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Sunnyside Post to Celebrate 10 Years, 3,500 Stories 70K Comments

Nov. 19, 2019 Staff Report

The Sunnyside Post is celebrating its 10-year anniversary with a party next month.

The publication was launched by Christian Murray in 2009 as a side job while writing about investment banking at Thomson Reuters. The Sunnyside Post laid the ground work for the Queens Post, the parent company that incorporates eight sites across the boroughs of Queens and Brooklyn- including the Sunnyside site.

The sites collectively generated more than 8 million page views in the 12-month period ending Nov. 15.

Murray established the Sunnyside Post prompted by his desire to write about community news that he missed from his days as a reporter at Newsday. In 2014, the side job, became full time.

The Sunnyside Post—excluding the other Queens Post sites– has published approximately 3,250 stories and generated 73,000 comments over the past decade. In the past 12 months, the site has generated nearly 2 million-page views.

To celebrate this milestone, the publication is holding a 10-year-anniversary party. The event, to be held at Bar 43 on Dec. 19, will recognize the many people who have helped the company grow as well as to give thanks to the advertisers who have supported the company (many listed below).

The company will also recognize several community leaders, many of whom have been good sports despite bearing the brunt of some unflattering comments. The public is invited to the event. Tickets are $50 and include a 2 hour open bar, hors d’oeuvres and a special Sunnyside Post souvenir.  Sponsorships are also available by clicking here.

Christian Murray upon completion of the 2018 Queens Half Marathon

The Queens Post was created in 2012- with the launch of the LIC Post. That publication quickly grew and in the past 12 months generated 1.5 million page views. The Astoria Post and Jackson Heights Post sites then followed and generated similar numbers.

Later editions include Forest Hills Post, Flushing Post, Ridgewood Post and the Greenpoint Post in Brooklyn.

The publications have broken many stories over the years that quickly gained city wide attention. These include spot re-zonings, police investigations, street redesigns, to even a pink sculpture that eventually went up in Long Island City.

The company has also been involved in charity work. It launched the annual Sunnyside Post Mile in 2015 and founded the LIC Post 5K in 2017 with community partners such as the Hunters Point Parks Conservancy and the Woodside-Sunnyside Runners. These events have brought in more than $300,000 for charity. This year, the publication worked with Major World to donate 200 turkeys to residents of Woodside Houses.

The anniversary event is going to honor several people from Sunnyside/Woodside. These individuals have made their mark on the community and helped the sites grow.

Community Leadership Award

Denise Keehan Smith, the chair of Community Board 2, who has always been open and accessible

Government Excellence Award

Assemblymember Brian Barnwell, an elected official from Woodside who is popular for his down-to-earth demeanor

Community Partner Award

Judy Zangwill, the executive director of Sunnyside Community Services who has partnered with us on the Sunnyside Post Mile and provided assistance with our Long Island City events

Business Excellence Award

Nick Murphy, co-owner of Bar 43 in Sunnyside and a supporter from the get-go

Also being are honored are 3 people who have had a big impact on the company over the years.

Patricia Dorfman who helped the sites get off the ground from 2010 through 2013. She also designed the Sunnyside Post, LIC Post, Astoria Post, Jackson Heights, Ridgewood and Forest Hills logos.

Christian Amez who joined the company in 2015 and has played a significant role in the growth of the company as its head of marketing and sales.

Council Member Jimmy Van Bramer who has always been accessible despite some of the tough comments. He launched his career around the same time as the Sunnyside Post began and has always been supportive.

The Sunnyside Post would most especially like to thank its readers.

Thank you for the tips, suggestions and many, many insightful, witty, and sometimes snarky comments that have been written on the site.

“We hope to continue delivering local news to this community for many more years to come.”- Christian Murray, Publisher

<https://www.eventbrite.com/e/sunnyside-post-10-year-anniversary-holiday-party-tickets-85042659885″>For tickets Click here

The following is a list of many of our Sunnyside advertisers over the years. We hope you support their business too.

Merit Group

Bar 43

Welcome Home Real Estate

Sunnyside Pet Healthcare Center

Sunnyside Community Services

De Mole

Sunnyside Reformed Church

Sunnyside Shines

Suryaside Yoga

Sunnyside Chamber of Commerce

Skillman Animal Clinic

Master Electronics Repair

Claret

C Clearly

SoleLuna

Crossfit Sunnyside

Phyzique

Bantry Bay

Melo Yelo

UPS Store

New Grand Buffet

Major World

Court Yard/Woodbines

Maggie Maes

The Skillman

Sole Luna

Coffee Tossy

Jar Bar

Takesushi

Arriba Arriba

Pete’s Grill

Uncle Jimmy’s Pizzeria

Dazies

Jack’s Fire Dept.

Pronto Car Service

Vincent Renda (Edward Jones/AG Edwards)

Rebecca Barker (Met Life)

Modern Spaces

Jennifer Hsu (Halstead)

Senso Unico

Cardamom Indian Cuisine

Suryaside Yoga

Sunnyside Ballet School

Woodside on the Move

Young Israel of Sunnyside

Queens of Angels Church

Mosaic Covenant Church

RealTegrity

BFocus

Affordable Dental Arts

Woodside Café

PJ Horgan’s

Skillman Pets

Kamila Harris Photography

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21 Comments

Ted Geier

Thanks Christian Murray and the whole Sunnyside Post team for all you contribute to our community.

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Sunnyside Shorts Film Fest

Congrats Christian and the great staff on Sunnyside Post. You do a great job.

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Kitty

I moved from NYC earlier this year but I still read the Sunnyside Post to keep up with the old neighborhood! Thanks for all your hard work and dedication.

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Gardens Watcher

Well, Congratulations then! Didn’t know about the charity work. Thanks for that good work.

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An Astoria Mom

Congratulations! Well done, Christian and team. Thanks for local news we wouldn’t have known about & providing a forum to discuss & learn.

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Joe Z

I look for The Queens Post everyday. Congratulations to all, thank you, and keep up the great unbiased reporting.

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Sunnysideposthatesme

I should be given #1 props since I’m the one who has exposed the most about Sunnyside

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Sunnysider

Congratulations for keeping us in Sunnyside updated in what is going on! Thank you for all the years and dedication!!

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olde skool SSP

Well before our current resident nonsense noise maker el loco, there was ‘oppressed masses’ on sunnyside post. el loco is a cheap imitation

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Critic Al

Thanks for the coverage of our neighborhood. JVB, I suggest a Teflon suit for that night.

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Ed

I support this website and everything that is covered in our beautiful community. But to honor JVB and give him an award is something i do not support. Thank God i didn’t throw out my bike lane costume i’ll be sure to show up at 43 and speak to JVB

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