Updated Neighborhood Map to Draw Visitors to Sunnyside

iJanuary 15, 2015

Sunnyside’s 2015 neighborhood map is updated and ready for distribution.  The Sunnyside map, produced by the Sunnyside Shines Business Improvement District (BID), in partnership with the Sunnyside Chamber of Commerce and LaGuardia Community College, features a full-color illustrated map of the neighborhood and an updated business directory.

Fifteen thousand maps were printed and will be distributed at hotels in nearby Long Island City, Sunnyside and Woodside, local real estate offices and businesses, and community events in an effort to draw newcomers and orient new residents to the neighborhood.  The map is updated each year with a new business directory, including businesses that are either members of the Sunnyside Shines BID or the Sunnyside Chamber of Commerce.

The Sunnyside map was originally designed last year, and was the product of a design competition among students at LaGuardia Community College.   The original and updated map features the winning artwork from former LaGuardia student Carmen Zhu.  Students in the art and humanities department were tasked with creating artwork for a map that highlighted neighborhood landmarks and amenities.  The map artwork was combined with a business directory and advertisements from local Sunnyside businesses, which funded the design and printing costs.  The maps are printed locally in Sunnyside at Paper Plus Printing.

 “The Sunnyside map is a great piece to promote the neighborhood,” said Rachel Thieme, executive director of the Sunnyside Shines Business Improvement District.  “I was glad to see how well it was received last year, and we are grateful to the support of our local businesses for supporting it again this year.”

“We distribute the Sunnyside map to all new residents coming in to our neighborhood.   They love the map because it puts all of Sunnyside’s vendors at your fingertips!” said Linda Santini-Tripodis, owner of local business Merit Group Realty and an advertiser in the map.

"We are pleased our members are included in the new Sunnyside map with its charming and original illustrations from the winning La Guardia Community College student designer. Like Sunnyside itself, it is both retro and fresh, and a useful free tangible gift to visitors and residents in this era of all online resources,” said Rigoberto Cardoso, president of the Sunnyside Chamber of Commerce.