eileen Anne Arabian, Therese Harte, Danielle Fleming, Jacqueline Auld-Barszap, Robert McDonald, Kerry Crosby and Kimberly McGovern. Dear great-grandmother of 16 great grandchildren.

Visitation will be Wednesday, May 24 from 2-5PM and 7-9PM and Thursday, May 25 from 2-5PM and 7-9PM at Edward D. Lynch Funeral Home, Inc, 43-07 Queens Boulevard, Sunnyside, NY.

A Funeral Mass will be held 10:30 am on Friday, May 26, 2017 at St. Teresa RCC, 44th Street and 50th Avenue, Woodside, NY. Burial will be in Calvary Cemetery, Woodside following the Mass.

In lieu of flowers, the family is requesting donations in Gert’s Memory to The New York Women’s Foundation, 39 Broadway, Suite 2300, New York, NY 10006

Van Bramer picks up major endorsements

CM-JVB-Headshot-2011-Web-212x300Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer received two important endorsements in his re-election bid.

SEIU Local 32BJ, a large union with 163,000 members, and the progressive Working Families Party both announced their support for Van Bramer.

“I’m proud of my progressive record and values,” Van Bramer said. “Working together with WFP and 32BJ, we have made my district and our city more fair and lifted workers and those marginalized for too long.”

Hector Figueroa, president of 32BJ, cited Van Bramer’s support for airport workers, including getting arrested in an act of civil disobedience. He also appreciated the pol’s quick reaction when the husband of a union member was detained by federal immigration agents.

“The stepson of a school cleaner, Jimmy understands the struggle of working people,” Figueroa said. “He has always stood with us, and we are proud to stand with him.”

Bill Lipton, the New York director of WFP, added that Van Bramer has helped win progressive change for the city.

“With working people, immigrants, and the LGBT community under attack by the Trump regime, it’s more important than ever that we have leaders who will fearlessly resist,” Lipton said. “Majority Leader Van Bramer has proven he is up to the task.”

Two weeks to Taste of Sunnyside!


Attention foodies: there are only two weeks left to get your tickets for this year’s Taste of Sunnyside!

The annual festival will take place on Tuesday, May 23rd underneath the 7 train at 46th Street and Queens Boulevard (otherwise known as Bliss Plaza).

Get your tickets at before they sell out!

Eaters who want to beat the crowd can purchase an early entry ticket for $70. General admissions is $40.

Here’s a running list of participating eateries:

  • 43 Bar and Grill (Irish-American pub)
  • Arriba Arriba (Mexican)
  • Bliss 46 Bistro (French)
  • Bliss Street Creamery (Ice cream)
  • Boon by Moldova (Moldovan/Romanian)
  • Coffee Tossy (Cafe drinks and sweets)
  • Dayboat (Peruvian/Ceviche)
  • Dazies Restaurant (Italian)
  • De Mole (Mexican)
  • I Love Paraguay (Paraguayan)
  • Ida’s Nearabout (American)
  • Jack’s Fire Department (Pub)
  • Los Verdes (Colombian)
  • Lowery Bar and Kitchen (New American)
  • Mangal Kebab (Turkish)
  • Sidetracks (Irish-American pub)
  • Soleluna (Italian)
  • Tibetan Dumpling Cafe (Tibetan)
  • Tito Rad (Filipino)

Local beverages will include:

  • Big aLICe Brewing
  • Queens Brewery
  • Manhattan Beer Distributors
  • Palm Bay International
  • Lowery Wines and Liquors
  • Green Valley Market of Sunnyside
  • Voss Water

Live entertainment? You’ve got it:

  • Underground Horns
  • Afro-Latineers

Peralta announces funding for Woodside on the Move

Woodside on the Move

State Senator Jose Peralta announced $50,000 in state funding for Woodside on the Move.

The funding will support the organization’s various programs to improve area residents.

“In this case, Woodside on the Move will be able to hire a lawyer who will provide legal assistance to hard-working immigrants,” Peralta said. “Sadly, immigrants need more help than ever, and we must ensure we assist them as much as we can.”

“We really appreciate in many ways the valuable support given by Senator Peralta to Woodside on the Move to continue providing free services and impacting significantly the qualify of life of the constituents and the community in general,” added Maritza Munoz, director of housing programs for Woodside on the Move.

Pols meet the Mets

2017-05-01 Rozic Meets '86 Mets at City Hall

Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer and State Senator Michael Gianaris were among the many elected officials who met the 1986 World Series Champion New York Mets last week at City Hall.

The celebration was held for Dwight “Doc” Gooden, former pitcher for the Mets, who helped the 1986 team clinch the club’s second World Series win.

Mayor de Blasio presented a key to the city to Gooden, who missed the celebration decades ago.

2017-05-01 Rozic Meets '86 Mets at City Hall (2)