Frequently Asked Questions
Please consult the answers below if you have any questions about our company, our tours, the places we visit, or anything else you might be wondering about. If you can’t find the answer you are looking for here, do not hesitate to contact us.
- Do I need to make a reservation for a tour in advance?
- Why am I charged 99¢ for every ticket I purchase online?
- What do I do if a tour is sold out?
- What is your cancellation policy?
- What do I need to bring the day of the tour?
- What if the weather is bad the day of the tour?
- What do I do if I get lost or am running late for my tour?
- Are bathrooms available on the tours?
- Are the tours accessible to people with disabilities or other special needs?
- Can I take photographs on the tour?
- Do you offer discounts?
- Can I organize a private tour?
- Where is the Brooklyn Navy Yard? How do I get there?
- What tours do you offer of the Brooklyn Navy Yard?
- What is going on at the Brooklyn Navy Yard? I thought it was abandoned.
- Why is there security at the Brooklyn Navy Yard?
- What is BLDG 92?
- Are these tours good for kids?
- I want to take a bike tour – do I need to bring my own bike?
- Can I use a Citi Bike on a bicycle tour?
- Is there anywhere to eat near the Brooklyn Navy Yard?
- The tour was amazing! What else can I do at the Brooklyn Navy Yard?
- Where is the Brooklyn Army Terminal? How do I get there?
- Is that the giant warehouse I can see from the Belt Parkway? What’s going on there?
- What is that crazy huge space inside Brooklyn Army Terminal that I’ve seen photos of online?
- Why is there security at the Brooklyn Army Terminal?
- Are these tours good for kids?
- Is there anywhere to eat near the Brooklyn Army Terminal?
- How do I find out more about the Brooklyn Army Terminal?
- What is included with my tour ticket?
- Where does the tour start? How do I get there?
- Is there a lot of walking?
- I have specific dietary needs – can you accommodate me?
- I haven’t heard great things about “street meat.” Is it safe?
- Are these tours good for kids?
- What is included with my tour ticket?
- Where does the tour start? How do I get there?
- Is there a lot of walking?
- I have specific dietary needs – can you accommodate me?
- What is a New York City public market?
- What is an “immigrant foodway?”
- Is this tour good for kids?
Yes. Most of our tours require us to make arrangements with the businesses, vendors, and other partners we work with, so we require reservations be made in advance. As we limit the number of participants on our tours to ensure an interactive and engaging experience, tickets often sell out. It is possible to purchase tickets same-day tickets for our Brooklyn Navy Yard Tours at the Brooklyn Navy Yard Center visitor services desk, but there is limited space available. We cannot accommodate walk-ups on any of our other tours.
We charge a small convenience fee of 99¢ per ticket for making a reservation online. We do not charge this fee for purchasing tickets for free events, so you will not have to enter any credit card information when booking a free tour. We do not charge this convenience fee for purchases made over the phone (you can reach us at 347-903-8687 to book) or in person at the Brooklyn Navy Yard Center at BLDG 92.
We do limit the size of our tours in order provide an engaging and interactive experience, and they frequently sell out. If our online reservation system shows a tour as sold out on the day that you would like to come, please contact us via our Contact page, and we will do our best to accommodate you.
Because we limit the number of participants on our tours and must make advance arrangements with many of the businesses and partners we work with, we cannot reschedule or refund tickets that are canceled within 24 hours of the tour start time. If you cancel more than 24 hours before the tour, we can offer you a credit to reschedule for a future tour, or there will be a service charge of $10 per attendee for refunded tickets. We understand that life happens, so if you have to cancel or reschedule due to an emergency, please contact us, and we will do our best to accommodate you.
The day before your tour, you will receive an e-mail from firstname.lastname@example.org with detailed instructions on transportation, policies, and contact information. Here’s a check-list of things you should bring with you:
- Proof of your reservation – you may bring a printed copy of your reservation confirmation, show the confirmation on your smartphone, or tell your guide your last name and reservation code that you received when booking
- Comfortable footwear and weather-appropriate attire (including an umbrella or sunblock)
- If you’re on a Food Cart or Public Market Tour, an empty stomach!
