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Brooklyn Navy Yard Center at BLDG 92



Featured Yard Tenants on Upcoming Inside Industry Tours:

Tour Highlights:

  • 90-minute walking tour
  • Offered on select weekdays
  • Visit factory and workshop spaces, meet company principals, and see how companies utilize modern technology and traditional crafts
  • Learn about the diverse manufacturing sector in NYC today

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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General Admission: $20 per person

Seniors (65+): $18 per person (10% off)

Kids (5-11): $10 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.

90 minutes

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

screen-shot-2016-10-24-at-2-30-01-pmAll 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.

Brooklyn Navy Yard Inside Industry Tours are offered once per month on select weekdays at 9:30am.

Use the calendar below to find our next available tour date, and note the company that the tour will be visiting.

1672754-inline-iconbwAs these tours takes place in public facilities and on sidewalks, these tours are fully accessible to visitors who use wheelchairs or mobility devices. Please note any requests for accommodations in your reservation or contact us in advance so that our guides can review the tour route for any obstructions or inaccessible pathways in advance of the tour. Please be advised that this tour does involve extended periods of walking and standing with minimal opportunities to sit down.

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 Navy Yard or visit our Group Tours page. At this time we cannot schedule private tours that visit Brooklyn Navy Yard tenant spaces, but we encourage groups to purchase tickets for our scheduled Inside Industry public tours, and we can offer discounted group rates.

American Institute of Architects Continuing Education Credits (1.5 LU) are available for this tour on select dates when we visit architecture-related firms, 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. Compare the contemporary and historical industrial/manufacturing sectors in New York City through examination of exhibits exploring industry in the Brooklyn Navy Yard and throughout the city.

2. Examine the intersection between traditional metalworking and woodworking crafts and digital design and fabrication technologies through observing the workflow and meeting principals in fabrication shops.

3. Describe different types of computer-numerical-controlled (CNC) machinery and techniques for fabricating interior and exterior architectural elements from different media, including metals, plastics, wood, and composite materials.

4. Illustrate the ongoing adaptive reuse of facilities in the Brooklyn Navy Yard industrial park by viewing renovated workshop spaces and the exteriors of other redevelopment projects throughout the Yard.

• About the Businesses •

The inside of work spaceNew Lab: New Lab is an interdisciplinary space designed to support entrepreneurs working in emerging technologies such as robotics, artificial intelligence, and connected devices. Located inside a century-old former machine shop at the Brooklyn Navy Yard, New Lab hosts more than 40 “member” companies, providing them access to more than $3.5 million worth of shared equipment, such as 3D printers, CNC machines, and other resources, as well as providing a collaborative environment to help like-minded companies speed up and refine their product development process.

1776: 1776 New York City is a collaborative startup community for businesses focusing on software development in regulated industries, especially in healthcare, energy, finance, education, transportation, and “smart city” innovation. Part of a global network with locations in Washington, DC and Dubai, 1776 is an incubator and seed fund that connects members with resources and mentors to help accelerate their growth in complex industries. Currently located in their beta space in the Brooklyn Navy Yard, in fall 2017 they will be moving into their new New York headquarters in the Building 77 development.

IMG_3619 1SITU Fabrication: Bringing design, fabrication, and research under one company, Situ’s team is able to tackle complex building challenges using a wide variety of tools, materials, and approaches. In their fabrication space, depending on which project they are working on, we might see how their metal workers construct sculptural elements for an artist’s installation, how they craft complex shapes using their robotic 5-dimensional router, how plastics are molded for interior design pieces on their thermomolder, or how they designed and built the Making It In NYC exhibit in BLDG 92.

Rob Ferra DeisgnsFerra Designs: Ferra Designs has been based at the Brooklyn Navy Yard since 2000 and specializes in designing and executing precision metalwork for interior and exterior architectural work and furnishings. We will learn about their intensive design and built methodology that allows them to build structures with extremely complex geometries. Then we will head into their workshop, where they use both traditional crafts, like welding and blacksmithing, and high-tech computer-controlled machinery. 

Final Frontier's 3G Suit. Courtesy Final Frontier Design.

Final Frontier Design: Founded by Ted Southern, an artist and designer with extensive experience in fashion and costume design, and Nikolay Moiseev, a veteran of Russia’s space suit maker Zvezda, FFD designs and builds suits and components for NASA, as well as for the burgeoning commercial space travel industry. On our visit to their space, we will learn how the FFD team brings their diverse experience together to tackle tough engineering and design challenges, from making better space gloves to maintaining good circulation in a weightless environment.

>> Read more about Final Frontier

portfolio_nysearch4-775x513Honeybee Robotics: Since 1983, Honeybee has been engineering robotic solutions to a range of problems, from manufacturing and industrial safety, to medical devices and space travel. Honeybee’s designs first flew in space 30 years ago, and they have built critical components for several different missions to Mars. In their space in the Brooklyn Navy Yard, we will learn about their design and testing process, see prototypes and models of various projects, and learn how their Brooklyn Navy Yard headquarters works with their other locations in Boulder, CO and Pasadena, CA.

>> Read more about Honeybee Robotics

IMG_5734Scott Jordan Furniture: As a designer and builder of high-quality, solid-wood furniture, over the course of 30 years in business, Scott Jordan has successfully married traditional craft with automated manufacturing. On our tour, we will see how his team utilizes digital tools, like Solidworks design and a computer-controlled cutting machine to make made-to-order components, as well as woodworking skills to assemble and finish his beautiful chairs, tables, beds, and other custom designs.

>> Read more about Scott Jordan Furniture

IMG_5962AHeirloom: Founded by husband and wife team Amy Stringer-Mowat and Bill Mowat, AHeirloom manufacturers a variety of wooden home goods, though they are best known for their cutting boards shaped like the states. Thanks to digital design tools and computer-controlled machinery, they can make these complex shapes – and even add custom details like your hometown or an inscription – quickly and affordably.

Handset type for Christmas cards.Woodside Press: A tenant of the Navy Yard since 1998, Woodside utilizes traditional printing methods – like handset type, wooden type, and hot metal typography – to create the highest quality printed materials. We will get a chance to see their 19th-century machinery in operation, learn about non-digital printing methods, and marvel at their unparalleled library of typeface, collected from now-shuttered type foundries and print shops around the world.

>> Read more about Woodside Press

IMG_7059 1Bien Hecho: Founded by woodworker John Randall, Bien Hecho specializes in making unique furniture and millwork out of reclaimed wood. Whether its pieces of an old boardwalk or tree brought down by a storm, John transform these discarded items into unique, beautiful furnishings and architectural accents. You can even find Bien Hecho’s handiwork on the streets of Brooklyn, as they fabricated many of the “Street Seats” public seating installations. John also leads woodworking classes in his workshop at the Bien Hecho Academy.

>> Read more about Bien Hecho

Refoundry: Refoundry is a non-profit organization and business incubator that helps formerly-incarcerated people learn skills of collaboration, self-reliance, and entrepreneurship. Their shop in the Brooklyn Navy Yard gives their participants a space to learn and develop their crafts in woodworking and leatherworking, and to turn those crafts into self-sustaining businesses so that individuals can be successful returning to and reintegrating into society. Many of the furniture pieces from Refoundry are made from reclaimed and repurposed materials, and they are sold at the Brooklyn Flea and other venues. 


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