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New York waterfalls tour and the Ikea shuttle

New York waterfalls tour and the Ikea shuttle

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1. Re: New York waterfalls tour and the Ikea shuttle

>>Also, I'd like to go to Red Hook, does anyone have any recommendations for things to do there?<<

This seems, to me, a very strange question.

You wish to go to Red Hook yet have no idea what to do there?

Just thinking out loud, so to speak!

Never been to Red Hook, so can't be of any help.

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2. Re: New York waterfalls tour and the Ikea shuttle

She knows there's a free ferry. She wants to know what's at the other end of the ferry. It's a legitimate question.

The ferry ride is definitely fun and you get great views of Manhattan and Governor's Island; I went on the ride before the waterfalls went up, so I can't tell you about that.

There are artists, craftsmen and galleries working in Red Hook who you can visit. Here are some links:

http://www.bwac.org/

http://www.waterfrontmuseum.org/home.htm

http://www.kentlergallery.org/

http://www.pierglass.net/

redhookwaterfront.com/_tn.main/beardst.html

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3. Re: New York waterfalls tour and the Ikea shuttle

Well, you won't be able to see all of the waterfalls, and you won't get much in the way of up-close views, but you'll definitely see some from the water taxi.

The Good Fork is a great restaurant in Red Hook:

http://www.goodfork.com/

The Red Hook Ballfields are worth a stop if the vendors will be out when you're there:

nymag.com/daily/food/2007/06/tour_the_red_ho…

And it might sound silly to go to a grocery store, but the Fairway Market in Red Hook has nice views of the harbor and the Statue of Liberty from its outdoor dining area:

www.fairwaymarket.com/index.cfm…

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I had never been to Red Hook before the free IKEA water taxi. I wanted to take a ride on the IKEA water taxi so I did and I was very pleasantly surprised. I was also charmed by Red Hook. The area to the south isn't as charming as the area just to the north, it is like a charming Main Street. I especially liked the new Fairway Supermarket (a two minute walk from IKEA). The big new Fairway was built in a former warehouse on the waterfront, they offer outdoor seating on the waterfront, it is very nice.

Definitely take advantage of the free IKEA ferry and get to see a little of Red Hook.

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5. Re: New York waterfalls tour and the Ikea shuttle

The Staten Island ferry which is also free has some views of the waterfalls. There are also some free tickets available each day from the Circle Line 30 min. waterfalls tour. You can see if there are any during your visit.

http://circlelinedowntown.com/waterfalls.asp

I've also not been to Red Hook, but I gather one of the big draws is the weekend soccer matches which bring out a lot of great ethnic food carts. Here's a good thread with good info from Livetotravel and LotusPath among others

tripadvisor.com/ShowTopic-g60763-i5-k1195167…

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6. Re: New York waterfalls tour and the Ikea shuttle

OK - now I know, the IKEA is in Red Hook, Brooklyn. So, now it makes more sense that the OP would wish to visit Red Hook.

Please excuse any comments that may have offened anyone.

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8. Re: New York waterfalls tour and the Ikea shuttle

I went to IKEA by the ferry last weekend - you can see the falls at Governor's Island, under the Brooklyn Bridge, and another one. I think you get a good view. Also a fairly good view of the Staute of Liberty.

Don't go into IKEA, that place is a vortex. I spent 5 hours there without realising it.

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9. Re: New York waterfalls tour and the Ikea shuttle

I'm going to make an attempt tomorrow... The horrors!

Did the $25 Water Taxi 1 hr tour of the falls last week. Have mixed feelings about whether it was worth it. There is supposedly a free Circle Line boat you can reserve day of, but it seemed hard to book. Possibly in Sept things will be less crazy?

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10. Re: New York waterfalls tour and the Ikea shuttle

Hey ..... not so fast !!!! Did you guys happen to read the article in the NYPost about IKEA and non-customers on the water shuttle?

nypost.com/seven/07172008/news/regionalnews/…

The Post claims that IKEA is stamping 'customers' hands and giving them first seats on the shuttle.

"To get city approval to open its first Big Apple store, IKEA agreed to fund the service and even offer it to non-customers to help ease the burden of extra traffic the store would bring.

But resident Brian Sietz said his daughter was "harassed" and stopped from getting on the ferry in Red Hook because she was not stamped and that three of his neighbors 'had similar accounts.'"

Hey what's up with this Matte? Is this the 'Viking way' to pillage and plunder America .... the land of the free and home of the brave?

So to all you non-IKAE-customers ...... better go get yourself a couple of Swedish meatballs just to be on the safe side.