All of our tours operate rain, shine, or snow, so please dress appropriately. Our guides do their best to make sure everyone stays comfortable without compromising the integrity of the tour or the safety of our participants. If the weather or other circumstances should make the tour unsafe, we will contact the participants directly to reschedule. If you have weather-related concerns, please contact us.
Not to worry! If you’re lost or running late the day of your tour, please call us at 347-903-8687, and we can help you find your way or connect you with your guide on a tour already in progress. We send an e-mail one day prior to your tour with detailed directions and other logistical information, which includes contact information for both the office and your guide. We recommend bringing this information with you the day of your tour.
Our tours begin promptly at the stated start time, so please be sure to leave additional time before the start time of your tour if you plan on using the restroom.
All of our Brooklyn Navy Yard Tours begin at the Brooklyn Navy Yard Center at BLDG 92, which has restrooms that you can use before and after your tour. Once we are inside the Yard on a bus or bicycle tour, there will be no restrooms available for the duration of the tour.
The Brooklyn Army Terminal has available bathrooms located throughout the facility, including at the tour meeting location.
For our Food Cart Tours, we strongly recommend that you use the restroom before coming on the tour, as it is often very challenging to find public restrooms in Manhattan once the tour has begun. On our Midtown tour, there are restrooms available in Bryant Park on 42nd St, and they are some of the nicest, cleanest restrooms in New York City. In the Financial District, there is a restroom at the tour meeting location inside the public atrium at 60 Wall Street. You can also check this handy map of public restrooms in NYC!
On our Public Market Tours, many of the stops have restroom facilities that you can access throughout the tour.
Yes! We strive to make our tours accessible to people of all ages and abilities. If you have questions about accessibility or require any specific accommodations, please let us know prior to your tour by either noting it in your online reservation or by contacting us.
We offer Assistive Listening Devices, including hearing aid neck loops, for participants who have hearing impairments – please just let us know in advance if you would like to utilize this accommodation.
For our Brooklyn Navy Yard Tours, if you have a handicapped parking tag, you may park your vehicle inside the Yard – just let us know in advance, and we will provide you with special instructions for finding the accessible parking spaces. BLDG 92 is equipped with wheelchair lifts at the front and rear entrances and accessible restrooms, and our tour bus is also equipped with a wheelchair lift.
Our Food Cart and Public Market Tours are fully accessible to people in wheelchairs. Our Brooklyn Army Terminal Tours do involve climbing some stairs, but we can make adaptations to the tour to accommodate anyone who cannot or would prefer not to climb stairs.
Yes! You are welcome to take all of the photographs you like on our tours, and we encourage you to share them with us on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram. As our tours are offered in partnership with other organizations and businesses, we would like to make you aware are the following restrictions on photography:
The Brooklyn Navy Yard is a secure industrial site, and the tenants there pay a premium for the security the yard provides. We feel very privileged to be able to offer these tours of the site, so we ask that you respect a few simple rules. Some tenants have asked that we refrain from photographing their buildings and space; these include Brooklyn Cogeneration, the Navy Yard’s power plant, and Steiner Studios – on the tour, your guide will point out these areas and remind you of these restrictions. We also ask that photographers respect the privacy of the businesses on the Navy Yard and not take photographs of the inside of occupied buildings.
Photographs taken on Brooklyn Navy Yard tours cannot be used for any commercial purposes – if you are interested in commercial photography at the Brooklyn Navy Yard, you can contact the Brooklyn Navy Yard Development Corporation directly to make arrangements. If you are really interested in taking pictures at the Brooklyn Navy Yard, we recommend signing up for our Seasonal Photography Tours, which offer unique opportunities to photograph sites around the Yard.
Similarly, photographs taken at the Brooklyn Army Terminal cannot be used for commercial purposes without expression permission from the New York City Economic Development Corporation – you can contact them for more information.
Finally, our guides are very photogenic, and we love to see any pictures you snap of them in action, but we ask that you not make video or audio recordings of our guides during the tour. And as a general rule of good photography etiquette, if you’re taking a picture of people you don’t know, please first ask for their permission.
