Sunnyside at its best…by, George Burles

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  1. Oppressed Masses

    Great video Mr. Burles, congratulations! Thank you for keeping the focus on the people of Sunnyside. That was a very funny touch in the last 15 seconds or so, showing the least observed sign in our grand neighborhood.

  2. Rick Duro

    They should make one of those signs with a soccer/volleyball player on it as well. Also, a few signs for folks who toss trash on our sidewalks, break bottles, expectorate everywhere, leave car parts, urine jugs, etc etc etc.

    Dogs are owned BY people, OM.


  3. Sycamore

    Really nice.

  4. alicia z.

    nice video & song! good job!!!

  5. Kevin B

    They should also make a sign with a drunk white dude on it .......wit a kilt or sumting . And also a sign for no bicycle parking!!!!

  6. Marilyn S.

    Thank you, Geroge Burles, a very nice intro to our neighborhood!

  7. SuperWittySmitty

    Well done! Was that the Pogues? (I don't know the names of too many Irish bands- I know it wasn't the Chieftains!)

  8. SunnysidePostHatesMe

    You forgot to film all the homeless that hang out and s$$t under the train.

  9. Nevaeh

    HatesMe, Y hate you??? U no de homeless have no $$! Thats y they homeless =P. Why people keepin think dis sorta stuff when other stuff holds back good beginnings an future?? Makes me sad!

  10. 86Mets

    Maybe Ruben can make his own video about Sunnyside. I'm sure it would be a hoot.

  11. SunnysidePostHatesMe

    Nevaeh for all the love of whats holy and good take some English lessons. You see all that red under your words? It means STOP...and re-think what you plan to say. CUZ I CAN'T UNDERSTAND YOU!

  12. Rick Duro

    I second that 86Mets! I would love to see Ruben's video!

    Here is one from a SUDS dog's perspective, it stars Mercury the Weimaraner, from 2010.

    We entered into a contest that, had we won, would have gained us $ toward the dog run:



  13. Roxy

    Sunnyside was at its worst this morning (2/19) when a huge piledriver started breaking ground for the new school between 42nd and 43rd Streets. The vibrations felt like an earthquake at times. Though I live only half-a-block away, my chandeliers were shaking. i understand that numerous complaints were filed with local politicians. If they can't moderate the drilling, I suspect that some major damage will be done to surrounding buildings as well as to gas, electricity, and phone lines.

  14. Oppressed Masses

    Hey 86Mets maybe we can do a Kickstart to fund Ruben's video and perhaps correct some of injustices that occurred because of time limitations in Mr. Burles' film. For example, footage of the three or four old guys calling themselves SUDS and walking dogs in the St. Patrick's (not Pat's) Day Parade was apparently left on the cutting room floor. It's also important to recreate on film the Miracle of Skillman Avenue as told by Sunnyside Native when the priest at Queen of Angels brought a dog back from near death. These important events should not be excluded in the telling of Who We Are in Sunnyside.

  15. Rick Duro

    I heard that pounding sound all the way on Skillman this morning. It was so loud I thought it was happening on 43rd Ave, not across the Blvd.

  16. O'shea

    Om always gets the best of RD:)

  17. Sunnyside Native

    Father said he would be happy to reenact our dogs miracle cure (<-- as Oppressed Masses refers to it), plus he will throw in a free exorcism to get rid of the demons that lie within Oppresses Masses soul. Other than that OM, is undergoing intense psychotherapy to address his ‘Mommy issues’, which is why he hates dogs and refers to them as Satan and the embodiment of evil. It all makes sense now and the pieces of the puzzle have now come together. Now let’s wait to hear the outcome of OM’s exorcism.

    Comical video, Mr. Burles! I can't wait for the real barking and howling once the dog run finally opens!

  18. 86Mets


    What was the name of the dog the priest brought back from the dead?


  19. GB

    Thanks for posting this Christian and to everyone who took the time to watch and comment.

  20. Oppressed Masses

    Whoa, rim shot 86Mets!! But the dog's name is Son of Sunnyside Native.

  21. Oppressed Masses

    It is truly an oversight that the SUDS organization was not included in the Best of Sunnyside video. Notwithstanding our differing views in these pages, I have to agree that SUDS has been among the best, if not the best, community organizations for the betterment of our neighborhood. If nothing else, the new dog park will draw all the dog nuts to one place and leave the streets for the rest of us. And hopefully the other improvements to Lodati Park, perhaps the largest open public recreational space in Sunnyside, will draw a broader base of community members, young and old. Certainly in portraying images of the St. Patrick's Day in a video entitled "Best of Sunnyside", the fine showing of the SUDS group should have been included. My earlier comments in this regard were wrong and I apologize.

