The same can be said of our neighborhoods and community leaders. This week, after a devastating fire destroyed six Queens Boulevard businesses and left a community shattered, Sunnyside stood strong and showed its true colors.
The neighborhood response was incredibly inspiring. Led by the local business improvement district and chamber of commerce, neighbors raised tens of thousands of dollars for the fire relief fund through a GoFundMe campaign.
On Monday, they hosted a resource fair to help the affected workers –– now out of a job because of the five-alarm blaze –– get back on their feet. Later that night, the community came together for a fundraiser that brought out the best of Sunnyside’s food and culture.
Sunnyside’s resilience is a reminder that our neighborhoods are only as good as the residents, businesses and leaders who make them special.
Despite a tragic fire that demolished both longtime and brand new businesses, community members stood up for their neighbors, and let them know they have their backs.
Now it’s time for the city to do what it can to help the business owners and employees who have been affected. They can’t replace the memories at local favorites like Sidetracks and New York Style Eats, but they can help the owners recover and rebuild for the future.
While neighbors have already done so much, the season of giving isn’t over. If you have something to give this holiday season, pitch in and help Sunnyside stay strong.