Turnstile Tours frequently offers special promotions and discounts, which we advertise through our newsletter, Facebook, and Twitter, so please follow us to stay in the loop about these opportunities. For our Brooklyn Navy Yard Tours, we offer 10% discounts to members of the following museums. Please contact their membership departments directly in order to receive the appropriate discount code:
- Brooklyn Navy Yard Center at BLDG 92
- Brooklyn Historical Society
- Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum
- New-York Historical Society
All persons ages 65 and older are entitled to a 10% discount, and kids ages 5-11 receive 50% off tickets. Kids ages 4 and under can attend free, but we ask that you please select a complimentary ticket for them as well so that we can have an accurate head count. To reserve these discounted tickets, simply select the corresponding ticket type when completing your purchase online.
25% discounts are available to military veterans and active-duty service members for our Brooklyn Navy Yard and Brooklyn Army Terminal tours – please contact us to book tickets with a veteran discount. World War II-era veterans and defense workers are invited to come free of charge on all of our Brooklyn Navy Yard and Brooklyn Army Terminal tours – just select this ticket type when making your reservation.
We love hosting private groups on all of our tours! Please visit our Group Tours page for more information. We also offer experiences tailored for students grades K-12 – visit our School and Youth Groups page – and we have discounted pricing for educational groups. We have a great deal of experience hosting academic and professional groups, including undergraduate and graduate classes across a range of disciplines, corporate outings, professional development experiences, and government and trade delegations.
All Brooklyn Navy Yard tours begin at the Brooklyn Navy Yard Center at BLDG 92, located at the junction of Flushing Ave and Carlton Ave in the Fort Greene section of Brooklyn. The Yard is 300 acres (125 hectares) and spans multiple Brooklyn neighborhoods – it’s east of Vinegar Hill and Dumbo, southwest of Williamsburg, and north of Fort Greene and Clinton Hill. Use this handy map of transportation options in the neighborhood.
Please note that there is only one street address for the Brooklyn Navy Yard (63 Flushing Ave). If you are using a GPS, Google Maps, or any other online mapping service, for the most accurate navigation please enter the intersection of Flushing Ave and Carlton Ave and not the street address.
See below for detailed directions for getting to the Navy Yard by public transportation, car, or bicycle.
The nearest subway stations to the Brooklyn Navy Yard are the York St stop on the F train, and the High St-Brooklyn Bridge stop on the A and C trains, which are a 10-15 minute walk from BLDG 92. The Clinton-Washington Avs G station are slightly farther away (see below for detailed walking directions from each of these stations). Be sure to check mta.info for any service alerts or changes on the day of your visit.
- From York St F Station (10-15 min. walk): There is only one exit to the York St station, so when you exit the station, turn right, then turn right again at the corner onto York St. Walk along York St for three blocks until the street curves to the right – you will see a long wall with a colorful mural painted on it on your left – that’s the Navy Yard! York St will come to an end, so turn right into Navy St. Continue straight on Navy St, passing Sands St and the stone parapets of the Sands Street Gate on your left. Take the next left, which will be Flushing Ave, and continue on Flushing Ave for five blocks until you arrive at Flushing Ave and Carlton Ave – BLDG 92 will be on your left. You may also take the B69 bus from the York St station, which departs from Sands St and Pearl St, two blocks south of the station.
- From High St-Brooklyn Bridge A/C Station (10-15 min. walk): Follow signs in the subway station towards the exit on Adams St & High St. When exiting the station, turn right on Adams St (the Brooklyn Bridge on-ramp will be on your left), and turn right at the next corner on to Sands St. Continue on of Sands St for four blocks until you reach Navy St, and turn right. Take the next left, which will be Flushing Ave, and continue on Flushing Ave for five blocks until you arrive at Flushing Ave and Carlton Ave – BLDG 92 will be on your left. You may also take the B69 bus, which departs from the corner of Sands St and Pearl St.
- From Clinton-Washington G Station (15-20 min. walk): Exit the station at the intersection of Clinton Ave and Lafayette Ave. Walking on Clinton Ave, cross Lafayette Ave and continue walking straight (the next street you cross walking on Clinton Ave will be Dekalb Ave) until you reach Flushing Ave (5 blocks). Turn left on Flushing Ave and walk four blocks until you reach Carlton St, and BLDG 92 will be on your right. You may also take the B69 bus, which runs along Vanderbilt Ave.
