Dyker Heights is as rich in culture as it is in history. It was created as a luxurious area and continues to be so today. Considered the safest neighborhood in the city, its motto is “The Handsomest Suburb in Greater New York.” Created as an upscale neighborhood, the area offers many sights to see and things to do to pique your interest and fall in love with the area’s culture.
A National Historic Landmark, this cemetery was one of the first in America. The 478 acres houses one of the largest outdoor collections of mausoleums and 560,000 residents. Including names from history books like Boss Tweed, Jean-Michel Basquiat, and Horace Greeley, there are countless famous gravestones commemorating legends from all walks of life.
Because of the historical relevance, the cemetery is often busy. It is part of the Civil War Discovery Trail. It’s an international icon and by the 1860s was the second most visited national attraction next to Niagara Falls.
Today, despite natural wear and tear, the cemetery is fully functional and open to the public for tours, book talks and other events.
Many consider New York City a melting pot of cultures, and Brooklyn’s neighborhoods are no different. In Dyker Heights, you can participate in experiencing other cultures through culinary exploration.
In The League of Kitchens, you meet an immigrant from one of 11 countries. She could be from Nepal, Mexico, Uzbekistan, Japan, Argentina, Trinidad, Greece, Bangladesh, Afghanistan, Lebanon or India. The woman you meet is considered a fantastic at-home cook and patient teacher who will teach you and five others how to cook a dish from their culture. After meeting, you all eat and learn together, and they share their family recipes for you to take home.
When we say “Christmas in New York,” you probably think of Rockefeller Center. But Dyker Heights is guaranteed a more spectacular view. Since the 1980’s, locals have decorated their homes in ways that are only paralleled by National Lampoon’s Clark Griswold.
In 2016, expenditures for the professional-looking light displays cost as much as $20,000. Approximately 100,000 people witness the spectacle every year, and homeowners don’t hold back. Some houses break out loudspeakers to blare Christmas music.
The sights and sounds start the weekend after Thanksgiving and come down after New Year’s Eve. The best time to check out the lights is between sundown and 9 p.m. After that, the locals turn off the lights to be courteous to their neighbors. The best place to check out the lights is between 11th and 13th, from 83rd to 86th. If you don’t want to go alone, A Slice of Brooklyn offers tours every December night so you can explore with others.
The City of Brooklyn designed the course in 1897. Below the Verrazano bridge rests the 6,438-yard par 72 course. Dyker Beach, across from the Atlantic Ocean, features a fantastic golf course for avid golfers and offers an excellent location for any event.
Recently renovated, the location features two catering halls, a bar and grill, a ceremony site and a new clubhouse. The golf course is open eight months a year, and in the 1950s and 1960s, was one of the busiest courses in the world — over 100,000 rounds played annually.
But if you don’t like golf, that’s no problem. The park has baseball, football and soccer fields and courts for bocce, basketball, handball and tennis.
Never before have bagels been so life-changing. Regardless of the time of day, Dyker Park Bagels serve delicious breakfast sandwiches 24 hours a day, seven days a week. The bagels come with almost a half inch of cream cheese, and the rainbow-colored bagels are a bestseller.
Their slightly sweet, tangy taste is unique, and the owner has no problem cracking jokes with customers. Their Whole Wheat Everything bagel is reminiscent of a malty pretzel, and the bagels are perfect in their craft — soft on the inside, crunchy on the outside.
The restaurant also creates sandwiches. For example, their most well-known is their Chicken Ridiculous sandwich, a bagel with fried chicken, bacon, mozzarella, oil, and vinegar. Grab a bite any time of day, and you won’t regret it.
Ordering fast food is common in a bustling city. But you don’t always have to grab a burger or ice cream. The creators of Baby Olive are focused on healthy living and offer fresh fruit and vegetable choices for every meal in Dyker Heights.
The restaurant offers a diverse array of healthy options. You can order everything from breakfast smoothies to signature salads and wraps. Local favorites include the Banana Crunch Smoothie with almond milk, honey, granola and fat-free yogurt, or the Baby Powerhouse Salad with mixed greens, chicken, feta, avocado, grape tomato, almonds and cilantro lime dressing.