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Sunnyside Shines’ Clown a Big Hit

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August 13, 2012 By Christian Murray

Neighborhood children flocked to the shopping area at 46th St. and Queens Blvd. on Saturday for an afternoon of arts and crafts.

More than 200 children attended the Sunnyside Shines event where 30 tables were set up for kids to make jewelry, animal masks and ornaments. A clown offered children balloons and cotton candy, and sang Wiggles songs.

This was the second week of the Sunnyside Shines Summer Streets program, where an event is held each Saturday in August under the arch.

Janet Hohenstein, the office manager for Sunnyside Shines, was the driving force behind Saturday’s arts and crafts event. She had she had worked on a similar event for the Children’s Society in Harlem and thought it would be well received here.

Nick Sassile donned a clown costume for the afternoon and served free cotton candy to “at least 40 to 50 kids in an hour alone.” he said. He then went on to do balloon animals and finished the day playing games and performing magic acts.

One man came in from Ridgewood with a group of children. “I have three of my sister’s kids and they’re having a great time.”


 This Saturday, August 18, Sunnyside Shines is hosting Frank Pedulla & the Musical Staff Swing Orchestra under the arch from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.

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When I heard there would be clowns on 46st, I thought it was going to be a political rally.


Who did their PR? I reside three blocks away and didn’t know it took place until I just read about it here.

44th street.(Sunnysider)

We need more of these events during the fall spring and summer time for our kids to keep them busy,,, great job by sunnyside shines but we need more activites than just during the summer time… they have a huge buget and we get so short on activites… great job by janet in orgnaizing…

should team up with the boys and girls club and do more kids stuff together…


I walked through this and it looked very cute. So proud to have a neighborhood that does these types of things!


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