About Us

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 is a business improvement district (BID) covering all properties fronting Queens Boulevard from 38th Street to 50th Street, as well as Greenpoint Avenue from Queens Boulevard to mid-block between 42nd and 43rd Streets.

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 300 individual businesses within the Sunnyside Shines district. Sunnyside Shines is funded through a voluntary assessment on area property owners. 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. 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.

Like all BIDs in New York City, the Sunnyside Shines board is comprised of property owners, business owners, residents and representatives of local elected officials.

Board of Directors

John Vogt, Chairman Emeritus – in MemoriamWhite Castle System, Inc.
Maria Medina-ChairPickman Realty
Maureen Stathis, Vice-ChairOffmiss Realty, LLC
Gerald Lederman, SecretaryTriad Management
Arthur Weiner, TreasurerLIC Building, LLC
Judith ZangwillSunnyside Community Services
Randy GutierezGreen Valley Marketplace of Sunnyside
Jessenia BurgosRiko Restaurant
Yitzy ShanikJoal Realty
Maureen LynchLynch Funeral Home
Cengiz YildirimChakra Cafe
Scott CooperCooper Real Estate
Jairo AstodilloFat Puppies Inn
Catherine MurphyPhoenix Realty
Mike NunezJP Morgan Chase
Susan AlbenioTito Rads Grill
Amin SiadAmerican Realty Corp/Fresh n Save
Keri SoldanoDazies Restaurant
Kenny VegaState Farm
Davi SurujballiePete’s Grill
Joseph SchiavoneQueens Library
Mayor Eric AdamsOffice of the Mayor, NYC SBS

Represented by Leslie Velazquez

Hon. Brad LanderNYC Comptroller

Represented by Aliya Latif

Hon. Julie WonNew York City Council Member

Represented by Carolina Gil

Hon. Donovan RichardsQueens Borough President

Represented by Shurn Anderson

Morry GalonoyQueens Community Board 2

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