Sunnyside Shines (BID) hires new executive director

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  1. 86Mets

    They couldn’t find anyone who actually lives in Sunnyside?

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  2. Oppressed Masses

    Best of luck to Ms. Thieme. It’s very important to improve the Sunnyside BID’s presence on social media (twitter, Facebook, etc) but also by other means to reach all segments of the community. There’s no better time than right now as the holiday season moves into full gear.

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  3. 43rd Street Resident

    Thinks are looking up, not Jorsey like her predecessor. New executive director is a resident of Park Slope.

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  4. O'shea

    Typical. Carpetbagging, job stealing hipster….who happens to live in parkslope.

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  5. local

    I’m thrilled to have someone qualified and with relevant experience in this post. Best of luck to Ms. Thieme. Look forward to seeing what she does.

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  6. Ruben

    Come to Sunnyside! where you can enjoy 5 banks in a 5 block radius. You can also enjoy Mexican clubs that front as restaurants during the day like Arriba Arriba! While we’re on the subject, if you’re in the need of a nail salon or hair threading Sunnyside has got them a plenty. If you’re on a tight budget so you and your hipster buddies can enjoy some overpriced Sushi at Ariyoshi then enjoy shopping at our numerous 99cent stores for some fine bargains.

    Please also enjoy our wonderful new benches we installed for you shoppers but are mostly used by our collection of homeless people that frequent our neighborhood.

    There…I just did her job.

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  7. Nick Shadyside

    No, they couldn’t find anyone who lives in Sunnyside. And no, she’s not from Park Slope, but Greenpoint (about a mile or two from here, if you’d bother to consult a map, rather than 6 miles from here), if it makes a difference to the dunderheaded old-timers who fantasizwe about ONLY irish immigrants or other folk that set down roots 40-60 years ago running this neighborhood, then please wake up.

    Guess what, old timers, this never was your neighborhood in the first place…in 1917, it was a tract of farm land until what’s now the 7 train was built.. You had your time, and now your wretched kids whine and moan about the fate of the neighborhood…give me a break. They’re a bunch of degenerates.

    The young ‘white’ people who move in (aka HIPSTERS) are not raising your rents–the immigrants are, and more power to them. Where is the discussion about that? Of the white “arty” people I know in the area, none is making as much money as these cab_drivers or store owners who are recent immigrants.

    And this is New York City, not Oklahoma City, so please stop bitchin’ about the incursions on your particular way of life…if you’re a “native” of sunnyside, then your parents displaced the previous order, so quit whining.

    There’s no such thing as an indigenous neighborhood in this city, anywhere, so please, all, stop decrying and lamenting a foregone time that didn’t’ exist.

    If you’re hung up on being an “original” Sunnysider, fine. Enjoy that; but it’s not worth a lick unless you can show how that actuality ‘bettered’ the area. Your industry is dead; your skills are mute. So update yourself, or die, like the rest of America.

    Too often, I’ve encountered these heroic neighborhood saviors who’ve, in the end, had no connection to the ‘hoods their trying to save. I suspect that’s the case with a lot of you phony s’side saviors. …

    Old-timers; please step aside, or at least realize your necessary limitations on this matter………..

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  8. Nick Shadyside

    O’shea:
    Get a life, and stop leaching off of others.
    Totally pathetic comment…

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  9. Nick Shadyside

    O’shea–you’re the worst….seriously…you suck

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  10. Patriot

    O’Shea has it right. We need a real American from the Neighborhood

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  11. Long time sunnysider

    I would like u to tell me and the world what s a “real” American???

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  12. 86Mets

    @Nick Shadyside

    Nice name-calling tirade there: telling people you don’t agree with to die.

    Keep it classy.

    Did it ever occur to you that if your job is promoting a product, in this case Sunnyside, you might be more credible if it’s a product you use and are extremely familiar with? One could ask Ms. Thieme if she thinks Sunnyside is so wonderful, why didn’t she move there?

