Brooklyn Roasting Company

Brooklyn Roasting Company Coffee urn and cup of coffee

Brooklyn Roasting Company creates and serves unique, fair trade-certified coffees from across the globe. Inside the Brooklyn Navy Yard, their headquarters, distribution center, and roasting plant produce more than 1 million pounds of coffee annually, and you can them in their network of cafés across Brooklyn and Manhattan. Visit their café in the BLDG 92, or head down the street to their coffee cart in Building 77 or the café at 200 Flushing Ave. And if you are in nearby Dumbo, visit them at 55 Washington St or their flagship store at 25 Jay St, a building formerly occupied by the Arbuckles Coffee Company. You can grab a drink before or after your Brooklyn Navy Yard Tour, or ask about including a coffee tasting or tour of the roasting plant in a private group experience.

Multiple Locations // Coffee Shop // More Info

BLDG 92 Visitor and Exhibition Center

A museum exhibit that includes a series of photographs and videos to the right and an exhibit case with commercial products to the left

BLDG 92 is home to the visitor center, museum, and employment center of the Brooklyn Navy Yard, and it is the starting point for all of our Brooklyn Navy Yard Tours. Housed inside the 1857 Marine Commandant’s Residence, the “Past, Present, and Future” exhibit spans three floors that explore the history and contemporary development of the Yard. Be sure to also visit the Yard Work gallery, located inside the Brooklyn Roasting Company’s café on the ground floor, which highlights the work of many of the Yard’s current manufacturers, designers, and artists. Admission to the museum is always free, and BLDG 92 offers a host of public programs, and is available for rentals. Please ask us about including a tour of the museum galleries or a room rental for a private group experience.

Corner of Flushing Ave & Carlton Ave // Museum Open Wed–Sun, 12–6pm // More Info

Russ & Daughters at the Brooklyn Navy Yard

A bright but old-fashioned looking neon sign at a retail shop that has a fish graphics and reads Russ and Daughters Bagels and Lox appetizing since 1914

Founded in 1914 on the Lower East Side by Jewish immigrant Joel Russ, Russ & Daughters is a New York institution. Now a fourth-generation business run by Joel’s great-grandchildren Josh Russ Tupper and Niki Russ Federman, they have expanded from their Houston Street store to cafés on Orchard Street and at the Jewish Museum, and now a new retail store, company headquarters, and commercial bakery in the Brooklyn Navy Yard’s Food Manufacturing Hub at Building 77. Here they serve their impeccable selection of perfectly-sliced smoked and cured fish, and their fresh-from-the-oven baked goods like bagels, rugelach, black and white cookies, challah, and more. Come stock up on nosh essentials, or grab a bagel sandwich for breakfast or lunch.

Building 77, 141 Flushing Ave // Open Every Day, 8:30am–4:30pm // More Info

Eating Around the Brooklyn Navy Yard

Brooklyn Navy Yard Building 77 at nighttime

The Brooklyn Navy Yard covers 300 acres of the waterfront, touching neighborhoods from Dumbo to Fort Greene to Williamsburg. Both inside and outside the Yard’s gates are a growing number of places to eat and drink. If you’re traveling to the Yard via Dumbo, this neighborhood is packed with eateries for fine dining, a quick bite, or a drink. Nearby BLDG 92, there are great places for sandwiches, coffee, pizza, Mexican food, and more. The Yard is also a short walk from Downtown Brooklyn, where you can find the many offerings of the DeKalb Market Hall and the iconic Junior’s Restaurant.

Within the Yard, you can have coffee and bite at the Brooklyn Roasting Company Café in BLDG 92, grab a drink at the Gatehouse of Kings County Distillery, and stop by the Food Manufacturing Hub at Building 77, home to the newest location of Russ & Daughters. Click the map below for more information. >> Continue reading

Papermaking Studio Dieu Donné at the Brooklyn Navy Yard

Dieu Donné is a non-profit arts organization founded in 1976 by Susan Gosin and Bruce Wineberg to explore the untapped potential of hand papermaking as an art medium. At their 8,000-square-foot Brooklyn Navy Yard studio, which opened in 2016, they offer residencies and workspace for individual artists, display in their gallery, and host individuals and groups for tours, classes, and workshops. We can include a tour or hands-on experience at Dieu Donné as part of a private group tour of the Brooklyn Navy Yard.

