Brooklyn Navy Yard: Sustainable Architecture & Industry Tour

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Brooklyn Navy Yard Building 25, home of Duggal Visual Solutions

• Monthly on select weekends • Bicycle or Bus •


Explore the Brooklyn Navy Yard’s transition from one of the nation’s foremost naval shipbuilding facilities to a national leader for sustainable urban industrial parks. On this tour, you will learn about many of the yard’s green initiatives, including adaptive reuse of historic structures and materials, alternative energy projects, green infrastructure for managing storm water runoff, and sustainable practices in manufacturing employed by some of the Yard’s 330+ tenants. We will also discuss many of the major development projects currently underway at the Yard, which is undergoing its greatest period of investment and redevelopment since World War II. The tour will cover most of the massive 300-acre campus, including visits to the historic Dry Dock No. 1, built in 1851 and still in use for commercial ship repair, the nation’s first green multi-story industrial building, and the LEED Platinum-certified Brooklyn Navy Yard Center at BLDG 92.

Turnstile Tours is a certified provider for the American Institute of Architects Continuing Education System, and participants on this tour can receive AIA CES credits. See below for more information.
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Brooklyn Navy Yard: Urban Ecology Tour

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Brooklyn Grange with Sunflower - Andrew Gustafson

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Discover the natural world in the midst a thriving urban industrial park on this 2-hour tour of the Brooklyn Navy Yard, where we will explore New York City’s waterways, terrestrial ecosystems and urban farms. The highlight of the tour is the stunning 65,000-square-foot Brooklyn Grange rooftop farm, where we will learn how they produce thousands of pounds of vegetables annually – as well as honey and eggs – and are a national leader in the development of rooftop and urban farming techniques. From the rooftop, we’ll also have amazing views of the Yard, including an extensive green rooftop and one of the largest rooftop solar installations in New York City.

Descending to the bank of the East River, we will visit an oyster restoration project led by students from the New York Harbor School and will discuss the improving health of the city’s waterways, and the challenges that remain. We will also explore planned and unplanned natural landscapes of the Yard, including the landscape architecture surrounding BLDG 92, identifying native and exotic plant species along the way. Finally, we will visit New York City’s newest green space, the Brooklyn Greenway Initiative‘s Naval Cemetery Landscape, a meadow designed to restore the natural habitat, provide a space for environmental education, and commemorate the thousands of sailors, Marines, and others once interred at the site.

This tour will reveal that the natural world truly is all around us, even in the heart of the city.

Turnstile Tours is a certified provider for the American Institute of Architects Continuing Education System, and participants on this tour can receive AIA CES credits. See below for more information.
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Brooklyn Waterfront Past & Present Tour

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A man in the foreground is holding a microphone and gesturing with his arm as several people in the foreground look out from the inside of a boat to the waterfront

• Saturdays at 11am, August 8 – October 10 • Boat Cruise •


Step aboard the luxury yacht Kingston on this intimate two-hour cruise narrated by guides from Turnstile Tours that explores the Brooklyn waterfront past and present, from the borough’s historical emergence as an industrial powerhouse, to its resurgence today as a major center of innovation, industry, and recreation. The Brooklyn waterfront has long been a major economic engine and cultural touchstone for New York City – there’s no better way to explore this dynamic landscape than from the water. This special series of boat tours is hosted by Turnstile Tours and Classic Harbor Line, departing from Brooklyn Bridge Park, Pier 5.

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