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Holiday Lights Coming to Skillman Avenue

Nov. 6, 2010 By Christian Murray

Holiday lights are expected to go up on Skillman Avenue for the first time.

The lights, which are subject to the approval of the Department of Transportation, would go from 45th Street through to 51st Street on Skillman Avenue.  The aim would be to erect them shortly after Thanksgiving Day, according to Tim Chen, who is working on the task on behalf of the Sunnyside Chamber of Commerce.  Chen owns Quaint, an upscale restaurant, on Skillman Avenue and 46th Street.

Joe Kenton, a representative of Jimmy Van Bramer’s office, is working with the Chamber to help with funding and to assist with any electrical issues.

“They have [holiday] lights on Greenpoint Avenue, Queens Blvd and, now, hopefully Skillman Avenue. Then all the main streets will be covered,” Chen said.

Meanwhile, Sunnyside Shines, which oversees the holiday lights on Greenpoint Ave and Queens Blvd, will be holding its annual lighting ceremony on Nov. 16, 2010, at 7 p.m. The lighting will take place on Greenpoint Avenue, between 42nd and 43rd Streets, during the grand opening of the Orchard Farmers Market.

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It has been so enjoyable since the lights returned to the Boulevard and Greenpoint Avenue. As a child I remeber the Bliss street area took on such a magical glow when the overhead street lights and merchants windows were decorated for the season. It made no difference what type of store or the religion of the owner there was a real sense of the heighborhood coming together for at least the holiday season.
Thank you Sunnyside Shines and all of the merchants that participate.


It is great to have greenpoint lit up for the holiday season, and skillman ave as a new addition but what about 34th ave as well their are plenty of business that would benefit from season lights ffrom 43st up to the 52nd street all the business would benefit from these fesitive lights and have strores get more business and put our whole town in the holiday spiriit.I would be fantastic if we were lit up for the holidays it is just a few weeks and get some extra business in here by advertising as well at least that all of our business will be here after the holdays too


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