Sept. 24, 2015 By Christian Murray
Decorative banners went up today on Skillman Avenue that aim to promote the district.
The banners, which hang from the lampposts, read: “Welcome Skillman Avenue” and are part of a joint initiative organized by the Sunnyside Chamber of Commerce and the Skillman Project, a business group based on the six-block stretch.
The banners, which are up permanently, have been placed on Skillman between 45th and 51st Streets and feature the logos of both the Chamber of Commerce and the Skillman Project as well as leaves from a London plane, a tree that is found throughout Sunnyside Gardens.
The distinctive banners were put up today in time for this Saturday’s Skillman Avenue Fall Festival. (click for block party details)
The block party is part of the Department of Transportation’s “Weekend Walks” program. As part of the program, funds were provided for banners, according to Justin Costello, the manager at Claret and event organizer for the Skillman Project.
Instead of keeping up banners for just the day of the event, the two organizations decided to keep them up permanently, Costello said.