An official Path Through History Site! Sunnyside Gardens in Queens was the first “Garden City” development in the United States. Architects Clarence Stein and Henry Wright, along with landscape architect Marjorie Cautley, designed Sunnyside Gardens as a complete community based on a human scale. Developed between 1924 and 1928, the community includes 1,202 housing units on 77 acres of land. Rows of simplified homes front the street grid, creating a shared landscaped garden space on the interior of each block.