B&R Christmas Light Up Dyker Heights
We are proud to have been featured in the New York Times. We are also proud to be a part of the yearly tradition providing Christmas lights to Brooklyn, and specifically, lighting up Dyker heights. In warm-weather months, blocks throw parties — the kind featuring three-legged races and barbecues. In tiny front yards that might have been paved over elsewhere, bushes are neatly trimmed to keep their corkscrew shapes.
And neighbors, who often live a shared driveway away, never seem to make too much of a racket, according to residents, who appreciate the quiet.
But come December, Dyker Heights — 55,000 residents over one and a half square miles — takes its pride of place to a new and electrifying level. Known as “Dyker Lights,” it’s a vivid tribute to the season, in which yards are filled with a universe of bulbs, garlands, and more than a few life-size “Nutcracker”-style soldiers.
There are now 250 homes that have decked their halls, and porches and porticoes, too, said James Bonavita, the owner of B & R Christmas Decorators, which was first hired to assist in the displays in 1991 and did 60 properties this year.
They include Jerry D’Onofrio’s dormered brick colonial on 12th Avenue, which has a nativity scene on one side of the front walk and a cellophane pond with penguins on the other.
“It can sometimes get a little hectic to turn into your driveway,” with all the cars and tour buses crawling down streets, said Mr. D’Onofrio, who lives with his parents and works at a nearby screen-printing company. “But I think it’s good to give back to the community.”