BAT Today - Andrew Gustafson


Tour Highlights:
  • 2-hour guided walking tour of this secure industrial complex
  • Step inside the breathtaking atrium, where military cargo trains were once unloaded
  • Enjoy sweeping views of New York Harbor as we discuss the past and present of the working waterfront
  • Hear stories of soldiers, sailors, and longshoremen who passed through the Army Terminal
  • Learn about the 100+ companies that call this city-owned industrial park home today
  • Tour is certified by the American Institute of Architects for continuing education credit (AIA CES)

Step inside an engineering marvel that is today a center of manufacturing and innovation on Brooklyn’s Sunset Park waterfront. Built to supply American forces in World War I, this enormous Cass Gilbert-designed complex served as a supply base for the American military for nearly 50 years, employing more than 20,000 people during World War II. 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.

On this 2-hour walking tour, we will explore how millions of tons of war supplies and personnel were shipped through this teeming transportation hub, hear the stories of soldiers, longshoremen, and merchant mariners who worked these piers, rail yards, and warehouses, and learn how these facilities are put to use today. Looking at the broader context, this tour will discuss what made the Port of New York the envy of the world in the mid-20th century, why it went into decline, and how Brooklyn’s working waterfront is being revitalized today. Along the way, we will enjoy sweeping views of the harbor, closely examine the architecture and infrastructure, and step inside the Terminal’s architectural gem – the breathtaking atrium of Building B, where freight trains once rumbled through to be loaded from the innovative cantilevered balconies. Join us to explore the sights and stories of a century of work at the Brooklyn Army Terminal!


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General Admission: $22 per person

Seniors (65+): $19.80 per person (10% off)

Children (5-11): $11 per person

Children under 5 are welcome to attend free

Advance ticket purchase is required.

Discounts for veterans: World War II veterans and World War II-era defense workers receive free admission for this tour. Other veterans and and active-duty military personnel receive a 25% discount – just select these ticket types when making your reservation.

2 hours

We ask tour participants to please arrive 10 minutes before the tour start so that we can begin on time.

BAT Building A meeting locaionThis tour begins at the Brooklyn Army Terminal Building A, located at the junction of 1st Ave and 58th St in the Sunset Park section of Brooklyn. Enter through the security gate at 1st Ave, and the tours will meet in the lobby of Building A, which is the building on the right (closer to the water). The exact street address for your GPS is 140 58th St, Brooklyn, NY 11220. Please note that you may only enter the Brooklyn Army Terminal through the gate located on 1st Ave, not at 2nd Ave or 63rd St. Use this Google Map to find the tour meeting location.

Subway:

The nearest station is 59 St (N,R), located about a 10-minute walk from the 58th St entrance. Please note that these trains run on a more limited schedule on Saturdays and Sundays, so allow for additional travel time.

After exiting the station, 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.

Ferry:

Starting May 1, 2017, the new NYC Ferry serves the Brooklyn Army Terminal. The Rockaway ferry goes directly from Pier 11/Wall St to BAT, and the ride takes approximately 15 minutes. Please visit their website for complete schedules. To reach the tour meeting location, just walk up the hill to the security gate at 58th St and 1st Ave, and the guard will direct you to the meeting location.

Bus:

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.

Car:

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.
  • 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:

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.

Public tours are offered 2 weekend days per month at 11am. Use the calendar below to find our next available tour date.

We will walk approximately one mile over the course of the tour and will be standing for most of the two-hour period, as well as climbing several flights of stairs to access unrestored spaces of the Terminal. For individuals or groups who use wheelchairs or are not able to climb stairs, please contact us or call (347) 903-8687.

Hearing access symbol that shows an ear with radio signals emanating from the earAssistive listening devices – With at least 24 hours advance notice, portable FM assistive listening devices with headsets or neck loops can be made available for all public and private tours. Please note in your reservation or contact us at least 24 hours prior to your tour if you or a guest in your party would like to use a receiver. We cannot guarantee that assistive listening devices will be available if the request is made within 24 hours of the tour start time.

Accessibility symbol that shows a person walking with a cane to indicate services for visitors who are blind or have low visionVerbal description and large print materials – All of our tours are designed to be multi-sensory. We also have staff members who are experienced in verbal description and have led tour programming for visitors who are blind or have low vision. We can also make available all of our materials in large print upon request. Please notify us in advance either when making your reservation or by contacting us if you would like your public or private tour to be staffed accordingly so that we can ensure a fully-inclusive experience.

