Sunnyside is a neighborhood in the western portion of Queens, New York City. It shares borders with Hunters Point and Long Island City to the west, Astoria to the north, Woodside to the east, and Maspeth to the south. It contains the Sunnyside Gardens Historic District, one of the first planned communities in the United States.

The name “Sunnyside” originates with the Bragaw family, French Huguenots who had purchased the land in 1713 and named their estate “Sunnyside Hill.” Sunnyside was a rural hamlet mainly consisting of small farms and marshlands. It was incorporated into Long Island City in 1870 and developed into a bedroom community after the Queensboro Bridge was completed in 1909. A large portion of the neighborhood is six-story apartment buildings constructed during the 1920s and 1930s.


Based on data from the 2010 United States Census, the population of Sunnyside in Queens was 63,271, a change of 1,324 (2.1%) from the 61,947 counted in 2000. Covering an area of 2,340.44 acres (947.14 ha), the neighborhood had a population density of 27 inhabitants per acre (17,000/sq mi; 6,700/km2).

The racial makeup of the neighborhood was 35.4% (22,424) non-Hispanic White, 2.5% (1,588) African American, 0.2% (109) Native American, 24.3% (15,390) Asian, 0% (29) Pacific Islander, 0.6% (395) other races, 2.1% (1,342) two or more races, and 34.8% (21,994) Hispanic or Latino of any race. The entirety of Community Board 2, which comprises Sunnyside and Woodside, had 135,972 inhabitants as of NYC Health’s 2018 Community Health Profile, with an average life expectancy of 85.4 years: 2, 20. This is higher than the median life expectancy of 81.2 for all New York City neighborhoods: 53 (PDF p. 84). Most inhabitants are middle-aged adults and youth: 17% are between 0–17, 39% are between 25 and 44, and 24% are between 45 and 64. The ratio of college-aged and elderly residents was lower, at 8% and 12%, respectively. EZ Bed Bugs Exterminator Queens

Parks and Recreation

Thomas P. Noonan Playground is located between Greenpoint Avenue, 42nd Avenue, 43rd Street, and 47th Street. The park was acquired in 1936 and commemorated Thomas P. Noonan Jr., a resident killed in an ambush during the Vietnam War, and is posthumously honored. Torsney Playground is located at Skillman Avenue and 43rd Street. It was built in the 1950s and honored George F. Torsney, a local politician and World War I veteran. Sabba Park is located in Queens, NYC Boulevard’s median between 48th Street and 49th Street. It honors Joe Sabba, a World War II veteran, founded in 1913.

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