Nov. 2, 2010 By Christian Murray
The graffiti that is scrawled high up on top of Sunnyside’s buildings– visible to all subway commuters– is about to be scrubbed clean.
The cleanup is the result of a series of “vision” meetings led by Community Board 2 Chairman Joe Conley and local businessman Ciaran Staunton–with members of the Sunnyside Chamber of Commerce and Sunnyside Shines. The group’s aim is to increase the appeal of the neighborhood.
The graffiti cleaners are expected to start the $7,700 project in the next few weeks, according to James Bray, the executive director of Sunnyside Shines.
Key Food on 46th Street is donating $2,000 toward the project, while Sunnyside Shines is kicking in the rest.
Sunnyside Shines is hiring CitySolve to do the job. As part of the contract, CitySolve will clean the graffiti high up on the buildings on a one-time basis.
However, CitySolve will clean the buildings (street poles, etc.) on the ground level throughout the business improvement district on an ongoing basis for 12 months. The business improvement district covers Queens Blvd (bet. 38th and 48th Streets) and Greenpoint Ave (bet. 42nd to 48th Streets).