Sunnyside Shines starts streetscaping program– with focus on trees

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  1. Rebecca

    Yay!

    More trash cans too please!

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  2. South

    A great idea. While there are clearly many things this neighborhood needs to focus on, it will be nice to see fewer tree pits operating as full-time dog-turd collection sites. Glad to see that local businesses are continuing to support Sunnyside Shines.

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  3. Dog Owner

    This is definitely a good idea, as is adding more trash cans. But South, don't blame all dog owners for the irresponsible actions of the lazy dog owners who don't pick up their dog's poop.

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  4. Dorothy Morehead

    Great project for the community.

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  5. JOR

    Great project that will hopefully give the newly planted trees a better chance of survival and protection against dog poop and urine.

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  6. 43 Resident

    Local property owners Pickman Realty ?? Who and where do they own property??

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  7. The Grimster

    That's right it's all the dogs fault geez what a bunch hateful CREEPS live in Sunnyside. Like I have said beofre there is more garbage and waste from humans than from Dogs.

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  8. GUTTERSNIPE

    What the hell is the matter with most Sunnyside dog owners! The Dog Sh*t and Dog urine stained streets ate disguisting. Dont these morons know that they are supposed to curb their dogs. It means control your dog
    and not to allow your 4-legged friend to befoul the sidewalk (pavement), but to convince him somehow that the road is a canine toilet. Maybe if we just relieved ourselves in front of their house doorsteps and apartment doors they'll get the message.

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  9. 5_foot_gremlin

    The dogshit on Sunnyside Streets is out of control!

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  10. Margo

    Nice project. Skillman Ave. desperately needs trash cans. I don't see any and there are businesses. What is the problem? Sanitation Dept. ? I think people would use them if they are available. What is the problem?

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  11. when people learn how to park/drive

    I'll drag my dog into the street to poo/pee...

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  12. Anoymous

    I am all in favor of more neighborhood lush of plantings throughout the South side of Queen's Blvd. But, what about more planting on the North side of Queen's Blvd.? Is that going to be neglected? The area of Sunnyside/Woodside prides it's self on it's plantings which date back to the 1940's.

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  13. doglover

    Let's see if any of the dog owners step up and sponsor the tree shields and , more importantly, keep their pets out and clean up after them.

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  14. car 54

    Bollards are important on the Boulevard... so folks can tie up their boats...

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  15. Sunnysider

    Why does Sunnyside south have so few trees compared Sunnyside north?

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  16. Sunnysideisblooming

    Sunnyside Shines and the BID have done a great job. I am planning an effort to do similar work in other area of Sunnyside not covered by the BID. If you are interested go to my website and get involved.
    http://Sunnysideisblooming.com

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  17. Krissi

    Sunnysider

    The much of the northside was a planned project so, in essence, the trees were planned too. The most "tree" area of the southside is arguably Celtic Park, also a planned project.

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  18. Tequilla Mockingbird

    Great initiative.

    I would take it a step further in the beautification of Greenpoint avenue and suggest informing the store owners of what awnings and store fronts look like in other more vibrant and commercially successful neighborhoods.

    Working class and unpretentious doesn't mean have to mean tacky and dated looking.

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  19. The Grimster

    doglover you are an ASSWIPE!

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  20. J-Low

    @ Guttersnipe: the next time your Mama is taking a crap on the toilet bowl, pull her off the bowl mid-crap and tell me what her reaction is! When my dog catches a scent that encourages him to poop, I am not dragging him to a lew location closer to the curb to make some of you idiots happy. Screw that. I pick up his crap and dispense it at the nearest garbage can.

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  21. rikki

    Nobody should own a Dog in an apartment. The more apartment houses that ban dogs the better I like it.

    If you want to own a dog then buy or rent a house with its own backyard....keep the poop in your yard.

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  22. Local Realtor

    Sorry to disappoint you Rikki, but more & more apartment buildings are allowing dogs and most owners allow their sub-tenants to have a dog. It is filling the need of supply & demand and more & more people in Sunnyside want to own a dog. Like in the other boroughs.

