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Sunnyside cleans up its biz district

$2,500 donation adds to program

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Posted: Thursday, April 4, 2013 10:30 am | Updated: 10:34 am, Thu Apr 11, 2013.

Sunnyside Shines shines a little brighter.

The TD Charitable Foundation donated $2,500 to the Sunnyside Shines Business Improvement District for its monthly graffiti cleanup project.

In the past the BID has organized cleanups every few months, but recently they have amped up their efforts as more graffiti began to pile up, according to Rachel Thieme, the executive director of the Sunnyside Shines BID.

“Especially because of the angle of Greenpoint Avenue, there are several angled buildings with big walls that become graffiti hot spots if not addressed regularly,” Thieme said. “In addition, vacant lots and storefronts attract graffiti, and the district has some key corner vacancies at the moment, especially the former Strauss Auto Supply at Queens Boulevard and 48th Street.”

The team recently cleaned up a tag on the side wall of the two-year-old Parrot Coffee and Grocery at 45-15 Queens Blvd.

“Basically it didn’t look good,” owner Ofir Sagi said. “Now it looks a lot cleaner.”

He said eventually he would have cleaned the tag on his own for about $100, but the BID saw it first and cleaned it off. He was glad not to dole out the extra money.

This is the first time that wall has been vandalized, but his gate has been targeted once before.

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