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Sunnyside Experiences Modest Damage from Storm/Hurricane

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Aug. 28, 2011 Staff Report

Most areas of Sunnyside were left unscathed by Hurricane Irene.

There was one street, however, that had to be closed. On 41st Street, between 43rd Avenue and Queens Boulevard, high winds caused a large tree to bend, making it difficult for cars to traverse.

Throughout the neighborhood, most trees survived the high winds and there were few exterior signs of flooding.

On the north side of Queens Blvd. there was little in the way of tree or sidewalk damage.  However, tree limbs did fall on top of a car on the corner of Skillman Avenue and 47th Avenue. and there was a report that a tree fell on the rear of a house in Sunnyside Gardens.

On the south side of the Boulevard there was little sign of damage. However, a branch blew off a tree and landed on a car on 47th Avenue between 41st and 42nd Streets, almost obscuring it from view.

None of the stores appeared to be damaged. Many, such as Duane Reade, took pre-emptive measures such as taping their windows.

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I can only speak for myself, of course, but I was not at all affected by the MTA shut down. So I couldn’t go anywhere for the weekend—wasn’t planning on doing much in all that rain and wind anyway. I was almost disappointed when the trains were running so efficiently Monday morning and I had to go to work. Better safe than sorry!


@Sunnysider you may want to call Sunnyside Community Services regarding your tree problem. They apparently have a green jobs internship program that was written about in today’s New York Nonprofit Press Newsletter. They are helping people earn citizen pruners certificates. You can read it at


His Honor shouldn’t have shut down subways and buses like he did. This ain’t Los Angeles, where only a small percentage of the population depends on them. Noon on Saturday was much too early, and on Sunday, service should have been restored by early afternoon, when it was plain that the worst of the storm had passed. I’ve seen the subway and buses operating in far worse weather conditions than that. I hope that “Bloomie” hasn’t set a precedent for more such shutterings in the future. I think this was the first time in transit history!


Dear a…I think we were very lucky that most of our trees were not damaged and that we did not lose power. Plus the Sunnyside Gardens does havve very old trees like the rest of this town. we are one big hapyy down. thank god it all went well. practice for the next one. lets not forget that no one got hurt or got killed.

I still need a tree guy plus a waterproffer so If you know anyone please let me know


One thing I’ve learned here is don’t park under or near a tree. With even a small storm branches and trees come down especially in the Gardens area. I was surprised to see that there were no trees down in that area though.


thank god for the sunnyside post to know what is happening in our town get shots of trees after Irene. Glad no injuries. Like I say this site is the 1010 news of sunnyside..Great job as all ways


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