The possibilities of a hyper-gentrified Red Hook - one with an Ikea, at least - are debated in a NY Times feature. On one side are Brooklyn natives and some working class who hail an Ikea store as the benign benefactor, a company to bring in hundreds of jobs; on the other side are residents who worry that the quality of Red Hook life will decline, with growing traffic (imagine the trucks on one-lane streets), noise, and asthma incidence. What Gothamist finds interesting about the anti-Ikea folks is their desire to keep the quiet, on-the-fringes city experience, versus the bustling city. It's an interesting evolution - how much development can the formerly abandoned areas of the city take. Higher traffic is a valid concern, especially since subway access is less available out there, but given the demand for an Ikea, with the masses of young people, what other options are there? Or is it another nail in the coffin, especially since, as one reader once pointed out, Red Hook might be over.

The City Council approved the Ikea plan last October. Gothamist on Red Hook and its development. And here's the Brooklyn archive of Curbed, blog-crack for the real estaties.