Sunnyside, in western Queens, is a stark contrast to the gleaming glass residential towers rising in nearby Long Island City. Here is an old-fashioned New York neighborhood of squat prewar apartment buildings, rowhouses and shopping streets that still have mom-and-pop businesses.
Sunnyside’s boundaries correspond roughly with those of ZIP code 11104, an area of nearly one-half square mile with a population of around 27,000. The neighborhood is perhaps best known for its Sunnyside Gardens Historic District, one of the first planned communities in the United States. Built between 1924 and 1928, this enclave feels like an old English town, with its gabled brick townhouses, verdant courtyards and pathways weaving between buildings.
Sunnyside is a few minute ride on the 7 train to midtown Manhattan. There are many bars and restaurants scattered throughout the town.