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Sunnyside, Tarrytown

Categories: Historic Sites, Tourist Spots
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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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  • We were told it was booked but when we arrived they said it was not. Tour was fun and interesting, beautiful grounds, great views. 
  • Nice historical location right near the Hudson River. Quiet location and Washington Irving's home is nearby along with Sleepy Hollow where many famous people are buried. 
  • Large park perfect for jogging. Just opposite the hotel conferences, lets take a little break.
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  • 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.
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