  22. Sunnyside Native

    Uh, oh. Oppressed Masses 'Mommy issues' is coming out again. Nuts refer to dogs as Satan and the embodiment of evil. I do believe that was your verbiage. Apparently Oppressed Masses 'lady of his dreams' must have abandoned him and his recekless behavior, probably not wanting to deal with all his craziness. Whew! She finally has seen the light! It's just a matter of time until Oppressed Masses is pooping under the EL with Squirts the chaaange bum and all his faithful followers...the pigeons.

    By the way, what positive things has Oppressed Masses done for Sunnyside? Hey, OM: Do you participate in clean up graffiti day? Nope. Do you assist elders in your neighborhood? Nope. Do you attend Community Board meetings? Nope. Do you help coordinate any local social functions? Nope. Do you work towards the accomplishment of any project in the neighborhood, i.e. renaming Winged Fist Way, lobbying for a local dog run. Nope. OM is just a taker and not a giver. Pretty sad existence.

  23. Time's Up

    Good work George. Nicely done.

  24. Rick Duro

    lazaruff. very funny!!!

    False/misguided comments by people who really have no clue about what our group has been through/accomplished over the past 11+ years (and will do in the future) does nothing to change our history of advocacy and continued mission moving forward.

    We set out to help improve the neighorhood for both dog owners non alike in Sunnyside. A newly revitalized park is coming to Sunnyside, one that everyone will be able to enjoy in one way or another.

    If we are nuts, then more people should be, it'd be a better world.

    Enjoy everyone.



  25. Mr. Murphy

    I for one would be interested to see what this Oppresses Masses person has done to improve our Sunnyside community? Simple question.

  26. 7TrainDelays

    @Mr Murphy

    If OM is a law abiding citizen and all he has done is to post some offensive comments (not illegal) on this site, then he doesn't owe you any further explanation of himself.


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A 39-year-old Sunnyside man was struck and seriously injured this morning when he jumped in front of an eastbound Long Island Rail Road train at the Woodside Station, according to the MTA.

The man, whose identify has not been disclosed, jumped from the station platform into the path of a Ronkonkoma-bound train at approximately 10:30 AM, according to the transit agency.

The man was removed from under the train with severe head and leg injuries and was unconscious when he was rushed by ambulance to Queens Hospital Center in Elmhurst, the police said.

The LIRR was forced to suspend eastbound service from Penn Station, except for the Port Washington Branch, for about an hour.


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‘The Good Wife’ to film in Sunnyside Tuesday

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Several Sunnyside streets will be taken over Tuesday to make way for “The Good Wife.”

The CBS show, which has received widespread acclaim, will be shooting on Skillman Avenue (between 48th and 49th Streets), as well as on 48th Street (btw. 43rd and Barnett Avenues) and 49th Street (between Skillman and Barnett). Vehicles parked on these streets Tuesday are likely to be towed.

The show focuses on the fictional character Alicia Florrick (Julianna Margulies), whose husband Peter Florrick (Chris Noth), a former State Attorney, has been jailed following a notorious political corruption and sex scandal.

The series was partly inspired by the Eliot Spitzer prostitution scandal, as well as by other prominent political sex scandals, particularly those of John Edwards and Bill Clinton.

The show, which premiered in 2009, has won five Emmys.

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Town hall meetings scheduled this week, with advice provided on snagging an affordable unit on LIC waterfront


Sept. 28, By Christian Murray

Sunnyside and Woodside residents will get their chance to learn how to apply for an affordable rental unit on the Long Island City waterfront this week.

The application period to snag an apartment in the Hunters Point South complex is expected to begin shortly and Community Board 2 leaders—along with the development company– will be holding two meetings this week telling residents how to apply,

The applicants will be aiming to get one of the 925 affordable apartments that are expected to be completed early next year.

The first meeting is scheduled for Monday, Sept. 29, at the Sunnyside Community Services Center at 7pm. A second meeting will be held at the Big Six Towers on Wednesday, Oct. 1 at 7 pm.

Community Board 2 residents—who currently live in Sunnyside, Woodside and Long Island City—will be given priority over outside applicants on 50% of the units.

