Rated as one of the most livable neighborhoods in New York several years ago, the Queens community of Sunnyside is still a great find. Like many of its neighboring areas, this is a culturally diverse spot. Originally filled with Irish immigrants, today you're likely to meet Indians, Bangladeshis, Chinese, Koreans, Columbians, and Ecuadoreans.
And like other parts of Queens and Brooklyn, it's seeing renewed interest as people come here from more expensive parts of the city. This growth is driving up home prices, though they're still relatively affordable. Despite the diversity, this is a tight-knit neighborhood where residents are friendly and enjoy the relaxed vibe.
Sunnyside has a small historic district with the look and feel of an English village (and in fact, the architects of Sunnyside were inspired by English garden living). These blocks are lined with two-story brick townhouses sheltered by tall trees. In the middle of each block is a central garden. Elsewhere in the neighborhood you'll find low- and mid-rise brick apartment and co-op buildings and more townhouses.
The main thoroughfare in town is Queen's Boulevard, which is where you'll find mom-and-pop stores, restaurants, and nightlife. New restaurants continue to open to cater to the millennials moving here.
Wall Street: 7.7 miles / 20-50 minutes by car / 45 minutes by transit
Rockefeller Center: 3.8 miles / 20-45 minutes by car / 30 minutes by transit
Jersey City: 12.1 miles / 40-80 minutes by car / 70 minutes by transit
Downtown Brooklyn: 5.5 miles / 25-50 minutes by car / 55-60 minutes by transit