All about the Staten Island neighborhood Sunnyside
Staten Island is broken down into 14 different zip codes from 10301 to 10314 and into 67 different neighborhoods. Throughout this series of blogs, we will be discussing each and every neighborhood on Staten Island as well as breaking down the history, what stands there today and transportation and what community district it falls into. Staten Island is broken up into three different community districts which are: North Shore, Mid-Island, and South Shore.
Today we will be breaking down all the history about the Staten Island neighborhood, Sunnyside. This neighborhood is home to the North Shore & the zip code 10301. Originally, Sunnyside consisted of farms on both sides of Clove Road. The Vanderbilt family constructed residences in the region when farmland gave way to residential construction, two of which may still be found near the intersection of Victory Boulevard and Clove Road. Originally called Clove Valley or Clovenia, the neighborhood took on the name Sunnyside in 1889 when a boarding house was built there.
Sunnyside was known for having the poorest television coverage in Staten Island before cable television service was introduced. This is because Sunnyside is surrounded by hills, including Grymes Hill, Emerson Hill, and Castleton Hill, the latter of which divides Sunnyside from nearby Castleton Corners.
At the base of Emerson Hill, Sunnyside was originally home to a College of Staten Island campus. This campus was relocated to the grounds of the former Willowbrook State School in 1993, and the Michael J. Petrides School, an advanced placement high school, took its place. Residents can also evacuate to this location in the event of flooding or other crises. In the 1960s, Sunnyside Hospital—which was at the intersection of Little Clove Road and Ontario Avenue—was destroyed to make room for the Staten Island Expressway (I-278). The majority of people living in Sunnyside are employed in the public sector service, a characteristic shared by many Mid-Island communities.
The S53, S61, S62, S66, S91, S92, and S93 local buses as well as the SIM30 and SIM35 express buses serve Sunnyside.
As you may see, Staten Island exudes so much history that is still honored throughout our neighborhoods. Sunnyside is home to many people from Staten Island. The neighborhood is covered in every corner with many food spots, transportation, parks and schools. This neighborhood is worth learning more about and living.
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