Ikea opens in Red Hook
Anna Roca (right) waits for her couch. Photo/Simone Herbin
Well, the long-awaited Ikea opened in Red Hook this morning at 9 a.m., an hour earlier than their regular opening hour that kicks in tomorrow.
If you were there, let us know in the comments below; we'll have some reports from the scene--until then, check out our coverage from the past few days of the earnest souls who have been camping out in line for their chance at a free sofa.
Anna Roca, 23, a receptionist for a real estate firm, got to the IKEA line early, and brought along her boyfriend to make food runs. But he's a supervisor at Starbucks, so he can't stay around the clock - and IKEA's line rules stipulate contenders get only 10 minute breaks.
IKEA is sort of isolated, so what to do when hunger pains pang? Roca's excellent solution:
Hey, we can order pizza here, thats not against the rules. We know what were having for dinner, Roca said this afternoon after she'd been in line for several hours.
So pizza delivery people of Brooklyn, get ready for some orders, destination, "the IKEA line."
Even this early in the game, she's outlasted several couch-comers who gave up after reading the IKEA line guidelines. But she didn't think of everything. Looking at the huge tent ahead of her - pitched by frontrunners J. and Brandis Sanchez - she said, "Its like theyre the king and queen and were the peasants.
Check out some more photos from the line here.
-Here's a story about a New York comedian who moved into an IKEA
- Simone Herbin & Lauren Johnston