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    Quote Originally Posted by clubBR View Post
    whats the area like around the Woodside Houses? (East of Astoria, North of the Sunnyside Rail Yards)
    I'm not really an expert on anything north of the Woodside Houses. But from what I have seen it's very residential and anything but hoping. To the south of the Houses is Northern Boulevard which at this stretch I would call suburban Queens. Block after block of big box big parking lot stores ranging from used car dealership to Home Depot/Best Buy etc. It's nothing to sing home about and it is definitely dead at night. Theres also Broadway which has its fair share of stores but not much to offer in the way of nightlife.

    But luckily the area is very near to Steinway Street and Astoria, which is much livelier at night than this area.

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    im no longer interested in this neghborhood (sunnyside). I was in NY today and checked it out, but it doesnt have the diversity i thought it would. It is mainly puerto rican, mexican, and asian.

    But Astoria...
    Last edited by ironmike9110; July 1st, 2008 at 12:04 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ironmike9110 View Post
    im no longer interested in this neghborhood (sunnyside). I was in NY today and checked it out, but it doesnt have the diversity i thought it would. It is mainly puerto rican, mexican, and asian - and a irish/italian/african-american here and there.

    Astoria on the other hand had EVERYTHING race wise!
    Astoria is too loud and hectic. It's a great place to hang out but to come home to? I'd rather party at Astoria and come home to a nice, quiet neighborhood like Sunnyside. Plus, Astoria has one of the highest asthma rates in the city.

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    Default Sunnyside Gardens gets its landmarking

    From the Queens Tribune, July 6:

    The City’s Landmarks Preservation Commission voted last week to designate Sunnyside Gardens as the seventh and newest historic district in Queens.

    “It’s wonderful to be able to add Sunnyside Gardens to the list of protected landmarks,” said Paul Graziano, president of Historic District Council. “Congratulations to the neighbors who worked so hard to get this designation passed and we look forward to its support from the City Planning Commission and City Council.”

    The designation has been four years in the making and brings the total number of historic districts citywide to 88.

    “Awarding landmark status to Sunnyside Gardens will preserve the character of a very special neighborhood,” said City Councilman Eric Gioia (D-Sunnyside) who resides in the Gardens with his family.

    According to HDC, the Sunnyside Historic District was constructed between 1924 and 1928 on barren land in Western Queens, and consists of a series of nine “courts” or rows of townhouses and nine small apartment buildings (four to six stories tall), built on all or part of 16 blocks, a total of 624 buildings. The district also includes the Phipps Garden Apartment buildings (two courtyard apartment buildings constructed in 1932 and 1935) and Sunnyside Park, one of only two private parks in New York City.

    Not everyone, however, was in favor of designating Sunnyside Gardens as a historic district. Opponents have organized rallies over the years, citing unwanted demographic changes and increased property values that might exclude the middle class as possible negative effects of the designation.

    “We don’t want our monthly expenses to go up and don’t want to be driven out of the neighborhood,” said Judith Sloan of the Preserve Sunnyside Gardens Coalition. “We are not part of a group of people who can make money off of making Sunnyside Gardens a ‘commodity.’ We are invested in our community of people, not just the buildings. Most of us just wanted a place to live.”

    Local elected officials who represent Sunnyside are divided on this landmarking issue. Along with Gioia, Assemblywomen Catherine Nolan (D-Ridgewood) and Margaret Markey (D-Maspeth) are proponents. State Senators Serphin Maltese (R-Glendale) and George Onorato (D-Long Island City) are against the designation.

    Maltese and Onorato were unavailable for comment.

    “I believe the preservation of this neighborhood is vital, not only for residents, but also as an integral part of our City’s historic and cultural heritage,” Gioia said.

    Jim Trent of the Four Borough Neighborhood Preservation Alliance said this decision was long overdue.

    “We had been pushing for this [landmarking] for years,” Trent explained. “We wish it happened sooner. Anytime you wait to landmark something, the more difficult it is to get. But we’re happy about it, and hope that this will lead to a trend in landmarking in Queens.”


