May 16, 2014 By Christian Murray
The sidewalks of Sunnyside Gardens are going to be dotted with yard sales tomorrow.
Residents located within the Sunnyside Gardens district are going to be peddling their wares in front of their homes between 11 am and 4 pm Saturday—in what will be the second annual Sunnyside Gardens Sidewalk Sale.
Patricia Dorfman, a co-founder of the event, said that about 100 residents set up tables last year and sold items such as clothing, books, kitchenware, tools, plants and toys.
Dorfman anticipates that a similar number of residents will participate this year.
Dorothy Morehead, a local realtor, came up with the idea last year after Community Board 2 canceled the Skillman Avenue Street fairs after a litany of complaints.
“Around here, people hated the festivals,” Morehead said at the time. “The [Skillman Avenue] stores hated it because it interfered with business; it caused huge parking problems and even the generators were a nuisance.”
Morehead said the sidewalk sale is a better and cheaper alternative to the street fairs.
The event offers other benefits as well, according to the organizers.
“Besides getting rid of stuff, it will be a festive atmosphere that brings neighbors together,” Dorfman said.
“And there’s no schlepping involved,” Dorfman said. “The hardest part of big rummage sales is moving stuff from Point A to Point B. I like this idea because we stay in Point A.”
She said participants are not required to register or pay fees—just set up their tables and sell.
Zone: from 43rd to 49th Streets, between Skillman and 39th Avenues.
Time: 11 am – 4pm
Date: Saturday, May 17 (Rain date: Sunday, May 18)