The income requirements are broad and tailored more toward middle income earners. For example, units have been set aside for individuals/families who make very little to those who make up to $190,000, based on numbers released last year by the Bloomberg administration.

For details on the meetings, see below:

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Sunnyside Restaurant Week kicks off October 20, more than 30 restaurants participating
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Sept. 25, By Christian Murray

Sunnyside’s second annual restaurant week is scheduled to take place next month and 32 restaurants have already signed up to participate.

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“Last year’s event was a big success for neighborhood restaurants,” said Rachel Thieme, executive director, of Sunnyside Shines. “I am proud that we have doubled the number.”

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The Sunnyside Greenmarket might be open all-year round if the organizers get enough support from the community.

The market, which is located on Skillman Avenue between 42nd and 43rd Streets, is currently open on Saturdays from May through December.

However, Jessenia Cagle, the coordinator of the market, said that the farmers are willing to come to Sunnyside all-year round. She said that she has been circulating a petition calling for market to remain open every Saturday–including during the cold winter months. So far she has 800 signatures.

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The Council voted 49-0 in favor of the legislation that was introduced by Jimmy Van Bramer following three hit-and-run deaths that have occurred in Western Queens in the past year.

“I am proud to have sponsored Intro 371, the ‘Justice for Hit and Run Victims Act,’” Van Bramer said in a statement. “I was moved to introduce this bill in response to the death of three people who were killed in my district by drivers who fled the scene.”

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“They all lost their lives because of the unconscionable actions of reckless drivers who showed no concern for the lives of these three people,” Van Bramer said. “We will never know if one or all of them could have been saved had the drivers done the right thing: stopped their car and called 911.”

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Under the bill, those who leave the scene of an incident without taking action would be subject to pay a civil penalty of up to $500 if property damage stems from the incident; $1,000 to $2,000 if a person is injured; and $2,000 to $10,000 if there is serious injury or death.

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Mayor Bill de Blasio is expected to sign the bill into law. The law would take effect ninety days after he signs it.

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City officials and boxing enthusiasts turned out Saturday for the co-naming of 45th Street to pay tribute to the now-demolished Sunnyside Garden Arena where fighters and wrestlers used to duke it out.

The Sunnyside Garden Arena, a 2,000-seat venue that was once located where Wendy’s now stands at 44-11 Queens Blvd, hosted boxing events from 1945 to 1977 during the golden years of NYC boxing. Many famous fighters from that era got their start at the arena, and it was a stepping stone to the brighter lights of Madison Square Garden.

Members of the Ring 8 Boxing Association, a group for retired boxers, unveiled the new street sign along with Dave Diamante, the official announcer at the Barclays Center, and Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer.

Two years ago, many of the same boxing enthusiasts came out when a memorial was placed on the front lawn of Wendy’s that also marked the location.

John Edebohls, who was raised just a couple of blocks away from the arena, said when the memorial was unveiled:“This place launched many careers: Emile Griffith [middleweight world champ] and Jose Torres [light heavyweight world champ].”

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Irish Music Festival to hit Boulevard on Saturday, wounded veterans to benefit
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Sept. 22, By Michael Florio

Eleven bars and restaurants—known as Sunnyside’s Boulevard Bars–are teaming up to host an Irish music festival this Saturday.

The eleven establishments, which are located on or near Queens Blvd, are hosting the 2nd annual Halfway to St. Patrick’s Day music festival.

The event will kick off at 6 pm, Sept. 27, with live music and drink specials at every participating bar.

The drink specials are for party goers who purchase a $10 wristband. The specials, which are available at all 11 establishments, include $3 ciders, $4 well drinks and $5 craft beers. Each bar/restaurant may also offer its own additional specials.

There will be live music, dancing, bagpipers and DJs. There will also be authentic Irish meals, such as Bar 43’s Irish festival menu, which will consist of Irish beef stew, Irish style fish and chips and an all day Irish breakfast.

Proceeds from the event will be donated to wounded veterans who are currently being treated at the Walter Reed Army Medical Center.

Participating bars include, The Courtyard Ale House, Bar 43, McGuinness’s Saloon, PJ Horgan’s, Molly Blooms, Jack’s Fire Dept., Bliss Street Station, Arriba Arriba, The Gaslight, Sidetracks, and Maggie Mae’s.

The event will be the Boulevard of Bars’ sixth major event in the past two years. So far, it has raised more than $25,000 for charities and local organizations.

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