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  13. Yuengling

    Counting by the number of Irish bars, the neighborhood is certainly still predominantly Irish. But where are all you Irish dudes opening barber shops, bakeries or yes-they’re needed too-nail salons and grocery stores? Wake up people, this is New York!! The definition of cultural and social diversity. None of you “keep-it-as-it-always-was-sayers” can tell me that you don’t enjoy the occasional burrito, pizza or gyro.
    I agree that it would be beneficial to have someone living in the neighborhood to do Ms. Thieme’s job, I wish her best of luck.

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  14. O'shea

    @ Nick Shadyside
    Thanks for the complement 🙂
    For a man who comments at 4am ….you do have a life.
    Btw the young white hipsters are the ones raising the rents. You are just not seeing it.
    Nothing here against success.
    A good graduate degree and a six figure salary gives one the option to pay market rent, especially when you have been priced out of manhattan but need to be closer. The influx of hipsters has created a new demand shift for the neighborhood. We see this in the increase of specialty stores, demand for dog parks, better built schools, more expensive food items, and even our political leaders. This increased demand also creates more economic dead zones as commercial landlords holdout for bigger payouts. Just take a look at green point avenue and the empty stores on skillman.
    You feel these effects when you go shopping or watch landlords try to bully older citizens out of their apartments.
    Change for the better is good. 2 99c store blocks apart…….

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  15. 43rd Street Resident

    Sunnyside Shines BID new executive director qualifications. Actual working time spent in a position from 6 months to less then 1 year since 2007. Priceless

    She won’t last !!

    Executive Director
    Sunnyside Shines Business Improvement District
    November 2012 – Present (1 month)
    Project Manager

    INIT, Innovations in Transportation, Inc.
    June 2010 – November 2012 (2 years 6 months) New York, NY
    Economic Development Consultant

    DragoBROOKLYN
    April 2010 – June 2010 (3 months) Brooklyn, NY
    Project Manager, Community Development

    Brooklyn Economic Development Corporation
    October 2009 – April 2010 (7 months) Brooklyn, NY
    Graduate Intern/Analyst

    Full Spectrum of NY
    2008 – 2008 (less than a year)
    Graduate Summer Intern

    NYC Dept of Citywide Admin. Services/Division of Real Estate Services
    2008 – 2008 (less than a year)
    Graduate Fellow

    Pratt Center for Community Development
    2007 – 2007 (less than a year)
    Program Manager

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  16. Long time resident

    One could ask Ms. Thieme if she thinks Sunnyside is so wonderful, why didn’t she move there?

    One could, but it’s a rather silly question. Living in the neighborhood is not a requirement to perform the job, to understand the neighborhood, to enjoy a neighborhood, to see it’s potential, run a BID, etc., and it seems rather foolish, insular, and narrow-minded to believe it is a requirement.

    Based on what I’ve read here, we have no reason to believe she knows nothing about the neighborhood. And based on what I’ve read here, it sounds like she’s got the right background. So how about reserving negative judgment until there’s actually a reason to judge negatively?

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  17. Matt C

    My day gets worse every time I actually read blog comments.

    Bunch of people who do nothing but chime in.

    Go outside and help a neighbor if you’re such a model citizen.

    I’m sure this woman is perfectly nice and has every intention of doing her best.

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  18. The Old Oak Tree

    @NickShadyside You are a perfect model for why people who have lived peacefully in this neighborhood for most of their lives are suffering nighmares, migraines and dyspepsia. Your extreme degree of unctious self-satisfaction has been known to induce hives in perfectly healthy people across the globe. Not just this neighborhood, any neighborhood will recoil at having to include you.

    Thank goodness people like you don’t last long, you leave in search of “the latest.” What’s cool this year won’t be cool quite soon, and you will disappear from these sidewalks. Goodbye, and God Bless.

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  19. Preschool Teacher

    @43rd St Resident: Are you a Head Hunter or a Human Resources professional?? We don’t know the nature of the positions she held. Perhaps these were short term assignments. Internships only last a few months. She is only 32 years old. Rachel may have worked in another field prior to this one. Give her a chance. As someone mentioned, this is NYC, everyone is from somewhere else.

