Second Annual Skillman Avenue Holiday Lights
Councilmember Jimmy Van Bramer was joined on December 1 by the Sunnyside Chamber of Commerce, state Senator Michael Gianaris, Queen of Angels Father Brian Dowd and more than 200 community members to mark the beginning of the Second Annual Skillman Avenue Lights. The festive snowflakes are now hanging from lampposts from 43rd to 53rd Streets, which is an expansion of four additional blocks from last year. The lights are made possible by Van Bramer’s $39,500 allocation to the Chamber of Commerce to fund many of the Chamber’s programs. This year’s lighting ceremony featured a variety of live performances from world renowned singer Paul Byrom, the Sunnyside Drum Corps and the Queen of Angels Choir featuring Nicholle Bittlingmeyer. Hot cocoa and cider were provided by neighborhood jewel Aubergine Café. The grand finale of the evening came when Van Bramer flipped the switch on the final snowflake light followed by a surprise visit from Santa Claus who pulled up to the event in a police car. “The energy and spirit at this year’s holiday lighting celebration were incredible with people of all ages coming together to celebrate the holiday seasons. Skillman Avenue has had an amazing year and this event is a fun way to showcase all that it has to offer. I wish everyone a healthy and safe holiday season,” Van Bramer said. The councilmember’s office wishes to extend a special thanks to Assemblymember Cathy Nolan, Lily Gavin, Gary O’Neil and Catherine Murphy, Father Dowd, Becky Barker, Rigoberto Cardoso, Ira Greenberg, Dan Glasser, Jean Clancy, 108th Precinct, Woodbridge Productions, Petrocelli Electric, Vantage who all helped with the holidays lights and celebration event.