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  23. South Side Johnny

    Maybe it's true that most of the dog owners do clean up (what they can) after their dogs, but it's also true that most of the really offensive stuff on our sidewalks comes from dogs. I really do not want to deal with dog waste and choose not to own a dog, but because of a minority segment of our population who refuse to cooperate, I am forced to encounter all kinds of dog mess on the sidewalk on a regular basis. Honestly, it's disgusting. Who are you people who do not seem to mind living like this??

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  24. J-Low

    My cousin is a sanitation worker right here in Sunnyside. He said dog feces on our sidewalks was a problem, but has gotten much better. He said the general garbage that people litter on the sidewalks is the bigger issue. He said in the past 4 months he has found 2 used condoms and 1 hypodermic needle on two different sidewalks in Sunnyside. THIS is what we should be concerned about; not dog crap. Dog crap is old news that has significantly improved. Talk about something else already. Some of you sound like a broken record.

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  25. Sunnysider

    How much to sponsor a tree guard? Really hope landlords are made to help out in this program. They take the rents from tenants but do nothing to improve the neigherhood

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  26. GUTTERSNIPE

    @ J-Low: How obvious it is that you are one of the culprits that stain our streets with your dogs’ feces and urine! It sounds like you have no control over your dog. Maybe you should own a hamster instead. I’ve owned a few dogs and it was never a problem training them to relieve themselves in the road. Your statement about “Mama” just shows what a LOW LIFE you really are!

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  27. 43rd & 43rd

    We definitely need more trash cans. Overflowing cans and scattered garbage are already an issue, and the MTA is now planning to REMOVE trash cans from stations all along the 7 train.

    http://new.mta.info/news/2014/01/27/trash-can-removal-pilot-expand

    I think this deserves an article of its own. We definitely need strategies to deal with this instead of just letting trash get all over our stations and streets.

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  28. 43rd & 43rd

    Apologies for that last comment--when I read the MTA's article earlier today, the affected stations would be along the 7 and the M. Currently the article says the J and the M.

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  29. Jodi

    Kudos to White Castle and Pickman. What about ING, Burger King, CVS, Capital One, Chase, McDonalds and Wendys?

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  30. Jodi

    People are definitely not responsible dog owners. If you want to be a pet owner in the city picking up messes is all a part of the package. Oh and we need more trash cans!

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  31. Jodi

    Sunnysideisblooming, Thank you! I'd like to help if possible. I'll sign up at your website.

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  32. J-Low

    @ Guttersnipe: what was your Mama's reaction when you pulled her off the bowl? I perform my due diligence my picking up my dogs fecal matter and I am not stopping my dog from taking a crap to appease some of you tools. So just get over it already. It's a shame that some owners do not pick up their dogs crap. Yes, we do need more trash cans. Please contact JVB's office or the Dept. of Sanitation. Let me know how that goes.

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  33. The Grimster

    Maybe parents should pick up after there Demon Spawn!!!! who throw garbage everywhere.

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  34. Sunnysider

    Sunnyside United Dog Society (SUDS)....what a crock...more like Sunnyside Under Dog Sh*t!!!
    Dog owners think it is a free pass when it snows!! I love dogs - but obviously the owners in Sunnyside are not up to it! Yes - it is not just a few owners giving you all a bad name, I would say there is probably one owner who picks up for every two who do not.
    I walked by up to 20 piles of dog sh*t on way to work this morning - and that is only a few blocks!! These people make me sick!! It is disgusting!!
    I feel bad for some of the poor dogs couped up all day in an apt, get to walk a few times if they are lucky. Bursting to go to bathroom and barely make it outside!! Every day there is a pool of dog p*ss outside my building, sometimes a trail of p*ss from elevator to the door, dogs p*ssing all over recently planted trees. It's too much!!

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  35. The Grimster

    SUNNYSIDE YOU ARE FULL OF CACA!!!!

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  36. J-Low

    @ Sunnysider: go pop your Viagra, get busy with your lady and maybe you will be a lot happier once you get your rocks off.

