Historic Brooklyn Navy Yard   2009-04-05


The Brooklyn Navy Yard was an active naval facility from the early 19th century until 1966, when it was closed.    At the height of its operation in World War II, many ships and other naval activities took place there with many thousands of workers and many thousands of sailors coming through the facility.   Much of this can be seen from the BQE between the Manhattan and Williamsburg Bridges or from the Manhattan side.


The facility now is an interesting mix of naval history, industrial ruins, and actually quite of bit of new economic activity.   More pictures at: http://www.kodakgallery.com/edp128128/main/090405_navy_yard


This solid concrete building, mostly with no windows, was a World War II munitions storage facility.



This naval communications and research building has a Art Deco type design, still with its World War II antennae.






One of several drydocks in the yard, this one is actually still operational and is used for repairing tugboats, barges, etc.   You can see the blocks on the bottom where the keel of a ship would be placed once the water is drained out.








Gate to the drydock with a nice view of Manhattan.
















Naval assembly building - sort of an archealogical ruin.









On a building now being used by a small business.














One of several historic buildings in the naval hospital and medical complex.    Several buildings are slated for future restoration and use.









Home of the 'US Navy Motion Picture Service' at some point in the past.




When the Navy closed the yard in 1966, it was sold to the City of New York which has tried to transform the facility into a commercial and industrial facility to encourage economic growth, with some success.


Below are some examples of green industry and new movie studios.    Other buildings are used for warehousing, light manufacturing, prefab housing manufacturing, etc.    For example, some high tech windmills and new movie studios.









A company trying to market a green streetlight powered by solar panels and/or the wind, which is a small windmill on the top of the pole.













Trivia: Right across the street from the Navy Yard on Flushing Ave. is the 'world' headquarters of Cumberland Packing, still the location where Sweet 'N Low is manufactured and packaged.



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