EXPLORE SUNNYSIDE

DESCRIPTION

Millennials are increasingly drawn to the neighborhood, and not just for its proximity to Greenpoint, Astoria and lower rents than Manhattan. Lately, a slew of nightlife venues and bars have gained traction, including The Courtyard and Ida's Nearabout. In the restaurant department, residents flock to a diverse mix of restaurants; in fact, the area is renowned for its variety of ethnic eats. Many favorites include dumpling spots, Paraguayan fare and American bars. And, true to its roots as a landing point for Irish immigrants looking for factory work, Sunnyside boasts a few Irish gastropubs as well.

Sunnyside Gardens Park stands as one of only two remaining private parks in all of New York City - the other being Gramercy Park. The 3.5-acre area includes a grass field, a running track, sports courts, a playground and a wading pool. Other spots for entertainment and activity include Apollonia Gallery and Café, Thalia Spanish Theater and Taste of Sunnyside.

HISTORY

One of the neighborhood’s main calling cards is Sunnyside Gardens Historic District, which reigns as one of the first planned communities in the United States. The area was constructed between 1924 and 1928, and still retains the aura of an old English village with brick townhouses, weaving pathways and green courtyards.

LANDSCAPE

Sunnyside is an ever-evolving community, home to a diverse selection of restaurants and a plethora of mom-and-pop vintage shops. Bounded by 37th Avenue to the north, 53rd Street to the east, First Calvary Cemetery to the south and 39th Street to the west, the neighborhood occupies the western portion of the borough of Queens. For Sunnyside's residents, the community vibe and welcoming spirit pervade as soon as you step under the 25-foot-tall "Sunnyside" arch that designates the shopping district.

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