Sunnyside, Staten Island
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Clove Lakes Park
Location within New York City
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|Area code(s)||718, 347, 929, and 917|
Sunnyside was originally farm land on either side of Clove Road. As Farms gave way to residential housing, the Vanderbilt family built homes in the area including two which still stand on the corner of victory blvd and Clove Road.
Prior to the advent of cable television service, Sunnyside was noted for having the worst television reception on Staten Island. This resulted from its being hemmed in by several hills, including Grymes Hill, Emerson Hill and Castleton Hill, the latter separating Sunnyside from neighboring Castleton Corners.
Sunnyside was once the home of a campus of the College of Staten Island, located at the foot of Emerson Hill. In 1993 this campus was moved to the grounds of the former Willowbrook State School, and an advanced-placement high school, the Michael J. Petrides School, took its place. This center is also an evacuation site for residents during floods or other emergencies.
Sunnyside Hospital was located on Little Clove Road and Ontario Street but was demolished in the 1960s to make way for the Staten island Expressway.
A large percentage of Sunnyside's residents are civil service workers, this demographic trait being typical of many Mid-Island neighborhoods.
Parks and boundaries
Two large city parks—Silver Lake Park and Clove Lakes Park—form the eastern and western boundaries, respectively, of Sunnyside, which is named for a boarding house that was established there in 1889; the vicinity had previously been known as Clovenia, owing to its location in what was then referred to as the Clove Valley, whose name survives in Clove Road, which runs from West Brighton to Grasmere, and is one of the neighborhood's principal thoroughfares. Clove Road forms the northern boundary of Sunnyside, separating it from the community of Grymes Hill.
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