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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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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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Santas come to Sunnyside for charity pub crawl


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The Santas arrived in Sunnyside to celebrate a festive night for charity.

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 Saturday.

All who took part in this year’s Santathon were dressed in their best Santa attire, and some even came as Santa’s little helpers.

During the event, participants picked up $10 wristbands from the 10 participating bars, providing them with $3 drink specials.

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.

Brian Scutch, 27, from Bayside heard about the holiday event from his friend Travis Silverstein, 29, who lives in Sunnyside. The two friends decided to put on their best Santa hats and start their crawl at Bar 43.

“Who wouldn’t participate?” said Scutch, 27. “You’re given the opportunity to drink with fellow Santas.”

Silverstein knew he had attend this year’s Santathon after moving in to the neighborhood too late last year to join the inaugural pub crawl.

“I love Christmas,” said Silverstein. “Christmas is one of my favorite holidays of the year.”

All money raised at this year’s festive bar crawl will go to buy toys for local kids in need during the holiday season. During the next few weeks the group plans to go out to buy the toys and personally donate them to local organizations.

“When you see the smiles on kids’ faces, you know it’s all for a good cause,” said Nicholas Murphy, general manager at Bar 43, who hopes to surpass the almost $5,000 collected during last year’s Santathon. “We want to try to keep it clean and no trouble. We want to have fun and raise money for the children.”

Each bar is also collecting new, unwrapped toy donations until Christmas.

“Honestly it’s all for the kids to get toys for Christmas,” said Patrick Burke, owner of The Courtyard Ale House, who saw the amount of participants triple this year. “It’s growing, which is great to see. It’s a lot of fun, I’m really looking forward to the night.”

During last year’s inaugural Santathon, Sunnyside’s Boulevard Bars collected almost $5,000 and hundreds of toys. Toys were donated to St. Teresa’s in Woodside, St. Raphael’s in Sunnyside, the 108th Precinct, the Metro homeless shelter on Queens Boulevard, Hour Children Center in Long Island City and more.

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Sunnyside bars, restaurants to host Santathon pub crawl for charity


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Map Courtesy of Sunnyside's Boulevard Bars

The Santas are coming to town.

Sunnyside’s Boulevard Bars, a collective of 10 bars and restaurants on and around Queens Boulevard, will be holding their Second Annual Sunnyside Santathon pub crawl for charity on Saturday starting at 3 p.m.

Whoever wants to participate must be dressed in their best Santa attire and can pick up $10 wristbands at any of the participating bars. Wristbands will allow participants to purchase $3 drink specials throughout the event. Any Santa can also submit their email address to be entered to win various gift vouchers to any of the 10 bars.

The participating bars are 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.

All money raised at this year’s festive bar crawl will go to buy toys for local kids in need during the holiday season.

Each bar is also collecting new, unwrapped toy donations until Christmas.

“We formed Sunnyside’s Boulevard Bars to create events as a group that would bring more business to the area, really make it a destination spot and highlight what a great neighborhood we have here,” said Pat Burke, owner of The Courtyard Ale House. “Once we got together, we also saw the opportunity to raise funds for charities, specifically local organizations. Our group is still relatively new, but we are excited about what we have done and will continue to do to promote Sunnyside and give back to the community.”

During last year’s inaugural Santathon, Sunnyside’s Boulevard Bars collected almost $5,000 and collected hundreds of toys. Toys were donated to St. Teresa’s in Woodside, St. Raphael’s in Sunnyside, the 108th Precinct, the Metro homeless shelter on Queens Boulevard, Hour Children Center in Long Island City and more.

For more information on Sunnyside’s Boulevard Bars, click here.

Sunnyside’s Santathon is just a week shy from the annual SantaCon which takes place on Saturday, December 14 in Manhattan and hops over to Brooklyn. SantaCon was under some harsh criticisms from residents complaining the participants drink too much and disturb the peace.

Yet, according to reports, the organizers of the pub crawl plan on giving the NYPD and elected officials a map of the event and will have volunteers make sure all participants behave.

 

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Sunnyside businesses offering exclusive deals every Thursday in May


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1 - Hoppin' Thursdays card

Get ready to start hoppin’.

Area businesses are participating in Hoppin’ Thursdays in Sunnyside, a weekly promotion for the month of May.

Thirty-three business are offering exclusive deals to customers.

The promotion is co-sponsored by the Sunnyside Shines Business Improvement District (BID) and Sunnyside’s Boulevard Bars.

The deals include dining and drink specials, discounts on products and discounted salon services. When a customer purchases a Hoppin’ Thursdays deal, he or she gets a stamp on the back of a card available at participating business and the Sunnyside Shines BID’s office. A complete list of businesses and deals is on the back of the card.

“It’s a great way to encourage people to check out a business they haven’t yet,” said Rachel Thieme, director of the Sunnyside Shines BID. “And it is a great way for businesses to promote themselves.”

Customers who receive stamps for buying at least five deals will be eligible to enter a sweepstakes with prizes including a flat screen TV, an iPad mini and a Kindle Fire. There is no limit on the number of cards participants can complete.

“Businesses have been very creative with their Hoppin’ Thursdays deals and we want to generate excitement about shopping locally in Sunnyside,” said Thieme. “This is also a great opportunity to introduce our excellent local businesses to people from other neighborhoods.”

Every Thursday this month, participating bars will offer a “buy one, get one free” offer on a featured drink with a limit of one drink special per customer per night.

Other deals include two-for-one wheatgrass shots, $4 smoothies and 20 percent off fresh, organic bread from Go Natural Health Food and Juice Bar at 45-03 Queens Boulevard. Pink Icing Bake Shop at 44-13 Queens Boulevard is offering a free cupcake or small coffee with a $5 or more purchase between 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. every Thursday.

For a complete list of participating businesses and specific deals, visit www.sunnysideshines.org.

 

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