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Sunnyside Shines Installs 15 New Trash Cans

Rachel Thieme, Jimmy Van Bramer

Rachel Thieme, Jimmy Van Bramer

June 30, 2015 By Christian Murray

The Sunnyside Shines Business Improvement District has installed fifteen new trash cans on the sidewalks of Queens Boulevard and Greenpoint Avenue.

The new trash receptacles replace broken cans that no longer closed or locked.

The new receptacles were installed over the weekend, with the broken cans hauled away by the NYC Department of Sanitation.

The new cans are much bigger and sturdier that the old cans and are made of fabricated steel and painted black.  The receptacles are serviced daily by the Sunnyside Shines maintenance team.

Five trash cans have been placed on Greenpoint Avenue at 46th and 47th Streets. Ten have been installed on Queens Blvd at the intersections of 39th Street; 40th Street; 42nd Street, 43rd Street, 45th Street, 46th Street and 47th Street.

The project was fully funded by taxpayers, via an allocation by Council Majority Leader Jimmy Van Bramer.

“We thank Majority Leader Van Bramer for his dedication to beautifying Sunnyside’s commercial district,” said Sunnyside Shines executive director Rachel Thieme.

“These trash receptacles are a big upgrade for the district and provide a more functional and attractive option to manage trash collection on our busy streets.”

Old cans (weekend shot)

Old cans (much smaller and less sturdy)

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How do we get more trash cans?! I’m so tired of seeing so much trash on the street and over piled trash cans.

Sunnyside has been getting so much worse!

El loco

When I came to the U.S. With all the other rapists and murderers my first job in America was picking cans out of garbage cans. Now what are future El locos going to do. How will I teach my son the value of a nickle. Unfair I say. I’ve gotten 2 in a row I’m not a robot correct. I’m getting the hang of it.


The more trash cans the more garbage. The import thing is that the trash gets picked up. We will now see these new locations with an overflow of garbage.


Saw this last night. Just overflowing trash heaps.

But why do people think it’s OK to put trash in a completely full can?

i am a janitor

I’m a garbage lady, picking up trash wherever I roam. Never enough room in my bags for all of the litter.

Anthony Blackwood

typical Van Bramer- must get his face in any opportunity for the paper. How about the garbage on Skilman Ave-what he is doing about that?

Sunnyside Rising

This is a great start in cleaning up the South Side but please someone – Sunnyside Post – JVB office – pay some attention to the newly renovated Lance Corporal Thomas P Noonan (aka Rainbow) Playground. The renovated area is great but the seating area right outside is full of drunk and homeless people who gather to pool together all the copper from the AC’s they pick up overnight. Then they sleep there during the day and enter the children’s play area to use the bathrooms as showers. Sunnyside will not shine with this, I know the same problem often existing outside the Skillman Ave. playground as well.

John Z

I thought the homeless were our friends? Just ask jvb.. Maybe he will have another walk/run to raise money for them…

Anonymous Visitor

The dog poo problem is due to inconsiderate dog owners, which unfortunately most in Sunnyside are.


Maybe not most, but we certainly have our fair share. I have a dog, and I couldn’t imagine leaving her poop on the sidewalk. Who wants their own home to be covered in feces?!?!


Hey, I’m two for two! Good news and bad news comes in threes. How about publishing a story that the Detroit Tigers will win the World Series, I’ll correct that, and we can both make some money betting on the correction.


It’s great that new trash bins have been obtained for part of the community in Councilmember Van Bramer’s district. However, the above news article is inaccurate by omission. The monies for the new bins are not Councilmember Van Bramer’s funds; the monies for the trash bins are taxpayer funds, as in you, me and everyone else who pays taxes of one form or another to the City of New York. Yes, I realize that Councilmember Van Bramer was instrumental in getting an allocation from taxpayer contributions, and I certainly appreciate those efforts, but please don’t make it appear that he opened his wallet to buy these things. What happened to the old trash cans? Couldn’t some or all of those have been refurbished to be placed elsewhere in City Council District 26? Certainly there’s an obvious need, just take a look at most of the comments to this story. Oh wait, it just hit me, those other streets are not within the area covered by Sunnyside Shines, they don’t get or deserve the attention that those special, Shiny people get.


John. You are 100% correct in terms of taxpayer money. Thanks for pointing it out.


Jimmy at his best photo-op oh wait how come it wasn’t in LIC strange to see him in Sunnyside how about some garbage cans in Woodside too

Anonymous visitor

What seriously?! we need like 150 more. I hate hunting for a trash can. Never happened in Brooklyn… maybe that is why there is a dog poo problem.

jimmy Vanitation

Hey dummy put them on 43rd and skillman where there’s none. You stupid fools. Because if someone else throws another bag of dog shit on the street that I step in I’m bringing it to your office and dumping it on your desk.


Indeed. They even took away the one we actually had on 43rd street and 43rd ave!

El loco

They took away the garbage cans on 43d ave because people were illegally dumping their home garbage and overflowing the cans. Get educated. Blame the culprits. The people of this neighborhood not the Sanitation Dept.

Anonymous visitor

how about some cans along 43rd Avenue so people stop leaving their garbage bags full of dog poo hanging on fences….?

Nativer NYer

This picture cracks me up. I really like JVB but come on, photo op with pregnant lady and garbage can? 🙂


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