Photo and Submission: Elizabeth Oo
Location: Ikea’s waterfront park in Red Hook, Brooklyn, right by the Ikea dock.
Ikea Address: 1 Beard Street, Brooklyn, NY
This is a strange and surprisingly serene spot next to the Ikea dock in Red Hook, a NYC neighborhood that itself is bizarre in all the delightful - and disturbing- ways. The dock is right behind the humongous Ikea store, which is tucked away in a corner of Brooklyn reachable only by auto, foot, bike, or ferry. Ikea not only brought city residents access to super cheap goods, it also provided us with a redeveloped waterfront park where consumers can enjoy the views, reflect on the neighborhood’s marine past, and perhaps worry about the city’s future. Red Hook is a rapidly gentrifying neighborhood, home to several charming shops and restaurants, as well as one of the densest affordable housing projects in the nation. As Ikea and its neighbor, Fairway, change the landscape (and arguably for the better), I can’t help but wonder what will happen to residents who can’t afford even Ikea’s wares.