Hello Fellow Greenpointers
I am writing this letter for those of us lifelong residents and some new ones who are wondering why once again this year we are one of the only neighborhoods WITHOUT Holiday lights on our main street Manhattan Avenue.
Simply put: Our not so wonderful store owners on that street decided to once again NOT to contribute. Some of the reasons are “It’s NOT MY holiday!”, “I have to call corporate” or just plain “NO” and the best one – “Why should I?”. And there are plenty of other reasons.
TO BE FAIR some were as ALWAYS willing to contribute, but the majority WILL AND DO NOT.
We are fully aware that money is tight this year, but even last year the people running it had to scramble at the last minute to get some small lights wrapped around the pole just to show something, however yet again most stores did not pay. It is really bad when you travel to various areas – even low income ones – and see beautiful lights hanging. But not here.
It’s a shame and disgusting how all these stores have NO problem accepting mine and your hard earned money but cannot hand back a small amount to help show Holiday sprit.
We are not going to name the stores who did not contribute because that would most likely not get printed, but I felt we had to put this out so that our life long and new fellow Greenpointers could see what Scrooges we are dealing with. My recommendation is we DO NOT Shop in our local stores and give them a taste of their own medicine. I am sure fellow Greenpointers can figure out who is willing to contribute without putting it out there. Just walk in and ask “Did you contribute to the lights?” most will say NO, especially the big name stores.
It’s so disappointing that the stores on the avenue no longer want to bother contributing to the holiday AND community spirit. I would actually really like to know which stores did not contribute and decided not to support the community and I’ll gladly print a list.