• Sunnyside and Woodside to Phipps Houses: No! Towering Behemoth Will Damage our Community

    Local activists have responded swiftly to oppose a disturbing idea for a gigantic new building reported by the Sunnyside Post. Phipps Houses, once a model landlord and neighbor, has shocked our close community with its desire for a major zoning change and a 10 story apartment building on Barnett Avenue, pressed up against two blocks of busy railroad tracks. The site is zoned for manufacturing, not for residential use, and for decades it's been a much needed parking lot for well over 200 neighbor...  Read More...

  • Historic District Roll of Honor, 2015

    On the 50th anniversary of New York City's Landmarks Law, April 19, 2015, we marked this milestone with thanks to the hundreds of volunteers who worked to make Sunnyside Gardens a New York City Historic District and to acquire the historic brown street signs that distinguish the neighborhood. Unveiling the last of those signs (our Historic District markers) kicked off our own 90th anniversary celebration last fall. Details of that event follow.   Read More...

  • Our 90th Anniversary is "Sunnyside Gardens Day"

    Queens Borough President Melinda Katz officially proclaimed October 25, 2014, "Sunnyside Gardens Day" as she unveiled one of three new historic district markers, each displaying a map of the full neighborhood. The unveilings were part of our 90th anniversary event, led by our neighbor, City Council Majority Leader Jimmy Van Bramer, with contributions and admiring remarks by State Senator Michael Gianaris, Assemblywomen Margaret Markey and Catherine Nolan, Landmarks Preservation Foundation Chair ...  Read More...

  • To Make the Phipps Playground a Park for All

    Can the historic Phipps Outdoor Nursery at 39th Avenue and 50th Street be re-opened for everyone to cheer about? You can help to accomplish that. A dedicated group of neighbors from all around Sunnyside and Woodside have formed a Friends of the Park group to purchase the land for public enjoyment—a 100 by 100 foot lot offering green space that is so much in demand throughout West Queens.   Read More...

  • 2 National Register Plaques for 2 Historic Sisters

    Shortly after the Nazis seized power in Austria in 1938, two sisters escaped with their families, settled in Sunnyside Gardens, and reinvented their careers. Our National Register Plaque Program honored each of them with historic markers on the homes they lived in. Adding to our knowledge and admiration of these women, the Sunnyside Reformed Church hosted 2 plays and an evening of films.   Read More...

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