    We are all very lucky in Sunnyside compared to others in our borough. We barely lost a light bulb in this Hurricane. So everybody just relax and examine your priorities in life!

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  20. 86Mets

    I will take the liberty of writing Sunnyside Shines latest press release.

    “We have hired an attractive young lady who has no connections to our cherished neighborhood to shout from the rooftops what a wonderful place Sunnyside is to live, work and shop in.

    She is sooooooooo totally committed to our community that she still prefers to live in another borough.

    But if you should have the audacity to point out that inconvenient fact, we will call you a narrow-minded old-timer or something similar.”

    Sorry but she is has nothing to do with this neighborhood: just a pretty face with a college degree. A hired gun and probably a personal friend of somebody who had a say in hiring her. That would be my guess.

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  21. Tempus Fugit

    All the silliness aside, it does speak volumes that Sunnyside Shines thinks so little of its own residents that they couldn’t find one local person to take this job.

    What the hell, we have a carpetbagger mayor for 3 terms, as well as a history of carpetbagger senators so maybe Sunnyside Shines is just getting with the program.

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  22. Longtime Resident

    @Preschool Teacher: If @43rd St. were a Head Hunter or an HR professional, that individual would probably not see the new head of Sunnyside BID’s background as questionable.

    Someone worked in non-profits, came to New York about 5 years ago to earn a Master’s degree in city planning and works in that field during a recession, and somehow her resume isn’t up to snuff? Give me a break.

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  23. O'shea

    @ Tempus
    I wonder if there ” are binders full of women ” available for hiring qualified women from sunnyside.

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  24. Longtime Resident

    @86Mets: Is it completely scandalous if the head of the 34th St. Partnership doesn’t live on 34th St.? What if whoever is the head of the Times Square Alliance doesn’t actually live in Times Square? What if the head of the Chinatown BID actually lives in *gasp* the Lower East Side? What if the head of the Washington Heights Alliance lives in West Harlem?

    Do you actually think people should relocate – give up an apartment they may have been renting for years, decades, or sell a coop/condo or sublet – for a job they’ll likely keep for a couple of years? That’s pretty silly.

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  25. Longtime Resident

    it does speak volumes that Sunnyside Shines thinks so little of its own residents that they couldn’t find one local person to take this job.

    It does no such thing. You don’t think they posted the job and people were able to submit resumes with cover letters? If there were any qualified local applications, why wouldn’t they have been given due consideration? It’s like you think Sunnyside Shine had a responsibility to find someone in the neighborhood, regardless of competency.

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  26. Tempus Fugit

    @Longtime Resident

    I’ll meet you half way and say that perhaps it speaks volumes about Sunnyside itself that even in this economy where even very capable professionals are seeking work, that Sunnyside could not produce one competent individual for this position.

    Maybe I’m cynical but I’ve been in business enough in my 60 plus years that when I see a young, good looking woman getting a job that possibly should have gone to another that I suspect some hanky-panky somewhere along the line.

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  27. Longtime Resident

    that Sunnyside could not produce one competent individual for this position.

    It does not say that either. Have you never interviewed for a job or been a hiring manager? Do you think employers with open positions only find one possible candidate, interview them, offer that person the job, and are accepted 100 percent of the time? How do know there weren’t people in Sunnyside with the skills & qualifications who weren’t interested in the position and chose not to apply? How do you know there weren’t people who lived in the neighborhood who interviewed, were offered the position and declined? You don’t know anything, yet make loads of assumptions and judgments as if you know far more than you possibly could.

    Maybe I’m cynical but I’ve been in business enough in my 60 plus years that when I see a young, good looking woman getting a job that possibly should have gone to another that I suspect some hanky-panky somewhere along the line.

    You’re not cynical. You’re just a misogynist.

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  28. Tempus Fugit

    @Longtime

    And you’re naive if you don’t think attractive, young women have a certain advantage in business.

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  29. 43rd Street Resident

    Has anyone seen James Bray lately? Is he back to stocking shelves at Home Dept?

    Screws are needed in aisle 3, hoses in aisle 5 and plants need watering.