The B57 and B69 (weekends only) buses travel along Flushing Ave and stop one block from BLDG 92. You may also take the B62, which stops on Park Ave, one block south of the Brooklyn Navy Yard. If traveling by bus, be sure to allow plenty of extra time for your trip, as weekend schedules can be unreliable (visit mta.info for schedules, maps, and service alerts).
*Please note: On weekdays, the B67 bus travels through the Brooklyn Navy Yard; however, only Brooklyn Navy Yard employees with a valid ID are permitted to disembark from the bus inside the Yard. Visitors to BLDG 92 and/or tour participants may not get off at this location, and if you do so, you will be immediately escorted out of the Yard by security.
The Brooklyn Navy Yard is easily accessible from the Brooklyn-Queens Expressway (I-278), either via the exits for Tillary St (exit 29B), Flushing Ave (exit 30 eastbound), or Wythe Ave/Kent Ave (exit 31 westbound). On the weekends, it is usually not difficult to find street parking in the immediate vicinity of the Yard. There is also a free public parking lot one block south of the yard on Park Ave, underneath the Brooklyn-Queens Expressway.
If you would like to take a livery car to or from BLDG 92, we recommend Myrtle Car Service, which can be reached at 718-230-8100
There is a bicycle lane along Flushing Ave, and the Brooklyn Navy Yard Center offers plenty of racks to park your bike. If you would like to use a Citi Bike, there is a station immediately across the street from the BLDG 92 on Flushing Ave. There are also Citi Bike stations in close proximity to the York St, High St-Brooklyn Bridge, and Clinton-Washington subway stations.
No public ferries enter the Brooklyn Navy Yard directly, but the East River Ferry is a great service that operates between Wall St-Pier 11 and 34th St in Manhattan, making several stops along the waterfront in Brooklyn and Queens. Ferry rides are $4 on weekdays and $6 on weekends, and they provide wonderful views of the Manhattan and Brooklyn skylines, including the Brooklyn Navy Yard. While some of the ferry stops appear on a map to be in close proximity to the Brooklyn Navy Yard, you will have to walk around the perimeter of the yard to reach BLDG 92, and the walk is significant. Both the Brooklyn Bridge Park-DUMBO and South Williamsburg ferry landings are about a 30-minute walk from BLDG 92. If arriving at the Brooklyn Bridge Park-DUMBO landing, you may take the B69 bus from Sands St & Pearl St to BLDG 92; if arriving at South Williamsburg, take the B62 from Division Ave & Berry St. Please plan ahead and consult the East River Ferry schedule and service alerts, bus schedules, and our map for walking directions.
We currently offer several different theme-based tours of the Brooklyn Navy Yard by bus, bicycle, and walking. Each of these tours visits different sites and explores different content and themes, so we encourage you to visit the Yard with us more than once. Please visit our tour calendar for a complete schedule, and all of these tours can be offered for private groups – please visit our Group Tours page or contact us for more information. We do get off the bus and walk around multiple sites around the Yard on all of our bus tours.
This is our current offering of tours at the Brooklyn Navy Yard and our schedule of public tours. Please click the links below for information about each tour:
- Past, Present & Future Tour, every Saturday & Sunday, 2-4pm
- Inside Industry Factory Tour, monthly on Friday mornings
- Sustainable Architecture & Industry Tour, select weekends
- Urban Ecology Tour, select Sundays
- The “Can-Do Yard”: World War II and the Brooklyn Navy Yard, monthly on select weekends
- Yard Inspectors Family Tour, select weekends
- Seasonal Photography Tour, offered four times per year
From 1801 to 1966, the Brooklyn Navy Yard was a federally-owned naval shipbuilding and repair facility. After it was decommissioned by the US Navy, it was sold to the City of New York, and it has operated as an industrial park ever since. Today, the yard is owned by New York City and operated by the non-profit Brooklyn Navy Yard Development Corporation. It is home to more than 330 companies in a variety of industries that employ 7,000+ people, and it has become a national model for sustainable urban industrial parks. There is no longer any shipbuilding at the Yard, but there is a thriving commercial ship repair operation, and most of the cranes you see towering over the yard are in fact operational and frequently in use.
Though it is no longer a shipbuilding facility of the US Navy, the Yard remains a secure industrial site, and only tenants and their visitors are permitted to enter through the security gates. The 24-hour security that the Brooklyn Navy Yard provides is a major draw for tenants, many of whom have highly valuable equipment, facilities, and inventory. If you are not a tenant or their guest, the only way to enter the yard is on a guided tour.