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  37. Newby

    I moved to Sunnyside 2 years ago. I love it here. My neighbor has a dog & I go with her to the dog run with her dog. It does appear that the poop situation is much better now. I have met a couple of SUDS members and they are great. I am hoping to get a dog myself very soon. Go SUDS!

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  38. Guttersnipe

    @J-LOW LIFE: It seems you're the only tool posting here, and obviously not the sharpest tool in the shed! If you were performing your due diligence we wouldn't see your dog sh*t & pee stains all over our streets. Dogs can be trained to do their business in the road not on the street. It seem you lack the intelligence to do so. Garbage cans from the Dept. of Sanitation are not needed here. Just the removal of the trashy unconcerned dog owners like yourself!

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  39. Sunnyside Native

    @ Sunnysider - your comments are so ridiculous. The piles of poop that you speak of is a lie. Which block are you referring to? The majority of dogs in our neighborhood have a dog walker. We have around 10 dog walkers in the area now. Then consider the fact in the new world that we live in that many dog owners work from home, so the dogs get to go out more often. So most dogs are NOT couped up in an apartment. But thanks for being so concerned about our neighborhood dogs . Sunnyside has some of the most pampered pooches in the city. More & more buildings are going dog friendly, so get used to it!

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  40. Woody Woodpecker

    Amen - Sunnyside Native.

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  41. Sunnysid-ster

    I’m still..I'm still J-Low from the block…used to live in a neighborhood with a little not a lot (of poop)…I’m still..I’m still J-Low from the block!!

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  42. Sunnyside Native

    @ Guttersnipe - more garbage cans are definitely needed here. Get your head out of your ass & look around. It doesn't take a friggin rocket scientist to see that. I have seen so many store owners and/or tenants that live above the stores on Skillman Avenue, between 45th & 46th Street, throw their garbage out in the corner trash can receptacles. This, I believe, is part of why these corner trash cans get filled up so quickly. Everybody wants us dog owners to clean up after our dogs and most of us do. More trash cans would help in that endeavor.

    By the way - I pick up after my dogs & others if I see poop laying on the sidewalk. However, I agree with Jlow in that I am not dragging my dogs to the curb like cattle, interrupting him when he is mid-pee or mid-poop to appease any of you either. Deal with it!

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  43. GUTTERSNIPE

    @ Sunnyside Native - You And J LOW LIFE must walk your dogs together. People like yourselves shouldn't have dogs. You have no idea how to train or control your dogs. It's a real pity we all have to suffer for your uncaring attitude!

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  44. Sunnyside Native

    @ Guttersnipe - I will repeat myself because you seem to lack intelligence. I pick up my dogs poop, plus other dogs poop. Also, SUDS holds an annual scoop the poop day where we canvas the neighborhood from 40th Street to 48th Street, from Queens Blvd. down to Barnett Avenue, to pick up poop that did not come from my dogs. What am I am NOT doing is stopping my dog from doing a very natural act, by dragging or pulling him into the gutter, when he has already started doing his business. So move on! I am not risking myself or my dogs getting hit by a passing car, or deal with cars that are parking, to curtail my dog in the street to appease you - somebody who sounds like an A-hole. Get a grip and good night!

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  45. GUTTERSNIPE

    @ Sunnyside Native - It seems the only one that lacks intellengence here is yourself. It seems I have to repeat myself. Our streets are here for pedestrians to walk on and children to play on, NOT YOUR DOG TO SH*T AND PEE ON !! Oh by the way, when YOU feel a natural act comming on do you just do it anywhere you want or do relieve yourself in a Proper Place? If you are a "Native" your a pretty poor excuse for one. So get a grip on your dog and get over it!

