- Sunnyside, Queens
Sunnyside's residents are of various ethnic backgrounds including
Albanian, Armenian, Bangladeshi, Chinese, Colombian, Dominican, Ecuadorian, Filipino, Indian, Irish, Eastern European Jews, Greek, Japanese, Korean, Mexican, Nepali, Romanian, and Turkish. Both Sunnyside and neighboring Woodside to the east are still known for attracting recent Irish immigrants and being that European nation's springboard into the larger American community. Sunnyside has had a Jewish community for many years, and the Orthodox component of the community is growing.
Sunnyside developed after the
Queensboro Bridgewas completed in 1909. Before that, the neighborhood was mostly small farms and marshland. 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. [http://queenslibrary.org/index.aspx?page_nm=CL-Communityinfo&branch_id=SU&#clhistory Community and Library History] , Queens Borough Public Library. Accessed February 14, 2008.]
The area is particularly 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 Steinand Henry Wrightserved 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 Parkbeing the other.
Bus- Multiple bus lines run through Sunnyside:
Other - The area has easy access to
Manhattanvia the Long Island Expressway& Queens Midtown Tunneland to Brooklynvia the Brooklyn-Queens Expressway.
chools and Public Services
* [http://schools.nyc.gov/SchoolPortals/24/Q199/default.htm?searchType=school PS 199] - 39-20 48th Avenue
* [http://schools.nyc.gov/SchoolPortals/24/Q150/default.htm?searchType=school PS 150] - 40-01 43rd Avenue
* [http://schools.nyc.gov/SchoolPortals/24/Q011/default.htm?searchType=school PS 11] - 54-25 Skillman Avenue
* [http://schools.nyc.gov/SchoolPortals/24/Q125/default.htm?searchType=school IS 125] - 46-02 47 Avenue
* Fire Department - Engine 325, Hook & Ladder 163 - "Woodside Warriors", FDNY - 41-24/26 51st Street
* Police Department - [http://www.nyc.gov/html/nypd/html/pct/pct108.html 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
* [http://nycgovparks.org/sub_your_park/historical_signs/hs_historical_sign.php?id=7909 L/Cpl. Thomas P. Noonan Playground]
* [http://nycgovparks.org/sub_your_park/historical_signs/hs_historical_sign.php?id=12918 George F. Torsney / Lou Lodati Playground]
* [http://www.nycgovparks.org/sub_your_park/historical_signs/hs_historical_sign.php?id=12236 Joe Sabba Park / Veterans Memorial Plaza]
Sunnyside has produced an array of talent, including the entertainers
Ethel Merman, Perry Como, Nancy Walker, Judy Holliday[Shepard, Richard F. [http://query.nytimes.com/gst/fullpage.html?res=990CE0D81130F930A3575AC0A963958260 "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."] , Joe Spinell, James Caanand Rudy Vallee[ [http://query.nytimes.com/gst/fullpage.html?res=9B01E1D6173FF931A25753C1A9679C8B63 "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."] ; jazz great Bix Biederbecke, 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 1970's. In the years before World War II New York Giantsstar Hap Morancoached a youth football team, the Mustangs, in Sunnyside Park. Also, the first ever active openly gay pro wrestler and former WCW and WWF Tag Team Champ and former US Heavyweight Champion Chris Kanyonwas born and raised in Sunnyside and his parents still live there. Speaking of wrestlers, the famous wrestler André the Giantused to fight matches at the neighborhood's now long-gone arena, known as "Sunnyside Garden." The site of the arena is now a Wendys on Queens Boulevard and 45th Street.
John Leguizamo's "Freak", he says he lived in Sunnyside for a period of time.
Claims to Fame
Sunnyside hosts New York City's only
Saint Patrick's DayParade that allows members of New York City's Gay and Lesbian Irish community to march - the [http://www.stpatsforall.com/ St. Pat's for all Parade] . The parade attracts not only important local politicians, such as former Mayor Rudolph Giuliani and current Mayor Michael Bloomberg, but also politicians from the larger state and national levels, such as Mayor Jason West of New Paltz, New York and New York State's junior senator, Hillary Clinton. Sunnyside is the site of the newest Eruv in Queens.
Some scenes in the film "Spider-Man" shot in Sunnyside.For example, the 7 Train is clearly visible in the background of one scene. However, the scenes featuring Peter Parker's home were filmed in Forest Hills, Spider-Man's home in the original comic books.
Another film that has had scenes shot in Sunnyside is the film
Queen of Media.
As well, parts of
Raising Helenwere filmed around Thomas P. Noonan Playground in Sunnyside.
In the video game
Grand Theft Auto IV, Sunnyside is represented by the neighborhood of "Schottler" and features a replica of the arch located on 46th Street and Queens Boulevard.
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 Transittrains leaving from Penn Station.
East Side Accessproject will include a new Long Island Rail Road(LIRR) train station in Sunnyside at Queens Boulevardalong the LIRR's Main Line (into Penn Station) will provide one-stop access for area residents to Midtown Manhattan. [Vandam, Jeff. [http://www.nytimes.com/2007/02/04/realestate/04livi.html?pagewanted=2&_r=1&sq= "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."]
* [http://www.sunnysidegardens.org/ Sunnyside Gardens]
* [http://www.sunnysidechamber.org/ Sunnyside Chamber of Commerce]
* [http://www.forgotten-ny.com/STREET%20SCENES/honeywell/honeywell.html Forgotten NY: Bridges of Sunnyside Yards]
* [http://www.newyorkmetro.com/realestate/articles/affordable/sunnyside.htm New York Metro: 6 Affordable Neighborhoods - Sunnyside]
* [http://travel.nytimes.com/2007/02/04/realestate/04livi.html NYTimes: An Enclave at Once Snug and Inclusive]
Wikimedia Foundation. 2010.