The Brooklyn Navy Yard Center at BLDG 92 is the visitor and exhibition center of the Yard, which opened on Veterans Day 2011. Originally built as the Marine Commandants Residence in 1857, today it houses the exhibition “The Brooklyn Navy Yard: Past, Present, and Future,” which is three floors of interactive exhibits about the rich shipbuilding history and the exciting success of the Yard today as a sustainable industrial park. BLDG 92 offers a variety of public programs and events, and its LEED Platinum-certified addition is home to the Brooklyn Navy Yard Employment Center and Construction Kids. All of our Brooklyn Navy Yard tours are offered in partnership with BLDG 92.
The BLDG 92 exhibits are open Wednesday–Sunday, 12–6pm, and admission is free. Please consider becoming a member to keep the exhibitions free to the public and support BLDG 92’s mission to “reinforce the Yard’s unique bonds with the community and inspire future generations to become industrial innovators and entrepreneurs.”
We encourage people of all ages to visit the Brooklyn Navy Yard, but any activity that lasts two hours can be a bit much for some kids. We have special visual bingo boards of trivia and sites around the Yard that kids (and adults) can play on any of our tours. We also offer our Yard Inspectors Family Tour, a one-hour experience inside the Yard where kids get to check out an historic working dry dock, learn about the working waterfront, and see some of the ships that frequent the Wallabout Bay. Yard Inspectors is designed for kids ages 6–12 and their parents or guardians, but we can adapt it to audiences of almost any age. This tour is offered on select weekends (check our tour calendar) and for private groups.
Tickets for children ages 5-11 are half price, and children under 5 are welcome to join the tour for free, though they may be asked to sit on a parent/guardian’s lap. If you’re joining a bicycle tour, all attendees must have their own safety helmet and bicycle, or they must be secured in a seat with proper restraints.
Yes, all participants must provide their own bicycle and safety helmet. If you would like to to rent a bike, we recommend the following establishments, which can also provide you with a helmet and bike lock:
- Bike and Roll – During summer months, Bike and Roll operates a bike rental stand at the entrance to Pier 1 in Brooklyn Bridge Park, a 10-minute ride from the Brooklyn Navy Yard.
- Ride Brooklyn Bike Shop – Located a 15-minute bicycle ride from the Brooklyn Navy Yard at 468 Bergen St in the Park Slope section of Brooklyn.
- Blazing Saddles – Located at the South Street Seaport in Lower Manhattan. You’ll need to cross the East River, either by bicycling over the Brooklyn Bridge or taking the East River Ferry to Williamsburg, in order to get to the Brooklyn Navy Yard. Please plan 30-40 minutes for this ride.
We love Citi Bikes and use them ourselves all the time, but using them for our 2-hour bicycle tours of the Brooklyn Navy Yard does pose some challenges that you should be aware of. There are several Citi Bike stations located nearby and inside the Brooklyn Navy Yard, so it is a great way to get to and from the Yard. But the Citi Bike system was designed to be used for short trips – annual Citi Bike subscribers can use the bikes for 45 minutes at a time with no additional charge, while daily or weekly pass holders are limited to 30-minute rides. Additional charges can add up quickly (check the Citi Bike pricing page for more details) – riding a bike for two hours on an annual membership will cost an additional $18, while on a daily or weekly pass it will be $25. Because the first hour of our Urban Ecology Tour at the Brooklyn Navy Yard is on foot, you will only need to use a Citi Bike for one hour, so the fees will likely be less. Participants on the Sustainable Architecture & Industry Tour will need a bicycle for the full two hours.
All Citi Bike riders are asked to please arrive early and have their Citi Bike passes ready before the tour starts, as we cannot delay the start of the tour. Turnstile Tours staff members will not be available before the tour to help you with the Citi Bike kiosks, so please plan on arriving early if you are unfamiliar with the system. Though there are Citi Bike stations inside the Yard, we cannot guarantee that you will be able switch out your bike during the tour, as you may have to wait for up to 5 minutes after you return a bike before you can take out another one, and the tour will not be able to wait for you if you choose to switch bikes. Turnstile Tours cannot be held responsible for the availability of Citi Bikes, of docking stations to return your bicycle, nor for any additional fees that riders incur.