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  46. Sunnyside Native

    @ Guttersnipe - Great comeback. You seem to have repeated the words that I said to you in the last post. I guess you are not very articulate. You could very well be the biggest tool in Sunnyside. The sidewalks are not for our neighborhood children to play on. That is what we have parks and playgrounds for, in which case we have five (5) parks in the vicinity for parents to take their children to and I will list them for you because you appear to be especially clueless: Lou Lodati Park / Torsney Park, Noonan Park, Sunnyside Gardens Park (go with a member if you are not one), Lawrence Virgilio Park and Doughboy Park. The sidewalk is an artery for live beings with two legs and four legs to walk, in order to get from one point to another. All solid canine fecal matter should be picked up and disposed of properly. Dog owners walk our dogs so they can do their business and relieve themselves. I am not stopping my dog from doing his business. I keep them off of lawns. So you are wasting your breath. You keep running your mouth, but it isn't going to get you anywhere. The next time you see a puddle that you perceive as dog urine, put on your big boy / big girl pants and walk around it. Or look at it as a little gift that my dog left for you...Good Night!

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  47. Jodi

    aiy yai yai

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  48. Jiminy Cricket

    Agree with S. Native. My dog takes a dump and I pick it up. I am not stopping her from going when she starts.

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The two men allegedly approached the man inside the Chase bank ATM area at around 9:23 am, punched him in the face and removed $100 and debit card from his pocket.

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81-year old Sunnysider beaten and robbed at Chase Bank

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Oct. 27, By Christian Murray

An 81-year-old Sunnyside resident was punched in the face and then robbed at the Chase bank branch at 46-10 Queen Blvd Sunday morning.

William Eichhorn, who has lived in the Phipps Houses for the past 50 years, had just finished mass at St. Sebastian’s church and walked up to the Queens Blvd branch to get cash for a newspaper and bagel and get pocket money for the week.

While taking out $100 at about 9:30 am, two men allegedly approached him from behind by the ATM machine and demanded money, the police said. He refused and was punched in the face and thrown to the ground. While on the ground, the men took his cash and riffled through his pockets. They fled with his debit card, the police said.

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Sunnyside Gardens turns 90, preservationists unveil historic district markers
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Oct. 26, By Christian Murray

In October 1924, the City Housing Corp unveiled the first section of the Sunnyside Gardens that consisted of houses and coops built on 47th Street between 43rd and Skillman Avenues.

Ninety years later, Herbert Reynolds, president of the Sunnyside Gardens Preservation Alliance, held an event to mark the occasion by placing three signs throughout the district that provides a brief history of the area and a map.

Reynolds led a tour around Sunnyside Gardens and stopped off at various locations to unveil the signs. The signs were placed near the corner of 46th Street and Skillman Avenue; on 47th Street (between Queens Blvd and 43rd Avenue); and near Sunnyside [Gardens] Park.

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Sunnyside Shines cuts the ribbon to 40th Street/Lowery Plaza

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Oct. 26, By Christian Murray

The gritty entrance to the 40th Street subway station has been transformed into a tidy plaza complete with tables, chairs and planters.

Sunnyside Shines cut the ribbon Friday to what’s now called “Lowery Plaza,” which features planters, tables and chairs. The opening comes just three months after the successful launch of the “Bliss Plaza” at 46th Street that has been well received since it opened.

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“We have received such positive feedback from community members and business owners about the success of the Bliss Plaza,” Thieme said, adding that “I’m delighted to replicate this success at Lowery Plaza.”

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Italian restaurant to open at former ‘New Post Coffee’ location

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Oct. 23, By Christian Murray

An Italian restaurant will be opening in Sunnyside—at the very location where the New Post Coffee Shop was located for 50 years.

One of the two new owners is a Sunnyside resident who lives on the same block as the 40th Street/Queens Blvd restaurant. He is from Milan and has recently sold an Italian restaurant that he owned in Spain in order to focus on this restaurant. His business partner is from Puglia who manages an Italian restaurant in Manhattan.

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Construction is expected to take 3 months. The owners, who have yet to come up with a name for the establishment, are hoping to open the restaurant by February.

The owners also plan to provide outdoor seating on the 40th Street side of the property. The goal is to have it ready by summer 2015.

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“I love Sunnyside, the people make this such a great neighborhood,” he said.

He said the restaurant will be good for neighborhood. “It will improve how the corner looks and will offer great food.”

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Police seek man who touched woman’s chest at Marshalls

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Oct. 22, Staff Report

The police are looking for a man who allegedly grabbed a woman’s chest at Marshalls on Saturday.

