8.2 out of 10

Dyker Heights

Ranked 4th best neighborhood in Brooklyn
40.6172430248704 -74.0177945754806
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5/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 5/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Pest Free 5/5
  • Peace & Quiet 5/5
  • Eating Out 5/5
  • Nightlife 5/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 5/5
  • Gym & Fitness 5/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 5/5
  • Parking 5/5
  • Cost of Living 5/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 5/5
  • Public Transport 5/5
  • Medical Facilities 5/5
  • Schools 5/5
  • Childcare 5/5
May 24, 2017

"A small suburban town in the heart of Brooklyn"

Dyker Heights is a very beautiful and now very expensive Italian neighborhood in Southwest Brooklyn. The streets are clean and quiet and the houses are extravagant, even the small ones. All the neighbors know each other here and it functions as a small town. People shop at LaBella, get their meats at Bova or B&A, and can do most chores on 13th ave. Everyday, throughout the whole neighborhood, church bells are heard at 12 and at night. This area is perfect if you're looking for quiet and safety while still being accessible to NYC.

Dyker Heights is majority Italian, but affluent Lebanese, Chinese, and Greeks also call this town home. Most people would say the border is Bay Ridge Avenue, even though maps say 65th street. Between 65th and Bay Ridge Avenue is a middle class are with mostly Chinese, professional residents. Many shopping areas and auto places are here. Between Bay Ridge Avenue and Bay Ridge Parkway are mostly middle to upper middle class residents of mostly Italian, but also some of Chinese decent. This area is mostly residential, with some shops on 11th avenue and Dyker Heights Boulevard (13th Ave). Between Bay Ridge Parkway (75th Street) and the golf course (86th street) are mostly upper middle class - upper class professional families who appreciate the quiet and serenity Dyker Heights has to offer. These people are mostly of Italian decent, but also Lebanese and Greek. This is where most of the Christmas lights are. 76th street though 85th street are all quiet residential streets of affluent residents.
Dyker Heights is also incredibly safe.
Overall, Dyker Heights is a wonderful place to live and raise a family.
13th avenue (Dyker Heights Blvd) is the main thoroughfare and the only street with businesses. These businesses are catered to the residents- including upscale grocery stores and restaraunts- as well as butchers and pharmacies. The side streets off 13th are private and quiet. Overall, this avenue has a much nicer feeling than other avenues in NYC, more like a small town.
Dyker Heights has a beautiful 18 hole golf course which enhances the whole feeling of the community. The community does really feel like a golf club community.
Dyker Heights has access to the X28, which has stops on 86th Street, but no subway access- although residents consider that a pro.
Very easy access to Staten Island, a little far to manhattan for Brooklyn standards but not undoable- 45 minutes
Most shopping and dining is done in more commercial Bay Ridge.
All avenues are newly paved.
Contrary to popular belief, Dyker Heights ends at 14th Ave, not 16th.
Dyker Heights also has plenty of park space.
-Mckinly Park
-Dyker Golf Course
-Dyker Beach Park
-Dyker Beach dog park
-Leif Erickson park
-Dyker middle school park
-Ovington park.

Parking is extremely easy here, unlike most of Brooklyn. Everyone has a driveway and there are always spots on the side streets, although residents ask that you leave the spots for those who live on the block

Dyker Heights also has a lower population density

The Christmas season here is unlike anywhere else
Pros
  • Expensive
  • Very safe
  • Very beautiful
  • Christmas Lights
  • Very quiet, friendly
  • Lots of recreational activities for residents of all ages
  • Strong sense of unity
Cons
  • Expensive
  • Little Ethnic Diversity
  • Boringly residential
  • Not too diverse
  • Far from Manhattan
  • No subway service
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
3/5
2yrs+

"Dyker Heights, a beautiful neighborhood with an Italian-American aura."

Dyker Heights is a beautiful neighborhood in the wonderful borough of Brooklyn, New York. One of the first traditional suburbs of Brooklyn, Dyker Heights today still maintains the handsome detail it did when it was first erected.

Historically, Dyker Heights was created as a suburban enclave of the growing borough of Brooklyn during the 1800s. Strict residency requirements as well as building guidelines, not to mention the very clear vision of the neighborhood architect helped to construct the large and decadent homes which are the hallmark of this affluent neighborhood. Dyker Heights has always been home to an upper middle class population, mainly of Italian descent. In Dyker Heights, the homes are large, as some eight bedroom homes sell for $800,000 or more, which is exponential cheaper in comparison with the 1 bedroom/ 1 bath units throughout the neighborhood that sell for more than $300,000. Subletting and renting are options as well, and as with most neighborhoods in Brooklyn depending on the quality and location of the apartment or home, rent can range anywhere from $1,000-$6,000. The most recognizable of the historic Dyker Heights homes, the Sietta House, is remarkable with fantastic details both in and outside.

