TONIGHT: Sunnyside Shines Annual Holiday Lighting


The holiday season is almost upon us, and that can only mean one thing: lighting ceremonies!

Tonight, Sunnyside Shines BID is hosting its annual lighting ceremony at 43rd Street and Greenpoint Avenue from 6 to 7 p.m.

There will be performances by The Fabulous Fezziwigs Carollers, Sunnyside Drum Corps, McManus Irish Dance, Manhatitlan Mexican Dance, Sunnyside Ballet and Dance Matters NYC.

Enjoy free coffee and hot chocolate, courtesy of White Castle.

To get a sense of what goes down at the ceremony, check out this article covering last year’s event.

Police looking for Guitar Center burglars

294px-Guitar_Center_logo.svgThe NYPD is looking for public assistance in locating four individuals in connection with a theft at Guitar Center. According to police, the four suspects entered the store – located at 34-17 48th St. – at about 7:13 p.m. on Dec. 21 and removed a Mac computer and an unspecified guitar before fleeing the scene.

The suspects are identified as:

• Female, black, approximately 5’5″, in her mid-20’s.

• Male, black, approximately 45 years-old wearing a winter hat.

• Male, black, approximately 30 years-old wearing a black baseball hat with a red brim.

• Male, black, wearing a black hooded sweatshirt.

Anyone with information in regards to this incident is asked to call Crime stoppers at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477).  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.

See video of the incident below:

Volunteers needed for Summer Strolls series

Photo from last year's summer stroll.
Photo from last year’s summer stroll.

The Summer Strolls series, hosted by the Sunnyside Shines Business Improvement District is back for 2015 and the organizers are looking for volunteers setting up and breaking down the events starting at 10 a.m. each event day.

The events are:

  • On Aug. 1 from 2-6 p.m. – celebrate the Kids Art Fair in partnership with ReCreate Queens feauturing free hands-on arts and crafts for kids of all ages, plus family-friendly performances all day long.
  • On Aug. 8 from 2-7 p.m. – honor 1920s-era jazz legend Bix Biederbecke with a memorial jazz concert. Performances by the Sunnyside Social Club, Sunnyside Wolverines, Sunnyside Drum Corps and the Street Beat Brass Band. The Bix Biederbecke Sunnyside Memorial Committee will charm the crowd with Bix trivia, and local businesses will offer giveaways.

To volunteer, contact Sunnyside Shines office manager Janet Hohenstein ( and indicate the date (Aug. 1 or 8) and the hours you’re available.

Summer Strolls take place under the Sunnyside Arch on 46th Street off Queens Boulevard.