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Erie Basin Park, a tree-lined ribbon of asphalt at the edge of Red Hook, Brooklyn, was opened in 2008. The park is owned and operated by Ikea, and was a requirement demanded by the NYC Planning Commission when it allowed the furniture chain to build on the city's waterfront.
To construct its park and store, Ikea demolished the Todd Shipyard, an active ship repair facility dating back to the Civil War. The resulting park features several industrial elements salvaged from the shipyard, along with a series of waterfront esplanades and seating areas. The most popular feature of the park is its Water Taxi pier, where crowds of shoppers run to catch the free ferry back to Manhattan.
From Curbed New York 2012 www.ny.curbed.com
IKEA Free Weekend Ferry from Lower Manhattan to Red Hook, BrooklynIt’s free to ride the IKEA Express water taxi from Lower Manhattan to Red Hook, Brooklyn on Saturdays and Sundays. The weekday fare is $5.00 (if you spend $10 or more at IKEA on a weekday, your water taxi ticket is good for a $5 discount on your purchase).
The ferry runs between Pier 11 near South Street Seaport in Lower Manhattan and the IKEA store dock in Red Hook, Brooklyn.
The ride takes 20 to 30 minutes and you’ll get some nice views of the Lower Manhattan skyline along the way.
While in Red Hook, you can do some shopping at IKEA (you can carry back on the ferry as much as will fit in an IKEA bag, anything more will have to be shipped), and/or explore the Red Hook neighborhood.nyccheaptravel.com/
From NYC Cheap Travel 2017 www.nyccheaptravel.com