For a diverse neighborhood that’s close to the subway — without Manhattan or Brooklyn prices — take a ride on the 7 to Sunnyside.
Go quickly though, as this Queens gem is no longer a secret, and demand for real estate here is growing.
The friendly neighborhood draws in visitors thanks to its mom-and-pop shops and kitschy eateries.
The area is known for its “Sunnyside” arch, a 25-foot-tall sign along the 46th Street shopping district, and Sunnyside Gardens — rows of one-to-three family houses built in the 1920s and arranged around small green spaces.
“It’s quite picturesque [and] people are very friendly and proud to be from Sunnyside,” said Pauline Reddington, 36, a resident and bartender at Venturo on Queens Boulevard.
n the early 1900s, the neighborhood was a landing point for Irish immigrants looking for factory work in New York. But in recent decades there has been an influx of other cultures, including immigrants from Latin American countries, Asia and the Middle East, along with millennial transplants from other parts of the city.
Those millennials are particularly drawn to Queens Boulevard’s strip of bars, such as Molly Bloom’s and The Courtyard, and restaurants like Salt & Fat, which offers complimentary popcorn cooked in bacon fat and small dinner plates like Korean BBQ wraps.
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