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Arts Group Takes Over Vacant Sunnyside Store, Asks What Are You Willing to Do For Love


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April 3, 2015 By Michael Florio

A Queens-based arts group will be taking over a vacant 47th Avenue store next week to showcase what people are prepared to do to be in love.

The store, located at 39-11 47th Avenue, has been vacant for more than six months and the organizers hope that the campaign will generate interest in the location, which will help the landlord find a new tenant.

Children from P.S. 206, in Rego Park, as well as nearby residents were asked: “What are you willing to do when you love someone?”

There were 15 responses that stood out, which will soon be displayed with hashtags in the store windows.

Some included: #MakeQualityTime, #SupportThem, #GiveBreakfastinBed , #RubFeet and #BuyJewlery.

The answers have been placed on several posters, which will be plastered on the windows and front door of the vacant store.

The idea was developed by RPGA Studio, a non-profit arts group based out of Long Island City. Yvonne Shortt, the executive director, said she reached out to the storeowner, who was very excited about the project.

The posters and artwork are being made using inexpensive painter’s paper to show that art does not have to be costly.

The group also created a 12-by-5 foot banner that poses the “What are you willing to do…” question– which will be displayed on the store, along with the phone number for those interested in renting the space.

“We want the community to think about what they are prepared to do when they love someone…and incorporate their thoughts into their action,” Shortt said. “It promotes good feelings and ideally, great actions.”

Once the art is installed on April 8th, Shortt said the property owner is likely to have the gates up from 9 am to 5 pm.

This is the first vacant store that RPGA has adopted in this fashion, Shortt said. She said the organization will be looking to do this with more vacant stores.

“We want to do this everywhere across Queens,” she said.


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Craven Morehead

Is the Twister-like graphic design suggestive of something? If so, I just might attend!

Heywood Jablomey

A very cunning linguist one told me he joined some aural sects to woo the lady who stole his heart. I can’t divulge anymore as my lips are sealed. You’ll just have to get the rest of the story by word of mouth. I don’t mean to sound all tongue in cheek about it.

Craven Morehead

Poetic verse from…. how do you pronounce your name “Heywood Jablomey”?


didn’t the last tenant move cause the landlord wanted to jack up the rent….6 months no income he must be hurting real bad


seems commercial landlords would rather have their stores sit vacant for months, waiting for a sucker willing to pay the ridiculously over-priced rent for a few months before they go bust. (and repeat)


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