    Just an optimist at heart!

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  30. s-side doesn't shine on this blog

    these comments are why I’d never want to be featured on this site. Embarrassing

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  31. Oppressed Masses

    I wonder if after reading these comments Ms. Thorne will still want the job.

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  32. Oppressed Masses

    Err, that would be Ms. Thieme.

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  33. rook

    I’m surprised people are knocking her. There are many BIDs that are led by people that do not live in the designated area. I don’t know her, but I know economic development and where she has worked. Her qualifications more than make up for this. Best of luck to her.

    BTW, if I recall, James Bray was in his early 20s, had no economic development experience prior to this position, and commuted from NJ. Not to knock Bray, but she seems like a vast improvement.

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  34. Longtime Resident

    And you’re naive if you don’t think attractive, young women have a certain advantage in business.</em?

    One would have to be rather a dunderhead to not recognize that attractive young women have an advantage in certain situation in business and also are at a disadvantage in certain situations in business for the very same reasons which gave them an advantage in another scenario. @Tempus seems incapable of recognizing the later. @Tempus also jumps to the conclusion that a young attractive woman got a job solely based on hanky panky, which makes @Tempus a misogynist who dismisses any possibility of the candidates actually being qualified to perform the job she was hired to do.

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  35. Tempus Fugit

    @Rook

    You do make a good point. Someone from Greenpoint is certainly better than someone from New Jersey.

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  36. Ruben

    See people? There are others FAR worse than me up in these forums. All I bitched about was a dirty bum and hipsters..oh..and terrorists.

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  37. JuliaJ.

    Nobody from the ‘hood qualified for this job? Maybe she will tell us we need another nail salon. LOL!

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  38. Moneyside

    Was she here over Thanksgiving or did she go back home to whatever fly over state she’s from to tell mommy & daddy all the financial support they gave her to live in Greenpoint paid off! She has a cool urban planning job in NYC, OMG!

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  39. O'shea

    @longtime resident
    Are you Captain save the women folk?
    One can’t make a statement without being characterized a mysogynist?
    Enough of this pc crap. People have a right to voice their opinion in a public forum, irrespective of how silly it may be.
    Thieme is a new yorker by now. I am sure she has enough skin to withstand this light roasting.
    @ ruben
    You are by far the worst. A hipster watered down your haterade.

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  40. Tempus Fugit

    Would we be holding a Bix Beiderbecke memorial concert every year if he lived in another neighborhood? I doubt it.

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  41. JuliaJ.

    Moneyside- LOL!

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  42. Bijan

    Judging strictly by the comments section on this site, I can safely surmise that virtually everyone who lives in Sunnyside hates it with a fiery passion. The only thing they hate worse is everywhere else.

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  43. Ruben

    O’shea, its clear if you piss off a hipster or a yuppie they go after your money. You all cast the first stones against someone on a personal level. I’m surprised you all haven’t commented if she’s single or not, or what religion she is. All because she got a job you haters couldn’t get? With all the other REAL issues we have in Sunnside you be worried about where this chick lives?

    and What have my comments been about? Comments on the current state of Sunnyside’s North vs South issues which clearly hide some deep seeded racial sentimentality? My comment aimed to expose those feelings and you suckers fell for them. As a Latino myself I know first hand how it feels to be treated like a second class citizen in your own damn neighborhood.

    What other comments have I had? The growing number of homeless people in Sunnyside? You can’t tell me you feel safe walking by unstable people or have you forgotten these are some of the SAME people who have pushed others into traffic and thrown acid into faces.

    What’s another comment I’ve given? How You people ( the very same people ready to lynch this woman) are the same damn stuck up people who are too damn snotty to say hello to your neighbors and say thank you when they hold the door for you? You come into MY neighborhood , raise all the prices around me, walk your dogs leaving all your shit all over the block then move away in 6 months like a pack of well dressed nomads.

    You rats jump on an attack on a far greater level than I do…attacking peoples money. Typical passive aggressive elitist d-bags. If you want the job then apply for it. Otherwise sit on it and spin.

