Dyker Heights Christmas Lights Tour

The famed Christmas lights of Dyker Heights in Brooklyn, New York is the epitome of suburban neighborhood one-uppery–all in good fun, of course. Think of it as a whole community chock full of Clark Griswolds, with the will and the means to put up tens of thousands of lights in the hopes of keeping up with or outdoing “the Joneses”. The outcome of such competition is completely bananas and more than worthy of a visit to see for yourself.

Visiting the light displays can be accomplished a number of ways. You can opt to drive, but expect traffic congestion and a parking nightmare during peak times. There’s also a public transportation option (the D Train to 79th St and New Utrecht Ave), but you’ll have two walk a good 15 minutes from the nearest station on fairly hilly terrain to get to the area with the lights. Based on our own experiences, the most enjoyable way to see the Dyker Heights Christmas Lights is to take a tour, and there are a plethora of options on that front.

Our recommendation is a tour company we’ve used and worked with twice before: A Slice of Brooklyn. They are well-organized, efficient, create a robust experience, and their buses are clean, modern, and comfortable. They also tend to have personal connections to the businesses and homes they interact with on the tour. In the case of their Dyker Heights Christmas Lights tours, they often know the homeowners in the neighborhood personally.

A Slice of Brooklyn is currently offering a 3.5 hour tour every evening during the month of December, excluding Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, and New Year’s Day. The tour start times generally run in 5:00pm, 6:00pm, 7:00pm, and 8:00pm time slots. The cost for adults (12 and above) is $55.00 and for children (under 12) is $45.00.

To avoid the hassle, it’s well worth shelling out the cash for a comfortable seat and a guided tour. Besides, when you need that perfect family Christmas photo or background information on that insane light display, having a well-versed tour guide is a godsend.

Get ticket info for A Slice of Brooklyn here.

Read about our experience on the Dyker Heights Christmas Lights tour in 2017 here.

Additionally, you can also read about our experience on the famed Brooklyn Pizza tour here.

– L. & J.

2018 New York City Holiday Window Displays

I’m from, well, all over the place, having moved countless times around the country as a child. For simplicity’s sake, let’s just say I’m mostly from the midwest. Lynn is from Malaysia. So, as you might imagine, we have quite an eclectic mishmash of traditions between the two of us. This gives us reason to celebrate throughout the entire year, which is a lot of fun. However, I’ve found that what I particularly enjoy are the new traditions we’ve created throughout our journey together. One such tradition that began a few years back was our annual late-night pilgrimage to the department store holiday windows in New York City.

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Postcard Perfection: How To Spend A Day In The Charming Athens Neighborhood of Plaka (With Map)

Every major city has a neighborhood both tourists and locals adore, and in Athens that neighborhood is Plaka. We met several locals who spoke reverently about it, and when we got there we immediately understood why. It’s impossible not to be captivated by the cobblestone streets and the brightly colored buildings juxtaposed against the vibrant bougainvillea plants. Plaka is Athens’ oldest neighborhood, and its classic beauty draws quite a crowd. There are innumerable restaurants and shops vying for your attention (and your dollar!), and it’s easy to miss the true gems. But fear not: here’s a walking tour to highlight the best this delightful neighborhood has to offer.

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Tag, You’re It! A Street Art Tour With Alternative Athens

It’s difficult to pinpoint exactly when our street art obsession began. But New York City has been the ultimate enabler, feeding our addiction from a well that never seems to run dry. Alas, junkies are never satisfied. Our appetites grew, and pretty soon we found ourselves down deserted alleys in foreign cities trying to get a fix. We’ve hunted down street art in ditches and mansions. And then in Athens, we nearly overdosed.

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A Walking Tour of Notting Hill: London’s Most Picturesque Neighborhood


I realize I might stand alone on this, but I wasn’t a fan of the movie Notting Hill. While I have a fondness for romantic comedies, this one never got me weak in the knees. So I’m not one of the many girls who flock to London’s Notting Hill neighborhood in search of The Travel Book Co. or the house with the blue door. But that doesn’t mean I don’t find reasons to make my way to this picturesque neighborhood. Notting Hill is infinitely charming not due to, but in spite of, the 1999 film. Here’s a walking tour to help you while away the day in one of London’s quaintest locales.

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On the Hunt for the Perfect Shot: A Photo Walk with NYC Photo Safari


“All photographs are accurate. None of them is the truth.”
– Richard Avedon

If my marriage hinged solely on my aptitude as an “Instagram Husband”, I would have become a divorcée long ago. Though I greatly admire the artistry found in photographs, I’ve never been particularly keen to play the architect of their creation or the subject of their inspiration. Much of that can be traced back to my father’s overeagerness with a camera throughout my formidable years.

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Falling in Love with Astoria, Starting with Welling Court Mural Project



Not so long ago, I sat across from a colleague at work–for the purposes of this post, let’s call him “Scott”. Scott owned an apartment in Astoria. And I used to tease Scott about his choice of residency mercilessly. This was mostly because Scott had a mouth on him, and making fun of his neighborhood was one of the few things, besides trashing his beloved Yankees, that would get a rise out of him. And I won’t lie, I enjoyed getting a rise out of him quite a bit.

“We’d do Happy Hour up there where you live, Scott”, I’d say, “but my passport has expired”.

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Photo Essay: Unlocking Canal Street’s Secrets via Jane’s Walk



There’s really no end of things to explore in New York City, but insiders know it takes some digging to uncover what’s hidden beneath the city’s surface.  Citywide events like Open House New York and Jane’s Walk make urban exploration attainable to the masses.  They feed our never ending curiosity by giving us access to sites and experts that would normally be out of reach.

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Flatiron Walking Tour



Are you a fan of Serial? How about Making a Murderer? So are we. It seems all the best crime dramas are products of real life. So let us tell you about one that happened in our very own Flatiron district: the sensational murder of acclaimed American architect, Stanford White, by the wealthy Pittsburgh railroad heir, Harry Kendall Thaw.  All you have to do is step back in time to a little over a century ago.  1906, to be exact.

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Better Late Than Never: 2016 NYC Holiday Window Displays


Whether you’re noshing on leftovers, watching Christmas Vacation again, or shopping the after-Christmas sales, we thought we’d help you eke out another ounce of holiday cheer with some pictures from the holiday window displays around New York City.  The amount of creative work that goes into the windows is always inspiring.  Making the pilgrimage has become one of our treasured holiday traditions, so we thought we’d share some of our favorites here.  Continue reading Better Late Than Never: 2016 NYC Holiday Window Displays