BROOKLYN, NY –  Clark UNICO members and guests recently toured the Dyker Heights and Bay Ridge neighborhoods of Brooklyn, New York to experience some over-the-top Christmas light displays and jump head-first into the holiday season.

Since the early 1980’s, the neighborhoods have gained a reputation for displaying unparalleled and competitive house decorations.  Featured in a 2001 PBS documentary entitled “Dyker Lights,” the area has become a tourist destination for holiday revelers.

Clark UNICO sponsored a bus tour that was part of the party.   Joe and Andrea Arancio donated sandwiches made by Mrs. Gallo that were enjoyed on the bus ride. Wine, cookies and snacks rounded out the menu.

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"Our tour guide gave us so many interesting tidbits about each home, the decorations and its owners," said Jill Curran, one of the Clark merrymakers. "The houses were decorated so beautifully. It was nice to be able to get off the bus, walk the neighborhoods and take pictures. Next year, I plan to go back with my family."

After touring the light displays, the group stopped in at the Mona Lisa Bakery for cannoli and coffee.

UNICO is the largest Italian American service organization in the United States and one of the few active organizations still operating in the area. The club operates under the guiding principle of “Service Above Self.”  For more information about the Clark Chapter of UNICO visit