Every year during Fleet Week, and on special occasions and holidays, Turnstile Tours partners with Classic Harbor Line to offer boat cruises about the military history of New York Harbor, especially during World War II. Starting from Chelsea Piers, this 2.5-hour cruise aboard one of their beautiful motor yacht features visits to the Brooklyn Navy Yard, Brooklyn Army Terminal, and USS Intrepid, as well as other historic and military sites along the New Jersey and Brooklyn shores. Along the way, we share the stories of sailors, shipbuilders, longshoremen and merchant mariners who built New York Harbor into the heart of the American war effort.
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Our founding mission is “to advance public knowledge about the meaning of place, foster connections and understanding between people of diverse backgrounds, and inspire and reflect a culture of community participation through providing welcoming, well-researched, inclusive, and engaging educational experiences and resources to people of all ages and abilities.”
Turnstile Studio allows us to extend this mission beyond the tour programs we currently operate in New York City. We are always looking for partners and clients who share these values, and we seek to share the depth and breadth of our experience and expertise to support cultural sites, community-based institutions, economic development organizations, and other non-profits, in their efforts to more effectively engage the public through place-making projects, exhibitions, tours, and public programs.
Thanks to the diverse talents of our team, who combine decades of experience in a range of fields, our core competencies include:
- Storytelling techniques
- Research and content production
- Visitor services and engagement
- Accessibility for visitors with disabilities
- Cartography and graphic design
- Development and evaluation of tours and public programs
Below you will find examples of our past projects – please contact us if you would like more information about our practice at Turnstile Studio.
Chicago Tribune, November 6, 2017
by Elaine Glusac
The Brooklyn Navy Yard, an expansive, 300-acre patch of waterfront established in 1801 and the birthplace of the USS Maine, now serves as an incubator for startups. We visited the center of green entrepreneurship, hosting everything from a film studio to an eco-manufacturing center and artist studios, on Turnstile Tours’ two-hour trip around the docks ($30) that drew both history buffs and hipsters.
Curbed New York, July 13, 2017
with Samantha Reichman
Watch our team member Andrew Gustafson bike through the Brooklyn Navy Yard on this Facebook Live video that we filmed with Curbed NY. This is a small sample of all the things there are to see and do at the Brooklyn Navy Yard.
The video is in two parts
The Bridge, July 12, 2017
by Emily Nonko
As Brooklyn’s tourism industry heats up, double-decker buses have crossed the river in herds, whirling visitors around Grand Army Plaza and other dramatic sights. But to paraphrase the song from Hamilton, what’d they miss? Lots, according to Brooklyn-based Turnstile Tours, which has made a name for itself with a completely different approach: depth. On a Turnstile Tour of the cavernous Brooklyn Army Terminal, for example, you’ll find out that the massive base was once used as a storage warehouse for alcohol seized during Prohibition. Millions of gallons of booze were dumped into the harbor!
French Morning, July 5, 2017
by Nadège Fougeras
Pour cette expérience, vous allez devoir être organisés. Car vous devrez vous inscrire à une visite.
Le Brooklyn Navy Yard, vous le voyez sur toutes les cartes, mais y êtes-vous déjà allés ? C’est cette friche industrielle immense au nord du pont de Manhattan, dans laquelle ont été construits les plus grands bateaux de la marine américaine. Un lieu hautement chargé d’histoire.
Il y a encore six mois, on pouvait s’y balader en loucedé, sans trop se faire prendre. Aujourd’hui, on dirait Fort Knox. Tout cet espace est en effet en train d’être complètement réhabilité et transformé pour accueillir des entreprises, des artistes, un musée… C’est incroyable et impressionnant. Ici, le but, c’est de créer des emplois, plus que de faire de l’argent. Les loyers sont faibles, et devraient le rester. (Bon, ça, on verra. On est à NY, ne l’oublions pas;-)
Traveller.com.au, June 30, 2017
by Rob McFarland
“What do you think was the first food sold on the streets of New York?” asks Doug, our enthusiastic guide from Turnstile Tours. Our group stands in stony silence with furrowed brows. Everyone else is from an 18-35s Contiki tour and some of them haven’t been to bed yet after last night’s revelry. It’s a little early for quizzes.
The unexpected answer is oysters. New York once had vast oyster beds and in the early 1900s they were sold by street vendors as a low-cost snack.
Brooklyn Daily Eagle, May 23, 2017
by Paula Katinas
Andrew Sichenze, a lawyer from Bay Ridge, has many fond memories of the first time he visited the Brooklyn Navy Yard as a fresh-faced 12-year-old boy back in 1944. It was during World War II and young Sichenze had come to the Navy Yard to witness the christening of a majestic new ship.
“I had an uncle who worked in the Brooklyn Navy Yard. Seeing the ship christened was an amazing experience for a kid. It was so exciting,” Sichenze told the Brooklyn Eagle.
Harper’s Bazaar Spain, May 4, 2017
by Sergio Cabrera
Las calles del Midtown de Nueva York se encuentran siempre en constante ebullición. En el que bien podríamos considerar epicentro del planeta, nunca se duerme. Y mucho menos ahora, cuando el lugar más turístico por excelencia se reivindica como uno de los rincones con más novedades que ofrecer en la Gran Manzana.
Imprescindible por sus iconos, tales como el Empire State Building, la Grand Central Terminal, el Rockefeller Center, las principales tiendas de la Quinta Avenida o Broadway y Times Square, el Midtown de Nueva York se ha convertido también en todo un encuentro de tendencias gastronómicas. Concretamente, las que giran entorno a la comida callejera. Puestos ambulantes y pequeños mostradores en tiendas de todos los tamaños compiten por convertirse en el negocio que ofrezca el bocado rápido más de moda. En torno al Bryant Park, hay docenas para elegir, a cuál más interesante.
The Lo-Down, January 30, 2017
by Ed Litvak
If you visited the Essex Street Market this past weekend, you probably noticed this new historical mural celebrating the legacy of the 77-year-old public facility.
The 20-foot display presents a timeline from 1900 through the opening of the market by Mayor Fiorello La Guardia in 1940, up to the present day. It was a collaboration among the Lower East Side Partnership, the Essex Street Market Vendor Association and Turnstile Tours, which provided research for the project. It was made possible through a grant from Avenue NYC, a program of the NYC Department of Small Business Services. The mural was installed in partnership with the Economic Development Corp., which operates the market.