Finally, you must wear a safety helmet to participate in Brooklyn Navy Yard bicycle tours, which Citi Bike does not provide.
Just two blocks south of the Navy Yard is Myrtle Ave, which offers a wide selection of restaurants, bars, and cafés – the Myrtle Avenue Partnership has a listing of area restaurants on their website. BLDG 92 no longer has a cafe on site.
Thanks! You can come back for another tour, or check out the other amazing programming available through BLDG 92. The Brooklyn Navy Yard is so large and filled with so many stories that we are able to offer several different theme-based tours that each provide unique content and site visits. BLDG 92 hosts events and public programs throughout the year – become a member or sign up for their monthly newsletter to stay in the loop. Kings County Distillery offers regular tours of its facility at the Yard, which is accessible through the Sands Street gate. Brooklyn Navy Yard-based artists often open their studios to the public during open studios events, such as Open House New York.
The Brooklyn Army Terminal (BAT) is located along 2nd Ave between 58th and 65th streets in the Sunset Park section of Brooklyn. The vehicle entrance is located on 1st Ave at 58th St, though authorization is required for any persons or vehicles entering the BAT security gates. Tours begin in the lobby of Building A, located near the 58th St entrance. BAT offers ample parking to visitors traveling by car. Use this handy Google Map of transportation options in the neighborhood.
By public transportation:
The Brooklyn Army Terminal is located just a 10-minute walk from the 59th St N/R subway station. To reach the Army Terminal, after arriving at the 59th St stop, walk in the direction of traffic along 59th St for two blocks until you reach 2nd Ave, then take a right onto 2nd Ave. After one block, turn left onto 58th St and continue walking straight until you reach the junction of 1st Avenue. The main gate of the Terminal will be on your left. Please check in with the security guard, who will direct you to the tour meeting location, in the lobby of Building A. When you enter the gate, you will be facing two large buildings – Building A is the one on the right.
The B11 bus stops directly in front of the Brooklyn Army Terminal on 58th St and 1st Ave. The B11 runs from Flatbush (Brooklyn College) to the Army Terminal along 49th St.
The street address for the Brooklyn Army Terminal is 140 58th St, Brooklyn, NY, 11220. If using a GPS or online mapping service, please verify that it locates this address correctly along the south Brooklyn waterfront, as some web-based mapping services have incorrectly placed this address in north Brooklyn.
- Driving directions from I-278W (and I-495, East River bridges, Battery Tunnel, Prospect Expressway): Take exit 23 for 39th St. At the end of the off-ramp, take a left onto 2nd Ave. Drive on 2nd Ave until you reach 58th St. Turn right onto 58th St and continue straight. The main gate will be on your left.
- From I-278E (Verrazano Bridge): Take exit 21 for 3rd Ave. Continue straight on 3rd Ave until you reach 58th St. Take a left on 58th St and continue straight. The main gate will be on your left.
- From the Belt Parkway W: Take exit 1 towards 65 St/67 St. Stay left and follow signs for Ridge Boulevard. Turn left onto Ridge Boulevard. Ridge Boulevard becomes 2nd Ave. Take 2nd Ave to 58th St and take a left, continue straight on 58th St. The main gate will be on your left.
Ample free parking is available for tour participants inside the gates of the Brooklyn Army Terminal. When you arrive, the security staff will direct you where to park. You may also park on Pier 4, which is outside of the security gates of BAT, and this parking lot operates 5am to 10pm Monday-Friday, and 10am to 6pm Saturday-Sunday.
Bicycle parking is available inside the gates of the Brooklyn Army Terminal near the entrance to Building A. Sunset Park and the Brooklyn Army Terminal are not currently served by the Citi Bike bike share system.
The Brooklyn Army Terminal was constructed in 1918-19 to supply American forces fighting in Europe during World War I, and it served as a major military supply depot until its decommissioning in 1966. Since 1981, the Army Terminal has been owned by the City of New York, and it is operated by the New York City Economic Development Corporation. Today, it is a bustling industrial park, and roughly 100 different companies occupy space in the terminal, employing more than 3,600 people.