The police said suspect approached a 55-year-old woman at the 48-18 Northern Boulevard store at about 6:40pm on October 18 and touched her with both hands—and then fled.

The victim was not hurt as a result of this incident.

The suspect has been described as a black male in his 20s, approximately 5’8″ and 160lbs. He was last seen wearing red pants, black t-shirt, black book bag and tan boots.

Anyone with information in regards to this assault is asked to call the NYPD’s Crime Stoppers Hotline at 800-577-TIPS.

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Artwork under 40th Street Station is removed—to make room for 40th Street/Lowery plaza

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Oct. 22, By Christian Murray

The artwork/excise equipment beneath the 40th Street station was removed today to make room for the 40th Street/ Lowery Plaza that will be unveiled this Friday.

Workers began disassembling the stainless steel workout equipment and rubber mats at about 11 am this morning, which the workers said was on route to be displayed in North Carolina.

The equipment/artwork, which went up last October, aimed to “bring art and function [to the subway area],” said Darren Goins, the artist, at the time.

Today, as Goins was disassembling his work, he said that his Sunnyside exhibition was well received. He said that it had been replicated in other parts of the city and that it had been written about in an art magazine.

However, many residents were perplexed by the artwork and wanted it removed shortly after it went up.

The 40th Street Lowery Plaza is scheduled to open Friday with a ribbon cutting taking place there at 1pm. It would have opened in summer—but the artist had a contract with the Department of Transportation to have his work displayed there until October.

Sunnyside Shines Business Improvement District (BID) will be power washing the concrete beneath the 40th Street Station and setting up planters as well as tables & chairs. The plaza will be very similar to the Bliss Plaza that opened at 46th Street on July 29.

The two plazas stem from an application the BID filed with the DOT last summer for the two sites to be included as part of the NYC Plaza Program.

The DOT approved the BID’s proposal and agreed to help design the plazas and provide the funding.

