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Speaking of Ikea, the Red Hook furniture store has finally installed its own taxi stand. The move is an attempt to bring some order to an anarchic cab situation in which not-necessarily-legal livery cars were hovering around the entrance to the store. It sounds like there's still some room for negotiation, though: "Shoppers are supposed to go to a booth to make arrangements for a ride in one of the waiting cars at fixed rates, but a Brooklyn Paper reporter observed one woman successfully haggle a $15 ride to Carroll Gardens down to $10 by threatening to call another company." [Brooklyn Paper]