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    Manhattan: Sunnyside Proposal Advances

    Published: October 24, 2007

    A City Council subcommittee voted yesterday to recommend landmark status for Sunnyside Gardens, a planned neighborhood in Queens that dates from the 1920s, Council officials said. The measure, which is opposed by some residents, passed the Subcommittee on Landmarks, Public Siting and Maritime Uses in a vote of 9 to 0. If approved by the full Council, the legislation will create the largest historical district in Queens. Signaling a promising reception by the Council, Speaker Christine C. Quinn said the measure “is a fitting tribute both to the past and to the future of our city.” The Landmarks Preservation Commission voted to approve the designation in June.

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    Action on Development in Brooklyn and Queens

    Published: October 30, 2007
    The City Council approved rezoning 206 blocks of Bedford-Stuyvesant yesterday, moving to protect the historic charm that has attracted a flood of new residents to the area and to spur economic development and the construction of low-cost housing along major thoroughfares.
    The Brooklyn rezoning came as the Council also approved creating the largest historic district in Queens by giving landmark status to Sunnyside Gardens, a 1920s housing development considered a model for innovative urban design. The four-year battle over landmark status for the community has created angry divisions among neighbors.
    Lawmakers also introduced a bill yesterday that would require large stores to design on-site recycling programs for customers to return carryout plastic bags.
    The Brooklyn rezoning covers the southern portion of Bedford-Stuyvesant, roughly bounded by Quincy Street and Saratoga, Atlantic and Classon Avenues. It is in keeping with the Bloomberg administration’s approach to combining an increase in density along major corridors with a cap on size along many side streets.
    “It includes everything,” said Melinda Katz of Queens, chairwoman of the Council’s Land Use Committee, adding that it reflected an effort to increase density while creating housing where appropriate, but also keeps the “rest of the neighborhood low in density where it is appropriate to make sure that New York City remains a place where small communities can also thrive.”
    The rezoning grew out of a plan generated by residents concerned about new construction that was out of character and scale with its surroundings, and about the ability to remain in a neighborhood that had become increasingly desirable.
    Over all, the new zoning caps the scale roughly as it is, preserving many streets lined with Victorian brownstones for three- and four-story row houses. Larger residential development, about eight stories, would be permitted along major thoroughfares like Nostrand and Bedford Avenues, with even taller buildings, up to about 10 stories if developers include a portion of subsidized apartments, along sections of Fulton Street and Atlantic Avenue.
    In addition, the plan creates a mixed-use district at the southeast edge of the area, near Kane Place and Howard Avenue, adding residential use to a light manufacturing zone. The plan also adds a new district near the southwestern edge of the area that would allow residential, commercial and community uses.
    Albert Vann, a councilman who represents the area, said the City Planning Commission had promised to move forward next with rezoning the northern portion of the neighborhood, for which the community has reached consensus on a plan.
    On a more contentious matter in Queens, the Council approved a proposal for landmark status that had been simmering for four years among residents in Sunnyside Gardens, a leafy enclave of tidy houses and courtyards. Landmark proponents had urged the city to protect the embodiment of a 1920s vision of shared open spaces and consistent design encouraging socializing. Opponents, however, warned that landmark status, meaning that residents would need approval from the Landmarks Preservation Commission to change the facades of their homes, would squeeze out poor people and mandate costly repairs.
    Also yesterday, the City Council speaker, Christine C. Quinn, and Councilman Peter F. Vallone Jr. of Queens introduced a bill that would require stores larger than 5,000 square feet to provide bins for customers to return plastic carryout bags for recycling. Under the proposal, stores would have to sell reusable shopping bags and could stock only plastic bags emblazoned with the message, “Please return this bag to a participating store for recycling” in letters at least three inches tall.
    Intended to reduce the amount of plastic entering the city’s waste stream, the bill would also require the more than 700 stores that would be affected to submit annual reports to the Department of Sanitation on the volume of plastic bags they collect and transport for recycling.
    Stores would be liable for fines ranging from $500 to $1,000 for not complying with the record-keeping and reporting requirements, and $2,000 for each day that an acceptable program is not up and running. Bag manufacturers, who would be required to develop educational materials urging reductions, reuse and recycling of their products and to help arrange the recycling, would also face fines of $2,000 for each day they fail to comply. Under the plan, there would be no penalty for consumers.
    Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg said at a news conference in Boston that he would need to study the bill before deciding whether to support it.