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Italian restaurant to open at former ‘New Post Coffee’ location
New-Post Oct. 23, By Christian Murray An Italian restaurant will be opening in Sunnyside—at the very location where the New Post Coffee Shop was located for 50 years. One of the two new owners is a Sunnyside resident who lives on the same block as the 40th Street/Queens Blvd restaurant. He is from Milan and has recently sold an Italian restaurant that he owned in Spain in order to focus on this restaurant. His business partner is from Puglia who manages an Italian restaurant in Manhattan. The owners signed the lease Tuesday and plan to spend in excess of $200,000 on gutting the premises—from floor to ceiling—and rebuilding it. The establishment will have a new kitchen, floors, walls and bathroom. It will also come with a coffee station, pastry counter as well as a bar. Construction is expected to take 3 months. The owners, who have yet to come up with a name for the establishment, are hoping to open the restaurant by February. The owners also plan to provide outdoor seating on the 40th Street side of the property. The goal is to have it ready by summer 2015. The Sunnyside owner, Valerio, who elected not to provide his last name since he is working at an Italian restaurant at present, said he wants to change people’s mentality of the location.”People know this place as dirty and I want to change that,” he said. New Post had been closed by the Health Department several times in recent years. The Italian restaurant will primarily be a café in the morning, offering coffee and pastries. It will sell items such as paninis, pastas and salads for lunch. The dinner menu will be comprised of traditional meat, fish and pasta dishes, Valerio said. However, he said he is working on the finer details. Valerio has lived in Sunnyside with his wife for the past 10 years—although he has spent most of his summers at his former restaurant in Spain. The 34-year-old has been in the US for 12 years. Valerio said he wants to focus on Sunnyside. He has a 7-year-daughter who attends PS 150 and a 3-year-old daughter who will be going there soon. “I love Sunnyside, the people make this such a great neighborhood,” he said. He said the restaurant will be good for neighborhood. “It will improve how the corner looks and will offer great food.”
Police seek man who touched woman’s chest at Marshalls
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Oct. 22, Staff Report The police are looking for a man who allegedly grabbed a woman’s chest at Marshalls on Saturday. The police said suspect approached a 55-year-old woman at the 48-18 Northern Boulevard store at about 6:40pm on October 18 and touched her with both hands—and then fled. The victim was not hurt as a result of this incident. The suspect has been described as a black male in his 20s, approximately 5'8" and 160lbs. He was last seen wearing red pants, black t-shirt, black book bag and tan boots. Anyone with information in regards to this assault is asked to call the NYPD's Crime Stoppers Hotline at 800-577-TIPS.
Artwork under 40th Street Station is removed—to make room for 40th Street/Lowery plaza
artwork 002 Oct. 22, By Christian Murray The artwork/excise equipment beneath the 40th Street station was removed today to make room for the 40th Street/ Lowery Plaza that will be unveiled this Friday. Workers began disassembling the stainless steel workout equipment and rubber mats at about 11 am this morning, which the workers said was on route to be displayed in North Carolina. The equipment/artwork, which went up last October, aimed to “bring art and function [to the subway area],” said Darren Goins, the artist, at the time. Today, as Goins was disassembling his work, he said that his Sunnyside exhibition was well received. He said that it had been replicated in other parts of the city and that it had been written about in an art magazine. However, many residents were perplexed by the artwork and wanted it removed shortly after it went up. The 40th Street Lowery Plaza is scheduled to open Friday with a ribbon cutting taking place there at 1pm. It would have opened in summer—but the artist had a contract with the Department of Transportation to have his work displayed there until October. Sunnyside Shines Business Improvement District (BID) will be power washing the concrete beneath the 40th Street Station and setting up planters as well as tables & chairs. The plaza will be very similar to the Bliss Plaza that opened at 46th Street on July 29. The two plazas stem from an application the BID filed with the DOT last summer for the two sites to be included as part of the NYC Plaza Program. The DOT approved the BID’s proposal and agreed to help design the plazas and provide the funding.
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Police seek men who shot four bystanders outside LIC club
Oct. 22, By Christian Murray The police are searching for two men who allegedly got into a gun fight outside a Long Island City nightclub Sunday and shot four bystanders. The incident occurred at about 10:45 pm on Oct. 19 in front of Allure Night Club, located at 33-02 Queens Blvd. The two individuals shot four people—one man in the chest, while the three others in the leg. The victims were driven to area hospitals by their own means. The police are asking the public's assistance in finding the whereabouts of the two shooters. One of the suspects is described as a black male with short hair who was wearing a gray sweatshirt and bright colored sneakers the night of the shooting. There was no description for the second suspect. Anyone with information in asked to call the NYPD's Crime Stoppers Hotline at 800-577-TIPS.
Sunnyside struck by six burglaries in the past week
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Oct. 20, By Christian Murray There have been six burglaries in Sunnyside in the past week, with thieves taking items such as iPhones, iPads, laptops and credit cards, police said. The burglaries started on Tuesday, Oct. 14, when four apartments on 40th Street (btw. 43rd Ave. and 47th Avenues) were targeted. The perpetrator started at 8 am when he entered 45-48 40th Street and broke into two apartments, before fleeing with several electronic items, police said. Then at 11:45 am, a burglar gained access to an apartment at 43-38 40th Street and stole items such as an iPhone and credit card. Later that day, a burglar attempted to break into an apartment at 43-34 40th at around 3:30 pm. The victim heard a noise in living room, causing the suspect to flee. But the thieves were not done. On Wednesday, Oct. 15, a burglar broke into 43-32 40th Street around 4:15pm and fled with several items, police said. Shortly after the incidents, the police sent in somewhere between 15 and 20 officers to keep tabs on the area and the burglaries ceased. However, while the problem in stopped in the 40s, two burglaries took place in the 50s later in the week. On Friday, Oct. 17, the police reported burglaries at 41-25 50th Street and 39-72 52 Street. In addition to the burglaries, two cars in Sunnyside Gardens were tampered with during the week. One had its tires and rims stolen—before being placed on blocks. The other had its window smashed. Anyone with information on any of these incidents is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-577-TIPS. Furthermore, in the case of the burglaries, if anyone sees anyone suspicious on a fire escape or in a court yard they are asked to call the police. 47th Street autodamage  
Sunnyside Restaurant Week kicks off Monday
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Salt & Fat

