Love and Umlauts
Ksenia Mesheryakova, 39, is a lesbian Russian immigrant who lives with her wife Lisa, and their young daughter Sophie. “Russia is my motherland,” she said in a statement this weekend. “But right now my motherland is acting like an abusive bitch.”
This vocal smack-down was made in retaliation to IKEA’s decision to pull a story about a lesbian couple’s home furnishing system from a recent Russian catalog. Angry Russian gay couples staged a guerilla protest this weekend at the store’s Brooklyn location.
The Mysteries of Brooklyn
It’s a love story as old as time. Girl goes on an IKEA shopping spree with her daughter, who is suspended from school. Girl sees Boy. Girl stalks Boy. Girl’s daughter gives Boy her mother’s phone number, and they live happily ever after.
On June 8th, Shirley and Berkely Smith, both 46, returned to the Read More
The Mysteries of Brooklyn
While its unforgiving Sultan mattresses do not stir wild desire in most people, apparently Brooklyn teenagers find the metal chaise lounges outside Ikea to be an ideal setting for sexual encounters, DNAinfo reports.
Hey, they’re probably more comfortable than those dreadful particle board beds the store sells!
There is something about big box stores that brings out irrational hatred. Especially in Brooklyn.
Now that plans for a 52,000-square foot Whole Foods store are hurtling toward groundbreaking, Brooklynites have been forced to confront their fears that without dogged opposition, the borough might come to resemble the kind of suburban hellhole found in the southern or central U.S. Or the Upper West Side, even.
With longer days and warmer nights, the desire to stay outside can be downright overwhelming, just like when we were kids, ignoring our mother’s call to come home. The new crop of colorful furnishings for outdoor living provides the perfect excuse to stay out after dark, light up the barbecue and check out the night Read More
BJ’s Wholesale Club is poised to join Ikea as the newest big-box store in Red Hook, according to the Brooklyn Paper, confirming predictions that the quaint neighborhood is fast becoming popular with unbecoming mega-retailers.
Here’s the paper’s scoop:
"BJ’s Wholesale Club, the members-only retail chain, is close to finalizing a Read More
On a recent warm summer evening, two young professional couples sat idly chatting before a performance of Hamlet at Central Park’s Delacorte Theater.
"Have you been to the new Ikea in Red Hook?" one of the young men asked his companions, receiving a chorus of "no, not yet!" in response.
On came a list Read More
Ikea Red Hook has survived its first weekend in Brooklyn. To commemorate, we dedicated several hours to the Ikea experience, starting with their free (for now) water taxi, which departs every 10 minutes from Wall Street’s Pier 11.
The water taxi itself was surprisingly empty and prompt, and filled with happy customers carrying houseplants. Read More
Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz and City Planning Director Amanda Burden, among others, sawed a log to open the new Red Hook Ikea today.
In this week’s print Observer, Benjamin Popper profiles Greg O’Connell, Red Hook’s biggest landlord and the de facto godfather of the new big-box. Read More
With the opening of a massive 346,000-square-foot Ikea in Red Hook on June 18, New Yorkers’ attention turns again to this tiny corner of Brooklyn waterfront. What they see is largely the legacy of one man, Greg O’Connell, the beat cop turned real estate baron.
At times, Mr. O’Connell can seem Read More