Nov. 24, 2017 By Christian Murray
A retro trolley is set to go through Sunnyside’s retail shopping district tomorrow to mark Small Business Saturday.
The vintage red and green trolley will start running at noon and go through until 8 pm.
The free trolley tour, organized by Sunnyside Shines, the local Business Improvement District organization, aims to encourage residents to do their holiday shopping locally.
The trolley can seat 34 people at a time, and will be making multiple stops, according to Jaime-Faye Bean, executive director of the BID.
The trolley departs from Sunnyside Taco (42-22 Greenpoint Ave.) at noon and it will be making a continuous circuit throughout the shopping district to pick up and drop off passengers. The circuit takes about 20 minutes (see map below).
The route has been designed so that the trolley can pass through a variety of shops and businesses in the neighborhood, including over 40 businesses ranging from restaurants to clothing stores that have placed discounts in the “Shop Local Holiday Passport” booklet, which will be available onboard the trolley.
Bean said the trolley is meant to showcase Sunnyside as a special, close-knit neighborhood. “Shopping is fun and great, but we are also doing things to inject a celebratory and community mood into the program,” Bean said.
The trolley, compliant with Department of Transportation standards, is being provided by the Brooklyn-based New York Trolley Company.
For more details and all the events taking place, click here.
Sunnyside has a shopping district? Is that what you hipsters call a string of neighborhood stores together?
Great- will there be some of the same events for the kids? Thanks, in any case.
Yes! There will arts & crafts stations (face-painting, coloring, ornament and holiday postcard crafting) at four local businesses. Please refer to our activities schedule: http://www.sunnysideshines.org/news/activities-schedule-announced-december-2nd-holiday-shopping-sunnyside.
I want my face painted. Can’t be any worse than now.
Welcome to sunyside circus here we have homeless shelters courtesy of diblasiooo and to your right we have people from moving out because of gentrification SMH
You mean DeBozo aka Warren Wilhelm JR.
Couldnt get there today; will they have another such event before Christmas?(Just hoping..)
There will be another run this Saturday, December 2nd from 12-8 pm! We hope you can join us then.
I stood on 50th and Skillman all day and the trolley never came!
It doesn’t pick up drunks Al !
It was actually a lot more fun than I expected. Along with the show and free coffee at 46 st. Pretty cool to be living in Sunnyside
if we going back on time let’s also bring back the second admenment!
The second amendment still exists and the NRA and Ted Nugent spend millions of dollars every year scaring old people into protecting it.
I think the trolley will bring back some sunny side culture
not really a trolley, its a bus pretending to be a trolley.
It’s might be possessed by supernatural forces
i am sure the homeless will be jumping on board for this
is there any old old sunnyside maps of where trolleys used to run?
There are still tracks in long island city and did they ever cross vandam st?
Before they paved it over the tracks were very visible on the side of National Braid Mfg co. but seems to stop there.
tracks ran on Queens Boulevard, there was a car barn where Aviation High School is now. when the El was built the tracks were moved so that the trolleys ran under the 7 line
Can’t wait to get a ride on this vintage styled trolley. Hope it stops at Ernesto’s record shop so I can pick up some Oran Juice Jones vinyl to play on my classic Victrola