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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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  • I am in Dyker Heights often because it is a neighborhood close to my own. However, at Christmastime it becomes fantasy world. I visit every Christmas and bring family and friends who marvel at the dec...  more »
  • If you go to NYC during Christmas period you cannot miss a trip to Dyker Heights! I recommend you go there without guided tour, so that you can walk quietly through the streets of the neighborhood and enjoy the beautiful Christmas atmosphere!
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  • You have to drive through this neighborhood for Christmas. Very cool. Restaurants along 3rd, 4th and even 5th ave are great to eat in before or after.  more »
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  • Beautifully decorated houses. Great atmosphere. Easy to get to using public transportation.
  • 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 very Brooklyn thing to do and a must see! I was amazed at the amount of work that is put into this. I finally got to see it right before I moved out of NY and it did not disappoint! There were block parties everywhere. Some had live bands and others had DJs. We also enjoyed walking around checking out the nice houses around the neighborhood. It doesn't even feel like you are in Brooklyn.
  • 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.

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To enjoy views of the Manhattan skyline and have easy foot access to most of the borough's major attractions, stay in Brooklyn's downtown area. The borough's main tourism district, this area offers both luxurious accommodations for visitors wishing to splurge during their stay, as well as more economical lodgings for those traveling on a limited budget. If you don’t mind driving or taking the subway to most tourist sites, consider one of the neighborhoods outside Brooklyn's central area, such as Williamsburg or Prospect Park.
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