Marshall Honors Sunnyside Chamber
The Sunnyside Chamber of Commerce (SCC) luncheon meeting for April was held at Dazies restaurant. On hand was Queens Borough President Helen Marshall, who presented a certificate of appreciation to the chamber.
After that, she had some commentary about Flushing Meadows-Corona Park that implied that those who complain it is constantly being cut into by commercial interests fail to appreciate how it has been improved over the decades. Before she left, she was presented with a rum cake by Luke Adams, the chamber’s executive director and resident baker.
With the borough president present, Laura Heim, architect and board member, announced that Marshall had been given a Lucy G. Moses Preservation Award for public leadership. The award is presented by the New York Landmarks Conservancy and is to be given to the borough president and other winners at a ceremony in Grand Central Station’s Vanderbilt Hall on April 29.
Marshall began her address by presenting a certificate of appreciation to the chamber and declaring the day to be Sunnyside Chamber Day. The award was accepted by Sunnyside Chamber of Commerce President Swain Weiner. She launched a few remarks about Flushing Meadows-Corona Park by saying that the United States Tennis Association has been there more than 35 years and the late summer US Open tournament makes more money in its two weeks than the nearby Mets and the Yankees make during their six-month seasons combined. She continued by remembering a time when the park was a lot of undeveloped land where she and her neighbors used to take their children to ice skate during the wintertime. Her narration suggested that she welcomed the parkland development the USTA provided and that any complaints she has heard about further development by that group don’t take into account the care and cooperation with the city that were exercised during the original construction in the 1970s and since. She said she was a member of Community Board 3 at the time and remembered how the board, for its part, held the USTA to its word about its plans. The result was park improvement, she said, perhaps calling for a less harsh reaction to the announcement that major league soccer would like to build a 25,000 seat stadium in the park, not far from the tennis center. That may be a matter for the next borough president.
Before presenting her with that rum cake, Adams said that when the SCC was first formed and needed speakers for its luncheons, Marshall, at that time either a member of the City Council or the state Assembly, was quite willing to speak to them. When he gave her the cake, he said that others he has baked have been bid for at charity auctions and have raised as much as $125.
Mark Wilensky, of the fundraising committee for the Sunnyside/Woodside Unit of the Variety Boys & Girls Club of Queens (SWBGC), believed it was none too early to start advertising the fourth annual Dancing with the Community Stars event, to obtain funds to build a youth center in Sunnyside. SWBGC was formed in 2009.
The vote to accept the current slate of Sunnyside Chamber board members was unanimously favorable.