Erie Basin Park
1 Beard Street
Erie Basin Park, a tree-lined ribbon of asphalt at the edge of Red Hook, Brooklyn, was opened in 2008. The park is owned and operated by Ikea, and was a requirement demanded by the NYC Planning Commission when it allowed the furniture chain to build on the city's waterfront. To construct its park and store, Ikea demolished the Todd Shipyard, an active ship repair facility dating back to the Civil War. The resulting park features several industrial elements salvaged from the shipyard, along with a series of waterfront esplanades and seating areas. The most popular feature of the park is its Water Taxi pier, where crowds of shoppers run to catch the free ferry back to Manhattan.