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Hark! The Herald Angels Burn Energy!

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Amazingly enough, there really is some religious devotion to be found in this godless city. And how is it displayed? With enormous, expensive lighting displays, naturally. The good people at Gowanus Lounge took a trip over the weekend to Dyker Heights, Brooklyn, which is apparently the extravagant-Christmas-lights capital of New York City. This picture's our favorite, mostly for the rows of herald angels flanking the entryway, which provide a nice counterpoint to the usual excessive rows of lights and signs. But there's lots more what that came from. And, hey, Merry December 11! Dyker Heights Lights! The Photos [Gowanus Lounge]

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Dear God, Not the McSweeney's!

Clinton Hill: Living in a storefront means big windows and your very own pull-down gate. [ClintonHillBlog] Dyker Heights: You've never heard of this neighborhood, but you've gotta see the Christmas lights. [Gowanus Lounge] Harlem: Finally, white people have a place to turn for answers about neighborhood real estate. [Bagel in Harlem] Park Slope: Mail carriers no longer making it to the top of brownstone steps; issues of McSweeney's lost to the elements. [Brooklyn Record]

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It's Not Easy Being Green

Lower East Side: Developers may mow over the "Children's Magical Garden" at Norfolk and Stanton Streets. [The Villager] Park Slope: You can now get ticketed for having a leafy street. [Daily Slope] Ditmas Park: Lefty java joint Vox Pop to turn chain? [Brooklyn Papers] Greenwich Village: Why are there so many empty storefronts on Thompson Street? Because the landlord is an ass, naturally. [Curbed] Prospect Heights: Does a shiny new JCC mark the completion of gentrification? [Brooklynian] Dyker Heights: By next year, city kids will be teeing off at the first junior golf center in the nation. [NY1]

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