Sunnyside and Woodside Professional Review and Guide
"Situated side by side along the 7 line, Sunnyside and Woodside are quintessentially Queens. Within these melting pots, you’ll find NYC’s Little Manila, the Islamic Institute of New York, an Ecuador Consulate office (the only one any country has opened outside Manhattan), a cluster of Romanian shops and restaurants, and what many consider the city’s best Thai restaurant, SriPraPhai—to name but a few examples of their immense diversity. Yet they’re considered Irish neighborhoods, as you’ll deduce from all the pubs this route passes. Woodside was 80% Irish at one time, while Sunnyside used to be home base for the Irish-American Athletic Club, whose former property is now the Celtic Park apartments. You might think the two neighborhoods arose together, but they didn’t. Woodside was a place of country manors before real estate speculators and railroad service arrived in the 1860s, and it eventually absorbed a town called Winfield that had developed earlier. Sunnyside, once part of Long Island City, only began to flourish in the 1910s and ’20s with the opening of the bridge, the subway, and the planned community of Sunnyside Gardens."