Friday, December 14, 2007

GL's Selective Guide to Holiday Lights in Brooklyn

Willamsburg Xmas

Since prime Brooklyn Holiday Light viewing season is in full swing, we thought this would be an ideal day to put up a little guide to spots where you can see some Christmas lights, Brooklyn-style:

Dyker Heights. First among equals in Brooklyn, the Lights of Dyker Heights are something to behold. They're insane, over the top and so Brooklyn you'll want to scream. And, you'll have plenty of company because they're estimated to attract 100,000 visitors during the holiday season, including bus loads full of kids. The area where the lights are centered is between 80th and 86ths Street and 10th and 13th Avenues, with 84th Street between 11th and 12th Avenues having some displays that words simply can't describe. If you've never been, Dyker Heights is next to Bay Ridge. You can click on this Google Map for help finding the area. You can also check out our photos from last year and this vid we made. Needless to say, we'll be updating.

Carroll Gardens. Among the many things we love about Carroll Gardens is the exuberant nature of the Christmas displays, particularly on First Place and Second Place. Take a walk through the neighborhood and see for yourself. There are some very enthusiastic displays not far from the Gowanus Canal.

Williamsburg. Some people in the Burg pull out all the stops to decorate their houses. There are some very lit up houses in South Williamsburg around Berry Street and around S. 4th and near Wythe. One street that is also heavily decorated is Ainslie between Graham and Humboldt.

Bergen Beach. We haven't personally seen the Bergen Beach lights, but the lights on National and Arkansas Drives are said to be one the borough's "biggest and brightest displays." If you have a car and you have a Google Map, you're right there.



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