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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 |]
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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“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!
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 toursprintable 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

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