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.