The Brooklyn Navy Yard is simply too large and incredible not to visit during your time in New York City. This modern industrial park boasts more than 4 million square feet of space filled with several historic structures, city landmarks, and cultural and ecological attractions.
The Navy Yard was established in 1801 by president John Adams. This naval shipyard was built by Adams to encourage his belief in a country’s need to protect its ports and naval access points. The Brooklyn Navy Yard has gone on to serve several presidents and work as an aide through various political and cultural periods in American history. For an extensive and entertaining look into this fascinating history, the Brooklyn Navy Yard Center at Building 92 offers an historical exhibition and visitors center. With tour’s, workshops and educational literature and film, this is a great spot to learn about the Navy Yard’s place in American history.
The New York Daily News recently announced the Brooklyn Navy Yard’s commemoration as an official national landmark. This honor speaks to the vast history and modern boom of the Yard. The Yard is adapting and building twelve new buildings creating over 25,000 new jobs. In addition to these amazing efforts, the Brooklyn Navy Yard is also taking an aggressive approach towards general sustainability. Reusing old buildings, changing rooftops into farms and other sustainable entities and integrating energy efficient technologies, the Brooklyn Navy Yard is rapidly becoming a trendsetter in large scale ecological construction.
Behind all of this history and modern movement is a massive piece of land deeply embedded in the history of Brooklyn and the United States. Start watching as this incredible landmark continues to grow and flourish. Make your trip to Brooklyn all the more meaningful by stopping by the Brooklyn Navy Yard for a tour and some fascinating education.