There are plenty of festive holiday displays in New York City—trees, windows, and such—but no one does things quite like the Brooklyn neighborhood of Dyker Heights. The normally sleepy area transforms into a neon-lit, Christmas-obsessed wonderland come December, as dozens of homeowners trick their homes out with lights, decorations, and other over-the-top tchotchkes.
Photographer Miska Draskoczy recently trekked out to the neighborhood to capture this year’s displays, which feature the usual giant nutcrackers and inflatable Santas, along with some pretty dazzling neon displays. (The most over-the-top house belongs to Lucy Spata, considered to be the doyenne of the whole Dyker Heights shebang.)
Even though there’ve been some growing pains as the spectacle has gotten more popular—an estimated 100,000 people now come to see it every year—that hasn’t stopped residents from upping the ante every year with more and bigger displays.
If you want to check out the incredibly (some might say overly) festive display for yourself, you’ve still got some time: the lights remain up through New Year’s Day, and while the popular bus tours are sold out, you can always head there yourself. The best displays can be seen from 11th to 13th avenues, between 83rd and 86th streets.