The Sunnyside Library, located at 43-06 Greenpoint Avenue, will open this Thursday with a brand new roof. Sunnyside Post writes that the library closed on June 24th for the repairs — there were concerns that the roof would begin leaking. Construction was expected to last until August, but work finished a month ahead of schedule. Council Member Jimmy Van Bramer, who provided $600,000 for the roof, said “We now have a roof that will last a generation and a library that will be open for most of summer.” The library received a larger interior and exterior renovation five years ago. The Thomas P. Noonan Playground, right across the street, is currently under construction and will not open until next summer.
Brooklyn has hipsters. Queens has Hip-to-Hip. This theater company, which specializes in family-friendly productions, performs Shakespeare classics for free in various public spaces throughout the borough each summer. This year, Hip-to-Hip will put on the Bard of Avon’sTwo Gentlemen of Verona, an early slapstick comedy about love, friendship, betrayal, forgiveness…and a dog, and Cymbeline, a late romance/fairy tale about a king, his only daughter, an evil stepmother, and a forbidden love. The professional actors will perform in repertory, and 30 minutes before each performance, they will host “Kids & The Classics,” an interactive workshop for children of all ages.
The above video has made the internet rounds, but we like it enough to post again. Filmmaker and Sunnyside resident Dan Toth created this ode to Sunnyside using a triptych layout: a multi-panel work consisting of three different sections. He shot it all using an iPhone in the portrait orientation. There’s a great explanation of Toth’s motivation behind the video at his website:
I made this video to show the quaint beauty and quiet, local feel of Sunnyside. Walking around to get all of the shots was a great way to learn about the area.
I chose this layout because I think displaying three different scenes together simulates what it’s like to walk around an urban neighborhood: there’s often a lot going on–too much to take in all at once–and you tend to notice things that you weren’t previously aware of as you pass through again and again.
We couldn’t think of a better way to capture one of our favorite neighborhoods of Queens.
Last week, Council Member Jimmy Van Bramer kicked off Participatory Budgeting for his district with a community meeting in Sunnyside. Times Ledger attended, finding more than 100 Queens residents ready to discuss possibilities of spending $1,000,000 of the New York City budget. Times Ledger points out that besides Van Bramer, another 21 council members around New York will also participate in the 2014-15 fiscal year — an all-time high for the city. (more…)
Hey, Sunnyside residents: time to get ready for the 2014 Sunnyside Summer Strolls event series. This year’s series consists of two free arts events, which will take place on 46th Street under the Sunnyside arch. The first event is the Children’s Arts & Crafts Fair on Saturday, July 26th, the second is the Bix Beiderbecke Memorial Jazz Concert on Saturday, August 2nd. Read about all the event details after the jump… (more…)
Tonight and Wednesday evening, Council Member Jimmy Van Bramer is hosting a workshop and information session about participatory budgeting. The city awarded Van Bramer $1,000,000 for the 2015/2016 budget year, meaning that Queens residents in Van Bramer’s district can decide how the money is spent. The Tuesday night workshop is in Sunnyside, on Wenesday night it moves to Long Island City. As Van Bramer says: “Come to learn more about how this process will work and brainstorm ways to address community needs.” You can RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org.
A Sunnyside standby is closing up shop. Sunnyside Post reports that New Post Coffee Shop, located on the corner of 40th Street and Queens Boulevard, shuttered yesterday. The coffee shop has been in the neighborhood for more than 50 years. According to the Post, “Several workers were outside the store carting away food items and pots & pans.”
It’s unclear why exactly the spot is closing, but New Post had previous problems with the Health Department. A source reports that it’ll be replaced by a fast-food franchise — saying “It’s a franchise everyone will be happy with.”
A new restaurant and bar has been approved to open in a former pizzeria at 46-19 48th Avenue in Sunnyside. The restaurant, to be called Amanecer Caliente, will be small, just 10 tables and six stools at the bar and will be open for breakfast at 7 AM and stay open all day and into the night.
The exact hours, however, were a sticking point between the owner and Community Board 2 (which has already been the focal point of complaints about its blanket rejections of outdoor seating requests from other restaurants). The owner of Amanecer Caliente wanted to stay open as a bar until 2 AM Sunday through Wednesday and until 4 AM from Thursday through Sunday. He explained that he planned to sell food at about a break even price and that all of his profit would come from liquor sales at the small establishment. The community board, however, curtailed his hours, forcing him to close at 11 PM on weeknights and midnight on weekends, citing concerns about rowdiness in the area at night.
City Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer, who represents Sunnyside, Woodside, Long Island City and Astoria, plans to introduce a participatory funding process for the 2015/2016 budget year. Participatory funding allows members of the community to have a say in how city money is spent in their district.
Next week Van Bramer will host two meetings, one in Sunnyside and one in Long Island City to give residents basic information about the process and how they can get involved. Later there will be a series of town hall meetings where residents can put forward their ideas and eventually a vote will be taken on how the funds will be spent. Van Bramer is allocating $1 million to the process in the 2015/2016 budget.
See the flier after the jump for locations and times. (more…)
This Sunnyside one bedroom co-op for rent is a little pricey for the neighborhood at $1,700 a month. It requires board approval. It comes furnished. But the building has a pool–its very own swimming pool. The apartment’s bright yellow paint might be a bit much for some potential tenants, but we’re certain the color won’t be an issue when you are sunning yourself pool-side.