Making Sunnyside a Greener Place

To celebrate Earth Day and the replacement of trees in Sunnyside and Woodside lost during Hurricane Sandy, City Council Member Jimmy Van Bramer, the City Parks Foundation, the Partnership for Parks, the Greening Western Queens Initiative and civic leaders planted a new tree on Monday, Apr. 22, at the corner of 43rd Street and 47th Avenue in Sunnyside. As noted, the ceremony kicked off the planting of more than 70 trees in both neighborhoods in spots were older trees fell during last October’s superstorm. In the photo, Van Bramer is pictured along with Angela Cuevo, owner of Mario’s Restaurant; Bill Schmidt, forester for the Greening Western Queens Initiative; Don McCallian, president of the United Forties Civic Association (UFCA); Rachel Thieme, executive director of the Sunnyside Shines Business Improvement District; Carol Burch, UFCA vice president; resident Bobby Burch; Community Board 2 Chairperson Joseph Conley; Alison Tocci, president of the City Parks Foundation; Kyle Richard and Sabrina Saragoussi of the Partnership for Parks; and community activist Alyssa Bonilla, who spear-headed the project.

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