Van Bramer’s office serves as IDNYC pop-up site


If you’re looking to get your hands on a New York City municipal ID card, here’s your change.

For two weeks, Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer’s office will serve as a pop-up site for IDNYC. From October 2 to October 13, New York City residents ages 14 and older, regardless of immigration status, can apply for the ID.

The site at 47-01 Queens Boulevard, Suite 205, will be open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

“For Sunnysiders and residents of Western Queens, applying for an IDNYC card will be easier than ever with this two week pop-up is right here in my Sunnyside district office,” Van Bramer said. “I’m thrilled to partner with the administration to offer this convenient option for the people of my district to sign up for the IDNYC card, which provides many benefits to New Yorkers, especially those who may not have been able to obtain another form of identification.”

Benefits include discounts and free one-year memberships to more than 40 cultural institutions citywide. The ID can also be used as a library card or to open a bank or credit union account at several financial institutions.

A full list of benefit partners are on the IDNYC website at

According to Bitta Mostofi, acting commissioner of the Mayor’s Office of Immigrant Affairs, more than 1.1 million New Yorkers already have IDNYC.

All applicants must have documentation that proves identity and residency in New York City.

Gianaris collects donations for victims in Puerto Rico, Mexico


During a time of great need, Sunnyside State Senator Michael Gianaris is coming through for the victims of Puerto Rico and Mexico.

The pol collected and donated items to help those recovering from the aftermath of Hurricane Maria and Hurricane Irma, as well as the victims of Mexico’s seismic and fatal earthquake.

The materials were donated to Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz, Jr., who sponsored the relief drive. Donated items include batteries, diapers, feminine hygiene products, non-perishable food and cases of water.

“The residents of Puerto Rico and Mexico are hurting. I am deeply saddened by the destruction and damage that occurred,” Gianaris said. “It is up to us to help them get back on their feet and rebuild.”

Neighborhood assemblies for participatory budgeting announced

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The participatory budgeting process has begun again!

Residents of District 26 can help decide how to spend $1 million on public projects on local parks, schools or libraries.

“For the fourth round of participatory budgeting, we’re building on the record breaking turnout and enthusiasm we saw the last time around,” Van Bramer said. “When neighbors from all walks of life come together to brainstorm ideas to improve their community, good things happen.”

The process begins local neighborhood assemblies, where residents brainstorm and share ideas for projects. Volunteers then break into groups and transform ideas into fully-formed project proposals with details and costs.

Voting will be this spring, both online and at sites across the district. The top projects are funded up to $1 million.

Here’s the remaining schedule for this cycle’s neighborhood assemblies:

  • Wednesday, September 27, 6:30 p.m. – Jacob A. Riis Settlement House (10-25 41st Avenue)
  • Monday, October 2, 6 p.m. – Broadway Library (40-20 Broadway)
  • Tuesday, October 3, 6:30 p.m. – Ravenswood Community Center (35-40 21st Street)
  • Wednesday, October 4, 6:30 p.m. – Woodside Community Center (50-19 Broadway)
  • Tuesday, October 10, 6:30 p.m. – Woodside Library (54-22 Skillman Avenue)
  • Thursday, October 12, 6:30 p.m. – MoMA PS1 (22-25 Jackson Avenue)

Mayor’s Office of Immigrant Affairs to hold office hours at Borough Hall

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Screen shot via Google Maps

Beginning this Friday, the Mayor’s Office of Immigrant Affairs (MOIA) will hold monthly office hours inside Queens Borough Hall.

City officials will begin to provide residents easier access to information and services for the Queens immigrant community.

“Nearly half of our borough’s 2.3 million people were born abroad, and their many contributions to our community are a source of strength and a vital part of the Queens identity,” said Borough President Melinda Katz. “More immigrants and more DACA-eligible immigrants call Queens home than any other borough, and in this increasingly uncertain climate, we want immigrant families to know that New York has their backs.”

The upcoming deadline for enrollment renewals for DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) program is on October 5.

According to the Migration Policy Institute, approximately 28,000 DACA-eligible immigrants live in Queens.

The MOIA team will be in Borough Hall the last Friday of every month. Residents can meet with representatives one-on-one between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m.

No appointments are necessary and walk-ins are welcome.

“In the world’s borough, where nearly half of all residents are immigrants, holding monthly office hours at Queens Borough Hall will allow MOIA to be even more accessible to Queens residents,” said Bitta Mostofi, acting commissioner for MOIA. “Immigration status should not be a barrier to accessing resources, and through our legal services programs, IDNYC, access to Know Your Rights forums, among other resources, Mayor de Blasio’s administration is working every day to make New York City a more inclusive city for all.”

