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Sunnyside’s Business District About to Bloom

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May 27, 2013 By Bill Parry

Sunnyside’s commercial district got a bit more colorful last week with the addition of 47 new hanging baskets of flowers installed on street lamps around Queens Blvd. and Greenpoint Ave. The planters hold ivy geraniums in shades of purple, pink and salmon.

Sunnyside Shines executive director Rachel Thieme joined Councilmember Jimmy Van Bramer and several local business owners at Avalon Florist (47-06 Queens Blvd.) on Thursday afternoon to inspect the new baskets and meet the contractors that installed them.

“We’re extremely grateful to Councilmember Van Bramer for his contribution to beautify the neighborhood,” Thieme said. “They add so much color and vibrancy to the business district.”

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I’m with you pidgy…our rents keep rising, but there’s no new viable businesses coming in; and now, the Sunnyside Theater is likely to close. I’m sure the flowers will look lovely…maybe THAT will attract new businesses.


I’m amazed anything green or flowery can survive along that car exhaust-choked road. I refuse to buy produce from the veggie stores on Queens Blvd.


It is a lovely idea and adds something soft to the concrete …
Just enjoy the flowers and stop complaining ………….

Walleyed Wilma

Unthinkable even a decade ago. Wonders never cease. Next, pigs will fly.

43rd street resident

It’s all very nice, but who is paying for this? BID or JVBs office for his contribution?

More city maintenance! You still have to look down at our broken streets.


Sunnyside should have black street light poles. Looks so much nicer and classy, silver looks too industrial and dry.


There’s also a new frozen yogurt shop getting ready to open in the ex-pharmacy space on the south side of Greenpoint Avenue between 46th and 45th Street. Since there’s a McDonald’s only a few doors away, they’ll need to sell lots of yogurt to pay the rent.


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