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The arch over 46th Street at Queens Blvd is located in the heart of Sunnyside

Sunnyside is a neighborhood in the western portion of the New York City borough of Queens, in New York state, in the United States. It shares borders with Hunters Point and Long Island City to the west, Astoria to the north, Woodside to the east and Maspeth to the south. The neighborhood is part of Queens Community Board 2.[1] The zip code of Sunnyside is 11104.

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Ethnic Community

Welcome to Sunnyside

Ethnicities of Sunnyside's residents include Latin American, Korean, Japanese, Chinese, Tibetan, Nepali, Indian, Bangladeshi, Irish, Turkish and Romanian.

History

Sunnyside, a rural hamlet mostly consisting of small farms and marshland, was incorporated into Long Island City in 1870, and developed into a bedroom community after the Queensboro Bridge was completed in 1909. A large portion of the neighborhood is six-story apartment buildings constructed during the 1920s and '30s. The land was originally owned by French settlers in the 1800s. Sunnyside is derived from Sunnyside Hill Farms, so named by the Bragraws family who owned the land.[2]

The area is known for one of America's first planned communities, Sunnyside Gardens. Constructed from 1924 to 1929, Sunnyside Gardens was one of the first developments to incorporate the "superblock" model in the United States. The residential area has brick row houses of two and a half stories, with front and rear gardens and a landscaped central court shared by all.

This model allowed for denser residential development, while also providing ample open/green-space amenities. Clarence Stein and Henry Wright served as the architects and planners for this development, and the landscape architect was Marjorie Sewell Cautley. These well-planned garden homes are now listed as a historic district and are also home to one of only two private parks in New York City, Gramercy Park being the other.[2]

Famous residents

Bix Beiderbecke plaque in Sunnyside, Queens.

Sunnyside has produced or nurtured such talents as Ethel Merman, Perry Como, Nancy Walker, Judy Holliday[3], Joe Spinell, James Caan and Rudy Vallee[4]; artist Raphael Soyer, and writers and social activists such as Lewis Mumford. The Queens-grown punk-rock group "The Ramones" played some of their earliest gigs in Sunnyside pubs during the 1970s. In the years before World War II New York Giants star Hap Moran coached a youth football team, the Mustangs, in Sunnyside Park. The first openly gay pro wrestler and former WCW and WWF Tag Team Champ and former US Heavyweight Champion Chris Kanyon was born and raised in Sunnyside.

Legendary jazz musician Bix Beiderbecke, "the remote and mysterious jazz cornettist... died in obscurity" in an apartment building at 43-30, 46th Street, in Sunnyside.[5] On the 100th anniversary of his birth, the Greater Astoria Historical Society joined with a number community groups to erect a plaque in his honor.

St. Patrick's Day Parade

Sunnyside hosts New York City's only Saint Patrick's Day Parade that allows members of New York City's Gay and Lesbian Irish community to march - the St. Pat's for all Parade.

The parade has attracted such politicians as former NYC mayor Rudolph Giuliani and current NYC mayor Michael Bloomberg, Jason West (former mayor of New Paltz, New York), New York Congressman Joseph Crowley (who represents the district), former United States Senator Hillary Clinton and others.

Films shot in the area

Railyard

Sunnyside is also known for the former Pennsylvania Railroad (now Amtrak) railyard known as Sunnyside Yard. These are a staging area for both Amtrak and New Jersey Transit trains leaving from Penn Station.

The proposed East Side Access project will include a new Long Island Rail Road (LIRR) train station in Sunnyside at Queens Boulevard along the LIRR's Main Line (into Penn Station) will provide one-stop access for area residents to Midtown Manhattan.[6]

Transportation

Subway - Sunnyside is served by the 7 Train. The following stops are in the Sunnyside area:

Bus - Multiple bus lines run through Sunnyside:

Other - The area has easy access to Manhattan via the Long Island Expressway & Queens Midtown Tunnel and to Brooklyn via the Brooklyn-Queens Expressway.

Schools and Public Services

PS 150

Elementary Schools

  • PS 199 - 39-20 48th Avenue
  • PS 150 - 40-01 43rd Avenue
  • PS 11 - 54-25 Skillman Avenue

Intermediate Schools

Public Services

  • Fire Department - Engine 325, Hook & Ladder 163 - "Woodside Warriors", FDNY - 41-24/26 51st Street
  • Police Department - 108th Precinct, NYPD - 5-47 50th Avenue
  • Sunnyside Post Office - 45-15 44th Street
  • Sunnyside Branch of Queens Borough Public Library - 43-06 Greenpoint Avenue

Parks

References

  1. ^ Queens Community Boards, New York City. Accessed September 3, 2007.
  2. ^ a b Community and Library History, Queens Borough Public Library. Accessed February 14, 2008.
  3. ^ Shepard, Richard F. "Memories of My Queens", The New York Times, September 3, 1995. Accessed October 19, 2007. "My earliest memories are of Sunnyside, about 1929 and 1930, when my family moved to Queens and bought a house in Sunnyside Gardens, on what was then called Locust Street. Our next-door neighbors were a family by the name of Tuvim, whose daughter was to become a star of Broadway and Hollywood named Judy Holliday, although as a younger-than-teen-age Queens girl she gave little evidence of such talent."
  4. ^ "Spare Times", The New York Times, October 12, 2001. Accessed October 19, 2007. "Hometown NYC: Sunnyside, Queens. A tour of the area that was once home to Rudy Vallee, led by Saul Bennett, a poet who was raised in the neighborhood."
  5. ^ "Solo in Sunnyside; Frank Gray travels through Queens, New York, in search of the late Bix Beiderbecke." The Guardian, 30 April 2005.
  6. ^ Vandam, Jeff. "An Enclave at Once Snug and Inclusive", The New York Times, February 4, 2007. Accessed February 14, 2008. "When the Long Island Rail Road's East Side Access project is completed in 2013, its trains, too, will go to Grand Central. Sunnyside's new station in the system will create a nonstop commute to Midtown."

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