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  44. SunnysideUP

    Not cool people, not cool! Let the poor girl do her job which I assume she is qualified for and get over yourselves.You are not the center of the world (no one is)
    and hipsters (as you call them) or any other category (?) of people are not your problem. YOU are creating your own problems. Everybody is welcome in Sunnyside and most of the above comments only embarrass their writers and show how pathetic human beings can be. Really sad.
    Rachel Thleme if you have read the negative comments please don’t get discourage. People in Sunnyside are nice and warm hearted who welcome everyone in the community and give equal opportunities to all newcomers. I suspect that the haters above are just a small small minority of this community. Please try to bring a bookstore or two in Sunnyside. Thank you and best of luck!.

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  45. Moneyside

    lol @ruben got trolled

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  46. Longtime Resident

    Are you Captain save the women folk?

    What women do you think are in need of saving? Certainly not the qualified individual with a background in non-profits, with experience as a project manager and in public planning, with a master’s degree to boot in that area, who recently landed a job.

    One can’t make a statement without being characterized a mysogynist?

    Well of course one can. It happens all the time. And sometimes people make blatantly misogynistic statements questioning the validity of a woman’s accomplishments while ignoring her qualification merely because she has the gall to be a woman, young, and attractive, and get called out on being a misogynist.

    Enough of this pc crap.
    1994 called. It said it wishes you wouldn’t whine about political correctness. Something about how the early to mid-90s feels like it really owns that space.

    People have a right to voice their opinion in a public forum, irrespective of how silly it may be.
    Why is that people who voice this opinion (it’s a free country! I can say what ever I want!) fail to recognize that it works both ways. People get to comment on their silly opinions.

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  47. disco mutha

    obviously female hipsters get people riled up. good thing for this carpetbagger the B24 still runs m-f. Sure she’ll get off the bus with ‘er coffee mug in hand, WORD totebag and all the other hipster dead giveaways. Damn hipsters!!

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  48. Thomas

    Stop the hate! Give this woman a chance. I’ve read about her qualifications…we are lucky to have her…….. in yiddish she would be could a “maven” God bless!

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  49. Bliss & Skillman

    43rd Street Resident said:

    “Sunnyside Shines BID new executive director qualifications. Actual working time spent in a position from 6 months to less then 1 year since 2007.”

    … then shows us these entries from her resume:

    Executive Director
    Sunnyside Shines Business Improvement District
    November 2012 – Present (1 month)
    Project Manager

    INIT, Innovations in Transportation, Inc.
    June 2010 – November 2012 (2 years 6 months) New York, NY
    Economic Development Consultant

    It seems math really DOES suck for 43rd Street Resident! 🙂

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  50. Angray

    @Bliss & Skillman – Reading comprehension not his strong suit either…

    “Thinks are looking up, not Jorsey like her predecessor. New executive director is a resident of Park Slope.”

    Article clearly says she is a resident of Greenpoint.

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  51. Krissi

    Well good luck to her!

    I actually think I might be good for this job… something to consider in the future 🙂

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  52. 43rd Street Resident

    All the negative blogs have nothing to do with Ms. Thieme, just the fustration that is felt with Sunnyside Shines BID group everytime they bring in another stooge from the outside of our neighborhood.

    President Board of Director Vogt listed James Bray’s annual salary was $41, 600 for his 2 1/2 years of work. I would like to see a show of hands if anyone believes he really did work, to go home after his tenure $100,000

    The Woodside/ Sunnyside Thanksgiving food pantry lines were 4 to 5 deep and several blocks long isn’t there a better way to spend this money. If the President of BID would actively search he would see 1 Ph.d, masters and college graduates that are out of work.

    I just hope not to see annual Christmas parties at Dazies that home addresses are in majority Long Island, Forest Hills and one in Virginia who all they bring to the table is appetites. It does say something about the exclusivity of the area.

    Remember we all are watching!

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  53. Mike Novak

    Dear Ms. Thieme,

    Ignore the cowards and haters who hide behind false names.

    You have a mighty task ahead of you.