Building 3, 6th Floor // Papermaking Studio // More Info

Brooklyn Grange Farm

Brooklyn Grange is a working commercial farm that also hosts events, designs and builds green roofs, and promotes sustainable living. The Grange produces over 50,000 pounds of produce annually, as well as honey and their famous hot sauce, which is sold to local restaurants, markets, and through their community-supported agriculture program. They currently operate two farms, the one-acre Flagship Farm in Long Island City, Queens, and the 1.5-acre farm atop Building 3 in the Brooklyn Navy Yard. Both farms host both private and public events, including farm dinners, workshops, classes, educational programs, and tours. A visit to the farm is a feature of our Urban Ecology Tour, and we can include a farm visit or workshop as part of a private group experience at the Brooklyn Navy Yard. The Yard location also offers public walking tours on Wednesdays, while the Queens location has an open house and tours on Saturdays throughout the growing season.

Farm Tours (May–Oct) // Tickets

  • Brooklyn Navy Yard Farm, Wednesdays at 10am & 11:30am 
  • Long Island City Farm (37-18 Northern Blvd, Queens), Saturdays at 11am & 2pm
  • Open house and farmstand at Long Island City Farm, Saturdays 10am–4pm

Brooklyn Navy Yard, Building 3 // Tours, Classes & Events // More Info

Woodside Press at the Brooklyn Navy Yard

Woodside Press is a printing company located in Building 3 at the Brooklyn Navy Yard that creates unique, high-quality printed items using traditional letterpress methods. Their workshop includes typefaces, presses, and linotype machines that have been rescued over the years as lithography and digital printing swept away the old methods. Woodside is a working print shop, but there are opportunities to visit; they frequently host open houses, they are a regular part of our Inside Industry tour series, and a visit or hands-on workshop can be included as part of a private group experience at the Brooklyn Navy Yard.

Building 3, 10th Floor // Tours & Workshops // More Info

Kings County Distillery at the Brooklyn Navy Yard

Colin leading a tour in Kings County Distillery barrel room

Kings County Distillery is New York City’s oldest, largest, and premier whiskey distillery. Founded in 2010 and moved to the Brooklyn Navy Yard’s 1899 Paymaster building in 2012, it was the first distillery opened in the city since Prohibition. Kings County distills, ages, and barrels all of their handmade moonshine, bourbon, and other whiskeys on site, and they offer tours, tastings, and private events at their facility. Check out their schedule of events, join a tour, or stop by their Gatehouse tasting room for a whiskey, cocktail or beer after a Brooklyn Navy Yard Tour. You can also include a visit to the Distillery as part of a private group experience at the Yard.

299 Sands St // Tasting Room & Distillery Tours // More Info

Rooftop Reds at the Brooklyn Navy Yard

Rooftop Reds is a rooftop vineyard, tasting room, and outdoor event space located atop an industrial building in the Brooklyn Navy Yard, offering great views of the Yard and the Manhattan and Brooklyn skylines. They host a variety of events, including movie screenings, tours, and food pairings, and the spaces is available for private events. The tasting room is open to the general public most days of the week, but all visitors must register in advance, so be sure to check their availability and schedule of events before your visit. You can visit Rooftop Reds before or after one of Brooklyn Navy Yard Tours, or include a visit as part of a private group experience at the Yard.

Brooklyn Navy Yard, Building 275 // Wine tasting and events // More Info

Naval Cemetery Landscape

The former Naval Hospital Cemetery at the Brooklyn Navy Yard is now a publicly-accessible green space created by the Brooklyn Greenway Initiative. Part of the Brooklyn Waterfront Greenway, a 14-mile bicycle and pedestrian path, this site has been designed as a natural area populated exclusively by native plant species and provides visitors with an escape from urban life. The Landscape hosts a variety of public programs, and it is open to the general public (check their website for current hours), and it a short walk from the Brooklyn Navy Yard Center at BLDG 92.

Williamsburg St West & Flushing Ave // Free Admission // More Info