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Independent Pharmacy to Open on Queens Boulevard; Optical Store to Replace Pink Icing

Platinum Pharmacy Sunnyside

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March 21, 2015 Staff Report

Despite the presence of several big-box drug stores, another independent pharmacy is about to open in Sunnyside.

Platinum Pharmacy, located at 46-21 Queens Blvd, is moving into the space that was previously occupied by Mediterraneo, a pizzeria that closed last year.

The new drug store is just one block away from another independent drug store—Bliss Drug Pharmacy—which opened in 2011.

The neighborhood has several other independent drug stores—such as Amazon Pharmacy, Rockway Pharmacy, Greenpoint Pharmacy, Family Pharmacy and Skillman Pharmacy.

pink-icing-outsideMeanwhile, Sunnyside has several big chain stores such as Rite Aide, Duane Read and CVS.

In other news, a new optical store is about to open at 44-13 Queens Blvd– where Pink Icing was previously located. The owner said the store will be called Sunnysight and is likely to open April 1.  No other details were provided.

Meanwhile, DJ’s Pawnshop at 4322 Queens Boulevard is closing. It is referring its customers to EZ Pawn on the corner of 46th and Queens Blvd.

There is no word as to what’s happening with the space.

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Why are independent pharmacies opening up?
I thought that they were a thing of the past.
There must be some reason.


The local commerce department was asking this very question a couple years ago. What kind of store do we need around here? Bookstores are losing propositions, so that’s out of the question. That art store that opened to much fanfare last year is pretty empty every time I go there. Realistically, what kind of business could open up on Queens Blvd and thrive? Parrot seems to be doing well, but both of the pawn shops are always deserted when you look in their windows. I think it’s amazing that the cake supply store has lasted so long; maybe they do a lot of mail order business?


Pharmacy’s, nail salons etc. When we get some decent stores in this neighborhood? We have to travel to other neighborhoods to spend our money! I would like to spend it in Sunnyside! Get some other kinds of stores. Clothing, maybe a bookstore.Something other than these rinky dink stores we have to many of already!


ugh. we were so sad to see mediterraneo go….their pizza wasn’t the greatest but I adored their tortellini ala pana with ham, their garlic bread was fantastic & my man was extra fond of their lasagne…We’ve tried other italian places in the hood, but no one else gets it quite right for the same price…plus, the guy on the phone always remembered our address and order!

Having Mediterraneo replaced by a (completely necessary pharmacy) is like seeing Rosario’s replaced by that utter travesty masquerading as a pizza place.


Not to accuse this place of anything out of hand, but would suggest that when you see storefronts in business for years with very little foot traffic, its possible that they are money laundering fronts.


Can you back that up with one example of that happening around here in recent memory?


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