This past Saturday, 46th Street was again transformed into a pedestrian oasis for the day, this time with a temporary lawn, a free yoga class, music and art.
Sunnyside Shines volunteers laid out a pallet's worth of sod in the street, creating a new kind of recreational space in the street. The Queens Museum of Art was on hand making a collage project with anyone who wanted to participate. Musical performances from local rockers The Occident as well as NYC's only all-female mariachi band Flor de Toloache brought crowds to the street during the later part of the day. Greening Western Queens lead tree care workshops and the Queens World Film Festival distributed information about the film festival and raffled off t-shirts. Another highlight of the day was a full display of all the Sunnyside map entries from La Guardia Community College. Professor Hugo Fernandez set up easels to display each map entry. Sunnyside Yoga, the local yoga studio, arranged a free class on the sod in the earlier part of the day. The Sunnyside Ballet Studio ended the night with a ballet performance from its students, many of whom are local Sunnyside children.
The event was the final day in the Sunnyside Summer Strolls event series, a three-day series under the Sunnyside Arch on 46th Street, produced by Sunnyside Shines. The event is part of the NYC Department of Transportation's Weekend Walks program, which consists of neighborhood street activities outside of the Manhattan core.