That is the atrium of Building B, which we visit on all of our tours. his space was designed to accommodate two sets of railroad tracks that ran the length of the building. An overhead craneway could lift items from the distinctive offset, cantilevered balconies on either side of the atrium and lower them to waiting railcars. The balconies, cranes, and loading bays remain in the space, but they are no longer in active use by tenants; the construction of lobbies on either end of Building B severed the rail line, so only the middle portion of the tracks remains, though the balconies are used by tenants for utilities, sitting areas, and even small gardens.
Though it is no longer a military facility, the Army Terminal remains a secure industrial site, and only tenants and their visitors are permitted to enter through the security gates. The security that the Army Terminal provides is a major draw for tenants, many of whom have highly valuable equipment, facilities, and inventory. Several of the historic portions of the Army Terminal are located outside of the security gates, including the publicly-accessible Pier 4, but if you are not a tenant, the only way to enter the main buildings is on a guided tour.
We encourage people of all ages to visit the Brooklyn Army Terminal, but any activity that lasts two hours can be a bit much for younger children. Many children have joined the tour and enjoyed it so far.
Tickets for children ages 5-11 are half price, and children under 5 are welcome to join the tour for free.
Located on the border of Sunset Park and Bay Ridge, the Brooklyn Army Terminal offers many great eating options outside its gates. A few that we recommend are:
- Rosas Bakery, 5824 4th Ave (Mexican)
- Ricos Tacos, 505 51st St (Mexican)
- Anopoli Diner, 6920 3rd Ave (Diner & homemade ice cream)
- Family Store, 6905 3rd Ave (Mediterranean)
Pete’s Brooklyn Eats restaurant is located in the lobby of the Brooklyn Army Terminal Building B and is open weekdays (please note that access to this space before or after the tour may be restricted for tour participants); Pete’s Place also has a nearby location on 1st Ave and 56th St. Sunset Park boast a wide variety of excellent cuisine – heading up 58th St from the Army Terminal, 4th and 5th avenues are the center of Brooklyn’s Mexican community, and 8th Ave is home to Brooklyn’s Chinatown. You can also consult the Brooklyn Army Terminal’s neighborhood map, which features many local restaurants and shops.
As we research and develop more tours about the Brooklyn Army Terminal, we will be sharing much of our research on our blog, as well as on our Facebook page and Twitter feed. We encourage you to visit the New York City Economic Development Corporation and Brooklyn Army Terminal websites and see what new projects underway and new tenants are moving into the Army Terminal.
Your Food Cart Tour ticket includes 5-6 generous tastings from different food carts and trucks, your knowledgeable and helpful guide, a postcard map of the neighborhood and the vendors you visit, and a bottle of water.
Midtown Food Cart Tours meet at the northwest corner of 42nd St and Sixth Avenue in front of the Bank of America Tower. This is located in close proximity to subway stations at 42 St-Bryant Park (B,D,F,M), 5th Ave (7), and Times Sq-42 St (N,Q,R,S,1,2,3,7).
Financial District Food Cart Tours meet just outside the doors of the public atrium at 60 Wall Street. This is located in close proximity to subway stations at Wall St (2,3), Wall St (4,5), Fulton St (A,C,J,2,3,4,5), Broad St (J), and Whitehall St (R).
Our Food Cart Tours require a maximum of about 1.25 miles of walking over the course of two hours, though this may vary slightly depending upon the location of the carts and trucks that we visit. Our guides strive to make everyone as comfortable as possible, so we try to provide places to sit and give you all the fuel you need to make the walk with delicious street food!
Absolutely! Our goal is always to accommodate all visitors to the best of our ability and for all tour attendees to participate equally in all of the activities. Nearly all of the food carts and trucks we work with offer options to meet most dietary needs, and over the years we have accommodated visitors with almost every conceivable dietary request. Please note any restrictions in your online reservation, and we are always happy to go over the tour tastings and answer any questions you may have – feel free to contact us with any questions or concerns you might have.
One of the advantages of going on our Food Cart Tours is that you will learn about the health and safety regulations affecting street vendors, and you will learn how to distinguish street vendors serving good, safe food from the rest. Street food gets a bad wrap, but not all street vendors are the same – we work only with the most delicious, highly-regarded, and reputable vendors. All of these vendors rely on regular customers from Manhattan’s biggest office districts, so they have a huge incentive to serve good food that doesn’t make people sick. We want all of our visitors to have a positive experience with street food so that they will come back and continue to patronize these hard-working small businesspeople.
