Three Saturdays of Creativity Coming to Sunnyside

iJuly 19, 2013

Arts, music and recreation are coming to the streets of Sunnyside this summer.  The Sunnyside Shines Business Improvement District will present its fourth annual street event, renamed Sunnyside Summer Strolls this year, during three Saturdays in July and August: July 27, August 3 and August 10.


Sunnyside Summer Strolls brings together community members, local businesses and exciting performers and institutions for three days of fun under the Sunnyside arch.  The street is transformed into a new, temporary public space with tables and chairs set up, as well as scheduled activities.  Each day is free and open to the public, while having a distinct program:


·         Saturday, July 27: Children’s Arts and Crafts Fair, 12pm-6pm

·         Saturday, August 3: Bix Beiderbecke Memorial Jazz Concert, 12pm-7pm

·         Saturday, August 10: Arts and Performance, 12pm-7pm

·         Rain date: August 17 (if necessary)


Children’s Arts and Crafts Fair: July 27

Children ages 4 and up are invited to participate in hands-on craft making during the Children’s Arts and Crafts Fair.  The day will also feature face painting, games and music.  Two demo classes of “Music for Aardvarks” will take place for toddlers, the first at 1pm and the second at 3pm.


Bix Beiderbecke Memorial Jazz Concert: August 3

Sunnyside Shines is pleased to work with the Bix Beiderbecke Sunnyside Memorial Committee to present this year’s Bix Beiderbecke Memorial Jazz Concert.  Bix Beiderbecke was an influential 1920s jazz musician who lived his final days in Sunnyside. 


This year’s concert features a vintage 1920s theme and an exciting lineup of jazz musicians including MAC and Mike – the Antique DJs, Svetlana and the Delancey Five, the Sunnyside Drum Corps, Smidge Malone & Matt Dallow and the Sunnyside Wolverines.  The Big Apple Lindy Hoppers will offer a free Lindy Hop lesson at 1:30pm.  A dance floor will be set up in the street, and the day will include a free photo booth and a 1920s costume contest at 3:45pm. 


Arts and Performance: August 10

The final day of Sunnyside Summer Strolls will feature a participatory art project with the Queens Museum of Art, a display of Sunnyside maps from the La Guardia Community College art department, a free yoga class, a performance from Sunnyside Ballet Studio, an a cappella performance and business giveaways.


To complement the art and performances on this day, we will roll out a pallet’s worth of sod in the street to transform 46th Street into a temporary park for the day.  Picnics are welcome!


Please check the schedule at www.sunnysideshines.orgfor final details and schedule as the event approaches.


Sunnyside Summer Strolls takes place on 46th Street between Greenpoint Avenue and Queens Boulevard, under the Sunnyside arch and adjacent to the 46th Street/Bliss Street station on the 7 line.  The event is a part of the New York City Department of Transportation’s Weekend Walks program, which creates temporary pedestrian streets at 23 sites in all five boroughs.


Rachel Thieme, executive director of Sunnyside Shines said: “Sunnyside Summer Strolls is a great community event series, designed to promote our local businesses, bring cultural activities to the neighborhood and provide a new, temporary public space for the day.  We are implementing a lot of new ideas this year and look forward to highlighting all the creativity and energy found in Sunnyside.”


Czarinna Andres, owner of Bing’s Hallmark said: “Our participation last year was very enjoyable and a great way for us to connect to the community. This year, we are planning to have our own table at the Children’s Arts and Crafts Fair and are looking forward to what's sure to be a huge turnout that everyone will enjoy!”


Sunnyside Summer Strolls is supported by generous sponsors Associated Marketplace, Fresh n’ Save Marketplace, TD Bank, the New York City Department of Transportation and New York City Department of Small Business Services.