    Your predecessor was not the best of caretakers. I witnessed this firsthand at a meeting that I attended when he was asked is he would commit a small percentage of the revenue the BID collects to remove gaffitti from the storefronts in the BID.

    He said, “Thats the city’s job. We are not spending any money on graffitti removal”

    That is only one of the many problems, and overall general bad feelings about the BID that you have inherited.

    I wish you the best of luck and I hope that you can evolve the BID into a successful one that cares more about the businesses and people of Sunnyside rather than just collecting fees and cashing paychecks.

    Thank you

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  54. Mike Novak

    Krissi,

    As someone who did not have a problem with, and even defended sleazy business owner Maluf, (former owner of the Bliss restaurant on 46th & Skillman) for lying to his landlord and passing bad checks as he screwed her out of nearly a years rent for his storefront space, you would the last person I would want running the BID.

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  55. 86Mets

    Can always count on Mike Novak to whip out the hate card when you don’t agree with him.

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  56. Thomas

    Ruben….
    Where does this contempt for others come from? You stereotype people in the same manner by which you accuse them? Your rants seem to be manifestations of emotional or inferiority disorder. Its up to you to decide wether to welcome others and be a part of the Sunnyside community. Hannukah season is upon us along with Kwanzaa and other Holidays…its time to reflect…..good luck and God bless!

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  57. It's all True

    Mike Novak is stuck on Maluf! Again! Let it go, Mike. I predict the current holder of the Bid job will leave within one year.

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  58. Thomas

    Mr. Novak….
    Unless you were a party to the lease between Mr. Maluf and the “landlord” how can you cast aspersions on the reputation of someone based upon hearsay or one side of the story. A lease is a contract maybe both parties were at fault or Mr. Maluf simply could not afford to pay. Lets wish the new BID represetative the best of luck….maybe she will surprise you! Think and educate yourself on the issues!

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  59. Angray

    Things people get worked up about.

    Novak – Maluf & dog crap
    Oppressed – Dogs
    Duro – MTA & Dogs
    Ruben – Hipster/hippies, Latinos

    What I can remember off the bat.

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  60. Mike Novak

    Thomas “Last name unknown”,

    I have been good friends with Dorothy Moorehead for thirty years. I know the facts of the case, its obvious that you do not.

    Have a nice day.

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  61. Thomas

    I assume ‘Dorothy Moorehead” is the owner of the property? Therefore you prove my point that your biased in her favor. Maybe she made a bad deal or did’nt follow thru on her end of the bargain. Before I slander this “Maluf” I would like to hear his version.

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  62. thomas

    Mr. Novack
    why are you so compelled to interfere in a dispute of which you are not invovled? Are you a shill for the owner…..if she has a legitimate grievance let her addres it before the court. I feel sory for you that your life is so devoid of any pursuit that you must attach yourself to this futile slander…….

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A 72-year-old woman is in critical condition after being struck by a car Friday night. A driver struck the woman while attempting to reverse into a parking spot at the intersection of Skillman Avenue and 52nd Street,…
K-9 Unit To Visit Sunnyside Students For Police Dog Demonstration
May 20, By Michael Florio
Sunnyside students will get to meet a police dog and learn about the NYPD’s K-9 unit at a P.S. 150 demonstration next week. The K-9 unit will teach students how to handle dogs, how to properly approach them and how to safely interact with them,…