The population of the neighborhood relishes in the exclusivity of their suburban palace, as well as their vicinity to the city. Though Dyker Heights is not directly serviced by the New York City subway system, public buses are available and trains are located in nearby neighborhoods and namely the D & M trains on New Utrecht Avenue.

Dyker Heights is a family-oriented neighborhood, home to several parochial schools and churches. With a feeling reminiscent of an upstate New York village, Dyker Heights is a nice oasis from city living. Community groups, clubs, and organizations make Dyker Heights the great neighborhood that it is, focusing on issue other sections of Brooklyn are often forced to neglect. Beyond these social groups, Dyker Heights is also home to a few wonderful parks and recreation areas, namely Dyker Park Golf Course and Dyker Beach Park located on the waterfront.

Shopping and restaurants in Dyker Heights is somewhat limited to upscale fare, with most commercial businesses located on the neighborhood’s main thoroughfare, .

Dyker Heights is a timeless neighborhood, a suburban heaven conveniently located in the sprawling metropolis of New York City.
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
4/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 3/5
  • Clean & Green 4/5
  • Pest Free 4/5
  • Peace & Quiet 4/5
  • Eating Out 4/5
  • Nightlife 3/5
  • Parks & Recreation 4/5
  • Shopping Options 3/5
  • Gym & Fitness 3/5
  • Internet Access 4/5
  • Lack of Traffic 3/5
  • Parking 3/5
  • Cost of Living 4/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 3/5
  • Public Transport 2/5
  • Medical Facilities 3/5
  • Schools 3/5
  • Childcare 3/5
2yrs+

"Quiet Italian community that loves Christmas"

Located between Bay Ridge and Bensonhurst, Dyker Heights is a quaint suburban town with a primarily Italian population, numerous Catholic churches, an abundance of mom-and-pop shops, and a reputation for its Christmas light extravaganza. Most of the action in Dyker Heights takes place on 13th Ave, but don't expect anything too trendy or big-box. The businesses here are small family-owned places where the owners know your name. While most of the residents here are Italian, there are small clusters of Asian and Hispanic residents as well. The majority of the homes here are simple single and two-family homes, but Dyker Heights is also known for the strip of elaborate mansions on 11th Avenue. Bound together by their pride in their community, the residents work hard to maintain their homes. They also take pride in the Dyker Lights, the countless extravagant and ornate Christmas lights and decorations that Dyker Heights residents put up each year. These lights and festivities attract thousands of tourists each holiday season. In other seasons, residents relax and have fun at Dyker Beach Park or they hit the neighborhood's public golf course. There is also the junior golf center, where kids can learn to play for free. The major problem with living in Dyker Heights is that there is no subway service here. There are express buses to Manhattan, but they cost more and are subject to traffic conditions.
Pros
  • Lots of recreational activities for residents of all ages
  • Strong sense of unity
  • Christmas Lights
  • Very quiet, friendly
Cons
  • Not too diverse
  • No subway service
  • Boringly residential
  • Far from Manhattan
Recommended for
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
4/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 5/5
  • Clean & Green 4/5
  • Peace & Quiet 4/5
  • Eating Out 3/5
  • Nightlife 3/5
  • Shopping Options 3/5
  • Gym & Fitness 3/5
  • Internet Access 3/5
  • Lack of Traffic 3/5
  • Public Transport 2/5
2yrs+

"Dyker Heights strung out for the holidays"

"Dyker Heights" is synonymous with "holiday decor" - so much so that people from all over the city flock to the neighborhood to check out the historic mansions draped in strings of light bulbs. It's rather unexpected that a neighborhood so far from the bustling center of Midtown Manhattan could manage such a draw, but mid December begins to see the commuters stream into this old school Brooklyn area nonetheless. (The attraction of the neighborhood was once spoofed on Late Night with Conan O'Brien, in a segment in which the comedian informed viewers: "Apparently this house can be seen from the space shuttle in orbit. Several astronauts have called it tacky from 15 miles up.") The over-the-top light displays are often professionally assembled, and it is apparent that each house tries to outdo its neighbors with its holiday cheer. (See: http://gonyc.about.com/od/christmassights/ig/Dyker-Heights-Christmas-Lights/)

The population in Dyker Heights is predominantly composed of Italian-Americans, and while residents aren't opposed to having a few new neighbors, they work hard to keep condos from going up in the area. Indeed, if high rises were to be built there the neighborhood would lose much of its charm - this area is packed with sprawling stand-alone homes that offer something most New Yorkers will never know: space. In addition to such amenities, home owners work at keeping their grand-standing homes in excellent condition (which adds to the overall effect of the Dyker Lights displays). Eleventh Avenue is perhaps the highlight of the neighborhood as it features a row of mansions (as opposed to the one- and two-family homes found elsewhere in the area) that are the main attraction each Christmas season.

