Welcome to the first installment of RentShare’s Neighborhood Profiles (or ‘Hood Profiles, if you will), where we at RentShare try to help acquaint you with the seemingly endless communities of the five boroughs. We know how hard it is to find a place to live in NYC — our hope is to guide you in your move. And if you’re not moving, at least you’ll find a couple new places to grub. First up, Sunnyside, Queens.
Sunnyside has an ambiance that doesn’t stray too far from what its name suggests: a lot of cuteness, a lot of families, and it actually is very sunny most of the time. It’s hard to spot anyone who falls into the 18-24 age range (the median age is 38.44) because they’re all 10 minutes away in Greenpoint, but the endless choice of dinner options and cute front porches make Sunnyside one of the shiniest hidden gems in New York City.
You might spot a few at the tiny farmer’s market on Saturday, and a handful resides there to start the next hipster revolution. Maybe in five years, but right now the cutoff shorts/beard count in Sunnyside is around two.
If you look down a street you’ll see green everywhere. There’ve also been recent efforts to upkeep the public gardens in this neighborhood.
ADORABLE HOMES AWARD:
There are a few dark, blocky apartment buildings that make it an eyesore to walk down the street, but the cute old homes with their personally picked door colors and front gardens are the redeeming factor.
MISH-MASH OF CHEAP, DELICIOUS FOOD AWARD:
The entire spectrum of cuisine is represented and within walking distance. Chinese, Mexican, Thai, Korean, Brazilian, American, and even a Japanese-Nepalese restaurant (what that consists of, we have yet to find out). A sprinkling of bourgie eateries like Quaint and Salt & Fat have popped up in recent years to fulfill your brunching needs.
IRISH PUB AWARD:
If you’re looking for nightlife aside from sitting in a dark Irish bar on Skillman Ave with the Mets game on a flatscreen overhead and a whiskey in your hand, you’re outta luck. But if you want to escape from the city and enjoy a beer in one of the many backyard bars, Sunnyside is perfect.
WHY YOU’D WANT TO LIVE HERE:
It’s a perfect escape from the hustle and bustle of Manhattan: peaceful, affordable, safe, without too long of a commute.
WHY YOU WOULDN’T WANT TO LIVE HERE:
Sunnyside ain’t the most happenin’ neighborhood, so if your goal is to be trendy chic, head to Brooklyn.
DID YOU KNOW…
The Coventry, a former music venue on Queens Boulevard in Sunnyside, is where The Ramones played their first gigs before they became The Ramones. It was also home to the earliest shows of KIIS and The New York Dolls. This little neighborhood is way more badass than we give it credit for.