Ah, the marked rhythms, strong postures, and abrupt pauses. The tangible passion and sensuality mixed with a rich history as an underground dance in Buenos Aires in the late 19th century. For the next eight weeks, Thalía Spanish Theatre will offer Tango 5 Senses, featuring live performances, chances to meet the protagonists, and dance lessons. With music composed, arranged, and directed by Latin Grammy winner Raul Jaurena, the shows will have a feel that is dynamic and playful, yet romantic. The cast boasts eight dancers, two singers, piano, clarinet, violin, and double bass. Shows will be on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays with a special Valentine’s Day Tango Lovers event with wine, tapas, and the stars. Workshops will take place on Saturday afternoons.
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The Sunnyside Shines BID just released its new 2015 neighborhood map, which features a full-color illustrated map of the area as well as an updated business directory. The first version of the map appeared last year, featuring artwork from LaGuardia Community College student Carmen Zhu. The artwork remains the same but there are new listings and advertisements from local Sunnyside businesses, as well as important landmarks and amenities.
The BID printed a total of 15,000 maps to be distributed at hotels in nearby Long Island City, Sunnyside and Woodside, local real estate offices and businesses, and community events. The hope is to draw newcomers to Sunnyside and help orient new residents to the neighborhood.
Yesterday the Sunnyside Shines BID announced a new public art piece installed on a billboard in the neighborhood. The artist Margeaux Walter designed the piece, entitled “Keep Calm,” and you can see it at the intersection of Greenpoint Avenue and 46th Street. The work is part of 14×48, an organization that repurposes vacant billboards as public art space.
The “Keep Calm” piece is meant to, according to the website, “create a dialogue that addresses the overlap between individuality and commerce as well as the various guises of advertising and propaganda.” (There are messages like “Keep Calm and Kiss On,” “Keep Calm and Play Basketball.”) Viewers are also invited to tweet their own “keep calm” messages with the hashtag #keepcalm14x48. The artist plans to turn the tweets into postcards and hand them out along Greenpoint Avenue and at Ave Coffee House, 45-01 Greenpoint Avenue. The billboard will be up in the neighborhood for at least four weeks.
This one bedroom up for rent in Sunnyside, at 45-42 41st Street, sure is charming. We love the detailed entryways, the built-in shelving and the wood floors. There aren’t any photos of the bathroom or kitchen — the listing says it’s an eat in kitchen with a dish washer, for what it’s worth. The description also promises that the unit is huge, and it does look so in the photos. But we still think $2,100 a month is too much for a one bedroom in Sunnyside, even a big one bedroom. Do you agree or do you think we’re underestimating the market?
It’s unclear what kind of development will replace the theater, but the ground-floor retail space is expected to remain and be completely refurbished. There are talks of reopening the theater here when construction wraps up.
In anticipation of the holiday week coming up, enjoy this video by Sunnyside resident George Burles entitiled “Christmas in Sunnyside.” As you can imagine, there’s plenty of neighborhood Christmas cheer to go around. Thanks to Sunnyside Post for bringing it to our attention.
After a petition circulated to keep the Sunnyside Famers Market open all year round, the greenmarket will now open every Saturday from 8am to 3pm for the entire year. Previously, the market only stayed open May through December, but more than 1,000 residents as well as the community board pushed to extend it. Sunnyside Post spoke with Jessenia Cagle, the coordinator of the market, who said “I think the neighborhood is ready for it. There are a lot of people in the area who like fresh, local food—and they don’t want to have to go too far to get it especially in winter.” There are, however, residents opposed to the extended dates due to the loss of parking around the market location, Skillman Avenue between 42nd and 43rd Streets.
Right now around 16 vendors sell veggies, meat, fish and bread. Most are expected to stay on through the winter, except for the wine and fish vendors.
The owner of Sunnyside Center Cinemas is planning to shutter his movie theater on January 4th after the building owner decided to lease out the building’s air rights to a residential developer. The news was met with protest from the community, and the owner offered a lease extension of six months. But according to Sunnyside Post, “Rudy Prashad, the owner of the Center Cinemas, said it was not worth hiring new staff or unpacking his equipment for six extra months. His last day remains January 4.” Prashad said if he had been offered the extension three months ago he would have taken it.
Local residents still plan to protest the closure of the affordable move theater. They are holding a rally this Sunday in front of Center Cinemas from 12:30 to 1:30 pm. “We hope it might help open up a discussion between the landlord and the theater owner,” one of the rally organizers told the Post. There’s also a petition to save the theater with about 900 signatures.
What’s in a name? O Sole Trio consists of three musicians who amaze audiences with plenty of Italian music, especially opera arias and Neopolitan songs. But this Sunnyside-based ensemble also dazzles with virtuoso piano and violin playing, jazz and American pop standards, and a stage presence heavy on punny humor and crowd interaction. Erin Shields (center) provides the lush soprano. Giuseppe Spoletini (right) takes care of the baritone. And David Shenton, who is actually Erin’s husband, has the melodies. He can actually play violin and piano at the same time. They perform all over the world, but they like to do an annual show at Sunnyside Reformed Church because it’s close to home and they love the pastor and the congregation. So get ready for a cozy night during which “Figaro” might be followed by a Madonna tune in doo wop style, and then the crowd favorite, a diddy about a lonely oyster.
Details: O Sole Trio, Sunnyside Reformed Church, 48th Street and Skillman Avenue, Sunnyside, Saturday, December 13th, 7 pm, no charge, but donations accepted.
Soon after news broke that the landlord of the Sunnyside Center Cinemas planned to close the movie theater and lease 52,000 square feet of air rights to a developer, a petition emerged to save it. Here’s the brief explanation from the petition: “Petition is to save the Center Movie Theatre from demolition and have a new lease extended to current lease holder. The center is the last movie theatre located in Sunnyside offering fair prices for a movie ticket.” The Cinema sold $5 tickets to children and seniors and $7.50 tickets to adults. The goal is to reach 2,000 signatures by December 31st, so far there are more than 200.
The last day for Center Cinemas is January 4th. The building owner planned to charge any developer a ground lease of $750,000 per year for the air rights to build.