Living in the Dyker Heights neighborhood of Brooklyn

There are usually some Dyker Heights apartments on the market, though private homes can be found more frequently in this almost-suburban, southern corner of Brooklyn.


Set just inland from the beach communities of Brooklyn's long, rounded shoreline, Dyker Heights is bordered on the west by Interstate 278 (and Bay Ridge); on the north by Bay Ridge Avenue (and Sunset Park); on the east by 16th Avenue (and Bensonhurst); and on the south by Fort Hamilton.


Single- and two-family homes on tiny lots dominate the housing here in Dyker Heights. The overall feeling is one of a tight-knit community, where things remain the same. There are, in fact, almost 75 "original Dyker Heights homes" still standing, remarkable in a city in which change and rebuilding has always been a central part of its character--and that's just fine by everyone here.

Open space is plentiful in Dyker Heights, both because very few buildings of any sort rise above three stories, and because the neighborhood is blessed with plenty of parkland. First, there are the eight-and-a-half well-maintained acres of McKinley Park, with its playground, tennis and bocce courts, dog run, and workout area. Dyker Heights residents also enjoy the beautiful, 46-acre Dyker Beach Park with its football, baseball, and soccer fields, tennis, basketball and bocce courts, playgrounds, bike paths and, most spectacularly, a 18-hole championship golf course. All this solitude--even isolation--comes at a price, though, as there are no NYC subways stop in Dyker Heights. Most residents have to travel to neighboring communities to get the train, or simply opt for the express bus rather than take the subway. 


Every year at Christmas, Dyker Heights opens up the neighborhood to people from all over the city to come marvel at its famous, astonishing, over-the-top display of festive lights and decorations. These days most every home in the community participates in the spectacle, and the amount of time, money, and energy (in both senses of the word) that the residents put to use to almost literally cover their homes with thousands of lights, and cram their yards full with elaborate displays, is awesome.

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