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Sunnyside, Tarrytown

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Sunnyside is a working and middle class neighborhood in the Western portion of the New York City borough of Queens. It shares borders with Hunters Point and Long Island City to the west, Astoria to the north, Woodside to the east and Maspeth to the south. The neighborhood is part of Queens Community District 2, served by Queens Community Board 2.The land was originally owned by French settlers in the 1800s. The name "Sunnyside" is derived from Sunnyside Hill Farms, so named by the Bragraws family who owned the land. Sunnyside was a rural hamlet mostly consisting of small farms and marshland. It was incorporated into Long Island City in 1870, and developed into a bedroom community after the Queensboro Bridge was completed in 1909. A large portion of the neighborhood is six-story apartment buildings constructed during the 1920s and '30s.Sunnyside Gardens subsectionSunnyside Gardens, listed as a historic district on the National Register of Historic Places, is among the first planned communities in the U.S.Sunnyside Gardens includes one-, two-, and three-family homes, and a few apartment buildings, all made of Hudson brick (it was inexpensive, durable, and available). Each private residence has a small front garden facing the street and a private garden in the rear. The rental units in the two- and three-family houses enjoy private terraces overlooking the gardens. There are two configurations: the courtyard condition and the mews condition; at the edges of the community some homes simply line the street, with a common walkway running the length of the row. Homes in the courtyard blocks enclose an inner courtyard that was designated a common, landscaped but not used for recreation. Each homeowner actually owned, and paid taxes on, the part of the common in the block and lot, even if it was not used. The mews houses face a common front court and back on alleys; each mews house also has a private rear yard.
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  • Visited around Holloween weekend. Extra characters were available to show the house and grounds. The location seems almost undisdurbed from the 1850's. 
  • A journey back in time to a lovely home of one of America's great authors...the house, located on 10 acres right on the Hudson River, is a picturesque little cottage with small quaint rooms, and with ...  more »
  • True confession: I grew up five miles from Sunnyside and had never visited until yesterday, 50+ years later. But I probably didn't miss many changes as this quaint home seems well anchored in the late...  more »
  • Our family enjoyed the tour of this house museum. The guide was very good about sharing family information about this famous author and his life. The grounds are beautiful and the guide encouraged us to sit and enjoy them. It isn't an overly ornate or impressive house, but the house provides good insight into the author and his personal life. It was definitely worth a visit.
  • Went to Sunnyside as a quick get something to do. It's about 40 minutes from where we live and thought it would be interesting to visit and then get lunch in the area. I only knew about his two most famous stories ('legend of sleepy hollow' and 'rip van winkle'), but through the tour we found out that he was a pretty cool, well rounded guy. Part architect, part farmer, part naturalist, US Diplomat, and prolific writer....very interesting. The tour was done by a very nice and knowledgeable woman dressed in period clothes that walked you from the gift shop to the the house down by the Hudson River, and then a tour of the house and a couple of out buildings. Very well done, and worth a visit if you're in the area. It cost $12 per person on line, and if it wasn't so oppressively hot on the day we went we would have wandered around the 22 acres a little more and gotten more of our money's worth.
  • We had a brilliant tour this morning, the lady guide was so pleasant. Being from England she also knew of a television series we had watch that included Sunnyside. Excellent Tour and very well kept property. Thank you
  • It was OK. If you are in the area, you can visit, if you are planning to come from far away, re consider it. There are many places that for my personal opinion worth a visit before this one. I love History, but they could do better...
  • Go deeply with history and enjoy Hudson River view😉