Brooklyn Navy Yard: Architecture & Infrastructure Tour
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- 2-hour guided bicycle tour with frequent stops to explore sites more closely
- Offered on the last Saturday of the month at 11am
- See examples of adaptive reuse of historic buildings for modern industry
- Learn about current development projects at the Yard, including the Green Manufacturing Center, Building 77, and Dock 72
- Participants can receive American Institute of Architects Continuing Education System (AIA CES) credits
- Attendees on all public bicycle tours are responsible for providing their own bicycles and safety helmets.
Once America’s premier Naval shipyard, today the Brooklyn Navy Yard is a mission-driven industrial park and a hub of industry, technology, and craft. Explore the Navy Yard’s unique architecture and examine the many layers of history visible in the landscape, from Civil War-era machine shops to innovative LEED-Certified structures, and see how these buildings have been adapted for modern manufacturing. Learn about development projects currently underway at the Yard, which are projected to more than double the Yard’s workforce to over 16,000 by 2020, the greatest expansion of the Yard since World War II.
This tour showcases the role the Brooklyn Navy Yard plays in providing economic opportunities for thousands of New Yorkers, from small business owners to manufacturing workers to technology startups, and looks at the infrastructure that keeps the Yard – and all of New York City – running, including stormwater management, solid waste, and alternative energy systems. The tour covers most of the massive 300-acre campus, including visits to the still-active 1851 Dry Dock No. 1, the one-million-square-foot World War II-era Building 77, the sites of the Admiral’s Row and Dock 72 projects, and the LEED Platinum-certified Brooklyn Navy Yard Center at BLDG 92.
2017 Bicycle Tours:
- Saturday, May 27, 11am
- Saturday, June 24, 11am
- Saturday, July 29, 11am
- Saturday, August 26, 11am
- Saturday, September 30, 11am
- Saturday, October 28, 11am
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General Admission: $25 by bicylce / $30 by bus per person
Seniors (65+): $22.50 / $27 per person (10% off)
Children (5-11): $12.50 / $15 per person
Children under 5 are welcome to attend free if secured in a child’s seat.
All attendees must wear a safety helmet and provide their own bicycles or be secured in a seat with proper restraints.
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.
We ask tour participants to please arrive 10 minutes before the tour start so that we can begin on time.
All public tours begin and end at the Brooklyn Navy Yard Center at BLDG 92, located at the corner of Flushing Ave and Carlton Ave in the Fort Greene section of Brooklyn. Click the map on the right for Google Maps directions, visit our Frequently Asked Questions page for more information, or view our neighborhood map.
- Subway: The nearest subway stations to BLDG 92 are at York St (F), High St-Brooklyn Bridge (A,C), and Clinton-Washington Av (G), and each is about a 15-minute walk from BLDG 92. View our map for walking directions from each of these stations, and visit mta.info for maps and service alerts.
- Bus: The B57 and B69 (weekends only) travel along Flushing Ave and stop one block from BLDG 92. You may also take the B62, which stops on Park Ave, one block south of the Brooklyn Navy Yard. If traveling by bus, be sure to allow plenty of extra time for your trip, as weekend schedules can be unreliable (visit mta.info for maps and service alerts).
- Driving: The Brooklyn Navy Yard is easily accessible from the Brooklyn-Queens Expressway (I-278), either via the exits for Tillary St (exit 29B), Flushing Ave (exit 30 eastbound), or Wythe Ave/Kent Ave (exit 31 westbound).
- Parking: On the weekends, it is usually not difficult to find street parking in the immediate vicinity of the Yard. There is also a free public parking lot one block south of the yard on Park Ave, underneath the Brooklyn-Queens Expressway. Parking within the gates of the Brooklyn Navy Yard is only available for drivers with an accessible parking sticker – please contact us for directions to the accessible parking.
- Bicycle: There is a bicycle lane along Flushing Ave, and BLDG 92 offers plenty of racks to park your bike. If you would like to use a Citi Bike, there is a station immediately across the street on Flushing Ave, and stations in close proximity to the York St, High St-Brooklyn Bridge, and Clinton-Washington subway stations.
- Ferry: East River Ferry operates stops at Brooklyn Bridge Park-DUMBO and Schaefer Landing-South Williamsburg, and each stop is a 30-minute walk (1.5 miles) from BLDG 92. Ferry rides are $4 on weekdays and $6 on weekends. View our map for walking directions.
* If using a GPS or mobile app to reach BLDG 92, enter “Flushing Ave & Carlton Ave, Brooklyn” or “1 Carlton Ave.” Do not enter “63 Flushing Ave” or “Brooklyn Navy Yard” – this is the address for the entire 300-acre Navy Yard, and it will not bring you to the correct location.
* The Brooklyn Navy Yard is a secure industrial park. Do not attempt to enter the Yard through any entrances other than BLDG 92, as you will be turned away.
This tour is offered on the last Saturday of the month at 11am, April–October, and on select weekends during the winter. If you are interested in other architecture-themed or tours of the Brooklyn Navy Yard, try our Urban Ecology Tour and our Inside Industry Tour. Use the calendar below to find our next available tour date.
Please visit our Private Group Tours page for information, and contact us to make a reservation. Private bicycle tours can be scheduled on weekends only, and this tour is offered as a private bus tour most days of the week, subject to availability.
All participants must provide their own bicycle and safety helmet. Make sure to set up your rental in advance.
Get Up and Ride (330 South 3rd St, Williamsburg): Located just a short ride from BLDG 92, tour participants can rent bikes at a special rate – just click the link that appears in your confirmation message once you’ve completed your ticket purchase to reserve your bike.
Other bicycle rental options:
- Red Lantern Bicycles (345 Myrtle Ave, Fort Greene): Red Lantern is conveniently located nearby BLDG 92, and they offer a limited number of bicycle rentals through Spinlister. It’s also a great place to stop in for parts and repairs, or a coffee, snack, or beer.
- CitiBike: Bike share stations are located nearby the Brooklyn Navy Yard, but Turnstile Tours cannot guarantee the availability of these bikes, and all participants are required to provide their own safety helmet when on a Turnstile bicycle tour. Additional fees may be incurred for using a bike for an extended period, and Turnstile Tours cannot be held responsible for these fees. Please visit our Frequently Asked Questions page and the Citibike pricing page for more information.
- Bike and Roll (Battery Park, Lower Manhattan)
- Ride Brooklyn Bike Shop (468 Bergen St, Park Slope)
- Blazing Saddles (South Street Seaport, Lower Manhattan)
American Institute of Architects Continuing Education Credits (2 LU: HSW) 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. Identify internal and external features that contribute to LEED certification through exploring multiple LEED-Certified structures and their features.
2. Describe the relationship between urban sewer infrastructure and stormwater management strategies through examining site planning and architectural design solutions for buildings and infrastructure.
3. Differentiate federal, state, and local incentives and designations for historic structures by comparing on-site examples of adaptive reuse and architectural restoration.
4. Articulate the benefits of renewable energy and energy efficiency technologies by viewing on-site infrastructure and building design features.