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Dyker Heights / Bensonhurst
Nothing big ever happens in the Dyker Heights/Bensonhurst part of Brooklyn, but then again, that's how the mostly laid-back residents here like it. Walk east across noisy New Utrecht Avenue, however, and you've stumbled upon the full-on Eastern European area of Bensonhurst. You're in for the cold shoulder treatment here because if you can't speak at least three non-English languages fluently, they can tell you're just a "new" Brooklynite. There isn't much excitement in this neck of the woods, but the specialty food shopping remains a reason to visit.

Historically, this area of Brooklyn was created as an upscale housing development and was built as such in the late 1800s. Though much has been torn down, several of these large homes are still standing today and make for a nice walk while you're not gorging yourself at the many bakeries and bagelries around town. While you're in this part of Brooklyn, you might as well play a round of golf at one of the world's oldest courses, the Dyker Beach Golf Course. The world's busiest golf course in the mid-'50s, today the attached Dyker Beach Park has added facilities for tennis, handball, and bocce, as well as the usual American team sports.

Did you know that there's an amusement park in town not named Coney Island? That's right; the Adventurer's Family Entertainment Center (formerly Nelly Bly Amusement Park) has enough thrills, chills, and spills for anyone under the age of 10. Located along the Belt Parkway near Bay 41st Street, it's a cute park good for a family treat, but not exactly Six Flags. Around Christmastime hop on over to 84th Street between 11th and 13th Avenues, otherwise known as the epicenter for the famous Dyker Heights Christmas Lights spectacular. Join locals and tourists from all over the U.S. as they amble along the suburban-ish streets admiring these amazingly overdecorated mini-mansions.

During the warmer months take a stroll along Leif Ericson Park (66th & Fort Hamilton Pkwy), or step out right near the water's edge with a walk along the ocean. Sure, the highway's right on the other side of you, but at least you can feel that salty breeze.

Nightlife
The number of bars you won't pass here is staggering. Walk around all you like, but we challenge you to find a good club, bar, or nightlife locale in these parts. Try an espresso bar instead. What's the verdict? Hang here by day but go pretty much ANYWHERE else at night.

Restaurants
Who cares if the menu's not in English around here? Go for hibachi at Shiki, souvlaki at Meze, or pizza and upscale Italian at Ristorante Vaccaro, where you can still get a slice to go at the walk-up window.

Shopping
Eighteenth Avenue is a food lover's paradise and has some of the best specialty food shopping in the city -- Hungarian marts, ravioli outposts, and fresh, local rabbit vendors. No joke. Stop by B&A Pork Store and other bakeries on 13th Avenue for great eats and a semi-local specialty called Pizza Rustica. This thick, savory pie is stuffed with prosciutto, ham, egg, cheese that's more calzone than pizza.



         
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Other Dyker Heights / Bensonhurst Restaurants

Casa Calamari
Italian seafood (just ask the locals).
Columbus Deli
Club sandwiches to die for.
Gino's Focacceria
Great Sicilian sandwiches and snacks. Try any of the Gino's Specialities.
Hand Pull Noodle and Dumpling House
The most entertaining noodles you've probably ever had.
Hanna Vermicelli
Fab Vietnamese selection.

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Other Dyker Heights / Bensonhurst Nightlife

Ocean Extreme
A little bit of Chinatown in Dyker Heights.

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Other Dyker Heights / Bensonhurst Shopping

Arcobaleno Italiano
For all your Fellini needs.
B&A Pork Store
Friendly service along with tasty dishes and homemade sausages.
Cristoforo Colombo
Delicious smells must mean good baking.
Faicco's Pork Store
Sausage that could convert the staunchest vegetarian.
Frank & Sal Prime Meats
A true Italian market with fresh and imported everything.

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Other Dyker Heights / Bensonhurst Landmarks

Dyker Heights Christmas Lights
Out-of-state visitors schlep to see these incredible lights.

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