Aug. 3, 2022 By Michael Dorgan
A large mural has gone up on a Sunnyside street corner in recognition of a well-known business owner—and the wife of the treasurer of the Sunnyside Shines Business Improvement District—who passed away earlier this year.
The colorful mural, which features six roses and a streetscape of Manhattan, has been painted in honor of Rose Weiner, who died on March 15 at the age of 78. She was the wife of Artie Weiner, and the couple were married for 50 years and have two sons.
The mural has gone up on a wall on the southeast corner of Greenpoint Avenue and 43rd Street, where Sunnyside Pediatrics is located. The property is owned by Artie Weiner and is located across the street from Thomas P. Noonan Playground and the Sunnyside Library. The mural faces onto 43rd Street.
The Weiners operated a hardware store and seasonal Christmas store called Nelson’s for decades at the location, where Rose became a familiar face to local residents and shoppers.
The couple closed Nelson’s in 2008 and retired. They then leased the property to a grocery store operator and then to professionals in the medical field.
Artie said it was fitting to put the mural up on the side of the building, given Rose’s association with the premises.
“It’s really well done, it’s really nice,” Artie said.
The mural was created by Roger Smith, a prominent graffiti artist who is originally from Astoria. It is around 50 feet long and is the same height as the one-story building.
The artwork also features Rose’s name written in large letters. Smith finished the mural Saturday, Artie said.
Smith was hired by the couple in the past to paint murals on that wall.
“When she passed away, I talked to the artist and asked him to create something in her honor,” Artie said.
“She loved flowers, she always had flowers in the house, and she also loved the city so that’s what he came up with,” Artie said, adding that he feels the painting has brought new life to the street.
Artie said his wife was a strong woman and is missed by their family.
“[She was] feisty, she took no shit from anyone,” Artie said.
Those sentiments were echoed by John Vogt, a fellow board member at Sunnyside Shines who worked with Artie and Rose through the years.
“I loved Rose and her rough around the edges [attitude], she pulled no punches.”
“Rose was Artie’s partner in everything he did in Sunnyside from Nelson’s to the Chamber, to Sunnyside Shines.”
Vogt said that Rose volunteered at various local events and was unafraid to offer her opinion.
He said the mural is visually appealing and expects it to be well received by the community.
“It is a nice addition to the streets of Sunnyside,” Vogt said.
‘It is a great tribute to Rose, who was one of the key people in Sunnyside. I continue to miss Rose and a mural is the least that can be done for her remembrance.”