NYCxDESIGN: Brooklyn Navy Yard: Architecture & Infrastructure Tour | May 10–22

A guide is smiling and holding a historical photo of workers walking into the entrance of the Brooklyn Navy Yard as people look on. In the background, there are wind and solar-powered street lamps, a historic red brick building, and a modern industrial multi-story building.
  • Tuesday, May 10, 6pm
  • Sunday, May 15, 1pm
  • Sunday, May 22, 1pm

Join these special tours for NYCxDESIGN (May 10–20) and explore the Brooklyn Navy Yard’s unique architecture, both historic and contemporary, and learn about the role the Yard plays in providing economic opportunities for thousands of New Yorkers, from small business owners to manufacturing workers to technology startups. We will also examine some the infrastructure that keeps the Yard – and all of New York City – running, including stormwater management, solid waste, and alternative energy systems. The 2-hour walking 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.

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This program is presented as part of NYC x Design 2022 and organized for the Brooklyn Navy Yard Development Corporation.

Barge Family Reunion Celebration: The Tideshift Project, Session 2 | Free Virtual Program | Sunday, May 22

May 22, 2022 2:00 pm EDT

The Waterfront Museum presents the Barge Family Reunion Celebration, stories and images from people who have lived and worked aboard barges and their families. This is the second part of The Tideshift Project, a three-part series of oral history collecting events presented live, virtually, and in person aboard the 1914 Lehigh Valley Railroad No. 79 wooden lighterage barge moored at 290 Conover St in Red Hook, Brooklyn. In this series of events, The Waterfront Museum will record stories from waterfront workers who have handled freight in and near Red Hook and from their descendants. The Tideshift Project was funded in part by Humanities New York with support from the National Endowment for the Humanities.

If you would like to attend this event in person, there are a limited number of spaces available, which you can book here.

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Turnstile Turns Ten Happy Hour | Thursday, May 26

May 26, 2022, 6pm EDT

This month marks 10 years since we embarked on this journey to start a tour company with a social mission committed to supporting nonproft partners and helping them build capacity to welcome the public. The last two years have been the most challenging yet, but as we launch into our second decade, we are so thankful for all the friends, colleagues, and collaborators who have helped us get this far. To say thank you for all of your support through the years, we would love for you to come out and celebrate with us! We will be hosting a happy hour at Transmitter Brewing in the Brooklyn Navy Yard on Thursday, May 26 at 5pm.

Please note that this event was originally scheduled for Thursday, May 12, but due to a family emergency (everyone is doing okay now), we had to reschedule to May 26.

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Fleet Week Tour of New York Harbor | Memorial Day

May 30, 2022, 10:30am EDT

Join us on Memorial Day for a special, in-depth tour of the rich military history of New York Harbor to celebrate the return of Fleet Week to New York City! Starting from Chelsea Piers, this special 2.5-hour cruise aboard one of Classic Harbor Line‘s beautiful motor yachts will explore the military history of New York Harbor from the Revolutionary War to today, with special emphasis on the role of the port in World War II. The tour will visit historic military sites, monuments, and fortifications, including the Brooklyn Navy Yard, Brooklyn Army Terminal, Staten Island Navy pier, and the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum, as well as give you a waterside view of the active Navy and Coast Guard vessels in town for Fleet Week. In addition to stories about the harbor’s history, the tour will also include oral histories of men and women who worked and served on the New York waterfront during World War II that will help bring these places to life.
Health & Safety Guidelines

The following guidelines are from Classic Harbor Line:

Guests can book tickets with confidence in our cancelation flexibility. Also, there have been many updates to our operating practices that guests should review:

  • Bookings of 1 to 9 guests, have an option to reschedule or convert to a gift certificate up until 24 hours prior to departure. Bookings of 10 to 16 must notify us 1 week in advance to reschedule or convert to gift certificate credit. Bookings of 17 or more must notify us 2 weeks in advance to reschedule or convert to gift certificate credit. Requests for cancellation, rescheduling or conversion to gift credit must be sent by email to publicsails@sail-nyc.com. *Unique cancelation terms can be offered upon request. Please call 212-627-1825, option 4.
  • If you purchased the trip cancellation protection, you can reschedule or receive a refund for your tickets up to 1 hour prior to departure. Requests for cancellation must be sent by email to publicsails@sail-nyc.com
  • We are operating at reduced capacity for guests' comfort.
  • Assigned 'zones' or 'tables' are assigned for social distancing practices on each of our excursions.
  • Each guest over the age of 2 must wear a face mask when indoors.
  • Each crew member will don a face mask.
  • Hand sanitizer is available throughout your experience with us.
  • Contactless transactions are enabled for ticket purchase, check-in, bar purchases and tipping.
  • High-touch points of the yachts are sanitized between every sail we operate.
  • Guests and CHL crew will be turned away if they have apparent symptoms.
  • Food and alcohol service is subject to the current New York State guidelines and requirements.

