March 26, 2019 By Christian Murray
The Taste of Sunnyside is scheduled to take place May 21 on the parking lot next to P.C. Richard & Sons on Queens Boulevard and 50th Street.
The announcement was made by the executive director of the Sunnyside Shines Business Improvement District at its annual meeting Monday.
The Taste of Sunnyside will be one of many events the Business Improvement District (BID) plans to hold this year. The BID’s Restaurant Week will be returning in September and so too will its vintage trolley for the holiday season. The BID will also be holding its Sunnyside Spa and Salon Fest again in August, where salons offer special deals and discounts to the public.
But this year there will also be some new activities. The BID will be screening movies at Lou Lodati Park and Thomas P Noonan Park on Friday nights in June. The films will largely be the works of local filmmakers with an emphasis on Queens.
The BID will also be holding a Summer Solstice celebration on June 21 at Lou Lodati Park where it will offer a silent disco. The summer pop-up market will return this year at a new location – Lowery Plaza on 40th Street Station, and will take place one weekend a month from June through September.
But the focus at the moment is on the Taste of Sunnyside, the BID’s largest annual event, which every year showcases an array of local restaurants.
The event, which typically draws a crowd of more than 600 people, provides attendees with the ability to sample food from as many as 30 local eateries. Tickets have gone on sale, with general admission priced at $40.
This will be the ninth Taste of Sunnyside held by the BID, and it will be held inside a large tent at the parking lot by P.C. Richard & Sons for the second year in a row. The event was held between 2014 and 2017 in a similar tent under the elevated 7-line by the 46th Street-Bliss station.
Jaime-Faye Bean, the BID’s executive director, said the tent in the parking lot worked well, since it is a bigger space and there are fewer restrictions because the Department of Transportation is not involved.
“The space allowed us to put up a larger tent and create a layout that allowed people to circulate much better,” Bean said. Furthermore, there is room for a large outdoor beer garden adjacent to the tent.
The BID reelected the existing board members at last night’s annual meeting, with one exception. Scott Cooper, of Cooper Real Estate, is replacing Francine Israel, a property owner. The executive leadership of John Vogt, as chair, Christopher Winchester, as vice chair, Gerald Lederman as secretary and Artie Weiner, as treasurer, was unchanged.
The BID handed out a number of awards last night. Three Sunnysiders received an award for their role in the fire relief fundraiser held in December, namely Melissa Orlando, Melissa Navia and Asha Edey MacKay.
Meanwhile, the owners of Better Line Hardware received an award in recognition of their long history in the neighborhood and ability to reopen on Greenpoint Avenue so quickly after the December fire destroyed their storefront. Council Member Jimmy Van Bramer and City Comptroller Scott Stringer were recognized for their role in supporting the BID and small businesses.