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IKEA and Fairway in Red Hook, Brooklyn

I finally made my excursion to IKEA in Red Hook, Brooklyn.

For the last half century, Red Hook was a desolate waterfront overlooking the Statue of Liberty, Governor's Island and the New York Harbor. A total burned-out industrial wasteland of the Railroad era of the Industrial Revolution. Very slowly, there is a renaissance and we can all enjoy the beauty of Red Hook.

IKEA has managed to establish a bridgehead and started free ferry-boat service between Pier 11 at the Wall Street/South Ferry in Manhattan. All subway lines converge there and a short walk to Pier 11. The ferry operated by the NY Water Taxi operates every 40 minutes during the week-days from 10 am to round about 9:20 pm. What a lovely way to travel there with the view of the Statue of Liberty, the Waterfalls and the harbor-view.

IKEA has a 450 seat restaurant serving all types of Swedish food, such as gravlax, meat-balls, poached salmon, lingonberries, etc. Hot dogs were on sale for 50 cents!

Moreover, Fairway, my supermarket of choice has established an outpost with smashing views of Manhattan. I can't wait to go back for another wonderful time, strolling and eating with the fresh ocean breezes!

IKEA, web site, 1 Beard Street, Red Hook, Brooklyn, NY 11231, 718-246-4532 (directions from IKEA) [Yelp | outside.in]

Fairway, web site, 480-500 Van Brunt Street, Red Hook, Brooklyn, NY, 718-694-6868 [Yelp]

New York Water Taxi, Pier 11, IKEA Express, approximately Gouverneur Lane and South Street, New York, NY, 212-742-1969, ext 0

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Posted July 30, 2008 12:27 PM  ·  Permalink   ·  Shopping , Water   ·  Comments (0)   ·  TrackBack (0)

"Summer Splash: Eight ways to get wet"

OK, OK, this has been out a while ... but the heat makes it worth revisiting ... especially if you like the outdoors ... "Summer Splash: Eight ways to get wet—from kayaking in New York Harbor to canoeing on the White River," in New York Magazine, June 22, 2005 ... ahhhhhhh, don't you feel cooler now?

Posted August 14, 2005 11:46 AM  ·  Permalink   ·  Water   ·  Comments (0)   ·  TrackBacks (0)

See Manhattan by Water - $20 for 2 days!

Want to see Manhattan and Brooklyn by water? ... Want an easy way to avoid the subway and traffic while doing so? Then take the water taxi!

New York Water Taxi offers a 2-day unlimited pass that is only $20 ... see New York from the East and Hudson Rivers ...

They have an excellent web site ... interactive map with links to nearby tourist sites, restaurants, NextBus ... and suggested walking tours ... printable schedule (pdf)

Unlimited hop-on hop-off stops

NYWT offers other tours, but we recommend the $20 2-day pass or the two-hour $20 Sunset Cocktail Cruise.

Subway interactive map | schedules | HopStop

AGINY Good Value

Posted August 9, 2005 07:45 AM  ·  Permalink   ·  AGINY Good Value , Brooklyn , Greenwich Village , Moving Around , Taxi , Tips , Tours , Water

The Boatyard Ruins - web site - Highly Recommended

The Boatyard (the elephants graveyard) is a photographic essay of the boatyard in Arthur Kill (Staten Island: Arthur Kill Road and Rossville Avenue - click on "Satellite" in the upper right corner of the map and zoom in) ... Shaun O'Boyle started photographing these old boats, which include ferries and tugs, in 1987 ... he went back in 2005 for another essay ....

... mesmerizing ...

The Boatyard is part of Mr. O'Boyle's larger web site, Modern Ruins - Photographic Essays.

The site is supported by sale of handmade Boatyard books with color photogpaphs and prints.

AGINY Highly Recommended

Posted August 5, 2005 12:17 AM  ·  Permalink   ·  Art , Book and Web Site Reviews , NYC photoblogs , Sights & Sounds , Staten Island , The Best , Water   ·  Comments (0)   ·  TrackBacks (0)