Classic Harbor Line will be closely adhering to the guidelines set forth by New York State's Reopening Plan. Please also note that the guidelines we adopt may be changed over time by governing authorities and we will therefore adjust accordingly. Please note that we cannot guarantee that the parameters of our operation will be the same on your cruise as the parameters set forth during your time of purchase nor may they be the same as the last time you cruised or sailed with us.

FAQs

Do I have to wear a mask the entire time?
When in our interior spaces, masks are required - covering both your nose and mouth, unless you are seated in your assigned zone and you are enjoying food or beverage. Masks are no longer required on our outdoor spaces.

Do I need proof of vaccination?
As of March 7th, NYC no longer requires guests to provide proof of COVID-19 vaccination in indoor dining settings.

What is the air ventilation like?
All seating on the schooners is open-air on the outer decks. Full Moon & Kingston will have all windows open and an open-air experience. The Manhattans have been outfitted with HEPA filters for their interior spaces, but also have open-air outer decks on the bow.

How much space is between me and the next person?
This will vary based on attendees. Do note that face masks are required by each guest in indoor areas, capacity is reduced to follow the current New York State Guidelines depending on the venue, and private 'zones' or private 'tables' will be designated.

Can I choose my assigned 'Zone' or 'Table'?
Our ticketing system will space bookings as they come in based on size. You can make requests (i.e. port, starboard, forward, etc.), and we will do our best to accommodate you, but cannot guarantee it will be available. All Tickets on the Manhattans will be assigned to ‘tables’ in the main salons, partitioned by plexiglass panes. All tickets on the schooners will be assigned to ‘zones’ on the open deck. All tickets on Full Moon or Kingston will be assigned to sitting areas.

Can we move around the boat? If on the Manhattans, can we go to the outer forward deck?
Yes. Please just be courteous of others, creating the best case social distancing practices.

How many guests will be on the boat?
Capacity is reduced to follow the current New York State Guidelines.

How often is the boat sanitized?
The boat is sanitized between every sail, including all high-touch points (handrails, doorknobs, chairs, table tops) and bathrooms.

Can I eat on the boat?
We will have light food options available. For health & safety concerns, we ask that if you do bring personal food, that it is nothing more than a simple, individual snack.

More Questions?
email publicsails@sail-nyc.com

Admission
  • For groups of 2–3 guests: $78 per person
  • For groups of 4 or more: $68 per person
Directions

All tours begin and end at Chelsea Piers, Pier 62, located near the junction of 22nd St and the West Side Highway in Manhattan.

Please visit Classic Harbor Line’s Frequently Asked Questions page for driving directions and information on public transportation and parking nearby.

Private Tours

Please contact us for more details on booking a private tour with Classic Harbor Line.

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Prospect Park: A Chancellor’s Day Professional Learning Event for Educators | Thursday, June 9

July 9, 2022, 9am EDT

Public parks are an essential part of life in urban areas. The Covid-19 pandemic illuminated just how important sites of nature, fresh air, and recreation are in crowded New York City. In Brooklyn, Prospect Park is often referred to as “Brooklyn’s backyard,” and the park has seen historic levels of usage in the past couple of years. This Chancellor’s Day, Brooklyn Public Library’s Center for Brooklyn History invites education professionals to experience the park’s history and natural splendor while reflecting on the ways Brooklyn’s backyard has evolved to meet the needs of a diverse public. First, we’ll hear from author Justin Martin, author of Genius of Place: The Life of Frederick Law Olmsted, about the origins of the park and the ideals that inspired its designers Frederick Law Olmsted and Calvert Vaux. Then, we’ll be joined by Cindy VandenBosch and Andrew Gustafson, President and Vice President of Turnstile Tours & Studio, who will lead attendees on a walking tour of some of Prospect Park’s fascinating landmarks and illuminate ways the park has changed since the time of Olmsted and Vaux. CBH educators will model lesson plans utilizing fascinating archival sources from our world-renowned collections. Participants will leave with a deeper understanding of how public space changes over time, methods to incorporate primary source material into classroom settings, and the restorative feeling that comes with a day spent amongst the trees. Breakfast and lunch will be provided. Proof of Covid-19 vaccination and face masks are required. Attendees are eligible for 5 Continuing Teacher and Leader Education (CTLE) credits.

