Holiday Lights to Remain Dark in Inwood and Washington Heights
Holiday lights used to decorate Dyckman Street each holiday as early as the 1960s. (Credit: Evelyn Strobel-Ruggiero)
UPPER MANHATTAN — Three commercial strips of Inwood and Washington Heights will not be lit up for the holidays for the second year in a row, after the non-profit charged with decorating the streets came up short on funds — again.
Nurys De Oleo, executive director for Northern Manhattan Coalition for Economic Development (NMCED), said that between state and city funding cuts and a lack of contributions from local businesses, there was no way for the group to come up with the money this year to light the commercial corridors of West 207th Street, Dyckman Street and St. Nicholas Avenue, from 184th to 193rd streets.
"It’s a difficult situation, they’ve cut our funding and it’s impossible," she said in Spanish. "In the past we’ve also asked business owners for donations and some will give $50, $100 or $25, whatever they can, but it’s not enough, it’s expensive to put up the lights."