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Living In: Sunnyside

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Apartments in Sunnyside, even after several years of attention and hype from New York City real estate marketers--even after New York Magazine touted the community as "a hidden gem if there ever was one" in 2010--remain some of the best bargains in town. Located in the western end of the borough of Queens, Sunnyside is a vibrant community bordered to the east by 44th Street (and the neighborhood of Woodside), to the south by Greenpoint Avenue (and Masbeth), to the west by Van Dam Street (and Hunters Point and Long Island City), and to the north by Skillman Avenue (and the Long Island Rail Road yards and, above that, Astoria). The housing stock for apartments in the area is dominated by six-story pre-war apartment buildings, though an abundance of cute private brick houses with private front yards give the neighborhood a small(ish)-town feel as well. Many of these private homes are located in the Sunnyside Gardens Historic District, and are sometimes considered a separate neighborhood, known simply as Sunnyside Gardens. Residents not only enjoy almost shockingly inexpensive rents (compared to most of NYC), but plenty of other quality-of-life perquisites as well. For example, the neighborhood is served by the 7 train, which will get you to Midtown Manhattan in about 15 minutes (with stops at the major hubs of Grand Central Station and Times Square, for transferring up or downtown), making for a commute on par with, say, the Upper East Side or Upper West Side. Other advantages include an overall feeling of quiet and great presenence of community. Restaurant goers and adventurous eaters will delight in the astonishing variety of authentic ethnic cuisine available at local, inexpensive restaurants—from Korean BBQs to empanada joints to Peruvian chicken spots to Irish pubs to Nepalese bento boxes to meaty Romanian fare--especially along Queens Boulevard, Greenpoint and Skillman Avenues. Neighboring Woodside, Greenpoint and Astoria offer plenty of food and drink options as well. And though most of your cultural options will reside in nearby Long Island and, of course, Manhattan, Sunnyside is home to the great art collective Flux Factory—"a not-for-profit arts organization supporting innovation in things"—which is always up to something interesting and entertaining. A lack of green space is perhaps one of the few complaints you'll heat from Sunnyside residents, though the members-only Park does provide those willing to pay an annual fee with three acres of ball courts (including tennis courts) and playing fields. A great source to learn about events and businesses in the neighborhood is the Sunnyside Chamber of Commerce, as well as the Sunnyside Post.

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