This professional development workshop is presented by the Center for Brooklyn History of the Brooklyn Public Library, with support from the Prospect Park Alliance.

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St. George Ferry Virtual Tour | Virtual Program | Episode 273

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While the Staten Island Ferry is the oldest continuously operating ferry line in New York City, the NYC Ferry to the island is the newest. Ride with us from the Javits Center to Battery Park City to St. George as we explore the highlights of the commute on both sides of the Hudson River and Lower New York Bay. We will zip past many museum ships, the Statue of Liberty, Ellis Island, Robbins Reef Lighthouse, and Bayonne’s container terminal. We will then take a stroll around the new ferry landing in St. George and discuss challenges and changes for Staten Island’s North Shore.

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May Day: Labor History of the Brooklyn Navy Yard | Episode 272

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Waterfront workers were at the vanguard of the labor movement; the word “strike” has its origins in work stoppages on the London docks in 1768, when sailors “struck” the sails of ships to keep them in port. In New York, skilled shipworkers organized some of the earliest trade associations, and they agitated for steady wages and reduced working hours as far back as the 1820s. At the Brooklyn Navy Yard, federal regulations and political patronage often stifled workers’ ability to strike, but by the time of World War II, the massive workforce of the Yard was heavily unionized, and the good-paying jobs would form the backbone of Brooklyn’s middle class. In this virtual program, we will examine the long history of labor organizing at the Yard, how workers fought for their rights in the absence of formal unions, and how the unions ultimately proved powerless against changing politics and economics of the shipbuilding industry in New York.

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My Little Chickpea: An Exploration of Falafel | Episode 270

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Most of the same food carts selling the ubiquitous street meat also offer a strikingly vegan dish that is both traditional and modern. Falafel checks all the boxes from traditional, healthy, and delicious. On this hunger inducing virtual program, our resident food expert Brian Hoffman will explore all aspects of this humble little fritter from its historic controversial origins to recommendations on the best versions in New York to an explanation on how they are made. Along the way, we will learn from some of the best falafel chefs on New York food carts, and Brian will show us how to make great falafel at home with a live cooking demonstration.

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OLMSTED 200: Parks in Conversation | Virtual Tour of Prospect Park and Central Park | Episode 269

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Join us for a special virtual tour in celebration of Frederick Law Olmsted’s 200th birthday that explores two of his New York City masterpieces—Central Park and Prospect Park. Built a decade apart, Central and Prospect Park share many similarities, but also reflect Olmsted’s evolution as a park designer and his lasting influence on landscape design and public space. Guides from Central Park Conservancy will be on site to highlight Central Park’s arches, meadows, and natural features, as Turnstile Tours guides examine parallel features in Prospect Park and compare and contrast the different elements of the parks, including examples of Olmsted designs that have been adapted to fit better with modern-day recreational uses and ecological practices. 

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(Re)connecting Brooklyn’s History: Brooklyn’s Homefront during World War II with Brooklyn Public Library

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The history and legacy of the Second World War can be seen all around us in Brooklyn. Once home to hundreds of factories, shipyards, and warehouses, and responsible for sending millions of service members off to the front lines, Brooklyn was arguably one of the most important communities in waging and winning the war. Using locations from communities across Brooklyn—including famous sites like the Brooklyn Navy Yard and Brooklyn Army Terminal, and lesser-known sites that help tell stories about labor, housing, and culture—as well as primary source documents and oral histories, this program will help illuminate Brooklynites’ experience of World War II.

The (Re)connecting Brooklyn’s History series brings the fascinating work of historians to an audience of students and educators through online presentations and resources for sustained engagement with local history topics.

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