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Dyker Heights, Brooklyn

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Dyker Heights is a residential neighborhood in the southwest corner of the borough of Brooklyn in New York City, US. It is sandwiched between Bay Ridge, Bensonhurst, and Gravesend Bay. The neighborhood is officially bounded by 7th and 14th Avenues, 65th Street, and the Belt Parkway on the west, east, north, and south respectively.It originated as a speculative luxury housing development in October 1895 when Walter Loveridge Johnson developed a portion of woodland into a suburban community. During the height of his development, the boundaries were primarily between Tenth Avenue and Thirteenth Avenue and from 79th Street to 86th Street. The finest homes of the development were situated along the top of the 110ft hill, at about Eleventh Avenue and 82nd Street. Dyker Heights is patrolled by the 68th Precinct of the NYPD.HistoryEarly developmentThe neighborhood of Dyker Heights lies within the boundaries of the then-Dutch town of New Utrecht settled in 1657. The area that is now known as Dyker Heights was not developed in the 17th or 18th centuries because the land was too sloped for farming; it remained common woodland until the mid-19th century. The trees of this forest were used by the townsfolk as a source of firewood and construction material. When the agricultural industry of New Utrecht changed from the farming grains to the cultivation of market garden produce, the trees were cleared for tomatoes, cabbages, and potatoes, among other produce.
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  • A really fun, real-life Clark Griswold experience. We loved seeing the lights and hearing the history.  more »
  • this is thee place to visit during the Xmas season.....the Xmas lights are truly spectacular...the people go all out trying to out do each other every year thus making it a must see....parking in the ...  more »
  • You reach fairly easily by subway (line D from Manhattan going out on the 79th Street) but then get ready for a decent walk as are various blocks to go calmly (and obviously after the sunset ...) to enjoy the amazing Christmas lights set up by the owners of the houses in the area.
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  • Cool experiences. Houses are really decorated beyond your imagination. Plenty of people around, so you kinda feel safe, but it is difficult to get a good photo alone. Car drivers need to be more patient and less honking though (as it is at night), please be more considerate to the people living there. Quests are also stepping into people's lawn and need to be more considerate when taking picture. Police are there to ensure safe traffic and walking area.
  • Every year the lights are amazing! This isn't the problem. The two things that detract from it are the police closing the block off so that no one can drive past, and new for this year....get this.....No parking on some blocks because they need the space for tour buses!!! So they can bring more Asians in to gawk?? Are they for real?? It was soooo much better years ago when you could leisurely drive down the block with your family or friends, even park and walk around a bit to enjoy the displays. Now we have to accommodate Asian tour buses and police barricades to traffic! It's become an insult to the long time residents of the area such as myself! We should all be allowed to FREELY walk and/or drive past the lights. And there shouldn't be "special" parking accommodations for ANY particular nationality unless they are disabled. I shouldn't be told I can't park on my OWN block because tour buses are needing the spots! Enough already! Restore the tranquility that once was!
  • This is a great family event. The lights do not disappoint. This neighborhood definitely puts on a show. There are many blocks of houses with lights. Take time to stroll a few blocks away from the crowded areas. You find some gems. But prepare yourselves for crowds. Overall, a great experience. Majority of people are generally respectful. On the main blocks with the large displays there are normally NYPD.
  • Great for the three Fs - Free, fun and family friendly. It's best to park and walk around as some streets are closed of to through traffic on the weekends. On a nice mild night, it's a beautiful way to spend time with family.
  • Amazing decorations, lights. Every house has put up so much effort decorating their houses. I was thinking if I ever gonna finish seeing them. I wanted to stay there.