Live from IKEA Red Hook ...
They've come for the couches.
As of 10:15 a.m. Monday, there are 18 people waiting on line at the new Red Hook IKEA and they will be camped out there until the Wednesday Grand Opening, where the first 35 people in the line will be awarded a free couch. Retail value: $399
Father-daughter duo J. Sanchez and Brandis Sanchez the No. 1 and No. 2 contenders in line are no strangers to IKEA feats of endurance. Over the winter they won $100 for dressing up as holiday packages at the IKEA in Paramus, N.J.
They arrived last night, on Fathers day in the Jay family motor home, ready to camp out for the next three days. Jay, a retired military police officer from the Norwood section of the Bronx, says the camping is second nature for him thanks to his military training.
Brandis, 27, a stay-at-home-mom from Park Slope, says she'll miss taking a shower, but the thrill of the couch stakeout is worth it.
The couch contenders just signed IKEA's queue rules, which allow them periodic 10-minute breaks - some meatball fans fled the scene after reading the guidelines.
But not Hardik Patel, a 25-year-old grad student at St. John's University in Queens.Patel arrived Monday at 8:30 a.m. with food and a comforter. The Flushing resident doesn't even care so much about the couch - testament to the epidemic nature of the IKEA frenzy - he's here for the sociological aspects.
"I dont think the couch is worth it, but I wanted to come for the experience, he said. Patel is currently No. 18 in line.
Alberto Perez, 25, a supervisor at Starbucks, is just there to support his girlfriend, Anna Roca, 23. The couple lives in East New York. Hes making supply runs. She has a stock of reading materials and nail polish to keep occupied during the long wait.
More to reports and photos to come ...
-- Simone Herbin