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Sunnyside is situated in the Mid-Island area of Staten Island, comfortably nestled between two huge parks: Silver Lake Park and Clove Lakes Park.Read more about Sunnyside
Surrounded by several low-rolling hills and picturesque lakes, and enriched by a close-knit community celebrating events and local flavor year-round, it’s the perfect place for renters and visitors alike to experience of all the benefits of nature right in New York City.
Sunnyside is renowned for the rich history and legacy of the Vanderbilt Family. The family was drawn to the fox hunting grounds that once covered the area, and soon began building a number of homes in the 1840s. Several of them today have been declared landmarks. For example, check out the John King Vanderbilt House on Clove Road. Streets in the area are named for Vanderbilt family members and Indian tribes.
Sunnyside is home to Clove Lakes Park, Staten Island’s most famous and well-loved park. It’s protected by the Forever Wild Program, a New York initiative to protect the most precious ecological sites in the city. The northwest section of the park is home to Staten Island’s largest living thing: a 107-ft. tall tulip tree that’s more than three hundred years old. Rare outcroppings of serpentine rock lie throughout the park. Ash green in color and formed 500 million years ago, serpentine rock has patterns on its surface that resemble snake skin. Also, numerous community events and parties occur in the park year-round, making everyone feel like they’re part of the Sunnyside family. Sports fans can play basketball, baseball, football, soccer, and ice skate. There are also dog runs, fishing, paddleboats, hiking trails, playgrounds, and park restaurants too.
If you love Italian food, Sunnyside’s your pasta paradise. The neighborhood overflows with homemade minestrone, fresh Italian bread, and parmesan cheese to die for. But if you’re not into traditional Italian, explore the new upstarts of Indian, Thai and Mexican cuisine.
Sunnyside’s just a minute from the Verrazano-Narrows bridge which gives the neighborhood short commute times to Brooklyn, Manhattan, and New Jersey. Numerous local and express buses get you to Midtown Manhattan and Brooklyn in minutes.