Tuesday, December 21, 2010

37th Street Lights for 2010

Finally on to this year's 37th Street Holiday Lights. That area is in transition, there is gentrification afoot, people are moving out... it's still pretty fabulous, but, that said, it's really diminished even from 2-3 years ago, and much less of a cultural event. This is just a block (or so) where many people have put up extreme displays.

First, here's one for Debra. This was a whole string of bee flags and dragonfly lights.

This glitzy baby jeez was tucked away in a manger with a disco ball.

It was nippy out, about 40°, perfect for Santa, his old lady, and the elves to sit around the fire. There was a mailbox for Santa's letters.

There is one house in particular that is rising into prominence with greater awesomeness every year. They decorate with lots of sock monkeys and religiously diverse light sets. Here's Jedi, and they also had Star of David lights. Sock monkey Santa with teddy bear Rudolph, sock monkey elves, Tibetan Buddhist monkey, and, of course, sock monkey nativity (check out the cute little baby jeezy)

I was a little sad to see that the displays were pretty much completely non-political, whereas in the past they've always had some real biting and powerful statements. A sign of the times? People burned out on that stuff? Don't know why.

The local news site has a nice gallery here.

Here's a video that shows a few past highlights of 37th Street in its full heyday. Even this can't capture it (and I could really do without the music they added, quite honestly).


Debra She Who Seeks said...

Awesome! Just awesome! I love the bee flags and dragonfly lights. And Disco Baby Jeez's sleep mask. And those sock monkeys -- yowza! What a wonderful display -- thanks for sharing it!

Freida Bee said...

Darn, I totally forgot to take my kids over there this year. I'm so glad you posted photos.

That is usually where my kids see Santa, who lives in Hyde Park, as he should.

Tin foil baby Jesus is my fav!