BREAKING: 1 firefighter injured in Sunnyside E-Bike Shop In Flames

An e-bike shop, Fly Wing E-Bike, has caught fire in Sunnyside. There is no current cause for the fire, which is at the intersection of 39th Place and 47th Avenue, as the Queens Ledger awaits updates from the police on the scene.

The one-alarm fire with additional units began approximately at 6:30 p.m, according to two sources who live near the shop.

Ahmed Zaiean, 54, said that he smelt tires burning and thought originally that it was coming from his apartment. Once he realized it was not his home he said he “definitely know it was the bike shop.”

The video below, from the Citizen App, shows the fire underway.

A building adjacent to Fly Wing E-Bike, 39-29 47th Ave, was broken into by the FDNY in order to put out the fire.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This is a developing story.

Flag Day Parade in Sunnyside

After the two-year hiatus brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic, the 52nd annual Kiwanis-sponsored parade took place along Greenpoint Avenue culminating with a patriotic ceremony at Sabba Park at Queens Boulevard and 49th Street.

(Photos by Walter Karling)

Miu Tsuneki and her mother Mikiko Tsuneki

Carlos Acta at the Flag Day Parade in Sunnyside

Marvin Ramirez beams for the camera

Members of the Sunnyside Drum Corps taking up the rear of their marching contingent.

Parade crossing the busy intersection of Queens Boulevard at Greenpoint Avenue.

The National Anthem was sung by Beatrice Ross.

In Sabba Park: the war memorial around which the ceremony was held.

The Reverend Paul Kim, the Pastor of St. Raphael’s RC Church in LIC gave the invocation.

The Manhatitlan Club Folklorico Mexicano Dance Troupe gave a well-received terpsichorean presentation

Former Kiwanis President MARC CRAWFORD LEAVITT(left) led the gathering in a rousing rendition of George Cohan’s “You’re a Grand Old Flag.”
Dr. Gerald Lederman (right), also a former President, emceed the patriotic proceedings.

Sunnyside Community Services wins national caregiving award

A senior center in Sunnyside received national recognition for the quality of care they provide to clients.

Sunnyside Community Services, an organization dedicated to providing support to caregivers of those who have Alzheimer’s or other dementias, was awarded a $20,000 grant through the Innovations in Alzheimer’s Caregiving Award.

The award is presented by The Rosalinde and Arthur Gilbert Foundation, Bader Philanthropies, Inc. and Family Caregiver Alliance, and is presented to three outstanding programs in the country.

SCS and their Care NYC program was recognized for its multicultural approach and services, and is the only New York City-based winner.

“We are thrilled to be recognized for our accomplishments, in particular, providing support to the Latino caregiver community,” Shyvonne Noboa, division director for senior services, said.

“Our Latino caregivers are exacerbated in terms of their needs, including social support, basic healthcare and mental health needs,” she continued. “What we do is empower with education and provide that emotional support and in-home care, and it’s wonderful to be recognized for the area of expertise that we’ve been able to craft. We’ve been providing services to family caregivers in western Queens and all of Queens for over 10 years.”

Care NYC offers services to caregivers and their loved ones which include education and caregiver skills workshops, peer support groups and long term care planning.

Edward Rosado, a caregiver support specialist at SCS, said that he enjoys being able to provide necessary services to the Latino community by making resources accessible to them and engaging with them in their native language.

“When we speak in their native tongue, we develop that trust in the beginning, which can lead to them asking for other services they normally wouldn’t know how to ask for,” Rosado said.“From that moment on, we try to provide a care plan that would implement services for them to help navigate dementia.”

He added that “caring for someone that you love that suffers from this devastating disease is not an easy thing, and so we provide the services to keep them intact.”
Anna Romero, a resident of Brownsville, cares for her 71-year-old husband whose cognitive function is declining.

She has participated in SCS’ programs for seven years, and described the organization’s assistance as “instrumental” during her husband’s journey with dementia.

“Their expertise and support system is incredible, because there’s so much knowledge and experience with the roundtable talks and the sense of community they provide,” Romero said.

“It helps me remember that I’m not going through this alone. SCS’ care is more individualized, more heartfelt than other places I’ve dealt with,” she continued. “We developed several relationships through the support group that have continued, and it’s very helpful to just be able to talk to someone who’s going through the same thing as you.”

In 2021 alone, the SCS staff provided over 2,000 caregivers with support services, and performed over 3,000 check-in calls.

The awarded funds will be used to further support and expand upon the organization’s programming.

“A lot of the time, the funding that this program gets is really tight and restricted to particular areas,” Noboa said. “This grant gives the program and the team an opportunity to get really creative, to develop and strengthen their professional skills to create opportunities for caregivers and the team in a way that we couldn’t before.”

Rosado said that the most rewarding part of his job is hearing the feedback from clients and knowing how much the work he does makes a positive difference in someone’s life.

“We’re in this work to help people. We’re not looking to pat ourselves on the back or put ourselves on a pedestal,” he said. “These clients, these caregivers are so appreciative that somebody knows that they’re alive, or that they need assistance. So what I get is not in the pocket, I get it in the heart when I hear ‘Thank you, you saved my life. God bless you.’ During this part of history, I can actually say I’m part of an organization that helped mankind out… How many people get to say that?”

St. Pat’s For All Parade strolls through Sunnyside

Photos By Walter Karling

 

Cyclist killed by truck in Sunnyside

(Oscar Rivera Photo)

 

By Evan Triantafilidis

A bicyclist was killed when he was struck by a box truck at the intersection of 47th Street and 47th Avenue in Sunnyside on Wednesday morning.

At about 8:30 in the morning, a truck, operated by a 33-year-old driver with a suspended license, was traveling westbound on 47th Avenue and attempted to make a right-hand turn onto 47th Street when the accident happened, police say.

The 58-year-old Forest Hills man, Qiang Tu, was riding west in a designated bike lane along 47th Avenue. He was transported to Elmhurst Hospital where he was pronounced dead.

The operator of the vehicle, Shakai Waye of Newark, New Jersey, remained on scene and was later arrested and charged with aggravated unlicensed operator.

Juan Restrepo, a senior organizer at Transportation Alternatives, blamed the loss of life on the de Blasio administration.

“Qiang Tu’s life could have been saved if Mayor de Blasio prioritized people over parking,” he said in statement. “Instead, even though he was biking along a so-called ‘designated bike route,’ there is zero physical protection from deadly cars here, only painted sharrows on the road.

Restrepo called on the city to prioritize protected bike lans in the southern section of Sunnyside on routes like 47th Avenue that are popular with bicyclists headed to the Kosciuszko Bridge.

“Paint is not protection,” he said. “Instead of getting closer to Vision Zero, we are getting further away. But let’s be clear, Vision Zero isn’t failing, Mayor de Blasio is failing.”

Oscar Rivera Photo

Early morning fire tears through Queens Blvd. building

An early morning fire on Queens Boulevard on Thursday tore through a row of businesses in Sunnyside.
Hundreds of firefighters and emergency personnel responded to the four-alarm blaze on the south side of the boulevard between 43rd and 44th streets. Three suffered minor injuries.
The fire started in Taiyo Food on 44th Street, and quickly engulfed the four neighboring businesses, Mad for Chicken, Bajeko Sekuwa, Malingo and Mad Cafe. No employees were injured.
In December of 2018, a large fire destroyed several businesses just a few blocks east on the same side of Queens Boulevard. That property is still a large, graffiti-covered vacant lot.
As they did after that fire, the Sunnyside Shines Business Improvement District has started a fund to help the five businesses. Donations can be made on GoFundMe or by emailing [email protected]

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