Snug between Long Island City and Woodside, Sunnyside is a peaceful neighborhood full of life. The residents here enjoy beautiful parks, spacious living accommodations, and a diverse community.
Sunnyside was first established in 1713 as the estate for the Bragraw family, who named the area “Sunnyside Hill.” French Huguenots, the Bragarw’s turned their estate into a hamlet for those seeking religious freedoms, which is a pretty common theme throughout Queens neighborhoods.
In 1870, Sunnyside Hill became simply “Sunnyside” when the area was incorporated into Long Island City. The neighborhood effectively became a commuter town for New York City until 1898 when Queens was absorbed into the city itself.
During the 1900’s many apartment complexes and row houses were built in the neighborhood due its reputation for cheap housing and pleasant communities. Today, Sunnyside is a quiet, residential place where many people go to find peace from the more hectic parts of the city.
While there are several high rise buildings that exist here, the vast majority of the area is Mid-rise apartment complexes and row houses. Single family homes and spacious apartments are part of the draw to the neighborhood.
Sunnyside is a relaxing residential neighborhood that still makes you feel like you live in the city. While not as densely populated as other places in NYC, Sunnyside is rarely ever empty. The streets are filled with folks enjoying the neighborhood.
The residents here enjoy the diverse bars and restaurants in the area, as well as the number of parks both large and small. While the area is lively, there’s never too much of a ruckus, which is why the neighborhood is popular with families and young professionals.
Sunnyside is one of the safest neighborhoods in the city. The crime rate is extremely slow and schools and hospital access are easy to come across. With a good amount of outdoor activities, Sunnyside is perfect for families.
The New York City subway system provides access to Sunnyside via the 7 train.
Biking in this neighborhood is popular. There’s not much in the way of Citi Bike docking stations, but the roads are wide and traffic is light making for easy navigation.
Driving in this area is very popular. There’s not much traffic, easy access to the major highways of Queens, and ample parking.
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Sunnyside is located within 11101. This area currently has 26,505 residents in 12,034 households. Out of the total population, 40.12% of the residents speak another language at home instead of English. The majority of the inhabitants in this zipcode are currently unmarried and have a median age of 36.
When looking at residents older than 25, around 22.59% have graduated from high school, 24.95% have a bachelor's degree, and 17.66% have obtained their master's degree or above. Employment rate is typically around 62.7% and the median income in this zipcode is $51,964.
At least 83.06% of those living in this zipcode are renting their homes. Most residents will commute to work by public transportation with an average commute time of 34 minutes.
Geographically, 11101 is a part of Queens County, New York. This county is currently home to 2,310,011 residents, or 779,304 households with a median income of $59,758. Queens County, New York residents have a median age of 38 and 56.20% are currently renting their homes in the area.
Finally, Queens County, New York is a part of the greater New York - Newark, NY - NJ - CT Urban Area. For those unfamiliar with the area, The New York - Newark, NY - NJ - CT Urban Area is currently home to a population 18,812,161 across 6,707,347 households. Those living in this urban area have a median income of $68,319 and median age of 38. In general, at least 50.07% of the residents are currently renting their homes in this area.