In 2005, Queens Borough President Helen Marshall and City Councilman Eric Gioia announced that $450,000 in city funding had been set aside for the renovation of the arch and its surrounding streets.
Sunnyside Renovations Moving At Snail’s Pace
“It was nice when it was lit,” recalled Steve DeSimone, owner of Pets Unlimited on 46th Street. He also remembered the arch’s grandeur during Sunnyside’s independent street fairs years ago, before the city took over the arch. DeSimone considers the arch a landmark, and is looking forward to its restoration. He said most Sunnyside residents like the arch and want to see it brought back to its original splendor.