From the NY Post:
A private, members-only park in Queens has been getting a lot of public assistance lately.
Sunnyside Gardens Park, a 3-acre oasis created in 1926, has steadily received more taxpayer-funded grants under the watch of City Council Speaker Christine Quinn and local Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer, records show.
Friends of Sunnyside Gardens Park, the all-volunteer nonprofit that funds the park, is set to receive $47,600 worth of council member items in fiscal year 2012.
That's on top of $25,000 it got this year and $20,000 in 2010.
"It's an incredible resource and important place where a lot of people go and a lot children play," Van Bramer said, adding that he secured $2.4 million for public parks in his district.
Van Bramer has known Quinn for decades and worked for her in 1999, during her first council campaign. Quinn approves all member items.
Sunnyside Gardens Park members pay $335 a year, plus a one-time $150 initiation fee for access to the groomed grounds and ball fields.