Since I moved to New York, I have always heard about the Dyker Heights lights, but because it is so deep in Brooklyn, I never made it to see them. Well this year, that changed, and damn were they fantastic. I have to give credit to Mr. Librarian for taking me to see the lights (he knows how much I love Christmas lights.) Apparently, in this Italian-American neighborhood, each neighbor creates amazing (and sometimes very tacky) light displays that include requisite life sized nativity scenes, Santa figurines, and blow-up characters. Many are designed by Christmas light professionals (who knew that was a thing?) There are even tours that run from Manhattan.
Take a look at a few photos I took.
This house is insane. Could there be a few more lights?
This was the most popular house on the street, and I am kicking myself for not getting a better picture. People were walking up the front steps to take pictures with the house. Personally, that would freak me out.
This house is in Bay Ridge, but I felt that it needed to be pointed out. Florescent blue lights seem to be the new fad this year, and I would hate to live across from this place. It actually hurt my eyes. The photo even hurts my eyes a bit.
I didn’t end up taking a photo of my favorite house in Dyker Heights. It looked like an English cottage that was dropped in Brooklyn and screamed Christmas to me. I want to live there immediately.
Part of me wants to be one of these crazy awesome people when I have a house (someday, maybe.) Of course you need to have boatloads of money since the average electric bill is hundreds of dollars a month, which doesn’t take into account buying and installing the lights themselves.
So for now I will just go and enjoy other people’s light displays. Works for me!