Brooklyn Navy Yard: Urban Ecology Tours by bicycle or bus
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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.
2017 Public Tours:
- Sunday, August 20, 11am-1pm – bicycle tour
- Sunday, September 17, 11am-1pm – bicycle tour
- Sunday, October 22, 11am-1pm – bus and walking tour
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General Admission: $25 for bicycle tour / $30 for bus tour per person
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 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.
The Urban Ecology Tour of the Brooklyn Navy Yard is offered at least one weekend day per month, April–October, with periodic tours by bus available. If you are interested in other sustainability-focused tours of the Brooklyn Navy Yard, try our Architecture & Infrastructure Tour, offered monthly.
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 available 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. Describe general characteristics of green roof design through viewing intensive and extensive systems.
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. Discuss the intersection of the built and natural environment at the shoreline through exploring habitat restoration projects, resiliency strategies, and urban and industrial impacts on marine ecology.
4. Identify native and nonnative plant species through multi-sensory experiences of planned and unplanned landscapes.