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!
"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?
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!
Unlimited hop-on hop-off stops
- Hunters Point, Long Island City Water Taxi Beach
- East 34th
- Fulton Ferry Landing (DUMBO in Brooklyn) Brooklyn Bridge Anchorage | St. Ann's Warehouse | d.u.m.b.o. arts center
- South Street Seaport
- Wall Street (Pier 11)
- Battery Park (Slip 6) Battery Park | Statute of Liberty | Staten Island Ferry
- World Financial Center (North End Avenue at Murray Street) Ground Zero
- Greenwich Village (Pier 45)
- West 23rd Street (Pier 63, Chelsea Piers) Christopher Street
- West 44th Street (Pier 84) Intrepid Sea and Space Museum | Times Square and Broadway | Jacob Javits Convention Center
NYWT offers other tours, but we recommend the $20 2-day pass or the two-hour $20 Sunset Cocktail Cruise.
AGINY Good Value
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.
AGINY Highly Recommended