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Phipps Faces Continued Objections as Zoning Process Moves Forward
May 24, By Christian Murray
More than 150 residents attended a public hearing last Wednesday to express their views on the controversial 10-story, 208-unit affordable housing development that is proposed to rise at 50-25 Barnett Ave. The attendees, many of whom were long-time Phipps Gardens Apartments residents,…
Elderly Woman In Critical Condition After Collision On 52nd Street
May 23, Staff Report
A 72-year-old woman is in critical condition after being struck by a car Friday night. A driver struck the woman while attempting to reverse into a parking spot at the intersection of Skillman Avenue and 52nd Street,…
K-9 Unit To Visit Sunnyside Students For Police Dog Demonstration
May 20, By Michael Florio
Sunnyside students will get to meet a police dog and learn about the NYPD’s K-9 unit at a P.S. 150 demonstration next week. The K-9 unit will teach students how to handle dogs, how to properly approach them and how to safely interact with them,…
Sports Authority to Close, Going-out-of-business sales to begin
May 19, By Michael Florio
Sports Authority is closing all of its 450-plus stores across the United States including its Northern Boulevard location, according to court filings. The Colorado-based company, which was once the largest sporting goods store chain in the country with stores in 41 states and Puerto Rico,…
Taste Of Sunnyside Sold Out In Record Time
May 19, By Michael Florio
Tickets for this year’s Taste Sunnyside have sold out in record time, according to organizers. The 2016 Taste of Sunnyside, an annual food festival held in a block-long tent under the 7 train between 45th and 46th Streets,…
Man Caught Grinding Woman And Teen Girl On 7 Train
May 19, Staff Report
A 64-year-old man has been arrested after repeatedly pressing himself against a woman and teenage girl on the 7 train. Mohamed H. Mohamed of East Elmhurst was spotted by two plain-clothes police officers on a Queens-bound train as he turned back and forth between the two victims.…
Stop Signs Will Stay At PS 361 Intersection, DOT Says
May 17, Staff Report
Stop signs will remain at 57th Street and 39th Avenue, an intersection near P.S. 361 where parents were petitioning to keep them. DOT officials confirmed that the agency will authorize a multi-way stop at this intersection and will also reinstall a crosswalk that had been removed.…
Nolan Opposes Phipps Houses’ 10-Story Development Plan Ahead of Public Hearing
May 18, By Christian Murray
Assemblywoman Cathy Nolan released a statement last night expressing her opposition to the 10-story development currently being proposed by Phipps Houses at 50-25 Barnett Avenue. Her announcement came on the eve of today’s public hearing at Sunnyside Community Services where residents will be able to provide their input on the controversial proposal that calls for 209 affordable units to go up adjacent to the LIRR tracks.…
Woodside Realtor Defrauded 19 Tenants Out Of Thousands, Faces 15 Years In Prison: Queens DA
May 17, Staff Report
The owner of two Woodside real estate firms was arrested yesterday for allegedly bilking clients out of their security deposits, agent fees and rental payments on unavailable apartments. Rosita Tsiklauri, a 47-year-old College Point resident,…
NYPD: Woman Robbed at Knifepoint near Queens Blvd/52nd Street
May 17, Staff Report
The police are searching for a man who robbed a 42-year-old woman at knifepoint in the vicinity of 52nd Street and Queens Boulevard last week. Police said the woman was walking along the street at 9:45 am,…
Seventeen Story Queens Blvd Hotel To Go Up, As Board of Standards And Appeals Thumbs Its Nose At CB2 And Councilman
May 16, By Christian Murray
Defying the wishes of Community Board 2 and Council Member Jimmy Van Bramer, the Board of Standards and Appeals has given the all clear to a developer to construct a 17-story hotel building at 32-45 Queens Blvd.…
Veterinarian To Open Clinic In Sunnyside
May 13, By Christian Murray
An Astoria-based veterinarian is opening a Sunnyside location. The Sunnyside clinic will be located at 45-10 Skillman Ave. and will be operated by the owner of the Steinway Animal Hospital. The Sunnyside clinic will not be open for a few months,…
Borough President Speaks Out Against Mayor’s Queens Blvd Decision; Dromm And Van Bramer Urge Bike Lanes
May 12, By Michael Florio
Queens Borough President Melinda Katz strongly opposes Mayor Bill de Blasio’s decision to override a local community board vote and put bike lanes on Queens Boulevard. Community Board 4 voted Tuesday night to approve a DOT safety proposal for Queens Boulevard,…
French cafe to open on Skillman Avenue
May 12, By Christian Murray 
A French café is opening on Skillman Avenue in the location that had once been occupied by Rosario’s Pizzeria. The café, which will be owned and operated by a Frenchman, is expected to open at its 50-12 Skillman Avenue location in mid June.…

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