SUNNYSIDE UP on 45th Street

by Kevin Walsh

Here’s a pair of doorways on 45th Street near 50th Avenue in Sunnyside that show the creators and purveyors of Fedders Specials how it’s done, with stylish arched doorways with original metal and glasswork and classic Flemish Bond brickwork.

Craftsmanship like this can be seen all over the five boroughs. It all depends on what their owners choose to do with it.



Ray March 19, 2014 - 4:01 pm

I’ve often wondered what the difference in cost is between a Fedders and something with a little style. Anyone in construction who can’t shed some light on this? I can’t imagine the material is that much different – it’s the creativity.

Nirmal March 19, 2014 - 7:10 pm

so true. i admit i like the modern places if they r very geometric and frank lloyd wrightish, but a good old pre war, classic building is unbeatable. they just have charm, and make u feel at home. new places just feel too pretentious, too professional, like ur afraid to touch it.

april April 6, 2014 - 3:14 am

You nailed it – no pun intended.

Alan Gregg Cohen March 19, 2014 - 10:02 pm

Kevin, You certainly have me baffled here. When I referenced Google Maps to see this building in further detail, I couldn’t find anything remotely resembling this with the address of 50-13 44th Street (or it’s neighbor 50-17 44th Avenue) in Sunnyside, Queens. In fact it places this address in the Woodside, NY 11377 zip code and not in Sunnyside. The Sunnyside, NY 11104 zip code ends 2 1/2 blocks east of the intersection of 44th Street and 50th Avenue; the border between Sunnyside and Woodside is mid-block between 42nd and 43rd Street at 50th Avenue. Did you possibly give us the wrong street that this building is located on?

Kevin Walsh March 20, 2014 - 10:46 pm

It’s 45th — fixed it

Dan March 21, 2014 - 3:46 pm

In 1969, my then-girlfriend lived in the building on the right.

Late at night, a little cloud of dark gray smoke would sometimes appear in one corner of the living room, just below the ceiling. It would drift horizontally along the wall to the opposite corner. Then it would disappear.

Later, we found out that a fire in that same apartment, decades earlier, had taken the life of a woman living there.

april April 6, 2014 - 3:17 am

That would’ve really been something to capture on film. As we know, things like this put others on top tv programs 🙂


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