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Skillman Avenue Holiday Lights Continue to be a Big Draw

PS 150 Choir

Dec. 9, 2013 By Christian Murray

For the fourth consecutive Christmas season, Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer switched on the Skillman Avenue holiday lights in an event that drew a crowd of nearly 250 people.

The ceremony, which took place Thursday across the street from Aubergine Café (50th Street and Skillman Ave.), drew many adults who came out to watch their children from PS 150 and PS 11 sing Christmas carols.

The annual event, which marked the official ceremony celebrating the lights that go down the Avenue (from 51st Street to 43rd Street), has grown in popularity. In 2010 about 80 people attended. That number has grown each year.

Van Bramer told the audience that he was a big supporter of the lights since they bring holiday spirit to the neighborhood. Additionally, “they’re good for small businesses,” he said, urging the attendees to shop at nearby stores.

Aubergine Café provided refreshments—such as hot chocolate- during the event.

The event was put together by the Sunnyside Chamber of Commerce, the Skillman Project (which is group comprised of Skillman Avenue merchants) in conjunction with Van Bramer’s office.

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of course its gonna be Skillman, since it’s on HIS side of Sunnyside,

what does the South Side get?


Would it be possible in future years to have a listing of ALL of the Sunnyside/Woodside community events for the holiday season? In one place?

I think it would be great just to see all that our community offers as a way to celebrate the various holidays and NON-‘hol(y)-days’ like New Year’s Eve and other events that those who are anti-religion but still enjoy celebrating during this time of the year could inform us about.

(Being copied on each December post, btw. For those that read every single article, please forgive my repetition.)


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