One Sunnyside community leader shined extra bright this week, receiving an award for her dedication and commitment to the western Queens neighborhood she serves.
Rachel Thieme, executive director of the Sunnyside Shines Business Improvement District, was honored by state Senator Michael Gianaris on Tuesday during the annual New York State Women of Distinction Ceremony in Albany.
The award is given to outstanding women from throughout the state whose contributions enrich the quality of life in their communities.
“Rachel and Sunnyside Shines are perfect embodiments of the wonderful character of our neighborhood,” Gianaris said. “More and more people are finding out that Sunnyside has among the finest restaurants, cultural institutions and public spaces in all of New York, and Rachel’s work is a huge part of that. From our two new public plazas on Queens Boulevard to Taste of Sunnyside, Rachel makes our neighborhood a better place to live and I couldn’t be prouder to recognize her as a Woman of Distinction.”
Thieme began serving as the executive director of the BID in 2012 and since then has worked with local business and property owners to promote and enhance Sunnyside as a commercial district.
“This recognition shines a bright light on our efforts to promote and beautify Sunnyside’s commercial district, and I am so appreciative to the senator for this opportunity,” she said.