cuts like a knife. sunnyside gardens. on Flickr.
The street that I was walking along was cut off to traffic, and everyone was walking in the streets on this quiet Sunnyside Gardens block. When I approached the end, I realized why - this tree had pretty much cut right through the street - hitting cars on either end. One one side (that you can’t see), kids were playing on the ripped open sidewalk, playing by the uprooted trunk end of the tree. Parents were scolding them, while they themselves climbed on the leveled sidewalk taking photos. The owner of one of the houses eventually intervened and told everyone to please get off the raised sidewalk. Most people were simply walking in the street, under the leveled tree as if it were an underpass.
The sidewalk literally was ripped out of the ground in Sunnyside Gardens.
walking through sunnyside gardens. on Flickr.
Families were getting outside and walking around the neighborhood the day after the storm. I seriously had a bout of cabin fever, and while it was cool hanging out with my roommates, it was comforting to see other people out and about.
assessing the damage. sunnyside. on Flickr.
One thing I noticed throughout my walk through Sunnyside which had quite a few trees down - the community was seriously getting right to business when it came to assessing and cleaning up the damage. This man was cutting up stray branches along Skillman.
damage in sunnyside. the day after. on Flickr.
On my walk on Tuesday afternoon, I decided to venture into Sunnyside. When I first started walking, I was relieved that the immediate area wasn’t hit too hard. And then I saw this. This was the first instance of major damage that I saw and it was right on Skillman Avenue, one of the main streets in Sunnyside. As far as damage goes, the entire borough of Queens saw the most in terms of downed trees.
99% at the parade. on Flickr.
At the St. Pat’s for All Parade in Sunnyside/Woodside, EVERYONE can participate, and that includes the Occupy movement and GLBT groups. This man wears a 99% stenciled jacket. Sadly, there were some religious opponents that stood on the sidelines with their own posters damning the marchers, and claiming that their parade was “seducing” children.
A young Irish step dancer performs at the St. Patrick’s Parade for All in Sunnyside/Woodside this past Sunday.
The St. Pat’s For All Parade which goes through the Sunnyside and Woodside neighborhoods of Queens, where there is a large Irish community. The parade is all-inclusive, and was started in response to the rejection of Irish gay and lesbian marchers by the much bigger Manhattan parade.
Sunnyside Arch on Flickr.
The Sunnyside Arch was installed in 1983 and is the neighborhood’s most notable landmark. The faux art-deco structure was restored a couple of years ago, and while some consider the arch to be a landmark, others just see it as an eyesore.
The arch is located in the heart of Sunnyside, at 46th Street and Queens Boulevard.