    Michele Bolton contributed reporting.

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    I know that it is the dead of winter, but I'm moving and I NEED to sell my patio set and grill. They are only a year old, and are in great condition. The grill is small (perfect for a small patio or back yard) and comes with it's own cover. It's a gas powered grill that is coming with a tank that is half full. The patio set includes 4 chairs, a glass topped table, and umbrella and an umbrella stand. Since I'm in such a rush to get rid of these items I'd definately be willing to negotiate the price. You'd have to come to Sunnyside to pick them up, but I'll give you a great deal. I've attached pictures. Can't wait to hear from you, the sooner the better.
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    Sunnyside Down: City Shrinking (or Saving?) Queens' Most Popular Nabe

    By Matt Chaban

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    Last year, New York magazine, via the magic of stats wizard Nate Silver, declared Sunnyside, Queens, the third best neighboirhood in the city. The first two were obvious—Park Slope and the Lower East Side—but the choice of the (for how much longer?) working-class neighborhood just off the 7 train was a bit of a surprise.

    Now, the City Planning Commission is working to keep the neighborhood its quaint self while also finding a little room for all those newcomers, plus a little affordable housing. On Monday, the commission certified a plan to rezone a 130-block area in Sunnyside and neighboring Woodside stretching for five subway stops along Roosevelt Avenue.

    The plan has all the usual hallmarks. Much of the two neighborhoods will be downzoned to maintain the scale and character of current housing stock while protecting it from teardowns and overdevelopment. In exchange, land on major thoroughfares will be upzoned to accomodate denser housing near transit corridors—in this case Roosevelt Avenue and Queens Boulevard—as well as to encourage affordability through the use of the city's inclusionary housing program. This provides a development bonus if 20 percent of units are made affordable to low- and moderate-income families.

    "The Sunnyside and Woodside neighborhoods have seen their populations grow in recent years because of their proximity to mass transit, attractive and vibrant streetscapes and convenient commercial corridors," commission chair Amanda Burden said in a release. "But we must ensure that these neighborhoods grow in the right places."

    The neighborhood has not seen any major zoning changes since 1974.

    One unusual twist to this effort is that a special commercial district will be established on Queens Boulevard to encourage outdoor cafes, bolstering a strip that has never fully taken to the yuppie charms of Park Slope and the Lower East Side.

    But what would Edward Glaeser think? In his latest book, he argues that zoning measures like this discourage development where people want it most, driving up the cost of living in vibrant, sutainable cities. The Observer has wondered much the same thing, if the protection of Queens downscale, suburban character is not actually bad for New York.

    With the successful rezoning of Auburndale, Oakland Gardens and Hollis Hills in Queens last fall, which was at the time the largest rezoning ever undertaken, and the recent certification of South Jamaica, which at 530 blocks is now the biggest, it seems the administration is set on keeping things small and expensive, if also attractive.

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    In Queens, Now May Not Be Time for an Old House of the Future


    Campani & Schwarting Architects
    A computer rendering shows what the Aluminaire House of 1931 would look like in Sunnyside Gardens, Queens. New housing units are on either side.

    This isn’t a case of Nimby, the neighbors in Sunnyside Gardens, Queens, say. It’s more a matter of namby.

    Campani & Schwarting Architects
    The Aluminaire House in 2002 on the campus of the New York Institute of Technology.

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    A long-closed playground is the proposed development site.

    No aluminum in my backyard.

    Some residents are upset about a plan to build a two-story, eight-unit apartment house at 39th Avenue and 50th Street, in the Sunnyside Gardens Historic District.

