life : sunnyside up

Sunnyside Gardens
song : zebra by beach house via {frolic!}
not sure what this song is about, but i love it.

hello, hello! as mentioned the other day, our neighborhood, sunnyside, was listed as the third best place to live in nyc according to a survey in new york magazine. it's not as cool as brooklyn, but really close to the city, safe and has a suburban feel. we do know our neighbors here and if i go to the corner deli the owner always asks me 'where is your husband?' like she's worried about him and he loves it. sunnyside gardens is the historical district designed by british architect lewis mumford in the 1920s using english garden community principles, so springtime is the best season to be here.

these photos were taken this weekend and sometimes i think i should make them pale and dreamy, which seems to be so popular. i try, but always bring them back closer to reality. believe it or not, my camera is set to no sharpening and i slightly blur them in photoshop to soften the edges. plus, there is no vibration reduction feature in the lens. i suppose it's just my way and i'm still figuring it out. enjoy your weekend, everyone!

xo, cindy

Sunnyside Gardens

Sunnyside Gardens
Sunnyside Gardens
we have a small plot of land in our community garden and the grape hyacinths are from our space, while the bleeding hearts are in the plot across from us.

33 comments:

chelsea said...

These photos are stunning. Absolutely charming. Glad you like Beach House:) Have a great wekk!

Line said...

it looks wonderful Cindy, these pictures are amazing, one more week and I'm there!!!

yes!

Elizabeth said...

Looks like a lovely neighborhood Cindy. For us west coasters, it's nice to take a peek at some of the suburbs in New York. It kind of reminds me of the suburb we lived in Paris, called Garches. The wine and bakery merchants always asked us lots of questions and always seemed to know when we were having people over etc. To this day, when we have gone back to visit, they still remember us.
Thanks for the lovely shots of your neighborhood.

Pascale said...

Lovely shots, as always, and a lovely neighborhood, it looks like indeed!

Don't change your photography style, Cindy! Your pictures are great just the way they are. I like the crispness of your shots, the colors, the level of detail... Never change a good recipe!

flwrjane said...

Beautiful pictures. Came to visit from Little Pheasant, will return to read more.

cindy said...

thanks so much chelsea and pascale - your opinions mean a lot.

looking forward to seeing you line!

it sounds wonderful in garches, elizabeth. it's so nice when people know you, especially after so long.

hi flwrjane, i will visit you!

hmstrjam said...

awesome cindy!
wasn't that pug a trip?!

cindy said...

that dog was crazy, jamie! the kitty is for you. s/he was sitting so nicely on the porch and i tried to be stealth and quickly take a photo - ha! the cat started meowing and heading towards me with that stare. oy!

Jamie said...

So beautiful - makes me want to book a trip to NY.

Bella Sinclair said...

YAY, what a TREAT! I swear, I did NOT know you just posted your neighborhood when I asked to see your neighborhood. :)

You live in a beautiful community! Looks like a cozy place to spend your days. Hooray for pink magnolia trees. One of my favorites.

Have an excellent weekend!

Bonbon Oiseau said...

gorgeous spring photos cindy! congrats sunnyside! i guess we got third place here in funny little greenpoint! take that west billage!

Joyce said...

Hi Cindy!
I actually like the sharp crisp feel of these photos. I feel like I'm walking right along with you around your neighborhood. I love the teal fence! I can't believe how full bloom the bleeding hearts are in your area, mine are just coming up.
Have a golden weekend! xo

My name is PJ. said...

Photos = beautiful!

I have a secret longing to grow bleeding hearts, but not the right place in which to do it.

cindy said...

jamie - you should!
bella - i read your mind before you even thought a thing.
deb - yay for greenpoint!
joyce - thank you and i often feel the same way about your photos.
pj - i love the white varieties.

thanks everyone and have a good weekend!

suzanne cabrera said...

Looks like an absolutely splendid place to be! And I always love the bleeding hearts...ahhh.

nadia said...

LOVE LOVE LOVE!

Dandelion and Grey said...

Oh my goodness- your neighborhood looks SO charming! What a beautiful place to call home! And I LOVE that the deli owner asks about your husband. Things like that make me smile.

Have a great weekend, Lovely! xo

sinnlighet said...

Hallo, Sweden here....

I must tell you, that I love your virtual & image blog!! Amazing mix of pic's & so much inspiration!

Regards from Agneta

Denise Fasanello said...

Hi Cindy
Dear friends just bought a house in Sunnyside, dying to go for a visit. Being an original Queens girl (Douglaston) I have a soft stop for my home borough. I passed on a Sunshine Award to you today. Check my post. Love you work xo
Denise

Punctuation Mark said...

I love theses images!!! gorgeous!!! please stop by my blog and participate in my giveaway... your images would be perfect for it!!! have a nice weekend!

Damaris said...

loved your pictures. I'm sometimes a fan of the dreamy look but these days I've been so sleep deprived nursing my baby that I can't stand to look at dreamy pictures, it makes me even more tiered. These pictures are vibrant and that's exactly what I need right now, vibrancy and energy.

Megan Coyle said...

What gorgeous photos :) it looks like spring time over there. Thank you for sharing the sights from your neck of the woods!

jane said...

these are gorgeous- so much better like this- than pale and dreamy... p.s. i can´t stop scrolling down and looking at all your shots. love your eye! hugs-jane

Megan Walker said...

I *love* these sets and I love your neighborhood! I haven't been to Flickr much (bad Meg!) so I have really been missing out on your lovely photos. I'm glad you kept everything in their happy, spring vividness :)

xoxo

erin said...

such lovely shots. helping to brighten my little corner of the world. thanks so much for your note, cindy. you always know the right thing to say. xo.

aimee said...

i love the feel of your photographs... they are dreamy enough as they are! don't change a thing!

Dallas Shaw said...

in your 3rd set there is a really unique flower and on a jog today I was trying to figure out what it was when I saw one. love it

dallas
http://dillydallas.blogspot.com

cindy said...

thanks ladies and hi new folks. i'll visit you.

dallas, i believe the plant is called vinca minor or periwinkle.

Lis said...

fantastic diptychs - i love that green fence!

OneCraftyFox said...

Such beautiful pics! It has been some time since I last stopped by, I hope you are having a beautiful spring :)

Shari Lidji said...

cindy, everything looks so lovely! what a nice place to live. how nice and neighborly that the shop owner inquires about scott. it's a nice feeling.

MoNYC said...

Hi neighbor!

Thanks for visiting my blog. What a lovely space you have here. I'll definitely be back.

Cheers,
Monika

spread your wings said...

these photos are simply beautiful. i love how you have paired them. sunnyside looks like a wonderful place to live.