In 2014, Sunnyside Shines was pleased to partner with NYC Department of Transportation, Council Member Van Bramer, Community Board 2, Senator Gianaris and Assemblywoman Nolan to open two new public spaces in Sunnyside: Bliss and Lowery Plazas. Located under the elevated 7 train, Bliss and Lowery Plazas provide much-needed spaces in the community where people can sit and relax, eat lunch or meet friends. The plazas provide moveable tables and chairs and colorful planters, which are updated quarterly with seasonal plantings.
Sunnyside Shines manages the plazas and is responsible for maintenance and programming of these spaces. We contract with the Neighborhood Plaza Partnership to close the plazas each night and to maintain the beautiful plantings.
In 2015, we are pleased to bring programming to these spaces with the Third Thursdays in Bliss Plaza event series, in partnership with ReCreate Queens, and Fitness Under the Subway, in partnership with the LIC YMCA.