Big turnout for Sunnyside/Woodside cleanup
It was spring-cleaning time on the south side of Queens Blvd. on Saturday.
About 60 people, led by councilman Jimmy Van Bramer, assembled at Thomas P. Noonan Playground (43rd Street and Greenpoint Ave.) at 12 pm to clean up between 40th and 50th Streets on the south side of Queens Blvd. Most were dressed in tatty jeans and T-shirts.
The attendees – many of whom were members of the Sunnyside Woodside Boys & Girls Club, the Grace Fellowship Church to Van Bramer’s entire staff– were split up into teams of about eight. Each group was assigned a territory and cleaned up those streets that cut through Greenpoint, 47th, 48th and 50th Avenues.
Each group was supplied with brooms, gloves and paint (to remove graffiti.). The event ended at 4pm.
“Nothing beats cleaning up your own neighborhood,” Van Bramer said. “We all feel like a million bucks.”
Along the way, some residents pointed out a number of areas they wanted cleaned. This included a wall that was covered with graffiti behind a business on 48th Avenue between 41st Street and 42nd Street.
Van Bramer and members of the Sunnyside Woodside Boys & Girls club painted over the graffiti.