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Beloved longtime Sunnyside resident Luke Adams passes away


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Photo by Steven Harris

Luke Wagner Adams, former president of the Sunnyside Chamber of Commerce and an active Sunnyside resident for over 40 years, passed away Monday night. He was 76.

Adams was the first to receive the Sunnysider of the Year award, which was later named after him. He was known for his community work with the Sunnyside Woodside Lions Club and the nonprofit group Sunnyside Artists Inc.

He owned a travel agency on 43rd Street for many years and also kept a large collection of photographs that showcased Sunnyside and its history.

“Luke Adams was a Sunnyside icon who dedicated his life to making his neighborhood a better place, and he will be deeply missed,” state Sen. Michael Gianaris said. “May his memory be eternal.”

In lieu of flowers, Sunnyside Artists Inc. is asking for donations to an online fundraising campaign that will fund “The Luke Adams Art Prize,” which will be granted annually to local artists. The goal of the campaign is $5,000.

Donations can be made at https://www.youcaring.com/laap or mailed to Sunnyside Artists, Inc. C/O “The Luke Adams Art Prize” 45-06 Queens Blvd. #166, Sunnyside, NY 11104.

Visitation at the Edward D. Lynch Funeral Home, located at 43-07 Queens Blvd. in Sunnyside, is scheduled for Thursday from 2 to 5 p.m. and 7 to 9:30 p.m. A mass will be given at 11 a.m. on Friday at St. Raphael’s Roman Catholic Church, located at 35-20 Greenpoint Ave. in Long Island City. Adams will be buried at Maple Grove Cemetery in Kew Gardens.

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Sunnyside unveils neighborhood map


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Photos courtesy of Sunnyside Shines Business Improvement District

Residents and visitors will now have a colorful way to get around Sunnyside.

The Sunnyside Shines Business Improvement District (BID) and the Sunnyside Chamber of Commerce got together with LaGuardia Community College to develop an artistic, colorful map of Sunnyside targeted at both visitors and incoming residents.

At the start of the project, 14 students in the Art and Humanities Department at LaGuardia were asked to submit sketches of a Sunnyside map. They highlighted neighborhood attractions, amenities and landmarks to help familiarize visitors with the area. In July, three students were recognized as the top finalists. Carmen Zhu won first place, Adina Partoi won second place and Miho Nozawa won third place.

Local business owners, elected officials and residents gathered on October 2 to celebrate the unveiling of Zhu’s finished map at Bar 43, located at 43-06 43rd Street in Sunnyside.

“This map is a great reflection of our thriving local business community,” said Rachel Thieme, executive director of the Sunnyside Shines BID. “We are thrilled to get the word out about Sunnyside with such a beautiful map to be able to distribute to visitors.”

During the summer, the artwork created by the fine arts student was brought together with a business directory and advertisements from local Sunnyside businesses. Printed maps will now be distributed at hotels in Long Island City, local real estate offices and community events. A new business directory in the map will be updated each year.

“Sunnyside’s businesses are some of the best in New York City – and I’m very happy to say that the design of this map is an accurate representation of the beauty, energy and warmth of the neighborhood,” said Swain Weiner, president of the Sunnyside Chamber of Commerce. “We’re proud of the collaboration behind this project, and of this opportunity to showcase some of Sunnyside’s finest establishments.”

 

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Sunnyside map to help visitors, residents explore neighborhood


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Photos courtesy of Sunnyside Shines Business Improvement District

Visitors and residents are getting a colorful way to find their way around Sunnyside and explore the thriving community.

The Sunnyside Shines Business Improvement District (BID), the Sunnyside Chamber of Commerce and LaGuardia Community College are developing an artistic, colorful map of Sunnyside targeted at both visitors and incoming residents.

At the start of the project, 14 students were asked to submit sketches of a Sunnyside map. They highlighted neighborhood attractions to help familiarize visitors with the area.

On July 2, three fine arts students were recognized as the top finalists. Miho Nozawa won third place, Adina Partoi won second place and Carmen Zhu won first place.

“We are looking forward to having such an exciting document to be able to distribute to visitors,” said Rachel Thieme, executive director of the Sunnyside Shines BID. “This map is a great reflection of our thriving local business community.”

The final map will feature Zhu’s artwork and include a business directory along with advertisements from local Sunnyside businesses.

The map is expected to be completed and printed later this summer. It will be circulated in Long Island City hotels, real estate offices and community events.

