Brooklyn Navy Yard Tours

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For over 150 years, the Brooklyn Navy Yard churned out America’s most famous fighting ships, from the USS Maine to the USS Missouri. Today, the Yard is a model for sustainable urban industrial parks with over 330 manufacturing and creative businesses. We offer a wide variety of theme-based programs on history, architecture, industry and more, so there’s something for everyone at the Brooklyn Navy Yard to explore by bicycle, bus, and on foot!

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All Brooklyn Navy Yard Tours are offered in partnership with the Brooklyn Navy Yard Center at BLDG 92.

 

 
 


Food Cart Tours

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Street food offers an amazing window into the life of a city and its neighborhoods and people. Our on Food Cart Tours of Manhattan’s Financial District and Midtown, we introduce visitors and lifelong New Yorkers alike to the amazing tastes and stories of the city’s street vendor community, offering the opportunity to not only taste amazing dishes from all over the world cooked up on the sidewalk, but also to get an insider’s perspective on the industry.

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5% of all Food Cart Tour ticket sales are donated to the Street Vendor Project.

 

 
 


Public Market Tours

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For more than 75 years, New York City has had a network of publicly-owned markets to provide affordable fresh and prepared foods to local neighborhoods. These tours seek to highlight not only the history of the remaining public markets, but also the wonderful food and the people that serve it that can be found within their walls. In Williamsburg, Brooklyn, our Immigrant Foodways Tour of the Moore Street Market offers visitors the chance to try cuisine from Puerto Rico, Dominican Republic, and Mexico from the market and restaurants in the surrounding neighborhood, highlighting the connections between immigrant communities and local food systems. And we now offer tours of the Essex Street Market, showcasing the butchers, fishmongers, cheese purveyors, and more that make this market a cornerstone of the Lower East Side.

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All Public Market Tours are offered in partnership with the New York City Economic Development Corporation and the vendors in the local communities.

 

 
 


Brooklyn Army Terminal Tours

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These historic, architectural, and industrial walking tours step inside an engineering marvel that is today a center of innovation and business development in New York City. Built to supply American forces on the Western Front in World War I, this enormous Cass Gilbert-designed complex served as a supply base for the American military until the Vietnam War. Today, this thriving industrial park is home to over 100 companies in a wide array of industries, from precision manufacturers to biotech researchers, online retailers to chocolatiers.

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All Brooklyn Army Terminal Tours are offered in partnership with the New York City Economic Development Corporation.

 

 


Harbor Tours

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Brooklyn's Wallabout Bay, home of the Brooklyn Navy Yard.

Step aboard a beautiful wooden motor yacht and explore New York Harbor in comfort as our knowledgeable guides discuss the past and present of the working and industrial waterfront. Our Brooklyn Waterfront Past & Present Tour departs from Brooklyn Bridge Park and gives visitors the opportunity to see a side of the fast-changing borough that few get to, visiting container ports, recycling facilities, and shipyards that are vital to the daily operations of the city. Or you can explore the military and naval history of the harbor, as our Fighting Ships & Working Waterfronts Tour takes you back to World War II, when nearly every inch of shoreline was taken up by shipyards, warehouses, and piers sending troops and supplies across the globe for the war effort.

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All tours are offered in partnership with Classic Harbor Line.

 
 


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Tugboat in Dry Dock #1 - Andrew Gustafson

For over 150 years, the Brooklyn Navy Yard churned out America’s most famous fighting ships, from the USS Maine to the USS Missouri. Today, the Yard is a model for sustainable urban industrial parks with over 330 manufacturing and creative businesses. We offer a wide variety of theme-based programs on history, architecture, industry and more, so there’s something for everyone at the Brooklyn Navy Yard to explore by bicycle, bus, and on foot!

Past, Present & Future Tour • World War II Tour • Inside Industry Tour • Architecture & Infrastructure Tour • Urban Ecology Tour • Photography Tour • Yard Inspectors Family Program • Private Tours

All Brooklyn Navy Yard Tours are offered in partnership with the Brooklyn Navy Yard Center at BLDG 92.

