Cedarhurst’s summer sidewalk sale is ready to sizzle | Herald Community Newspapers

The traditional August dog days will be anything but lazy and languid next week in Cedarhurst, when the village and its business improvement district join forces again for the annual summer sidewalk sale, during which retail outlets and restaurants will offer customers great deals.

Along Central Avenue and up and down the business district’s many side streets, people from the Five Cities, its surrounding communities, and New Jersey and Connecticut are also expected to flock to the Village for the four-day event. days from August 10 to August 10. August 12 and 14. Saturday August 13 is Shabbat.

Known as the fashion center of Long Island’s South Shore for over 100 years, Central Avenue, with its upscale stores and boutiques, has drawn comparisons to Beverly Hills’ Rodeo Drive. Cedarhurst’s main street remains a showcase for unique businesses.

“That’s really what makes our village unique and different,” said Ari Brown, who is both a member of the state assembly and deputy mayor of Cedarhurst, and also serves as a liaison between the council of the village and the BID. “We spend a lot of time thinking about it,” he added of the sidewalk sale. “We have new, younger BID members spreading the word on social media.”

The BID, an organization of traders and donors founded in 1993, works with the village to promote and support its businesses. It collects a village tax assessment on commercial property and, in conjunction with the village, uses the money for improvements and promotions in the business community. The maximum valuation allowed by law is 20%.

The organization was formed after two previous groups – the Cedarhurst Commercial Property Owners Association and the Cedarhurst Business Association – failed to attract business to the village and create strong relationships between landlords and landlords. company.

The window vacancy rate in 1998 was 12%. The BID and the village worked tirelessly to bring the rate down to 6.5% a decade later. In 2022, the vacancy rate is 2.17%, even after all the turbulence created by the Covid-19 pandemic. There are over 280 storefronts across Cedarhurst.

The BID lends a hand with beautification projects such as flower pots along Central Avenue; building maintenance; municipal services, including snow removal and snow removal; special events such as the Black Friday shopping event the day after Thanksgiving; direct mail promotions; and print and broadcast advertising.

“The sidewalk sale means we have a vibrant and thriving business community that is in high demand,” Cedarhurst Mayor Benjamin Weinstock wrote in an email. “From fashion to home furnishings, and everything in between, we have the best in selection and quality that keeps shoppers coming back for more. The bargains are truly amazing. And you’ll be tempted to try our excellent restaurants and food outlets for delicious cuisine.

With more than 200 stores and businesses in a six-block area, the summer sidewalk sale has plenty to offer shoppers looking for discounts, from clothes to designer eyewear, fine linens, furniture, interior design services, jewelry, office supplies and toys, as well as with a variety of cafes and restaurants. Customers can choose between a quick bite or an elegant dinner.

Cedarhurst, like the five-city communities of Hewlett, Inwood, Lawrence, and Woodmere, is easily accessible by car and bus, and has a central Long Island Rail Road station. Strolling down Central Avenue and the side streets of the village is the best model of city travel, with all the shops and restaurants within easy walking distance of each other.

“We’re expecting good turnout and our best year of the sidewalk sale, with people getting out and shopping again,” said Jeff Beja, 37-year-old owner of Central Galleries. on Spruce Street in Cedarhurst. Beja added that other traders are especially looking forward to this event as the coronavirus pandemic continues to wane.

The vacancy rate for the Village of Cedarhurst has been updated from the figure in the print article.

Laura J. Boyer