Sunnyside Gardens, Queens

Sunnyside Gardens, Queens
New York, United States

The area was the first development in the United States patterned after the ideas of the garden city movement.

Garden City Type: Mixed (housing association / municipality / other)
  
Country: United States
City: New York
Years of construction:
1924 Start construction
1928 Completion
  
Initiator/client: City Housing Corporation
Architect or related:
Clarence Stein

Clarence Samuel Stein (1882-1975) was an American architect, city planner and writer. He attended Columbia University and the Ecôle des Beaux Arts in Paris. In 1919, Stein started his own practice in New York and in 1921 he began his long association with fellow architect Henry Wright.

Stein was a major proponent of the garden city

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Heritage status: Yes
Explanation: Sunnyside Gardens is listed as a historic district on the National Register of Historic Places. The New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission has also designated it as an official city landmark district (no. 2258).
General condition of Garden City: Good condition

General description

Sunnyside Gardens was constructed between 1924 and 1928 by the City Housing Corporation, which was founded by Alexander Bing, one of the most important real estate developers in New York in the early 20th century.

The area was the first development in the United States influenced by the ideas of the garden city movement. It is also among the first planned communities in the U.S. It consists of affordable housing in healthy homes for ordinary people, with lots of green areas.

Clarence Stein and Henry Wright served as the primary architects and planners for this development, with Frederick L. Ackerman designing some of the mews houses. The landscape architect was Marjorie Sewell Cautley.

Architecture / Urban planning

Sunnyside Gardens consists of a series of nine 'courts' or rows of townhouses and nine small apartment buildings of four to six stories tall. It comprises 16 blocks and more than 600 buildings.

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Organizations

Sunnyside Gardens Preservation Alliance

Sunnyside Gardens Preservation Alliance

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