 

 


Brooklyn Navy Yard: Past, Present & Future Tour

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The LEED-Platinum certified Broklyn Navy Yard Center at BLDG 92. Credit Andrew Gustafson

• Saturdays & Sundays at 2pm • Bus & Walking •


For over 150 years, the Brooklyn Navy Yard churned out America’s most famous fighting Naval ships, from the USS Maine to the USS Missouri. Today, the Yard is a model for sustainable urban industrial parks and is home to over 330 industrial and creative businesses. This guided tour explores the vast 300-acre (126-hectare) property along Brooklyn’s industrial waterfront and offers opportunities to take a closer look at the Yard’s most intriguing sites, including a dry dock that’s been used for ship repair since 1851, historic buildings that are being adaptively reused for industrial purposes, and the Green Manufacturing Center, a future hub for the development of new products and technologies. Oral history clips and historical photographs from the site’s Naval past, as well as stories of industrial innovators at the Yard today, will also be included on this tour. While we’ll use a bus to get you from place to place, we will be getting off the bus at several locations throughout the Yard to take a closer look.

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Brooklyn Navy Yard: World War II Tour

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• Monthly on Select Sundays • Bus & Walking •


The Brooklyn Navy Yard played a pivotal role in World War II, building battleships and aircraft carriers, repairing over 5,000 ships, and sending troops and supplies to fronts across the globe. Not only did the Yard construct the USS Arizona a generation before the war, which was sunk at Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941, but it is also where the battleship Missouri was constructed, where the peace treaty ending the war was signed in 1945. Thanks to the efforts of its 70,000 workers, the Brooklyn Navy Yard became the world’s busiest shipyard, earning the nickname “The Can-Do Yard” for its ability to patch up wounded ships and put them back in action.

This tour examines the role of the New York City waterfront in the war effort, explores connections between the Yard and famous battles of World War II, and visits sites of significance that remain from this era, including the former ship assembly shops and the historic Dry Dock 1. Throughout the tour, we listen to clips of oral histories recorded with sailors and shipworkers who were at the Yard during the war, including from women working in industrial jobs, and from people of color, for whom the war presented both challenges and new opportunities. This tour aims to evoke a sense of what the Yard was like during the war – a place of tremendous energy, innovation, and achievement, but tempered by terrible loss. While we use a bus to get you from place to place, we provide opportunities for everyone to get off the bus at several stops for a closer look at historically significant sites.

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Brooklyn Navy Yard: Inside Industry Tour

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• Monthly on Select Fridays at 9:30am • Walking •


Experience the work of artisans, techies, and manufacturers at the Brooklyn Navy Yard and learn why they, and hundreds of other companies, have chosen to make their products locally. This 90-minute guided tour begins at the Brooklyn Navy Yard Center at BLDG 92’s gallery, which showcases the some of the 330+ businesses that call the Navy Yard home. Participants will then head out into the Yard for an immersive look at “making it,” including at least one visit to a factory, workshop, or studio of a featured Yard business, where visitors will have the opportunity to see things being made and meet and ask questions of business owners and staff of the companies that have made the Brooklyn Navy Yard a pre-eminent center of industry and manufacturing in New York City. Companies featured on the tours rotate each month, so click below for details.

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Prospect Park Tours

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• Select Sundays at 10am & Fridays at 6pm • Walking •


Celebrate the 150th anniversary of Prospect Park on this special series of guided walking tours of this iconic park in the heart of Brooklyn. These tours will examine the Park’s many layers of natural and human history, from the flora and geology, to the architectural eras visible in the built environment. Prospect Park is a reflection of Brooklyn; its history traces that of the city around it, and it is today an important gathering place for many diverse communities that call the borough home. Learn about the Alliance’s historic restoration and environmental preservation work in the Park, including cultural and recreation projects currently underway.

Through this interactive experience, explore how use of the Park has changed over time, from the original vision of designers Frederick Law Olmsted and Calvert Vaux to the ways in which the Park is used today. Tours will begin at several different locations throughout the year, but each tour will include visits to many of the key natural and historic landmarks of the Park. These tours are offered by Turnstile Tours on behalf of Prospect Park Alliance, the non-profit organization that sustains, restores, and advances the Park in partnership with New York City.

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