Sunnyside in Queens, New York
I live in the Sunnyside neighborhood of Queens. It’s home to one of America’s first planned communities, Sunnnyside Gardens, a mix of residential zones and green space. In my illustration, the text is taken from the Sunnyside arch on Queens Boulevard (from here you can get a nice view of Manhattan across the East River). The squirrel is our neighbor, a friendly fellow.
Football, predictable as I’m an Englishman.
It used to be a predominantly Irish neighborhood, but has since diversified to include communities of Armenians, Romanians, Turkish, Greeks, Japanese, Korean, Chinese, Bangladeshis, Colombians, and Ecuadorans. Sunnyside is safe and quiet with a wide choice of restaurants. I’m close enough to Manhattan, but I still feel like I’ve escaped the city when I come home at night.
Breakfast at Pete’s Diner, lunch at Aubergine Cafe, then a walk down Skillman Avenue to look for records at Stray Vintage. The evening is spent enjoying good beer and food. I regularly check out Abdel Rios’ window dressings at Skillman Pets. I stopped by last week to see his 1950’s display; it was very nice.
Its diversity. As an English immigrant, I enjoy being in an area with lots of people from different places living together. It was especially fun watching the World Cup.
There is a lot of greenery, but it could use a bigger public park. And a bookstore!
Whenever people visit me, they are surprised that there are places to see other than Manhattan. I’m sure everyone in the other boroughs experiences this.
I read that James Caan grew up here. So, not for any particular reason, I’m going to say James Caan as Mr. Henry in the Wes Anderson film Bottle Rocket.