People of all ages can enjoy street food, so if your child is an adventurous eater and doesn’t mind spending a couple hours walking the streets of Manhattan, then they are more than welcome.
Tickets for children ages 5-11 are half price, and children under 5 are welcome to join the tour for free.
Your Moore Street Market: Immigrant Foodways Tour ticket includes 6-8 generous tastings from different neighborhood restaurants and market vendors, your knowledgeable and helpful guide, a postcard map of the neighborhood and the Moore Street Market, and a bottle of water.
If you join our complimentary Essex Street Market Tours, your ticket includes 4-6 tastings from market vendors, a knowledgeable guide, and an Essex Street Market tote bag.
Meeting locations for the Moore Street Market: Immigrant Foodways Tour may vary, so please consult the reminder email you receive in the days before your tour. The tour takes place along Graham Ave in Brooklyn’s East Williamsburg neighborhood. This area is easily accessible by subway from the Flushing Ave (J,M), Flushing Ave (G), or Montrose Ave (L) stops.
The Essex Street Market is located at 120 Essex St, on the corner of Delancey St in Manhattan’s Lower East Side. The market is easily accessibly by subway, located right next to the Delancey St-Essex St (F,J,M,Z) station. The tour will meet just inside the market’s southernmost entrance on Essex St, at Saxelby Cheese.
We like to say that our Immigrant Foodways Tour is the world’s shortest walking tour – in two hours, we cover about five blocks, stopping in shops, restaurants, and markets along the way. There is just so much to see and taste, and so many people to meet! Our Tours of the Essex Street Market are one hour long, and they take place entirely inside the market, so walking is minimal.
Our goal is to accommodate all visitors to the best of our ability and for all tour attendees to participate equally in all of the activities. Our Immigrant Foodways Tour includes food tastings that are based on Dominican, Puerto Rican, and Mexican cuisines. herefore, with advance notice, some dietary preferences/restrictions can be accommodated. Vegetarians and individuals with gluten or dairy-free diets can be easily accommodated, while vegans will have more limited tastings at some of the stops. While food tastings are part of this tour experience, there is plenty to learn and enjoy regardless of your dietary requirements.
On our Essex Street Market Tours, we rotate in different market vendors each week to provide tastings, so we have limited ability to provide complimentary tastings that meet specific dietary needs.
When booking, please note any restrictions in your online reservation, and we are always happy to go over the tour tastings and answer any questions you may have – feel free to contact us.
Starting in the late 1930’s, New York City established a network of city-owned indoor retail food markets, and at its peak, the system had 12 locations. Today, four of these public markets are still in operation, overseen by the New York City Economic Development Corporation: East Harlem’s La Marqueta, the Arthur Avenue Retail Market in the Bronx, the Essex Street Market, and the Moore Street Market. These markets, though small, continue to be vital links in the city’s food system, providing affordable, culturally-appropriate foods to neighborhoods, and offering opportunities for food entrepreneurs to access affordable space to start and grow their businesses.
Brooklyn’s Williamsburg section has been home to a steady succession of immigrant groups, from Germans and Eastern European Jews a century ago to the Puerto Rican, Dominican, and Mexican communities that call the neighborhood home today. Each of these groups brought with them a rich food culture that was impressed upon the landscape, and today, complex networks of agriculture, manufacturing, and distribution bring foods from across the globe to serve the needs of changing cultural communities and local tastes. From neighborhood tortilla factories to specialty grocers to local farmers growing culturally-specific produce for immigrant markets, the Immigrant Foodways Tour explores the ways in which the amazingly rich and diverse food available in New York City gets on our plate.
We hope that the food and stories we share an our Public Market Tours appeal to people of all ages, and our guides are trained and capable of engaging with visitors young and old. If your child is up for trying some new foods and doesn’t mind a one- or two-hour walking tour, then we hope that they will join us for a tour as well.
Tickets for children ages 5-11 are half price on our Immigrant Foodways Tour, and children under 5 are welcome to join the tour for free.