The residents of 84th Street in Dyker Heights, Brooklyn take Christmas decorating very seriously.
Their over-the-top front yard decorations attract huge crowds and create neighborhood grid-lock. Consolidated Edison brings in extra power for some of the larger displays. It's so bright that you can probably catch a glimpse of it from 30,000 feet if you're flying up or down the Eastern Seaboard this holiday season.
Horror Vacui Nativitatis:
One house even has its own live Santa and elves:
Mr. Claus got more than he bargained for when he became the filling in a Desperate-Housewives-of-Brooklyn Santa Sandwich:
Putting the Christ back in Christmas:
Putting the Mickey back in Mickeymas:
Peter took part in an inflatable tableau:
... my true love gave to me a huge Santa Sock Monkey in a pear tree:
A hip shaking Santa robot:
Just in case you were under the mistaken impression that all this Yuletide splendor is the handiwork of the artisanal-do-it-yourself-Brooklyn hipster scene, please note that the residents of Dyker Heights sub-contract out the work to professional Christmas Decorators. Fuggedaboudit - God fordid you should break a nail!
Undocumented alien refugees from It's a Small World:
A "Minimalist" nativity scene:
Something a bit more "Post Modern:"
Jesus on a puff pastry - so tender and mild:
Competing gangs of glowing Wise Men:
Did I hear someone say Architectural Digest...
Honey, where'd we put the baby?
Everything but the kitchen sink:
Back in Bay Ridge the displays are more modest:
Santa and Rudolf got trapped in a bubble:
Season's Greetings from the Mini-Santa of Recycling: