Dyker Heights is a wealthy residential Italian neighborhood situated in the southwest corner of Brooklyn. It is renowned to be one of the best places to visit in order to see “over the top” Christmas lights and other decorations. Each year after the Thanksgiving weekend, residents decorate their house in a professional way, going above and beyond the North American standards. This gives birth to an awesome local spectacle that New Yorkers come from all five
boroughs to explore.
From Manhattan, going to Dyker Heights represents at least a 40 minutes subway ride and 15 minutes’ walk but it’s definitely worth the trip. If you have the chance, I would recommend you stop at the Mona Lisa Bakery (it will be on your way if you take the D train) and have a cappuccino – topped with whipped cream and a delicious homemade cookie – with a piece of cheesecake, one of the bests in New York, apparently. Try to leave the City early and warm yourself at the Bakery until it gets dark outside. Decorations light up around 5 pm.