"Change has come quickly, but not easily, to Dyker Heights, a fast-growing middle-class enclave in southwest Brooklyn.
Its top-ranked schools are among New York City’s most crowded, and complaints about illegally subdivided homes have soared as the neighborhood’s population has grown over the past decade, residents and local officials say. Known for its extravagant Christmastime displays on its attached row houses and redbrick Colonials, Dyker Heights has attracted an influx of affluent Asian professionals and families, leading to ballooning home prices, and tension between new residents and the area’s older, largely Italian-American population.
“In some ways, it’s not a very busy community. It’s more laid-back and kind of sleepy,” saidFran Vella-Marrone, president of the Dyker Heights Civic Association, who has lived in the neighborhood for almost three decades."