The church has an incredibly rich history that is intricately tied to the various immigrant communities that have called this neighborhood home over the past 150 years. Most Holy Trinity church, opened in 1885, is a spectacular building that was beautifully decorated for the Christmas season. Tour participants got to hear Father Timothy tell the story of the parish's beginning as a small, wooden church in 1841, and learn about the origins of Christmas traditions and their connections to saints depicted in the church's windows and statues. We also got to climb 70 feet up the church tower and descend into the crypt where the parish's founder is buried. After the tours, we enjoyed refreshments in the rectory basement, which has been modeled after a traditional German Rathskeller.
We did not just spend our holidays working, however; we took some time to enjoy many sights across the city, including the usual suspects (our families were visiting from out of town). Though it's a bit late to see them this year, you can add some of these places to your list of holiday activities for next year – remember, Christmas is just eleven and a half months away!
If you think your neighborhood goes crazy with the Christmas lights, you should take a drive over to Dyker Heights. These people do not mess around. Nearly every house has at least a modest sleigh and reindeer; the serious Christmas displays roll out twelve-foot Santa statues, rotating toy soldier carousels, and enough lights to misdirect incoming flights to JFK. One house even hired a real Santa to sit in the front lawn and accept children's gift requests. So as you take down your own Christmas lights this month, you better start thinking of ways to improve your decorations if you want to compete. One serious contender for the electrical consumption title is our neighborhood parish, Immaculate Heart of Mary in Windsor Terrace, which still has up its impressive display of lighted trees and angels.
Though it's available year round, one of our special Christmas treats this year was a trip to Di Fara Pizza in Midwood, Brooklyn. I'm a native of New Haven, Connecticut and a life-long adherent of Frank Pepe's, but I will say this, publicly, on the Internet: Di Fara's is the best pizza I have ever tasted. Each pie is handmade by the owner, Dominic DeMarco, so get there as soon as they open or you will have to wait a while (okay, there's one caveat – Pepe's clam pizza is still my favorite pizza of all time, and Di Fara's does not make a clam pizza, but if they did, I'm sure it would be spectacular).
We hope you had a restful holiday, and join us on our upcoming tours. Our next Brewed in Brooklyn tour will be a special Valentine's Day tour on Saturday, February 13. Regular tours will resume in March, as will the Brooklyn Navy Yard Tour, dates for which will be posted soon. We will also be launching new tours throughout the spring and summer, so stay tuned for more details.
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