The mission of Sunnyside Shines is to invigorate and enrich the economic life of the neighborhood by creating a safe, welcoming and dynamic commercial district in Sunnyside, Queens.Sunnyside Shines covers all properties fronting Queens Boulevard from 38th St. to 50th St., Greenpoint Avenue from 43rd St. to 48th St., and the south side of Roosevelt Avenue from 48th St. to 50th St.
Sunnyside is home to a wide variety of locally-owned businesses offering goods and services catered to a mixed residential and commercial community. There are approximately 290 individual businesses within the Sunnyside Shines district. Sunnyside Shines is funded through a voluntary assessment on area property owners.
Sunnyside Shines provides support services tailored to meet the specific needs of the district including:
- supplemental sanitation
- holiday lighting
- security support
- neighborhood beautification
- district marketing
- promotion of a positive public image of Sunnyside
- advocacy with government agencies
Sunnyside Shines was born out of the desire of neighborhood stakeholders to have a direct impact on the community. After a five year process to organize property owners into a business improvement district, the Sunnyside Shines BID was signed into law in October, 2007.
A business improvement district is a public/private partnership in which property and business owners elect to make a collective contribution to the maintenance, development and promotion of their shared commercial district.
BIDs have been leading the way in neighborhood revitalization in New York City and other urban areas around the world for over 20 years. For more information on NYC BIDs please visit the Department of Small Business Services or the New York City BID Association.
Sunnyside Shines' name was created to reflect the hopes for the bright future of the community. Sunnyside Shines kicked-off in April 2008 and moved into its renovated offices in July 2009.