Being an Italian-American neighborhood, the local amenities involve exactly what one would expect: pizzerias, delis, meat markets, Catholic churches. Dyker Heights is very much an enclosed area - the locals don't see a lot of outsiders except when they have their Christmas lights displays up, and this can not only be attributed to a lack of tourist attractions, but to a lack of subway stops as well. In order to get to Manhattan from Dyker Heights, one has no option but to take a bus.
Pros
  • Christmas Lights
  • Very quiet, friendly
Cons
  • Far from Manhattan
  • Boringly residential
Recommended for
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
4/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 4/5
  • Peace & Quiet 4/5
  • Eating Out 5/5
  • Nightlife 3/5
  • Shopping Options 3/5
  • Gym & Fitness 3/5
2yrs+

"Nice taste of Italy!"

Living in Dyker Heights was one of the great times in my life. It was just like my experience in Little Italy, just cheaper. It is full of Italian Americans, so the food is a great mix of both cultures. There are great pizzerias, trattorias, and dessert places. The houses are very old fashioned, but many are restored inside and look modern. It gives a nice relaxing feel though seeing those types of houses. It is very quiet which was great for my work. We were close to everybody and it was easily accessible to New York City where I worked. The Christmas decorations that are put up are a big tradition there and I still go back there to visit friends during the festivities.
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
4/5
2yrs+

"Christmas light extravaganza!"

Dyker Heights is located in southwestern Brooklyn and is bordered by neighboring communities like Bath Beach, Bensonhurst, Borough Park, and Bay Ridge. Dyker Heights encompasses Dyker Beach Park on Gravesend Bay and the huge Dyker Beach Golf Course to the north.

The neighborhood is best known for the extravagant display of Christmas lights and decorations erected each year by its local residents. Its elaborate Christmas lights, popularly known as the “Dyker Lights,” draw visitors from all over the city. During the winter season, and some of the locals start very early, it is not unlikely to see a huge talking Santa and electronic figures moving in the well-manicured lawns.

Dyker Heights is markedly well to do, with many of the homes representing mansions and mini-mansions. You won’t find any estates in the area, but mansions off 11th Avenue from 86th Street to 79th Street are quite lovely. This area has been deemed, “mansion row.” Low brick walls and high black fences contain the lawns. A typical house, on a corner lot at 84th Street and 11th Avenue, has two gated entrances, one guarded by a pair of tigers, the other by lions.

The neighborhood’s main commercial street is 13th Avenue (also called Dyker Heights Boulevard). Along this busy street you will find mom-and-pop pizzerias, the Salon Gio Day Spa, and many gourmet food shops. You can also hear music emanating from the Shrine Church of St.Bernadette.

There are good schools in the area, including Public School 127 (elementary) on Seventh Avenue, Junior High School 201 on 12th Avenue, and Utrecht High School on 80th Street.

The only complaint is that there is no subway access in Dyker Heights, but there are two express buses that will deliver commuters to and from Manhattan.
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
3/5
2yrs+

"Unique neighborhood, but pretty far out there literally"

This is a super residential neighborhood way down on the Gravesend Bay, in the southwest corner of Brooklyn. Some of the neighborhood’s original homes are still there today – cottage-like buildings with peaked roofs. I’m not sure if that’s something anyone would venture so far from civilization to go see, though. I wouldn’t recommend this neighborhood to any of my friends who were planning to visit the city, so I won’t recommend it to you, either. But if you are looking for tree-lined streets and want to invest in a fancy historic home, you should go down there and check it out.

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Best Streets in Dyker Heights

1

76th St

4.5/5
"Neighborly Spirit"
40.6210668022635 -74.010314106235
2

10th Ave

3.5/5
"10th Ave-Dyker Heights"
40.6241929932108 -74.0141400489662
3

Belt Pkwy

3/5
"pretty good for a summer walk"
40.6046694063558 -74.027385036129

Unranked Streets in Dyker Heights

11th Ave

4.5/5
"Scenic residential avenue"
40.6226770628242 -74.0121304794019

12th Ave

3.5/5
"A very nice avenue"
40.6213457892124 -74.0099294328253

13th Ave

4.5/5
"13th Ave- Dyker Heights Blvd- Town Square"
40.6200151604082 -74.0077272837117

67th St

2.5/5
"On 67th Street"
40.6276672817958 -74.0074422719141

69th St

2.5/5
"On Bay Ridge Avenue"
40.6265298255176 -74.008576350239

74th St

3.5/5
"Like The Burbs"
40.6222458573474 -74.0090180758905

Bay 8th St

2.5/5
"Bay 8th Street"
40.6052727642962 -74.017141322196

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