I'm toying with the idea of staying in Bay Ridge at the Best Western Gregory for one night at the start of my Winter Holiday trip next year (mid December), with the aim of having easy access to Dyker Heights and Bensonhurst to see the lights. The hotel rate is better than staying the whole time in Manhattan but I would move to Manhattan for the remainder of my trip.
The Best Western seems to be the only hotel in that area that I can find. It looks like Bay Ridge is a good neighbourhood and very residential with lots of restaurants and cafes so I think it will be a good option.
It also looks like I could take the B61 bus across 86th Street to get to Dyker Heights. This is appealing as well and saves walking.
Would this be a good plan? Anything in Bay Ridge that is interesting to see in the daytime? Or any other hotels near Dyker Heights?
Or should I just bite the bullet and stay in Manhattan and take a bus tour out to Dyker Heights?