You can fall in “love” with NYC anytime of the year, but during the holidays the city is particularly enchanting. You can simply walk around the streets admiring the painstakingly done holiday windows, or be dazzled by the profligate holiday lights.
Dyker Heights is a neighborhood in Brooklyn that goes all out on the razzle-dazzle. The best way to enjoy this extravaganza is to walk around. You will need to park a few blocks away, as it is really difficult to find parking here. If you do find a tight little spot, you might kick yourself later for parking there because there will be others trying to drive through and enjoy, making it a pain to get out. Driving through might be just as excruciating. This is especially true around 83rd to 86th street between 11th and 13th avenues. The mansions here put on a spectacular show. Many of them employ professional decorators. One such house had a Toyland, complete with a carousal on each lawn. It’s like Christmas on steroids.
Do walk around the other blocks with smaller houses as well. The displays there may not be as lavish, but they are nevertheless fantastic.
It’s unlikely that you will run out of things to do in NYC, especially around the holidays, but if you find yourself with an evening to spare, put Dyker lights on your list.