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It’s Always Sunny in Sunnyside: A Good-Vibes-Only Day in the Queens Neighborhood

Old-school doughnuts! Vintage gems! High-end cocktails! Nope, you’re not in Brooklyn or Manhattan anymore.

Photo courtesy of Ida’s Nearabout/Facebook

Hiding underneath the 7 train line is a laid-back neighborhood that manages to remain on the cutting edge. There’s a lot to love in the area, but if you’re checking it out for the first time, here’s a perfect daylong primer to get a literal flavor of the hood.

STROLL: Sunnyside Gardens’s Bucolic Grounds

This portion of the neighborhood is known to be one of the dreamiest walks around Queens, and for good reason! Declared a National Register Historic District in 1984, the three-and-a-half-acre stretch includes buildings made out of Hudson brick, thriving greenery, and a rare sense of quiet you rarely find anywhere in the boroughs. 44th to 48th Streets, between Skillman and 39th Avenues

EAT: Stacked Sammies at Cemitas el Tigre

In a town with many (many) sandwiches, the ones at Cemitas el Tigre stand out—or rather, stand up. Its cemitas start with steak, carnitas, or fried chicken, then layers on nine more ingredients: creamy avocado and black beans, fragrant papalo, zippy pickled onions and chipotle, and more. The sandwich is what gained Cemitas el Tigre lots of fans at Smorgasburg, but its brick-and-mortar also has plenty of other crowd-pleasers, like onion rings with dill ranch dressing and milkshakes. 45-14 48th Avenue

LOAD UP: On Writing Supplies at Yoseka Stationery

From grown-up highlighters and pens shaped like food to cotton-covered sketchbooks and patterned tape, this Taiwanese-inspired store has the stationary goods of your dreams. 48-06 41st Street

SNACK: Retro Sweets at Alpha Donuts

For $3.95, you can get coffee, juice, a doughnut, and eggs at this old-fashioned shop—at all hours of the day and night. The space hasn’t changed much since it opened in the 1970s. Who said old New York is gone? 45-16 Queens Boulevard

SHOP: Throwback Knickknacks at Stray Vintage

Spruce up your crib with the rare treasures hiding inside this closet-size consignment shop. Record collectors drool over hard-to-find vinyl from the golden age of the music industry; amateur interior designers plan future concepts around the pristine boudoir coffee tables and mirrors they see presented; and thrifty fashionistas load up on impeccable necklaces and earrings from yesteryear. 48-09 Skillman Avenue

DRINK: Dope Cocktails at Ida’s Nearabout

You know you’re in for a good time when you spot the stuffed wolf protecting the bar overhead. All-day happy hour specials—$7 margaritas and gin fizzes and $6 select drafts and wine weekdays, 11 a.m.–7 p.m.—only make the visit that much sweeter, but the Bourbon Breakfast is worth the few extra dollars. 43-13 Queens Boulevard

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