Oct. 19, By Christian Murray Sunnyside’s second annual restaurant week kicks off Monday and 33 restaurants have signed up to participate. The event, organized by Sunnyside Shines, aims to showcase Sunnyside as a destination for high-quality cuisine. Its goal is tempt residents to try new places and draw foodies from other parts of New York City. Furthermore, there will also be artwork on display at five participating restaurant—with three of those pieces coming from Sunnyside artists. On Monday, there will be a reception held at 7pm at Salt and Fat (41-16 Queens Boulevard) to mark restaurant week. The reception will include a guided tour of the five art installations as well as a movie screening at Dazies. The art is being curated by No Longer Empty, a Manhattan-based contemporary art organization. The work will be on display at Bucharest Restaurant, Los Verdes, PJ Horgan’s, Salt & Fat and Venturo. However, for many, the main attraction won’t be the art—it will be the food. Each restaurant will serve a three course dinner menu for $25—from lunchtime Monday through Friday Oct. 24. The participating restaurants span the globe. There will be Japanese, Turkish, Irish, Italian, Romanian, Mexican, Peruvian, French, Colombian, Filipino, Paraguayan, Tibetan, Thai, and Seasonal American food on offer. Restaurants from Skillman Avenue through 47th Avenue have signed up this year. Last November, when Sunnyside Restaurant Week was launched, 17 restaurants took part. “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.” Participating restaurants will also include newcomers to the Sunnyside scene—such as Tibetan Dumpling Café and Blu Orchid. Venturo and Salt & Fat, which were recently recognized as Michelin “Bib Gourmands,” will be participating again this year. Sunnyside Shines has listed the 33 restaurants on its website. Most have put together a special menu just for Sunnyside Restaurant Week.
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Parking costs might rise in Sunnyside/Woodside, as DOT has preliminary plans to introduce ‘Park Smart’
meters Oct. 17, By Christian Murray Representatives from the Department of Transportation attended a Community Board 2 meeting last week and introduced a preliminary plan to introduce “Park Smart”-- a program that aims to free up parking spaces--in Sunnyside, Woodside and Long Island City. The program attempts to reduce the time it takes for motorists to find parking in business districts-- by changing meter rates, extending park hours and modifying commercial parking zones. The program was first introduced in Queens in 2013, with the implementation of a pilot program in Jackson Heights. The program typically focuses on changing the meter rates to encourage short-term parking through “progressive” rates. For instance on certain streets in Jackson Heights, it now costs 50 cents to park for 30 minutes, $1:50 for an hour, $2:50 for 90 minutes and $4 for 2 hours. However, in some cases, the parking period has been extended on certain streets. For instance, one hour limits have been increased to two. Park Smart typically aims to change the commercial parking and delivery zones. “Early Morning Delivery Zones” are often established to provide loading space before the meters turn on at 10 a.m., and “Paid Commercial Parking Zones” reserve daytime metered spaces for commercial uses. The Department of Transportation will not introduce the system unless business owners opt into the program. The DOT representatives told the Community Board 2 that it will reach out to Sunnyside Shines Business Improvement District, the Long Island City Partnership and Woodside on the Move to get their feedback. Those groups are likely to conduct a survey of local businesses to get their feedback. Park Smart is not a program that typically goes into effect overnight as the DOT typically evaluates each street to determine whether the parking times and rates need to be modified. Furthermore it is typically implemented as a pilot program before becoming permanent. The programs were made permanent in Park Slope and Greenwich Village, after they were deemed effective, according to the DOT. However, the pilot program on Madison Avenue and East 86th Street was brought to a halt after it was viewed as being ineffective, according to published reports. For more information on Park Smart click here https://www.scribd.com/doc/243356677/Jackson-Heights-PARK-Smart
Sunnyside building winds up on ‘Worst Landlord Watch List’
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43-15 46th Street

