Greenpoint Merchants’ Generosity Shines Through: Holiday Lights Are On!
There will be holiday lights on Manhattan Avenue this holiday season because about seventy-five local businesses dug deep into their pockets. Just after Thanksgiving the firm Illuminations by Arnold will begin hanging the holiday lights along the avenue thanks to a group of local merchants who took the task on themselves. There was an outpouring of support for lighting the avenue, which we saw a lot of in response to a previous Greenpointers story.
The businesses that contributed will hang a flyer in their windows so be sure to show them some love in your Greenpoint holiday shopping. Patronizing these establishments is a way of saying thank you to these local heroes.
There are too many names to thank all the contributors, but a few names deserve a special mention. Leah Archibald of Evergreen Exchange (2 Kingsland Avenue) helped cover the taxes. Tony Argento of Broadway Stages (203 Meserole Avenue) contributed a huge $2,500.00 to light the Avenue. Sonny Mukhopadhay of 207 Bedford Avenue deserves a special thank you for contributing $20,000.00 to the project. Donna Siafakas of Peter Pan Donut Shop (727 Manhattan Avenue) contributed $2,000 to the local lights and first inspired others to get involved in the project.
The success in getting the avenue lit though is about more than money. Local business people spent time and money organizing the effort and they deserve a shout out. Nick Giannos of Greenpoint Floral Company (703 Manhattan Avenue) is the kind of concerned, civic-minded merchant who is an asset to the community. His employee Irene Wisnieswska volunteered to go door to door from Norman Avenue to Huron off the clock to get businesses to sign up. Ed Veneziano of Cato’s Army and Navy (654 Manhattan Avenue) and Herman Hernandez of the Greenpoint Toy Store (738 Manhattan Avenue) did a lot of the heavy lifting to organize the efforts.
Thanks to everyone who helped make the neighborhood a brighter place during the holidays!