Sunnyside, Queens Neighborhood Review

Rachel McCray
Rachel McCray

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Sunnyside Queens

Neighbored by the more popular areas of Long Island City and Astoria, Sunnyside is sure to be the next to experience the effects of the gentrification process. As population and real estate prices steadily increase, businesses are following suit and also flocking to the area before prices are unaffordable.

The majority of the small, half a square mile of a neighborhood consists of brick, six-story apartment buildings that were constructed in the 1920s and 1930s. A mixture of space, value and easy access to the city (15 minutes to Manhattan) make this area most desirable.

Although small, Sunnyside is known for its friendliness and relaxed vibe. Knowing your neighbor and smiling faces are common. Many jokingly refer to the area as the "Cheap Park Slope," due to the high number of baby carriages and families.

Numerous restaurants and shops line Queens Boulevard, but if you want to escape the hustle and bustle, there are plenty of cute cafes, restaurants, etc along Skillman and 43rd Avenues.

The territory known as Sunnyside Gardens will make you feel like you landed in a neighborhood in a charming country village.

Fun Fact:Sunnyside Gardens Historic District is a national historic site (1984) and New York City landmark consisting of 16 blocks and more than 600 buildings.

Transportation

If you're coming from Manhattan, take the 7 train to 33rd Street – Rawson Street, 40th Street-Lowery Street, and 46th Street-Bliss Street.

One of the biggest selling points about Sunnyside is the easy access to Manhattan. If you're traveling by car, the Long Island Expressway or the Queens Midtown Tunnel will get you there in a matter of minutes (depending on the unpredictable NYC traffic!).

If you're heading to Brooklyn, the Brooklyn-Queens Expressway is just a few blocks away.

Subways7
BusesQ32, Q39, Q60, Q104, B24

Average Rent Prices

Sunnyside is the kind of small family-oriented neighborhood where everyone, from the corner store owner to the bank teller knows your name.

Studio1 Bedroom2 Bedroom3 Bedroom
$1,684$1,980$2,437$3,278

Public & Charter Schools

Sunnyside is known for being a safe, quiet neighborhood with better than average schools. There is a very strong middle-class presence. Here are some of the most talked about schools in the area:

SchoolInfoNotes
P.S. 11 Kathryn PhelanPublic - K-6 - 1122 studentsTeachers are happy, helpful and patient. Great leadership.
P.S. 199 Maurice A. FitzgeraldPublic - PK-5 - 976 studentsStrong literacy program, uses workshop model for teaching reading and writing.
I.S. 125 Thom J. Mccann WoodsidePublic - 6-8- 1508 studentsLarge Arts Program, numerous extra-curricular activities
Queens High School for the Sciences at York CollegePublic - 9-12 - 462 studentsLocated on a college campus, challenging curriculum


Restaurants

Stand out restaurants are not uncommon in this fast-growing area of Queens. Thanks to the wide range of ethnic diversity in Sunnyside, the cuisines are a satisfying mix of global flavors.

Feel like indulging in some truly authentic Mexican food? Then head over to Chihuahua's Cantina & Grill, a family-owned Mexican restaurant specializing in the freshest dishes based on passed-down family recipes.

If you're looking for more of a cozy, casual spot to grab some rustic Italian cooking, look no further than SoleLuna, the homemade pasta and authentic flavors will have you feeling like your dining in a small village in the heart of Italy's wine country.

Don't forget dessert! Stop by Stolle Bakery and grab a slice of homemade pie. They make their flavors fresh daily and some of the most popular include: Cottage Cheese with Raspberry, Cherry and Apple.

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