May 11, 2018 By Nathaly Pesantez
One of the signs on the Sunnyside Arch came down this morning in preparation for long-overdue repairs to the lights on the structure.
Sunnyside Shines, the name of the local BID, posted a photo to Instagram just before midday today of one of the ‘Sunnyside’ signs suspended in midair as it was hoisted off the arch.
This sign will be used as a template to cut out brand new ‘Sunnyside’ signs, the BID said, for both sides of the Arch. The new signs will be outfitted with energy efficient and durable LED lights and installed in the coming weeks.
Upgraded LED lights will also replace the current lighting outlining the actual structure.
The sign weighs several hundred pounds, said Jaime-Faye Bean, Sunnyside Shines Executive Director.
The upgrades to the Sunnyside Arch’s lights come after Councilmember Jimmy Van Bramer announced $15,000 in funding towards the improvements in October. The funding covers a hefty portion of the $17,000 expected to renovate the arch’s lighting system with digital LED Lights.
The neon lights on the art-deco arch were installed in 2011, but went down last year. The arch has been a symbol of Sunnyside since it was erected in 1983.
Why put anything in English anymore? Nobody around here speaks it so I’m all for putting it in Spanish.
Benches and umbrellas on 46th street will be a nice oasis for people in Sunnyside!
Please stop lightign it up like Las Vegas, the thing doesnt need to change color every five seconds. Lets have a little class.
They need to put the sign up in Spanish. Latin people of sunnyside deserve the honor. Do the south side of the sign in Spanish .
Why do people get honored for just being of Latin descent? Lol
what is Sunnyside translated into Spanish? Do translations apply even if it is a proper name? Serious question.
This type of thinking is why Trump is president. Why should Latinos be “honored”?
What a waste of money. Why don’t they put the money towards fixing the 7 train.
Because the MTA is a state agency.
It’s a tacky sign, but it’s my sign!
Now just pedestrianize 46 St.
Yes. that whole block needs to be closed off to traffic! It’s an idea that’s long overdue.
I echo that sentiment it would be better served as a pedestrian plaza.