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Sunnyside Shines Resumes In Person Events as COVID Restrictions Ease

Live Music Performance at Bliss Plaza. BlissBeats in 2019. Photo: Instagram @sunnysideshines

June 17, 2021 By Ryan Songalia

The Sunnyside Shines Business Improvement District (BID) will resume its in-person activities at public spaces–beginning today.

The Sunnyside Shines BID, which had suspended all its in-person activities since COVID-19 struck, will host a musical performance today by local rock band The Lowers at Bliss Plaza at 5 p.m.

Meanwhile, at Lowery Plaza, the BID will be offering free Zumba classes that will resume for the season starting today at 6 p.m.

The classes are being hosted daily by Maria Calderon of Paper Plus Printing, from 6-7 p.m. on weekdays, and on weekends from 10-11 a.m.

Other in-person events are also back on the calendar.

There will be an outdoor movie night on June 25 at Noonan Playground, located at Greenpoint Avenue and 43rd Street, where a selection of short films curated by the organizers of the Queens World Film Festival will be screened. The event begins after sundown, around 8:45 p.m.

Jaime-Faye Bean, Executive Director of Sunnyside Shines BID, says more events will be announced via the organization’s social media accounts.

“We are quietly soft-launching these programs once again so we can gauge any need for additional event precautions,” said Bean. “We know people are eager to gather and enjoy a sense of normalcy, and we want to meet that need responsibly.”

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