    What has galvanized opposition is a gesture that was supposed to make the project palatable: In the crook of the L-shape apartment house, the architects Frances Campani and Michael Schwarting would reconstruct the vestiges of the groundbreaking prefabricated, all-aluminum Aluminaire House of 1931.

    “How can a house that in some ways resembles a spaceship be plopped down in the middle of this neighborhood?” asked City Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer, who represents Sunnyside Gardens.

    The proposal is scheduled to go before the Landmarks Preservation Commission on Tuesday.

    The Aluminaire House was first exhibited in the Grand Central Palace hall, which once stood near Grand Central Terminal, as a life-size example of how industrial materials could be used to build attractive, affordable homes. One architect interviewed by The New York Times said, “The light, rectilinear effect of this house suggests the simple elegance of line of Japanese houses.”

    The eminent architect Wallace K. Harrison bought the house — 22 feet and 6 inches by 28 feet and 8 inches — and moved it to Huntington, N.Y., where he altered and expanded it. Six years after Mr. Harrison’s death in 1981, a new owner planned to demolish the house.

    Paul Goldberger, then the architecture critic of The Times, sounded an alarm on March 8, 1987, saying that nothing less was at stake than one of “the pivotal works of modern architecture in America.”

    In the end, the new owner of the house donated it to the New York Institute of Technology. Mr. Schwarting, a professor of architecture at the institute, enlisted his students to help document and disassemble the building in 1988. The structure was later rebuilt at the school’s Central Islip campus.

    Last year, however, no longer being used for academic programs and under attack by vandals, the house was taken down. It is now in storage.

    The institute has given the building to the nonprofit Aluminaire House Foundation, founded by Ms. Campani and Mr. Schwarting, wife and husband, who are partners in Campani & Schwarting Architects of Port Jefferson, N.Y.

    Their search for a new home for the Aluminaire House brought them to Harry Otterman. In 2007, Mr. Otterman bought a lot at 39th Avenue and 50th Street that originally was a playground for youngsters who lived in Phipps Garden Apartments, across the avenue. The playground was designed by Marjorie Sewell Cautley and still has features like a sandbox pavilion and a wading pool basin, even though it has been closed for many years.

    Mr. Otterman seeks to develop the site with new housing. Because the lot is in a historic district, his plans must first be approved by the landmarks commission. Adding the Aluminaire House to the site was meant as an enticement to the commissioners.

    Mr. Schwarting acknowledged the difference between a metal-clad house and the understated redbrick garden apartments and row houses of the district. But he sees the Aluminaire House as complementary to Sunnyside Gardens.

    He said its architects, Albert Frey and Lawrence Kocher, had a lot in common with Clarence Stein and Henry Wright, who created Sunnyside Gardens in the 1920s. No matter how different the results, they all cared about finding ways to build welcoming, innovative and economical housing for working people.

    “We feel pretty sure that once it’s there, because it’s an intimate little piece, that it will function in the neighborhood as a landmark,” Mr. Schwarting said. The foundation would run the house as a museum.

    Most neighbors seem unwilling to give the plan a chance. They object to the incongruity of the Aluminaire House; the design of the new apartment building, which would be clad in terra-cotta panels; and the loss of an open corner lot. There is even a movement afoot, quixotic though it may be, to acquire the property and transform it into a public space called Cautley Garden.

    Herbert Reynolds, of the Sunnyside Gardens Preservation Alliance, framed the issue in terms of conservation. “We’re trying to respect the planned community that Clarence Stein and his colleagues entrusted to us,” he said, “and consistent, modest, handsome architecture, plus liberal open space with toddlers’ playgrounds, were very much part of that visionary plan.”

    The heads of two influential preservation groups, the Historic Districts Council and the New York Landmarks Conservancy, said they did not support the Aluminaire House plan. Still, almost everyone hopes it will have another life.

    “The Aluminaire House is architecturally significant,” Councilman Van Bramer said. “It should be restored and put on display for people to learn about, enjoy and experience. However, that should be done somewhere else.”

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