Every year during the festive season the neighbourhood of Dyker Heights in Brooklyn, New York, transforms into a winter wonderland – but not all the locals are happy.
Residents have been carrying out the Christmas tradition since 1980, and this year’s extravaganza is expected to be seen by over 100,000 people.
Paulo Pesce, 72, a food importer, told the New York Times he started hiring a contractor 10 years ago to decorate the outside of his home.
“I like to see the people walk around and feel something for the holidays,” he said.
“I do it for the children.”
However, as displays have become bigger and better, Dyker Heights has begun to attract more visitors each year, bringing unwanted vehicles to the crowded residential area.
The famed Christmas lights have now attracted as many as 15 coach trips a night, dropping off visitors eager to see the decorated homes, meaning many residents have had to put up with blocked roads, traffic and congestion.
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In an effort to ease the congestion, New York City police have allocated designated parking spaces to tour buses.
A month-long parking ban prohibits parking from 5pm until 11pm from Thursday to Sunday every week until New Year.
Many residents have been left wondering where their friends and family will be able to park when visiting over the festive period.
53-year-old resident Frank Monferrato said “We welcome everyone to our neighbourhood.
“If you live here and you’re fortunate enough to have a driveway, that’s great. If you don’t, I feel sorry for you.”
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