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

sunnyside shines bid board kamila harris photography
John Vogt, ChairWhite Castle System, Inc.
Christopher Winchester, Vice-ChairPickman Realty
(917) 335-6871
Arthur Weiner, TreasurerLIC Building, LLC
(718) 786-1900
Gerald Lederman, SecretaryTriad Management
(718) 729-7634
Czarinna AndresSunnyside Community Services
Jessenia BurgosRiko Restaurants
Scott CooperCooper Real Estate
(718) 729-7114
Michael FonteTD Bank
(718) 361-0143
Steven D. FleischerOwnership Realty
(516) 769-5891
Maureen LynchLynch Funeral Home
(718) 784-1525
Catherine MurphyCatherinemurphy47@yahoo.com
(914) 420-3495
Amin SiadAmerican Realty Corp/Fresh n Save
Keri SoldanoDazies Restaurant
Maureen StathisOffmiss Realty, LLC
(203) 209-8123
Robert SwiderskiRealTegrity Real Estate
(347) 848-0199 x22
Mayor Bill de BlasioOffice of the Mayor, NYC SBS
Represented by Emily Bang
(212) 513-9243
Hon. Scott StringerNYC Comptroller
Represented by Aliya Laytif
(212) 669-3748
Hon. Jimmy Van BramerNew York City Council Member
Represented by Matthew Wallace
(718) 383-9566
Hon. Melinda KatzQueens Borough President
Represented by John Perricone
(718) 286-2777
Denise Keehan-SmithQueens Community Board 2
(718) 533-8773

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