This picturesque residential neighborhood is located in the heart of southwest Brooklyn between Bay Ridge, Bensonhurst and Gravesend Bay. Originally founded as a luxury housing development in the late 1800s, the first house in this iconic neighborhood was built in the late 1820s. Dyker Heights was originally touted for its public transit access to Lower Manhattan, thanks to early ferry service, as well as a ritzy country club and well-established Episcopal Church, which still holds services today.
Today, Dyker Heights is perhaps most famously known for its incredible Christmas lights displays, which usually arrive in early November and draw travelers from across the state and all five boroughs thanks to their colorful holiday cheer. According to locals, residents have been decorating their homes—personally and professionally—since the 1980s, making it a true New York City winter wonderland.
Dyker Heights is accessible via the R train with stops at Bay Ridge Avenue, 77th, 86th and 95th streets. Though the historic homes are beautiful any time of year, they attract the most travelers during the Christmas Season.