Hookers lining up for their BJs

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Plans to bring BJ’s Wholesale Club, potentially the second big box retailer in Red Hook, sent a shiver of excitement and mild horror through the neighborhood this week.

As reported by The Brooklyn Paper last week, developer Joe Sitt hopes to bring the national retailer to the old Revere sugar factory next to Ikea.

But the news of yet another big box on Beard Street sparked a debate similar to the one that raged for years about the likely effects of the Swedish home furnishing giant’s incursion into the hardscrabble neighborhood.

“I’m there for anything that’s going to bring jobs to my community,” said Dorothy Shields, head of the tenants association at the Red Hook East housing project, where unemployment is close to 20 percent.

But opponents saw the BJ’s proposal as confirmation that they were right all along: that the Ikea would create a chain reaction of chain stores.

“Our biggest fear is that [a second national retailer] would lead to the domino effect of big box stores on the waterfront,” said Joe Bernardo, co-owner of the Hope and Anchor diner on Van Brunt Street.

But if there was any difference between the war over Ikea, which drew deep divisions in Red Hook and the worries about the BJ’s, it is that today, people are less fearful of a traffic catastrophe, thanks to the apparent success Ikea has had in minimizing congestion on Red Hook’s narrow and lazy roads by providing free water taxis to Manhattan and shuttle buses to Brooklyn subway stations.

“Ikea has done a great job with traffic,” said Greg O’Connell, who brought the Fairway supermarket to the neighborhood.

Bernardo, who opposed the Ikea, agreed that traffic has not snarled the way he and many others envisioned and said there’s been an increase in weekend customers at his restaurant near the corner of Wolcott Street since Ikea opened — all of which makes him less nervous about the likely arrival of BJ’s.

“I have an open mind. In some ways, we were wrong about Ikea,” he told The Brooklyn Paper.

Updated 5:08 pm, July 9, 2018
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Pacholo from Red Hook says:
To Joe Bernardo:
You see the big box isn't as bad as you thought it would be. Enjoy the big box!
Sept. 4, 2008, 7:22 pm
K from Red Hook says:
I think traffic concerns are paramount for this project. Yes, IKEA did a good job - surprisingly so. However, not only will people be less likely to get BJs goods delivered than an IKEA sofa, but what measures are left for BJs to take to mitigate traffic? Another ferry that stops one pier away? More Shuttles? And now that the induced development fears have proven true, what's to stop a third, or fourth, big box on the waterfront?
Sept. 8, 2008, 12:45 pm
Deb from Cobble Hill says:
(Best. Headline. Ever.)
Sept. 11, 2008, 12:25 pm
Hooker in Need says:
I thought it was the other way around...
Sept. 26, 2008, 1:58 pm
Apimpnamedslickback from Hotown says:
Where'd all my hookers go?
Sept. 29, 2008, 11:38 pm
Torley from Second Life says:
I wonder if the headline was intentional. ;D
Sept. 30, 2008, 12:42 am
DJ Jiff from Rolph says:
BJ's ROCK dude!

Sept. 30, 2008, 8:04 am
Sept. 30, 2008, 9:30 am
Carl from Springfield says:
BJs: Hookers are lining up for them.
Sept. 30, 2008, 12:55 pm
HaHA says:
Whoever wrote the headline should get a promotion.
Sept. 30, 2008, 2:04 pm
Garrison Hilliard from Riverhead says:
Your titling might seem cute to you, but far more approbriate would be:

Red Hookers Enjoy BJs Wholesale

BJs Wholesale Creates Excitement

Red Hookers Offering BJs Wholesale
Sept. 30, 2008, 4 pm
Louise from London says:
What sort of headline is that. Is this supposed to be serious journalism?
Oct. 1, 2008, 4:57 am
Fred from Rhoads says:
Yeah, where you say " ...abusive, obscene, vulgar, ... or sexually-oriented material". Your headline is very Suggestive, In case you don't know a Hooker is a Lady of negiotiable affection/streetwalker and A BJ is slang for a genital act. So get with it!
Oct. 2, 2008, 10:21 am
brad Cramden says:
Might want to revise your title there....
Oct. 3, 2008, 3:41 pm
Hooker on the point from Bed stuy says:
Damn hookers stealin my thunder
Aug. 8, 2010, 2:16 am

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