American Sign Language Accessibility Symbol American Sign Language interpretation – We seek to offer accessible experiences for all visitors. As such, with at least two weeks advance notice, we will seek to provide American Sign Language interpretation free of charge for visitors who are deaf for all of our tours. To place a request, please contact info@turnstiletours.com or text or call +1(347)903-8687.

For people with developmental and/or intellectual disabilities – We celebrate diversity in learning styles and abilities. With advance notice for public or private tours, we have the capability to provide accessible and inclusive programming for people with development and/or intellectual disabilities and their family members and friends. For example, with advance notice, we can provide a sensory-friendly experience for private groups of visitors with autism that includes visual supports and non-verbal tools before and during the visit (social narrative, visual schedules, etc), fidgets, as well as multi-sensory and kinesthetic approaches. With advance notice for public tours, Turnstile Tours can provide these accommodations and can also assign a staff member who has extensive experience leading programs for people with and without intellectual and development disabilities.  Please contact info@turnstiletours.com or text or call +1(347)903-8687 for more information.

Please contact us via email at info@turnstiletours.com or call or text us at +1(347) 903-8687 for more information.

Please contact us for more details on booking a private tour of the Brooklyn Army Terminal or visit our Group Tours page. Private tours can be scheduled most days of the week, subject to availability.

American Institute of Architects Continuing Education Credits (2 LU) are available for participation in this tour, and Turnstile Tours is an AIA CES Registered Provider. Consult the AIA Course Directory for a full description. The learning objectives are as follows:

1. Explain the role of architectural design in intermodal transportation and harbor operations by viewing historical rail and marine cargo handling facilities.

2. Describe how the innovative use of concrete technology facilitated rapid construction of this wartime project by observing unique concrete building forms and features.

3. Compare the Brooklyn Army Terminal with other buildings from throughout renowned architect Cass Gilbert’s career and understand his impact on industrial building design and construction.

4. Illustrate the ongoing adaptive reuse of this historic complex as a modern industrial park housing a wide diversity of tenants by viewing both renovated and unrenovated spaces.

Reserving tickets indicates your consent to Turnstile Tours’ below terms and conditions and the liability waiver and release included below.

Terms and Conditions:

The Customer understands and agrees that the tour proceeds rain or shine and that the tour will not be cancelled or rescheduled due to inclement weather unless such weather constitutes a dangerous situation for attendees, in which case the tour will be rescheduled to another date as agreed upon by Turnstile Tours and the Customer.  In the event that a tour must be cancelled by Turnstile Tours, the Customer will be contacted by Turnstile Tours and offered the option to reschedule, receive a gift certificate for equivalent value, or a refund in-full.

Tour reservations are only valid for the date and time for which they are purchased or reserved. Once purchased, tour reservations may not be used or exchanged for any other date or time.  During purchase, the Customer must review the reservation information carefully to ensure that all booking details are correct and that there are no errors.

Because Turnstile Tours limits the number of participants on tours in order to provide a high-quality experience, Turnstile Tours will not reschedule or refund tickets that are cancelled by Customers within 72 hours of the tour start time. If a Customer cancels prior to 72 hours (3 days) before the tour, there will be a service charge of $10 per attendee. If the Customer experiences a personal emergency that prevents him/her from attending, please call Turnstile Tours at (347) 903-8687 or send an email to info@turnstiletours.com.

Release for Limited Access to tour the Brooklyn Army Terminal

TOUR PROPERTY: PORTIONS OF BROOKLYN ARMY TERMINAL

BROOKLYN, NEW YORK

TO NEW YORK CITY ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT CORPORATION and THE CITY OF NEW YORK and APPLE INDUSTRIAL DEVELOPMENT CORP. and TURNSTILE TOURS, INC.:

WHEREAS, the following individuals joining this tour agree to this Release for Limited Access to Tour Portions of Brooklyn Army Terminal (individually referred to as the “Releasor” and collectively as the “Releasors”) have requested short term, temporary, non-exclusive access to certain portions of the Brooklyn Army Terminal Industrial Park (“BAT”),as designated by the employees and agents of Turnstile Tours, Inc. (“Turnstile Tours”) and of New York City Economic Development Corporation (“NYCEDC”), in Brooklyn, New York, designated on the Tax Map of the City of New York, Kings County, as Block 5778, Lot 1 and Block 5806, Lots 88 and 97 (referred to herein as the “Brooklyn Army Terminal”) for the sole purpose of participating in a tour operated by Turnstile Tours, in order to observe the Brooklyn Army Terminal as a functioning commercial/industrial complex that houses an array of businesses and industries (referred to as the “BAT Turnstile Tours”) on the date set forth next to your signature below.