Sunnyside Restaurant Week begins October 1


It’s finally here!

The 5th annual Sunnyside Restaurant Week, organized by Sunnyside Shines BID, is taking place from October 1st to October 7th.

Nearly 30 restaurants throughout the neighborhood are expected to participate in the event, which features great deals at local eateries.

Each participating restaurant will serve a three-course dinner menu for $25. Some establishments will offer an additional lunch special, while others will offer the $25 dinner menu for two people.

Menus for each participating restaurant will be posted online and updated at

Given Sunnyside’s diverse population, there’s no doubt the selection will include cuisines from Italy, Japan, Peru, Mexico, Ireland, Colombia, Tibet and France.

This year’s Sunnyside Restaurant Week encourages diners to eat out multiple times during the week. Each time you order a Restaurant Week deal, you will receive a sticker for your Restaurant Week card.

Customers with three stickers can return their card to any participating restaurant and be entered to win dinner for four at a participating restaurant with a $250 gift certificate.

Cards are available at all participating restaurants and will be distributed throughout the neighborhood.

“Sunnyside Restaurant Week is a great opportunity for everyone,” said Jaime-Faye Bean, executive director of Sunnyside Shines. “It makes for a great date night for ur local residents, but we also want New Yorkers from outside the neighborhood and even visitors to the city to come discover one of the city’s best neighborhoods while having a delicious and memorable meal.”

Woodside Library among finalists for citywide award

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Next month, five leading library branches will take home $20,000 as part of the NYC Neighborhood Library Awards, otherwise known as the “Oscars of Libraries.”

Unsurprisingly, Woodside Library is among the finalists this year.

The fourth annual celebration will take place on Monday, October 2nd at Hearst Tower, located at 300 West 57th Street in Midtown Manhattan.

The ceremony begins at 6:30 p.m.


Elementary to shoot in Sunnyside this week


We found this sign posted at the corner of 47th Street and 48th Avenue in Sunnyside.

It appears the CBS show “Elementary” is shooting on these streets on Thursday starting at 6 a.m.

Of course, “Elementary” is one of the shows that has a set down in Long Island City and regularly films throughout the city, especially Queens.

But if you’re around at 6 a.m. on Thursday, you might want to check it out (and make sure you don’t park there!)

Emergency Preparedness and Prevention event at Sunnyside Library


Queens Library at Sunnyside is teaming up with NYC Health + Hospitals/Elmhurst for a free event about emergency preparedness and prevention.

Residents are invited to learn about strategies every household should be aware of, such as how to prepare a “go bag” in the event of a weather or disaster-related emergency.

Dr. Stuart Kessler, chief of emergency medicine, will also lead a discussion on common household accidents and injuries.

The event takes place tonight at 6:30 p.m.

Education officials announce new sepsis prevention curriculum materials

From left to right: Regent Judith Chin, Orlaith Staunton, PS 150 Principal Carmen Parache, Ciaran Staunton, Education Commissioner MaryEllen Elia, Assemblywoman Cathy Nolan, NYS Chancellor Betty Rosa.

State education officials joined Assemblywoman Cathy Nolan and the Rory Staunton Foundation for Sepsis Prevention last week at PS 150 to announce that sample K-12 grade curriculum on sepsis prevention is now available for educators.

Sepsis is an extreme response to infection, and is one of the leading causes of death in the U.S. Officials say it claims more American lives than AIDS, breast and prostate cancers and stroke combined.

“We are providing schools with tools to teach our children about the dangers of sepsis and how they can prevent it,” said Board of Regents Chancellor Betty Rosa. “This curriculum provides guidance for health teachers to engage students on this important topic. Sepsis prevention education can truly save lives.”

State Education Department Commissioner MaryEllen Elia said Sepsis is responsible for hundreds of thousands of deaths each year, and it can be easily prevented.

“It is so important that our young people learn at an early age how to protect themselves from this often-deadly disease,” Elia said. “I urge our educators across the state to use this Sepsis prevention curriculum as a guide to talk to children about the dangers of Sepsis.

Ciaran and Orlaith Staunton started the Rory Staunton Foundation for Sepsis Prevention after their son died from Sepsis in April 2012. When Rory got a cut from a fall in school, a deadly toxin entered his body, the family says, leading to his death.

“Rory lives in our hearts every day and we are very proud of the many lives that have been saved in his name,” the Staunton family said.

Woodside honors 9/11 heroes


Woodside veterans turned out on September 11 to remember those who lost their lives 16 years ago.

The event featured singing, music, a candlelight ceremony and flowers for each of the 34 Woodsiders who died on that day.

“This community is always remembering,” said Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer. “We’re grateful to every single person who has worn the uniform and all those serving right now.”