“Sunnyside’s businesses are some of the best in New York City, and I’m very happy to say that the design of this map is an accurate representation of the beauty, energy, and warmth of the neighborhood,” said Swain Weiner, president of the Sunnyside Chamber of Commerce.

 

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Sunnyside Chamber gets new president


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Swain Official Headshot

Swain Weiner is trying to get Sunnyside recognized. The newly-elected president of the Sunnyside Chamber of Commerce feels the neighborhood, which he calls “vibrant and multicultural” is not as widely recognized as it should be.

“It is a close-knit and fabulous neighborhood,” said Weiner. “I want to make people more aware of what a great neighborhood it really is.”

Weiner previously served two terms as secretary of the chamber.

“He’s a very fine gentleman and he will certainly represent us well,” said Luke Adams, former Chamber president and current marketing director. “I’m looking forward to working with him. I think he’ll do a fine job.”

Weiner will take over the position from Rebecca Barker.

“I was very flattered to be [able to follow] a strong leader and I hope to be on board with their excellence” said Weiner.

Weiner is president and partner at Greiner Maltz Investment Property. He also serves on the board of the Kiwanis Club.

The real estate and investment property expert got his start at Katz Media, where he was the director of sales. ‘

In 2009, he became a vice president at Massey Knakal, where he had worked for nine years.

“After going through three corporate buyouts with Massey Knakal, I felt like there was a need to go in a different direction – a direction of growth,” said Weiner.

Weiner grew up in Bayside and attended Baruch College’s Zicklin School of Business where he earned a BS in business and marketing. He has been married for 25 years and has two sons, ages 21 and 19.

While it may be occasionally difficult to achieve unity in a community, Weiner believes if everyone works together, initiatives can be accomplished.

“One of the biggest challenges I feel is to always make sure everyone is going in the same direction and that we are all on the same page, doing the most we can for the community,” he said.

 

Sunnyside Chamber networks over lunch


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THE COURIER/Photos by Mike DiBartolomeo

The Sunnyside Chamber of Commerce hosted a networking and business luncheon at Dazies Restaurant, where Jane Shulman, VP of Division of Adult & Continuing Education at LaGuardia Community College and Executive Director of Goldman Sachs 10000 Small Businesses, was guest speaker.

Waging war on Woodside graffiti


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Photo Courtesy of Councilmember Jimmy Van Bramer - Councilmember Jimmy Van Bramer united with residents of Woodside on November 1 to remove unwanted graffiti in the neighborhood.

The war against graffiti in Queens is never ending, but Councilmember Jimmy Van Bramer has no reservations about arming himself with a brush and leading the charge.

The councilmember united with CitySolve, a graffiti removal company, and residents of Woodside on November 1 to stand in opposition to the vandalism that has plagued the neighborhood.

During the demonstration, Van Bramer painted over graffiti at the corners of 57th, 58th, 63rd and 64th Streets along 39th Avenue.

“Vandalizing private property with graffiti is a crime against the individual who owns the property and the surrounding community,” said Van Bramer. “I am proud to fund this free, district-wide service which aims to eradicate graffiti in our neighborhoods. We can’t get every tag, but we’re certainly going to do our best to get those reported to us within a week. That can only enhance the quality of life in Woodside and throughout all of the neighborhoods I represent.”

The councilmember’s fight against graffiti began roughly a year ago, when he initiated his District 26 clean-up program. Now in its second year, the program has led to the cleaning of over 1,000 locations, including monthly graffiti removal on the corridors of Broadway, Skillman Avenue, 43rd Avenue, Roosevelt Avenue and Woodside Avenue. The initiative recently expanded to include 43rd and 48th Avenues as well.

As part of the program, residents of District 26 can also report graffiti anywhere in their community by calling 718-383-9566, ext. 3, and the unwanted vandalism will be removed within a week.

Along with funding the anti-graffiti program for $30,000 a year through the Sunnyside Chamber of Commerce, Van Bramer also supports graffiti clean-up days with groups like Sunnyside United Neighborhood Network, Woodside on the Move and the 114th Citizens Observation Patrol.

Residents of District 26 appreciate the efforts taken by Van Bramer, and they are hoping he can help rid the area of graffiti once and for all.

“I think graffiti can be demoralizing to a community,” said Sheila Lewandowski, a resident of Long Island City and a victim of graffiti. “You choose how you want the front of your place to look, and when someone vandalizes it without your permission, they are laying claim to its appearance, and I find that very demoralizing. I believe the councilmember’s anti-graffiti campaign is a very positive way to bring people together to reclaim the appearance of our community.”