By Dispatch Editors on Wednesday, November 24th, 2021 at 7:38 am
For the first time since the 1980s, the shopping district along Knickerbocker Avenue has holiday lights suspended over the road.
The lights are on Knickbocker heading south from Flushing Avenue to as far as Myrtle and feature non-denominational snowflakes. There is also a red, white, and green set announcing Knickerbocker Avenue.
Bushwick Daily reports that the lights are the result of Salvatore Polizzi, owner of Bushwick’s Tony’s Pizzeria, fighting to have the lights installed.
The winter lights are common in business districts around the city. Grand Street has long had them between Bushwick Avenue and Union Ave. The funding for these types of programs varies from business improvement districts to community groups. The result is better lighting in some of the darkest days of the year with the lights usually extending beyond the New Year.
Councilwoman Darma V. Diaz helped obtain funding for the lights.