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This week writer Mike Albo heads to Red Hook to check out—you guessed it—the brand new Ikea store on the waterfront. He has a mostly positive take on the place: "Sure, it furthers Red Hook’s transformation into the Paramus Park shopping mall in New Jersey. Yes, it may bring traffic and inauthenticity to the area. But walking through the maze of home furnishings, I saw what I love about Brooklyn: everyone...This store is for everyday Brooklynites needing something cheap and relatively well designed, even if the stuff is of dicey quality and doesn’t last forever." [NY Times]