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On the other side of the Ikea parking lot, before you hit the watery inlet , there’s a bike path and a landscaped area with benches. I don’t know who is responsible for the well-kept bit of nature, but it’s a surprise to see big, blue Ikea next to real trees and wooden benches.

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It seemed like a good idea, going to Ikea for a few small items, but many others had the same thought. Winding my way through the crowds and following the arrows on the cement floor was enough to induce fear of the marketplace, so I was glad to come upon the view of the harbor from the second-floor windows for a moment’s respite.

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redhook basin

The big box store is not to blame for the view. In fact, Ikea hasn’t been a horror for the neighborhood. They’ve added park land, benches, and tables where there wasn’t any before. Tugs and other boats chug around just offshore, but the old ship yards lack the photogeneity of the part of Red Hook just around the bend, where Coffey Street Pier is.

another view

This is the best I came up with that day, though it’s a little corny the way the equipment intersects with the sun, as if I’m trying to make a statement. (Really, I’m not.)

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Ikea, Red Hook

Ikea, Red Hook

You don’t know who reads this stuff. On the off chance you’re from Ikea headquarters, let me share my (automatically translated) thoughts :

Du behöver tio objekt, eller mindre fodrar!

Really! We are impatient New Yorkers who go all squirrelly when we have three things in our basket and every line is filled with people setting up house with carts of bulky items. You need a ten items or less [sic] line!

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