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Big Media Takes a Close Look at Sunnyside: NYTimes, CBS 2

March 21, 2015 Staff Report

Sunnyside has been getting plenty of media attention by the big-city press in the past week.

On Wednesday, The New York Times released an article that looked into the neighborhood and referred to Sunnyside as the ‘Mayberry Near Midtown.’

Sunnyside, in western Queens, is a stark contrast to the gleaming glass residential towers rising in nearby Long Island City. Here is an old-fashioned New York neighborhood of squat prewar apartment buildings, rowhouses and shopping streets that still have mom-and-pop businesses.

“We call it Mayberry,” after the small town portrayed in the 1960s sitcom “The Andy Griffith Show,” said Amy FitzGerald, the owner of Welcome Home Real Estate on Skillman Avenue in Sunnyside.

“People are very friendly,” said Ms. FitzGerald, who moved to the neighborhood with her husband 16 years ago from Manhattan’s Upper West Side.

(click here for the full NYTimes Story)

Now, CBS 2 is running a series on the neighborhood that “uncovers the hidden secrets of the city.” (Please Note: the ads before the clips are long)


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If Mayberry was filled with bars which Otis would love then they r correct. Sunnyside was the greatest neighborhood ever to grow up in but it’s a shell of its former self. Overpriced preppy central now.


All you have to do is read the comments section on this blog to see how ‘friendly’ the residents of Sunnyside are.


These comments do NOT represent the opinion most of the residents of Sunnyside, just a very small slice of the big pie. (except mine, of course.)


I hope you’re right. People on this site are outrageous! Of course, while infuriating to read some of the comments, it sure is fun.

Sylvia G. Plimploff

Interesting how this quoted someone from welcome home real estate,as they rent out apartments in my building to quite a few people who have negatively affected our quality of life.

Sunnyside Kid

Ever been to Mx City? It’s a historic city…

Why are you shitting on Mexicans to prove your point?


This is pretty cool, but I wouldn’t call it a media attention if a few of our restaurants are featured on a show that airs Sunday morning at 5AM…

I wish they do more of these since we have a lot of other great spots and a few spots that I still haven’t been brave enough to try out like Briyani House on 43rd or that Nepali place on Blvd next to the Bagel place.


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