Dyker Heights

Dyker nights, Dyker lights

December 23, 2015 By Lore Croghan Brooklyn Daily Eagle
Welcome to Dyker Heights and its magical lights. Eagle photos by Lore Croghan
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Better than Christmas carols.

You might chance upon the strains of electropop filling the air when you make your seasonal visit to the famed holiday decorations of Dyker Heights this year.

If you’re lucky, 84th Street residents — who decided to amp up the fun quotient with a live DJ and a dancing guy dressed like Santa this past Saturday night — will bring the Dynamic Duo back for a repeat performance.

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It was a nifty surprise to hear lyrics like “High All The Time To Keep You Off My Mind” and “I’m Sexy And I Know It” waft over lawns lavishly decorated with Nutcrackers, reindeer, giant music boxes and zillions of strings of lights.

A police cruiser blocked the intersection of 12th Avenue so visitors could dance in the street. When the DJ slowed down the beat a bit with Adele’s new hit tune “Hello,” everybody sang along.

Even without the music, the high-wattage displays are dazzling, of course. A recent report from real estate website Redfin.com named Dyker Heights the Number One best neighborhood in America for viewing holiday lights.

The decorations with the biggest wow factor can be found in the area including 82nd through 85th streets and11th through 13th avenues.

The best weather conditions for visiting the Dyker Lights in the near term are expected on the night of Friday, Dec. 25 — yes, Christmas night — when skies will be clear and temps will be unseasonably warm, if the forecast from Weather.com holds true.

A hint for those who don’t live in Dyker Heights: You’ll have more fun if you leave your car at home.   

Take the R train to the 86th Street stop in nearby Bay Ridge and walk the rest of the way.


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