Sunnyside Neighborhood Review - Queens Moving Guide

Discover Sunnyside, Queens and why people are moving here. Check out the restaurants, apartment prices, transportation, and the general neighborhood vibe.
Sunnyside Queens
Editors Rating (3 stars out of 5)
5.6 Overall
Average Rent Prices 5
Public transportation 6
Schools 6
Lifestyle 5
Crime 6

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.

This Sunnyside neighborhood review will look into public transportation, restaurants, average apartment rent, and home sale prices.

As population and real estate prices steadily increase, businesses are following suit and flocking to the area before prices become unaffordable.

The majority of the small, half a square mile of the neighborhood consists of brick, six-story apartment buildings that were constructed in the 1920s and 1930s.

This area is most desirable because of a mixture of space, value, and easy access to the city (15 minutes to Manhattan).

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.

Real Estate in Sunnyside

While prices have risen in past decade or so in this area, Sunnyside still remains a great value for the price when it comes to both rental and sales.

From townhouses to single and multi-family homes, there are properties available ranging in size from one-bedroom studios up to large family homes with multiple bedrooms, most of which can be found in a subsection called Sunnyside Gardens.

However, the vast majority of real estate in Sunnyside is apartments.

Those looking for luxury can find apartments boasting high-end interiors with modern features.

For those seeking convenience, Sunnyside also offers close proximity to both Manhattan and Brooklyn via the 7 train line making it ideal for commuters working in either borough or even further afield.

There are many local businesses available, including grocery stores, banks, schools, and health centers; plus an array of additional services such as cafes, retail outlets, and much more.

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

Average Rental Prices in Sunnyside

Studio $1,800
1 Bed $2,200
2 Beds $2,600
3 Beds $2,900
PropertyNest Real Estate Data As of June 2023

Average Sales Prices in Sunnyside

Studio $1,980,000
1 Bed $488,888
2 Beds $937,000
3 Beds $950,000
PropertyNest Real Estate Data As of June 2023
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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.

Local Bus Lines
Local Buses Q24, Q32, Q39, Q60, Q67
Express Buses QM1-8, QM10-12, QM15-18, QM20, QM21, QM24, QM25, QM31, QM32, QM34-36, QM40, QM42, QM44, X63, X64, X68

Subway lines in neighborhood

  • 7

    IRT Flushing Line

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:

Local Schools
School Info Notes
P.S. 11 Kathryn Phelan Public - K-6 - 1122 students Teachers are happy, helpful and patient. Great leadership.
P.S. 199 Maurice A. Fitzgerald Public - PK-5 - 976 students Strong literacy program, uses workshop model for teaching reading and writing.
I.S. 125 Thom J. Mccann Woodside Public - 6-8- 1508 students Large Arts Program, numerous extra-curricular activities
Queens High School for the Sciences at York College Public - 9-12 - 462 students Located on a college campus, challenging curriculum

Restaurants & Dining

Sunnyside Neighborhood in New York City is known for its excellent restaurants and dining experiences.

Whether you're looking for a casual eatery or an upscale fine dining spot, Sunnyside has something to offer everyone. From Italian cuisine to Mexican street food, there are plenty of options to satisfy your cravings.

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.

Mexican street food is also popular in Sunnyside, with several taquerias offering tacos, burritos, and quesadillas filled with delicious fillings like grilled chicken or beef barbacoa.

La Palapa Cantina will surely fulfill your cravings if you're seeking Mexican dishes, a great margarita, or a cold beer.

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 you dining in a small village in the heart of Italy's wine country.

How Safe is the Sunnyside Neighborhood?

The neighborhood has long been known for its diversity and vibrant culture, but like most places, it also has its fair share of crime. Fortunately, the number of crimes reported in Sunnyside has been steadily decreasing over recent years.

Sunnyside boasts a lower crime rate than other parts of New York City. The neighborhood has its own police precinct (the 108th) dedicated to protecting the neighborhood's residents. Furthermore, the NYPD has increased its presence in the area, providing an additional layer of safety and security.

Additionally, many residents have invested in their own security systems to protect their homes. A variety of private businesses and organizations also offer additional services, such as neighborhood watch programs.

Crime statistics

Crime rate: 4 out of 10
Approximately 12.5433 crimes (felony) per 1000 residents
Low Medium High

Local government initiatives have helped bolster public safety in Sunnyside as well.

The neighborhood underwent an extensive streetscape renovation that included lighting upgrades, improved sidewalks and crosswalks, and more green spaces for pedestrians and cyclists alike.

Other projects, such as the Sunnyside Community Safety Program, enhance public safety by providing training sessions for residents about protecting their homes against burglary or robbery.

Considering all of these factors – low crime rates combined with proactive local government efforts – it becomes clear that Sunnyside is indeed a safe neighborhood. Residents can rest assured knowing that their neighborhood is looked after both by the NYPD and local government initiatives that are actively working towards making sure their community remains secure and welcoming for everyone who lives there.

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Rachel McCray
About the author

Originally from Florida, Rachel McCray, a writer and content producer, is now based in New York. Rachel offers expertise in New York City neighborhoods relating to real estate and history. Rachel McCray graduated from Florida Atlantic University with a bachelor's degree in Communication and Media Studies.