Once the premier naval shipbuilding facility in the United States, the Brooklyn Navy Yard is a now a mission-driven industrial park that offers tours of modern manufacturing in action, as well as Brooklyn-made food and film and television studios.
Key Features of the Area
Before it was decommissioned in 1966, the Brooklyn Navy Yard built and launched some of the country’s mightiest warships, including the USS Monitor and the USS Missouri. Now the 300-acre site is a vibrant industrial space that includes art and design studios, wholesale trade companies, woodworking, printing and engraving, metal fabrication, and more.
This northwestern Brooklyn site is home to Steiner Studios, the largest and most sophisticated studio complex outside of Hollywood. The 580,000-square-foot film and television production facility has 10 sound stages. It has been involved with productions such as the 2017 films The Greatest Showman and The Post, as well as cable TV series such as The Deuce and The Affair.
BLDG 92, or Building 92, originally the marine commandant’s residence, contains a museum with three floors of exhibitions about the Brooklyn Navy Yard’s history. Admission is free. Find themed public tours of the yard here, as well as events such as whiskey tastings and “edible trivia,” job opportunities, and rental space.
The navy yard boasts the country’s largest rooftop soil farm, Brooklyn Grange. It grows more than 50,000 pounds of organically cultivated produce per year.
The Kings County Distillery, the city’s first operating whiskey distillery since prohibition, opened here in 2010. It crafts handmade moonshine, bourbon and other whiskeys.
Learn more about other neighboring landmarks in Brooklyn like Admiral Row’s.
Brief History of the Brooklyn Navy Yard
1801: President John Adams authorizes establishment of the country’s first five naval shipyards, including the Brooklyn Navy Yard.
1858: The USS Niagara, built at the shipyard, joins the British ship HMS Agamemnon mid-ocean to lay the first undersea telegraph cable.
1862: The USS Monitor, the first ironclad warship commissioned by the Union Navy, is outfitted at the shipyard.
1939 to 1945: The Brooklyn Navy Yard doubles in size. The workforce increases to 70,000 employees.
1960: A forklift pierces a fuel tank of the aircraft carrier USS Constellation during construction, spilling fuel on welders below deck. The ensuing fire kills 50 people and injures 323 people. The ship’s repairs cost $75 million, delaying the ship’s commissioning by several months.
1966: U.S. Secretary of Defense Robert McNamara closes about 90 military installations, including the Brooklyn Navy Yard. More than 9,000 workers are employed here at the time.
1969 to 1981: New York City reopens the navy yard as an industrial park. The Brooklyn Navy Yard Development Corporation (BNYDC) takes over management in 1981.
1987 to 1998: BNYDC diversifies the tenant base to include small-to-midsize businesses.
2001: Over the next decade, the city funds major upgrades to the Brooklyn Navy Yard’s basic infrastructure as BNYDC undertakes sustainability initiatives to support green manufacturers.
2017: The yard continues its expansion, with $700 million in new development.
Location & Tourism
The Brooklyn Navy Yard’s BLDG 92, or Building 92, is located at 63 Flushing Ave., Brooklyn NY. The history exhibits are open from 12 p.m. to 6 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday. Tours of the Brooklyn Navy Yard leave from here on bus, bike or foot every weekend. The café is open daily.
Other businesses within the navy yard have separate addresses. For instance, Steiner Studios is located at 15 Washington Avenue.
Interesting Facts About the Brooklyn Navy Yard
- To build the rooftop soil farm Brooklyn Grange, workers craned hundreds of 3,000-pound soil sacks up seven stories. Brooklyn Grange also maintains more than 40 honeybee hives throughout New York City for its own honey production and for clients.
- Kings County Distillery uses the 117-year-old Paymaster Building.
- Steiner Studios constructed new sound stages as well as reused the former Navy Applied Science Laboratory.
- The shipyard hired women for the first time, employing them as mechanics and technicians, during World War II.
- Visitors to BLDG 92 can enjoy breakfast, lunch or drinks at the on-site café, including coffee from the Brooklyn Roasting Company.
Directions to Belluck & Fox from the Brooklyn Navy Yard
Belluck & Fox’s New York law office is located in Midtown at 546 Fifth Ave., 5th Floor, New York NY 10036. From the Brooklyn Navy Yard’s Building 92, head west on Flushing Avenue toward Carlton Avenue. Continue onto Nassau Street as it becomes the upper roadway of the Manhattan Bridge. Turn right onto Canal Street, then left onto Allen Street. Turn right onto East Houston Street, then take the FDR Drive north to East 47th Street. Turn left onto Fifth Avenue.
Our office also is accessible via the F train. Walk about 18 minutes to the York Street subway station and take the F into Manhattan. Get off at the 42nd Street/Bryant Park exit.
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