Two comedians walk into a Sunnyside bar…and a stand-up series is born. Local humorists Colin Samuel (above) and Lindsay Goldwert (pictured after the jump) have recently committed to producing at least two shows a month and bringing New York City’s best up-and-coming talent to the neighborhood. Dubbed “Puttin’ on the Bliss,” these acts will take place every other week at The Dog and Duck Gastropub and once a month at Marlene Tavern, host of the next performance on Tuesday night. In addition to Goldwert and Samuel, joke purveyors will include May Wilkerson (The Stand Comedy Club), Oni Francis (The Creek and the Cave), McCarton Ackerman (Make Me Laugh Festival), Aalap Patel (MTV2), and Liz Barrett (Gotham Comedy Club, She-Devil Comedy Festival). Unless otherwise indicated, the shows will be free and they’ll feature prizes that encourage patrons to shop and eat in Sunnyside.
The sale of King Boulevard, SSS Video and Azteca Restaurant — located on Greenpoint Avenue between 47th and 48th Streets — has hit public records. It looks like AB Capstone, who is responsible for this development planned for Ridgewood, purchased the properties for $4,350,000. Back in October Sunnyside Post reported that the buildings were under contract, but it was unclear if there would be a renovation or total demolition. The new owner has not filed any permits with the Department of Buildings yet. All four businesses, however, are being displaced due to the sale.
Colombia is such a fascinating country! The magical Andes mountains lie near the majestic beaches of the Caribbean coast and the extremely fertile interior plains. The people are diverse, too, a hodgepodge of descendants of indigenous groups, European settlers, and African slaves. This South American country’s vibrant and varied music is about to explode on stage at the Thalía Spanish Theatre in Sunnyside for an entire month. Wearing colorful costumes and infectious smiles, Harold Guitierrez & His Band and the Mestizo Dance Company will groove to such rhythms as cumbia and mapalé, which began as courtship dances among African slaves in the region that now includes Panama, to bambuco and joropo, which resemble European waltzes. Then of course, there’s the fact that audience members will dance in their seats.
Today, Council Member Jimmy Van Bramer officially announced the installation of three Neighborhood Slow Zones in Sunnyside south of Queens Boulevard, as well as Sunnyside Gardens and Woodside. (As you can see in the photo above, he was joined by PS 199 elementary school students.) As part of the initiative, the DOT will bring 38 speed bumps and 50 gateways (special signs to indicate where the zone begins) to the neighborhoods, and the speed limit will be reduced to 20 mph.
Community Board Two approved the slow zone proposal in September, after about a year of planning. See maps of the new slow zone areas right after the jump.
The term “pumpkin smashing” often conjures up images of vandals roaming residential streets, taking gourds from front lawns, and breaking them on driveways and sidewalks. Usually the result is nothing more than a seedy, squishy mess. However in Sunnyside this Saturday, individuals will be able to perform similar acts of aggression and destruction in a productive, dignified manner, thanks to the NYC Compost Project. Bring unwanted pumpkins and jack-o-lanterns to Torsney Playground, and the city will use the wrecked results to rebuild soil in parks around the five boroughs.
Details: Pumpkin Smash 2014, Sunnyside Greenmarket, Tornsey Playground, vicinity of 43rd Street and Skillman Avenue, Sunnyside, November 1st, 10:30 am to 1:30 pm, free and refreshments will be served while supplies last.
This one-bedroom unit is located in the Celtic Park co-op development in Sunnyside. It’s got a beautiful eat-in kitchen, which the listing tries to highlight through a number of photographs. The rest of the apartment is hard to hate, either; it looks well maintained and well-sized for a one bedroom. The asking price is $218,000 with a monthly maintenance of $724. Do you like this unit as much as we do?
Today local pols, the Department of Transportation, Sunnyside Shines and Community Board Two cut the ribbon on Sunnyside’s second public plaza to open this year. Lowery Plaza, located at 40th Street and Queens Boulevard under the elevated 7, now features plantings, tables and chairs. In the future, Sunnyside Shines will host neighborhood performances and programming here.
Not far away, Bliss Plaza opened this summer at 46th Street and Queens Boulevard. It’s a similar design with new, leveled concrete, tables and chairs, granite blocks and planters.
Development over Sunnyside Yards may not just be something people vaguely talk about every few years. Capital New York reports that Amtrak is considering development, and may seek out investors by next spring for building opportunities. Amtrak executives have also discussed the possibility with Mayor de Blasio and Governor Cuomo, with a spokesman for the mayor saying the site could potentially accommodate de Blasio’s affordable housing initiative.
Of course, there are still a lot of “what ifs.” Amtrak is evaluating many of its properties and isn’t looking to develop right away, instead seeking out partners to work on development strategies. And it’s still unclear how, exactly, development would look over the sprawling 167 acres of rail yards — any building strategy will be extremely complex and also require collaboration with the MTA. But as Capital says, “Still, the chairman’s comments were by far the most aggressive made on the topic by an executive at the company and were read as a significant moment for those thinking about the potential the Sunnyside Yards hold.”
This month, Sunnyside Gardens turned 90 years old and this weekend the Sunnyside Gardens Preservation Alliance is celebrating. On Saturday, October 25th the Alliance plans to unveil three historic district signs displaying maps of the full neighborhood and then throw a birthday reception. City Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer will kick off the event, beginning at 1 pm on Skillman Avenue and 46th Street. The first map will be unveiled there, then Assemblywoman Cathy Nolan will unveil a sign on 47th Street and Assemblywoman Margaret Markey will unveil a sign in front of Sunnyside Park. Borough President Melinda Katz and Landmarks Preservation Foundation Chair Christina Davis will also be in attendance. The stroll through Colonial Court should wrap around 2 pm with a birthday reception. All the details, plus some history on the innovative housing complex, live here.
Photo via the Sunnyside Gardens Preservation Alliance
Lowery Plaza, a proposed public plaza underneath the 40th Street subway station in Sunnyside, will open up tomorrow. Sunnyside Post spotted workers in the space removing an artist commission previously on display there. Next up is a power washing job, then finally setting up planters, tables and chairs. The Lowery Plaza will look much like Bliss Plaza (pictured above), which opened this summer at 46th Street. The Lowery Plaza was also scheduled to open this summer, but according to Sunnyside Post the DOT had a contract to keep the artist commission up until October.
A ribbon cutting ceremony will take place here tomorrow at 1 pm. Once open, Sunnyside Shines will be in charge of programming and upkeep of the plaza, just like the organization has been doing at Bliss Plaza.