• Preservation Emergency! Restore, Don't Destroy, Clarence Stein's Masterpiece

    A proposal for a new middle school brings a crisis, as the proposed site is Clarence Stein's Sunnyside Community Garage of 1927. This building on 48th Street across from Sunnyside Park is the one in greatest need for preservation within the Sunnyside Gardens planned community. It's on the State and National Register of Historic Places, a signature work of the chief architect of Sunnyside Gardens, and yet the head of the New York City School Construction Authority is quoted as saying sh...  Read More...

  • A Hard-Won Victory for Mr. Mumford's Human Scale

    Local movers and shakers responded swiftly during the summer and fall of 2015 to oppose a disturbing proposal from the Phipps Houses corporation for an enormous new building on Barnett Avenue. In the footsteps of our historic and far-sighted neighbor Lewis Mumford (in Sunnyside Gardens from 1925 to 1936), who espoused communities built on a human scale, our neighbors demonstrated a commanding consensus throughout Woodside and Sunnyside, recording over 2500 petition signatures calling for the rej...  Read More...

  • To Save Historic Parkland for a Public Garden Park

    With high hopes and great expectations, we’re on track for a new public park at the border of Woodside and Sunnyside. Since 2009, dedicated neighbors have worked together in a variety of ways to save the parkland at 39th Avenue and 50th Street and create a garden environment that’s open to the public. Now Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer is charting the course by allocating capital funds for New York City to acquire the property.   Read More...

  • 1926, Sunnyside Park, and Alexander M. Bing

    As Sunnyside Gardens celebrates the ongoing 90th anniversary of our construction (1924-1928), there are many important founders to be grateful for. This year, none is more important than Alexander M. Bing.   Read More...

  • Marjorie Sewell Cautley's Honorary Street Sign Acknowledges Her Garden City Landscape Designs

    Marjorie Sewell Cautley (1891-1954), the landscape architect who designed the plantings across the Sunnyside Gardens Historic District, was recognized with an honorary New York City street sign on November 21, 2015. An enthusiastic multitude from around the city and across the country gathered at 45th Street and Skillman Avenue to applaud when Lee Hill, Cautley's granddaughter, and Dr. Thaïsa Way, the foremost scholar of Cautley’s career, joined City Council Majority Leader Jimmy Van Bramer to u...  Read More...

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