Buildings – Flat or Tall?
Sunnyside is full of single and multi-family apartment buildings and there are no high-rises in the district. Being a quiet and peaceful part of the city, Sunnyside is an ideal place for working professionals and family starters.
Areas which share boundaries with Sunnyside include Woodside, Astoria, and Long Island City.
Demographics & Population
The population of Sunnyside as reported in 2010 US census was 63,271, a 2.1% increase as compared to its population of 2010. The district had an area of 2,340.44 acres and its population density was 17,000/sq mi; 6,700/km2. Most of the residents here are White and Asian and the rest of ethnic groups include African American, Native American and Pacific Islanders. The average household income in Sunnyside as reported in 2017 was $67,359.
A French family the Bragaw family bought present-day Sunnyside in 1713 and named the estate as ‘Sunnyside Hill’. At that time, the neighborhood was full of marshland and small farms. In the late 19th century, the district was incorporated into Long Island City.
In terms of education, Sunnyside has an upper hand as compared to its nearby areas as 45% of the residents here have a college degree. The neighborhood has the following public schools:
- Queens Vocational and Technical High School
- Robert F Wagner Junior Secondary School-Arts and Technology
- Aviation Career and Technical High School
- Academy of Finance and Enterprise
The neighborhood also has a branch of Queens Public Library which is located at 43-06 Greenpoint Avenue. Park lovers can spend their leisure time at Thomas P. Noonan Playground, Torsney Playground, and Sabba Park. You can access the neighborhood easily from the rest of the city as it is well-served by the trains of New York City Subway. Many notable celebrities have come from Sunnyside including Johanna Magdalena Beyer, Perry Como, Nancy Walker, Benh Zeitlin, David Horowitz, and Judy Holliday.
Coffee lovers can enjoy their coffee at Queensboro Boulevard and then have a delicious meal at Greenpoint. If you want to enjoy a live theatre in the town, head towards Thalia, a Spanish Theater. On the weekends, visit the Sunnyside Greenmarket and then have a stroll in the Sunnyside Garden Park.
The town itself is pretty amazing. You have everything you need in it; from restaurants, bars, bodegas, supermarkets, dog parks, regular parks, and even farmers Markets that come every Saturday morning. The neighborhood has also been recently undergoing gentrification, where may affect some positively and others negatively. The best thing about Sunnyside is that is super safe, even at late hours it is safe, and even the young dealers are respectful and don’t catcall or bother you at all.