In consideration of the permission to enter, access and tour portions of Brooklyn Army Terminal during the Tour Period for the limited purpose of participating in the BAT Turnstile Tours:

I, as one of the undersigned Releasors and participants in the BAT Turnstile Tours:

(i) do hereby assume and accept all risk and liability for losses, damages, expenses, personal and bodily injuries (including death), which may be suffered or sustained while on or at the Brooklyn Army Terminal; and

(ii) do hereby release and forever hold harmless New York City Economic Development Corporation and the City of New York, the Apple Industrial Development Corp. and Turnstile Tours, Inc., and their agents and employees, from any and all liability of whatsoever kind or nature, by reason of bodily injury (including death) to myself and/ or damage to my property arising from the entrance, access, presence, touring, participating in the BAT Turnstile Tours and any other conduct or activity upon the Brooklyn Army Terminal; and

(iii) to the fullest extent permitted by law, do hereby agree to indemnify and forever hold harmless the New York City Economic Development Corporation and the City of New York, the Apple Industrial Development Corp. and Turnstile Tours, Inc., and their agents and employees, from and against any and all liability, actions, judgments, claims, costs, expenses, and/or damages(including, without limitation, attorneys’ and other professional fees and expenses) of whatsoever kind or nature, by reason of personal or bodily injuries (including death) or by reason of property damage to another’s property, which New York City Economic Development Corporation, the City of New York, and/or the Apple Industrial Development Corp., and/or Turnstile Tours, Inc., or their agents or employees maybe subject or incur because of or arising from the entrance, access, presence, touring, participation in the BAT Turnstile Tours and/or any other conduct or activities upon the Brooklyn Army Terminal by myself, as one of the Releasors, or any of the other Releasors; notwithstanding that any of the same may be due to the acts, omissions or negligence of New York City Economic Development Corporation, the City of New York, and/or the Apple Industrial Development Corp., and/or Turnstile Tours, Inc., or their agents or employees City, or due to the condition of the subject Brooklyn Army Terminal or any structure located therein or thereon, or for any other reason.

As a Releasor, I accept that the condition of the Brooklyn Army Terminal is “as is” condition and that the Brooklyn Army Terminal is part of an operational commercial and industrial park and further I understand and acknowledge that portions of the Brooklyn Army Terminal may be uneven, slippery, unpaved, unimproved, dilapidated or otherwise hazardous conditions and that some portions of the unimproved areas are not intended for the activity of a tour, and that conditions of some portions of the Brooklyn Army Terminal may be extremely hazardous to both persons and property (including, but not limited to, due to vehicular traffic and industrial and commercial truck traffic, cracked asphalt and concrete, and un-even surfaces and other tripping hazards).

As a Releasor, I agree that my entering, access, presence, touring, participation and any other activities and conduct upon, in and at the Brooklyn Army Terminal shall be limited to the purpose of participating in the BAT Turnstile Tours during the Tour Period date and time set forth above and that I shall comply with all Federal, State of New York and City of New York laws, rules, and regulations as well as comply with all the suggestions and directives of the employees and agents of Turnstile Tours, Inc., New York City Economic Development Corporation, the City of New York, and/or the Apple Industrial Development Corp., including, but not limited to restriction of the access to portions of the Brooklyn Army Terminal, as applicable. I further understand that photographs taken on this tour may only be used for non-commercial or personal purposes. Using photographs for commercial purposes without acquiring permission from the New York City Economic Development Corporation is strictly prohibited.

The provisions of this release shall bind me and my executors, heirs and distributees and shall apply to each and every occasion upon which I enter, access, be present on, touring the Brooklyn Army Terminal in connection with any BAT Turnstile Tours.

By purchasing the ticket(s), I affirm that I have fully understood and agree to these Terms and Conditions, Waiver and Release of Liability.

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