Dyker Heights - An Upscale Brooklyn Neighborhood
The pristine municipal Dyker Beach Golf Course, 242-acre Dyker Beach Park on Gravesend Bay, seasonal events at the 8.5 acre McKinley Park, and, of course, the magnificent annual display of holiday lights on area homes throughout Dyker Heights all set this community apart from other Brooklyn neighborhoods.
Since it was first founded by Dutch farmers in the 17th Century, residents of Dutch, English, Scandinavian, Irish, Italian, Russian, and Chinese origin have all called Dyker Heights their home. Dyker Heights remained primarily farmland until after the turn of the 20th Century when the extension of the subway to surrounding communities encouraged housing development. The residential neighborhood now features single-family houses, some two-family brick homes, and a few apartment buildings, with most buildings except for churches no higher than three stories. Dyker Heights once had its share of mansions, but many were replaced by one- and two-family houses when the large homes became difficult to maintain. Local retail shops can be found along 13th Avenue.