Archtober Podcast: Brooklyn Grange Farm at the Brooklyn Navy Yard

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Staff at Brooklyn Grange watering

Throughout AIA NY’s Archtober – New York Architecture Month – each day has a “Building of the Day,” which is highlighted with tours and other programming. This year, three of the 29 featured sites are located in the Brooklyn Navy Yard, including New Lab, the Naval Cemetery Landscape, and on October 3, the Brooklyn Grange Rooftop Farm. As part of the celebration, our own Andrew Gustafson sat down with Grange COO Gwen Schantz to talk about the farm and the history of the building it sits on, the massive Building 3.

In this 5-minute conversation, they discussed the construction of Building 3 during the height of World War I, past and current uses of the building, and how and why the Grange built their 1.5-acre farm on this 11-story structure. The podcast is featured on Culture Now’s Museum Without Walls project. (more…)

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Presented by the Center for Architecture, Archtober is an annual festival of lectures, tours, exhibitions, and films that celebrate all things architecture in New York City. All of our AIA-certified tours of the Brooklyn Navy Yard will be offered with special content for Archtober, including the Architecture & Infrastructure Tour, Urban Ecology Tour (both by bus, so no bicycles required), and a special series of Inside Industry Tours featuring metalworker Ferra Designs, countertop manufacturer IceStone, and technology hardware prototyping space New Lab. These tours are certified by the American Institute of Architects for Continuing Education credit.


Brooklyn Navy Yard: Inside Industry Tour

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Inside Industry

This 90-minute guided tour takes you inside the workshops, factories, and studios of the Brooklyn Navy Yard’s manufacturing, creative, and technology businesses. This tour is an immersive look at how things are still made in New York City, with a rotating selection of participating businesses, making everything from furniture to space suits, robots to letterpress printing. Visitors have the opportunity to see things being made and meet and ask questions of business owners and staff. The second Friday of each month features a special visit to New Lab, a technology hardware prototyping space that is home to more than 50 companies.

Select Fridays at 9:30am | Walking Tour | >> More Information <<

Brooklyn Navy Yard: Architecture & Infrastructure Tour (By Bus)

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Brooklyn Navy Yard Building 25, home of Duggal Visual Solutions

Explore the rich and unique architecture of the Brooklyn Navy Yard on this guided tour by bus or bicycle. Take a closer look at the many layers of history visible in the landscape, from Civil War-era machine shops to innovative LEED-Certified structures, and how these buildings have been adapted for modern industry. Learn about development projects currently underway at the Yard, including Building 77, Admiral’s Row, and the Green Manufacturing Center, and the infrastructure that keeps the Yard – and all of New York City – running. This tour is certified by the American Institute of Architects for Continuing Education credit.

Select Weekends, Oct–Mar | Bus Tour | >> More Information <<

Brooklyn Navy Yard: Urban Ecology Tour (By Bus)

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Brooklyn Grange with Sunflower - Andrew Gustafson

Discover the natural world in the midst an industrial park on this 2-hour tour of the Brooklyn Navy Yard, where we will explore waterways, meadows, and urban farms. The highlight is a visit to the stunning Brooklyn Grange rooftop farm, where we will learn how they produce thousands of pounds of vegetables annually and are a national leader in the development of rooftop and urban farming techniques. The tour will also visit an oyster restoration project led by students from the New York Harbor School, and the Brooklyn Greenway Initiative‘s Naval Cemetery Landscape. This tour is certified by the American Institute of Architects for Continuing Education credit.

Select Sundays | Bus Tour | >> More Information <<