Majority Leader Van Bramer Announces $3 Million for New Sunnyside Park

On Monday, October 3, Majority Leader Jimmy Van Bramer was joined by dozens of community members to announce funding to purchase and renovate the former Phipps playground in Sunnyside. The $3 million, allocated in partnership with Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito, will cover the costs of purchasing and renovating the abandoned playground, which has sat empty and fenced-off for decades.

“I’m thrilled to have allocated this funding to turn this abandoned playground back into a beautiful green space that our whole community can enjoy,” said City Council Majority Leader Jimmy Van Bramer. “Community members have been advocating for this space to be turned into a public park for decades. Today, we are one step closer to making that dream a reality.”

The lot was initially opened as a private playground for the children of the tenants of the Phipps Garden Apartments, an affordable housing development across the street. It was later closed and sold to a private developer, who has left the park fenced and abandoned.

Photo Credit: John McCarten, New York City Council