Tuesday, March 06, 2012
Journey to IKEA in Brooklyn
On a Sunday evening one night, I took a subway to the deserted Financial District in search of Pier 11. Follow Wall Street down to the East River and go a half block further south, and you'll find it. Pier 11 is where the "IKEA express" docks from Manhattan Island. It is a New York Water Taxi that takes one to the IKEA superstore in Red Hook (Roode Hoek in Dutch), a neighborhood in Brooklyn. The store is right on the waterfront. On weekends, it's a free ride. Otherwise, it's 5 dollars per ride unless one spends 10 dollars at the IKEA store, and then a 5-dollar credit is received in return. I think that's a pretty good deal. Especially at the chance to sight-see a bit in New York's harbor. I got a good view of the Brooklyn Bridge and Governors Island, though it was overcast and drizzly. But I call that a perfect evening to visit IKEA, and have a cup of coffee, and some Swedish meatballs with mashed potatoes, lingonberry jam and lingonberry drink in their cafeteria, all for $3.65 which seems like such a bargain for being in New York City. And...I could have had unlimited refills of coffee. But alas, I had to go venture through the maze of showrooms before the store was going to close. They have directional lines on the floor so customers won't get lost. By the time I made it all the way through, it was closing time, so I quickly grabbed a few Swedish groceries near the checkout lanes to take back with me. I knew already that I had missed the last Water Taxi going back, but it was no problem, I thought, because I could just as well take a bus (B61) to downtown Brooklyn and catch a subway (F train) back.
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The Swedish Cottage in New York's Central Park
The "Swedish Cottage" was first constructed in 1875, in Sweden, and then transported by the Swedish government to the United States to feature as an example of Sweden's superior woodworking craftsmanship, for display at the 1876 Centennial Exposition in Philadelphia. It was built as a model schoolhouse, and made of Baltic fir.
Frederick Law Olmsted, the designer of New York's Central Park, was so fond of this structure that he had it moved to New York after the exposition concluded--where it is presently situated in Central Park (at 79th Street and West Drive). It is approximately between The Great Lawn and The Lake, and near the Turtle Pond. Around the immediate vicinity is also the Shakespeare Garden, the Belvedere Castle, the Delacorte Theater (an open-air theater) and a 38-acre heavily wooded area with hiking trails they call The Ramble.
In 1947 the Swedish Cottage became home to the Parks' traveling Marionette Theatre. In 1973 the building was remodeled inside to include a permanent stage, and since then they have put on daily shows, bringing fairy tales to life, enchanting its many youthful visitors.
|This is a brochure I picked up while I was there|