215 Park Avenue South, 1901
New York, NY 10003
212 962 6307

Sunnyside Yard Master Plan

Queens, NY




New York City Economic Development Corporation


Design and Engineering: Carlo Ratti Associati, HNTB, Langan, Nelson Byrd Woltz, Sam Schwartz Engineering, Thornton Tomasetti

Finance and Legal: BJH Advisors, CBRE, Dharam Consulting, Fried Frank, Municap

Stakeholder Engagement: Kasirer, Urbane Development


184 Acres


Master Plan Complete March 2020

At over 180 acres, Sunnyside Yard as it exists today is a profound gap in our city’s fabric, awaiting fillings that must be as nutritious as they are delicious, and clamoring for infrastructure that must serve the needs of this growing borough. Encircled by thriving neighborhoods that are both tall and small, artistic and prosaic, diverse and even more diverse, Sunnyside should connect, celebrate, and enhance its surroundings. Like the rest of Queens, with its vast industrial and residential neighborhoods, the World’s Fair grounds, MoMA PS1, the Noguchi Museum, Socrates Sculpture Park, and Gantry Plaza State Park, the ideas for Sunnyside must be diverse, creative, and contemporary. These places—like the future-facing borough they call home that led New York into the Jet Age—have never been about the same old same old, never about nostalgia, and never succumb to the banal. Neither should Sunnyside Yard, which could portend our future as a city.

In the spring of 2018, PAU was selected by New York City Economic Development Corporation (NYCEDC) to lead the Master Plan effort for Sunnyside Yard. PAU assembled an interdisciplinary team of fourteen consultant firms, handpicked to tackle the multitude of challenges Sunnyside Yard presents. In addition to architects, urban designers and planners, the team included stakeholder engagement experts; engineers specializing in rail, structures, geotechnical analysis, environmental planning and transportation; landscape architects; researchers who study the future of urban environments; finance specialists including experts in modeling, market analysis, cost estimation, risk analysis, and public finance; and legal advisors specializing in land use.

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Public Meeting at LaGuardia Community College (Photos courtesy NYCEDC)