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As the world waits in hushed anticipation for tomorrow morning’s grand opening of the Red Hook Ikea, many eager shoppers are agonizing over the best route in and out of the relatively inaccessible neighborhood. So Ikea has been making a big effort to lure customers and appease locals fretting about the traffic with some complimentary transportation alternatives:

One little-discussed option is the almighty kayak; with a launch site just a stone’s throw away at Coffey Street pier, you’ll just need some waterproof wrapping for that Ikea bookcase and you’re good to go! (The store is also offering same day or next day delivery options.)

Of course, you could also make Red Hook residents’ worst fears a reality by driving to Ikea and enjoying one of their 1,400 parking spots – with overflow parking at the Revere Sugar refinery! And according to the Brooklyn Paper, the store has also hired 17 uniformed police officers to help keep traffic moving through the summer. 17,000 customers are expected each weekend day, with some 35 early birds are already on line.