Brooklyn Navy Yard: Urban Ecology Tour
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- 2-hour guided bicycle or bus tour with frequent stops to explore sites more closely
- Visit the Brooklyn Grange rooftop farm
- See an oyster restoration project
- Visit the former Brooklyn Naval Hospital Cemetery
- Learn about sustainable landscaping and how to identify common native and invasive plant species
- Tour is certified by the American Institute of Architects for 2 LU/HSW continuing education credits (AIA CES)
- Attendees on all public bicycle tours are responsible for providing their own bicycles and safety helmets
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.
2018 Public Tours: Dates coming soon!
Seniors (65+): $22.50 / $27 per person
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 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 CitiBike, 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: NYC Ferry operates stops at Brooklyn Bridge Park-DUMBO and South Williamsburg, and each stop is a 30-minute walk (1.5 miles) from BLDG 92. Ferry rides are $2.75. 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.
The bus provided by the Brooklyn Navy Yard for all public tours includes accommodations for one visitor who uses a wheelchair, including a mechanical lift and a location where the wheelchair can be fastened to the floor of the vehicle. For a visitor who uses a wheelchair and is bringing guests, general passenger seating is available next to and in front of this location on the bus.
The Brooklyn Navy Yard Center at BLDG 92, where the tour begins and ends, includes three floors of exhibits that are accessible via elevator for people who use wheelchairs and/or who use mobility devices such as canes or walkers. We regularly host visitors who have mobility impairments on our public bus tours of the Brooklyn Navy Yard. To ensure a welcoming experience, our guides bring a step to make it easier for visitors to step up into the bus and visitors with walkers may also use the mechanical lift to enter the bus if that is their preference.
Regular and ongoing trainings are provided to bus drivers and tour guides to ensure a welcoming experience. To ensure that this wheelchair-accessible spot is available on your desired date and time for taking the tour, please contact us.
Assistive 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.
Verbal 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 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 email@example.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 firstname.lastname@example.org or text or call +1(347)903-8687 for more information.
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All participants must provide their own bicycle. 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.
- 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 strongly urged to wear 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.
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