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On Friday Council Member Jimmy Van Bramer announced that Sunnyside will receive two new public plazas as a part of the Department of Transportation’s NYC Plaza Program. The Sunnyside Shines BID submitted applications to install plazas at both 40th Street and Queens Boulevard (pictured) and 46th Street and Queens Boulevard. The DOT approved the applications this month and selected the Sunnyside Shines BID as the nonprofit partner to maintain them.

Both future plazas are located under the 7 train in areas currently closed to vehicular traffic. They’ll get outfitted with planters, benches and moveable tables and chairs open to the public. Sunnyside Shines will be in charge of programing events and activities in either space. But before the plazas are installed, the BID and DOT are looking for design and programming suggestions from the public. The first community outreach meeting to discuss these matters is happening on Wednesday, April 30th at 6:30 pm. It’s at Sunnyside Community Services, 43-13 39th Street.

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The Sunnyside Shines Business Improvement District is taking on a number of streetscape improvements around the BID district, reports the Sunnyside Post. Improvements include installing tree guards and bollards around trees, planting new trees and expanding tree pits where necessary. The BID already installed tree guards along two blocks — the south side of Queens Boulevard between 43rd Street and 44th Street and the west side of 46th Street between Queens Boulevard and Greenpoint Avenue. In total improvements will go along Queens Boulevard from 38th Street to 50th Street, and on Greenpoint Avenue from Queens Boulevard to 42nd Street. Sunnyside Shines will help fund the tree guards; the BID also accepts sponsorships from individuals and business owners. White Castle and Pickman Realty are the program’s first sponsors.

Sunnyside Shines Starts Streetscaping program – With Focus on Trees [Sunnyside Post]

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Next week, the Sunnyside Shines Business Improvement District and the Sunnyside Chamber of Commerce are launching a new map of Sunnyside which will publicize the neighborhood to visitors and new residents. The launch party is scheduled for Wednesday, October 2nd at Bar 43. The map is the result of a design competition at LaGuardia Community College — it contains the winning artwork from LaGuardia student Carmen Zhu. The map artwork was combined with a business directory and advertisements from local Sunnyside businesses. It will be distributed at Long Island City hotels, local real estate offices and community events. It’ll also be available for free next week at the launch party. Event details here.

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