Feb. 25, 2020 By Michael Dorgan
A Sunnyside florist that has served the community for 80 years has closed its doors due to “undisclosed landlord issues.”
Sunnyside Florist, located on 40-05 Queens Blvd., has been shut since Sunday Feb. 16, and it remains to be seen when it will re-open.
The four generation, Greek-American family-run business, has been a neighborhood staple since 1940 and the closure marks the first time the store – which has never moved location – has stopped operating, according to a sign displayed under its front window.
The popular florist is known for its arrangements for weddings and parties, gardening plants, as well as delivering bouquets to stars at the nearby Silvercup Studios.
“This is as much a loss for the community as it is for the fourth generation owner of Sunnyside Florist,” said owner Greg Psitos in a Facebook post yesterday.
“This is a sign of the times and a crushing blow for small business owners across New York City,” he wrote.
Worried friends and customers reached out to Psitos on Facebook and he replied saying that “it may be a while,” before he re-opens but that he hoped to be open for Mother’s Day, which is Sunday, May 10.
The front window is now plastered with various signs, old photos and memories accumulated over the years including the shop’s “welcome wall,” which contains autographs from customers and friends.