Exploring New York City last Christmas.
We took an above ground subway train across the bridge into Brooklyn for a view of the city skyline.
We rode the subway deep into Brooklyn. I got carried away taking pictures.
We got off the train, way farther than we had planned on going, and had to decide where to go next. The sun was setting and I remembered there was some neighborhood that was supposed to have extreme Christmas decorations. It was a bit far, but we got back on the subway to head towards the neighborhood of Dyker Heights.
We traveled for some time on the subway, underground now, only to find that the line we needed to take was down for maintenance! According to the map, and the routes we would have to take, we were now even further away! We rode around and around, all over the place, coming up once, only to be confused when google maps led us to an old unused subway station in the middle of a busy intersection.
Back underground we went, not exactly sure where we were, and even less sure where we would end up.
Eventually we found our way, and emerged from the ground, tired and starving.
The subway let us out right at a Shake Shack.
We didn't think twice and walked right in to pig out on some food.
Finally it was time to walk many city blocks, in the frigid night, to see the Dyker Heights Christmas Lights.
At first, the streets were mainly, dark, no signs of life. Did we make a mistake? Were we going to right way?
But then, straight ahead.. Lights! Everywhere!!
Nearly every house, for many blocks, was covered in lights and decorations.
As far as the eye could see.
A blend of Christmas songs filled the cold night air.
Crowds of people filled the streets. Vans and buses full of even more people unloaded and joined the crowd.
It could be a bit disorienting at times. Hard to remember what street you had been down already, and how far you had gone.
Some light displays were so amazing, I couldn't look away.
Visiting the Christmas neighborhood of Dyker Heights was well worth the crazy subway adventure. We wandered around for quite some time, but didn't even see all of the houses. I was already dreaming of my return as we rode the subway back to the hotel.