Oct. 16, By Christian Murray New York’s annual "Worst Landlord Watch List" was released last week and it included a poorly-run building in Sunnyside and one in Woodside. The list, released by Public Advocate Letitia James, reported that the third worst building in Queens—in terms of violations—is located at 43-15 46th Street. The building, which is a 6-story 88-unit complex, has 271 outstanding violations, according to the report. While the building is a coop, it has several renters—although the exact number is not known. The original landlord, who took the building coop about 25 years ago, rents several units, according to published reports. The violations, which have been filed with HPD, deal with water leaks, missing smoke detectors, loose bathroom tiles, mold and defective faucets. The managing agent of the building is Aras Properties, which is located in Cedarhurst. The head officer is Kevin Kane, who could not be reached for comment. Meanwhile, the landlord who runs a Woodside building has the fifth worst record in Queens, with 223 violations. The building, located at 39-30 59th Street, is a 6-story 78 unit complex. The violations include complaint about roaches, defective plastered surfaces, broken stoves, mold and missing smoke detectors. The owner of the building is Harry Silverstein. Silverstein could not be reached for comment. Click here for the Worst Landlord List Click here to look up the violations in any building
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43-15 46th Street.

 
Application period for Hunters Point South has begun
Hunters Point South building Oct. 15, By Christian Murray The application period for the apartments at the Hunters Point South Development in Long Island City went live today. The application forms can be filled out on line at New York Housing Connect, which requires applicants to provide details such as their income and apartment sought. Those interested have until December 15 to submit an application. There are 925 apartments up for grabs, with 186 apartments available to those applicants who fall into the “low income” bracket. To qualify as low income, an applicant seeking a studio cannot make more than $30,000—while a family seeking a 3 bedroom unit must earn less than $50,000 per year. For those who qualify for the “low income” bracket, the rents would range in price from $494 per month for a studio to as high as $959 for a three bedroom. However, the limits are significantly higher for the 738 “moderate income” apartments on offer. The maximum income permitted to be eligible for a studio is a little over $130,000, while the maximum household income for a 3 bedroom unit is about $225,000. The rents for “moderate income” earners will range from $1,561-$1997 for a studio, $1,965-2,509 for a one bedroom, $2,366-$3,300 for a 2 bedroom and $2,729-$4,346 for a three bedroom. Preference will be given to applicants who live within the Community Board 2 district, which covers Sunnyside, Woodside and Long Island City. affordablerents affordablehousingmoderate income
Village Voice declares Salt & Fat Sunnyside’s best restaurant
saltfat-350x263 Oct 15, Staff Report The Village Voice has just named Salt & Fat as the best restaurant in Sunnyside. The write up starts as follows: "Salt & Fat looks like it could be in Brooklyn — reclaimed wood for the storefront sign, artfully arranged small plates that feature New American decadence — but owner Daniel Yi is a local boy. Born in Seoul and raised in Sunnyside, Yi has crafted a nation-hopping menu that reflects the area's diversity. A meal begins with a complimentary starter — popcorn cooked in bacon fat, as American as can be — and finishes with little bottles of Yakult, a tangy-sweet Japanese yogurt drink." For the rest of the Village Voice Article, please click here.  
Dumplings & Noodle eatery to open on 46th Street
Noodles By Christian Murray A dumplings and noodles eatery will be opening on 46th Street next door to Pio Pio Riko. The restaurant, which will be located at 45-24 46th Street, is expected to open in late December, according to its owner, who was reluctant to provide too many details at this point. The eatery will consist of about 30 seats and there will not be table service. The owner described it as "fast casual." The menu will consist of soup, baos (steamed buns filled with pork/beef/vegetables), and a wide selection of noodles and dumplings (both steamed and fried). The food will include a mix of Chinese and other Asian flavors. There are also plans to get a liquor license. The owner has another restaurant—offering the same style of food—in Park Slope. The business owner was attracted to Sunnyside due to its diverse population.  “I like the mixed neighborhood and there are few [restaurants] like this in the area.” The restaurant is moving into a portion of the space that was once occupied by Grand 99 Cent Store, which left about 2 years ago. The other portion of the site was leased to  Signature Paint & Home Center, which opened this summer.
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Grand 99 Cent Store (2012)

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