City Plaza Program Accepts Sunnyside Sites

Sunnyside will receive two new public plazas as part of the City Dept. of Transportation’s Plaza Program.
A statement released from the office of Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer (D-Sunnyside) and the Sunnyside Shines Business Improvement District last week announced that applications for the sites were approved in early April. The BID was chosen as the nonprofit partner to maintain the sites.

“Through this innovative program, we will expand the amount of public space that is available to everyone in the community,” Van Bramer said. “I am proud that we were able to successfully secure not one, but two public plazas for Sunnyside.”

According to Van Bramer, the plazas will be located at 40th Street and Queens Boulevard and 46th Street and Queens Boulevard, adjacent to stops on the 7 subway train. The Councilman announced that a community outreach meeting has been scheduled for 6:30 p.m. April 30 at Sunnyside Community Services, 43-13 39th St., Sunnyside.

Construction is scheduled to begin later this summer. The plaza spaces will receive physical improvements, including planters, benches and moveable tables and chairs. Sunnyside Shines BID will maintain the spaces and schedule community events and activities at the plazas throughout the year.

“The NYC Plaza Program has done a tremendous job creating new usable, public spaces throughout the City, and we are thrilled to bring this innovative program to Sunnyside,” Rachel Thieme, Sunnyside Shines executive director, said. “We look forward to making these spaces more vibrant public places in the neighborhood.”