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More than 20 free concerts coming to Sunnyside on first day of summer


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Photo Courtesy of Sunnyside Shines

JANAE HUNTER

The streets of Sunnyside will be the place to be this Saturday, as an array of musicians will play a variety of music genres in front of local businesses.

Sunnyside Shines Business Improvement District (BID), Sunnyside’s Boulevard Bars, and The Skillman Project have signed up several businesses in the area to host free concerts on June 21, as a part of the Make Music New York festival.

The festival, which is the largest outdoor music festival in New York City, features over 1,000 free concerts every year on the first day of summer.

“Neighborhood-wide events like Make Music New York are great for Sunnyside and we are excited to be a part of it this year.” said Liz Taylor, manager of Bliss Street Station on Greenpoint Avenue and, member of the BID and Sunnyside’s Boulevard Bars. “It provides free outdoor entertainment throughout the day and introduces the people who live and work here, as well as those visiting for the weekend, to new and different kinds of music.”

This year, 23 performances are scheduled throughout the neighborhood, including at Bar 43 on 43rd Street, Bliss Street Station, Quiant on Skillman Avenue, and the Queens Library at Sunnyside on Greenpoint Avenue.

“Make Music New York is a great opportunity for the library to utilize our outdoor space to engage the community.” said Joe Schiavone, the manager of the Queens Library at Sunnyside. “We’re very excited to be bringing music to the neighborhood.

For a complete list of performances, times and locations, click here

 

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Sunnyside’s Boulevard Bars makes $10K donation to local charities, groups after holiday pub crawl


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Photos Courtesy of Sunnyside’s Boulevard Bars

Less than a week after the Santas came to Sunnyside, the first wave of toys was donated to local charities and groups.

Sunnyside’s Boulevard Bars, a collective of 10 bars and restaurants on and around Queens Boulevard, held their Second Annual Sunnyside Santathon pub crawl for charity on December 7 where they raised $10,000 in monetary and toy donations.

The participating bars were Bar 43, The Courtyard Ale House, Maggie Mae’s, The Gaslight, Arriba Arriba, Sidetracks, Molly Blooms, PJ Horgan’s, McGuinness Pub and Bliss Street Station.

The collective made their first donation Thursday at the United Forties Civic Association Holiday Party at St. Teresa’s Church in Woodside where they were joined by representatives from the church, St. Raphael’s Church, 108th Precinct Captain Brian Hennessy and Councilmember Jimmy Van Bramer. The group also donated money to the food pantries at both churches.

“It just feels fantastic to be able to give back to the community,” said Liz Taylor, manager of Bliss Street Station. “The little kids will wake up Christmas morning and have something to play with.”

The organizations receiving toys include St. Teresa’s and St. Raphael’s Church, the 108th Precinct Toy Drive, MercyFirst Angel Guardian Orphanage in Brooklyn and Metro Homeless Shelter.

This year’s donations doubled from the inaugural Santathon last year. All who took part this year were dressed in their best Santa attire, and some even came as Santa’s little helpers.

“It was great to get together,” said Patrick Burke, owner of The Courtyard Ale House. “It shows the hard work we did really paid off. It was tremendous, we exceeded our expectation.”

Monetary and new, unwrapped toy donations are still being accepted at the 10 bars of Sunnyside’s Boulevard Bars up until Christmas.




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