• A Hard-Won Victory for Mr. Mumford's Human Scale

    Local activists responded swiftly during the summer and fall of 2015 to oppose a disturbing proposal from the Phipps Houses corporation for an enormous new building on Barnett Avenue. In the footsteps of our historic and far-sighted neighbor Lewis Mumford (in Sunnyside Gardens from 1925 to 1936), who espoused communities built on a "human scale," neighbors demonstrated a commanding consensus throughout Woodside and Sunnyside by recording over 2500 petition signatures calling for the rejection of...  Read More...

  • 1926, Sunnyside Park, and Alexander M. Bing

    As Sunnyside Gardens celebrates the ongoing 90th anniversary of our construction (1924-1928), there are many important founders to be grateful for. This year, none is more important than Alexander M. Bing.   Read More...

  • To Make the old 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 desperately in demand throughout West Queens.   Read More...

  • Marjorie Sewell Cautley's Honorary Street Sign Acknowledges Her Garden City Landscape Designs

    Marjorie Sewell Cautley (1891-1954), the landscape architect who designed the plantings across the Sunnyside Gardens Historic District, was recognized with an honorary New York City street sign on November 21, 2015. An enthusiastic multitude from around the city and across the country gathered at 45th Street and Skillman Avenue to applaud when Lee Hill, Cautley's granddaughter, and Dr. Thaïsa Way, the foremost scholar of Cautley’s career, joined City Council Majority Leader Jimmy Van Bramer to u...  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...

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