SUNNYSIDE — Talented Queens art students are looking to put Sunnyside on the map.
More than a dozen students at LaGuardia Community College faced off in a compeition this month to design a new tourist map for the neighborhood, a project of the Sunnyside Shines BID and the Sunnyside Chamber of Commerce to draw more visitors to the neighborhood.
Carmen Zhu, a fine arts and design major, took first place with her watercolor depiction of Sunnyside and its many major landmarks, including bustling Queens Boulevard and Skillman Avenue, Sunnyside Gardens Park and the iconic Sunnyside Arch at 46th Street at Queens Boulevard.
The map will be printed this summer, along with a Sunnyside business directory, and will be distributed to hotels in nearby Long Island City in an effort to draw tourists further east into Queens.
"Sunnyside’s businesses are some of the best in New York City," said Sunnyside Chamber of Commerce president Swain Weiner.
"I’m very happy to say that the design of this map is an accurate representation of the beauty, energy, and warmth of the neighborhood."