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We’re stoked for The Total Red Hook Immersion on Saturday–which is forecasted to be 75 and sunny (woot!). We do know that in any weather, Red Hook can seem challenging to get to, but actually that’s all about perception. There are so many options to choose from! Take a look below, and use this map to help guide you to the Brooklyn Ice House or Rocky Sullivan’s starting at noon, where we’ll be handing out Immersion cards.
By water: If you’re coming from Greenpoint, Williamsburg, DUMBO, or even Manhattan, you can travel entirely by boat. The free IKEA water taxi on the weekends picks up at Wall St./Pier 11 in Manhattan and drops off at IKEA, just a few blocks from your Immersion card at Rocky Sullivan’s. Either take the IKEA Ferry directly–which leaves Pier 11 every 40 minutes starting at 11am–or take the East River Ferry (click here for its weekend schedule) to Pier 11
By train and foot: The Smith-9th stop on the G and F trains is closed for renovations, and there are no G trains between Hoyt-Schermerhorn and Church Ave. this weekend, so you’ll need to take the F to Carroll Street. It’s a 20-minute walk from here to the closest Immersion card pick-up spot–Brooklyn Ice House–and an interesting one at that. Walk up 1st Place, which will become Summit Street, where there’s a little pedestrian bridge that will take you over the BQE from Carroll Gardens to Red Hook/Columbia Street. If you try to walk down Smith or Court and then turn west toward Red Hook you’ll get hung up in the mess that is the Brooklyn Battery Tunnel, the BQE and the Gowanus Expressway all coming together. Thanks, Robert Moses.
By car service: We’ve has luck with Court Express (718-237-8888; and Arecibo (718-783-6465) when in Red Hook, which both charge $8-$9 for the ride from the Carroll Street stop to Brooklyn Ice House at 318 Van Brunt St. Also, cars tend to be queued at IKEA on the weekends.
By bus: Don’t despair, G train rider! You can easily take the G to Hoyt-Schermerhorn and then walk a few blocks to Smith and Livingston and pick up the B61, which will let you off practically in front of Brooklyn Ice House. That 61 stop is also close to the 2, 3, 4, and 5 at Borough Hall and the A, C, F, and R trains at Jay Street-Metrotech.
By Ikea bus: Say you finish your beers and brunch you decide you want to check out some affordable Scandinavian design, or have a fight with your significant other, or stock up on Swedish meatballs. Or you simply want a free ride from Borough Hall or the 4th Ave/9th St. station in Park Slope. Take the Ikea shuttle bus! Complimentary shuttles make loops to the 4th & 9th and Borough Hall subway stations every 20 minutes on Saturdays 11am to 9pm. And IKEA is just two blocks from Rocky Sullivan’s, the other card pick-up spot.
By bike: This route may not make sense for everyone, but if you get to Dumbo, or Brooklyn Bridge Park, either on the East River Ferry or by pedaling there, you can follow the Brooklyn Bridge Bike Path along the waterfront down to where it meets Atlantic, go one block and then turn down Columbia Street, turn right on Degraw, which will turn into Van Brunt, the gateway to your day of fun.