DNAinfo: WWII Boat Cruise Shows Off City’s Harbor History for Fleet Week

DNAinfo New York, May 21, 2014

by Matthew Katz

A historical boat cruise will let New Yorkers get up a close look at the city’s maritime past during the World War II.

For both Fleet Week and Memorial Day, Classic Harbor Lines and Turnstile Tours will let passengers sail from Chelsea Piers past the Brooklyn Navy Yard and Brooklyn Army Terminal, and learn the history of the harbor during WWII.

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NYC & Co: 10 Top Tours

NYCGo.com, March 5, 2014

One might call Turnstile Tours’ offerings the thinking visitor’s guided itineraries. While we love New York City’s iconic sights (in fact, you must see them), this municipality’s charm also lies in the little things. Turnstile guides can help visitors become instant experts on such matters as the Brooklyn Navy Yard’s leadership in green industry and the rewards and challenges of running one of the City’s many food carts. The tours distinguish themselves with such touches as discussions with food-cart owners themselves. In keeping with its neighborly spirit, Turnstile Tours also contributes 5% of ticket sales from each tour toward supporting select community charities.

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New York Daily News: Brooklyn Army Terminal opening up for tours of the 95-year-old Sunset Park military depot

New York Daily News, September 14, 2013

by Matt Chaban

What do Elvis, Prohibition-era bootleggers and dinosaur bones all have in common? They’ve all spent their fair share of time at the Brooklyn Army Terminal in Sunset Park.

And now you can, too.

For the first time, the city is offering regular tours of the 95-year-old former military depot on the waterfront in Sunset Park.

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New York Times: A Return to Duty for the Brooklyn Navy Yard Hospital

New York Times, September 19, 2013

Streetscapes – Christopher Gray

The Brooklyn Navy Yard is known for its muscular collection of industrial architecture. Here, the battleship Missouri and other warships were built and repaired until the yard closed five decades ago. The regular weekend tours of the Navy Yard cover that and more, but at the end comes an unexpected treat: the magnificent, slightly sagging Naval Hospital, a ghostly marble temple built in 1838 and empty for two decades. A new plan may sweep away the cobwebs.

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Brooklyn News 12: Brooklyn Army Terminal in Sunset Park looks to increase visitors by offering private tours

News 12 Brooklyn, September 19, 2013

Private tours are now being offered at the Brooklyn Army Terminal. The 95-year-old structure in Sunset Park used to be the largest reinforced concrete building in the world. Today, many people do not even know it exists. This spurred tour guide Andrew Gustafson’s mission to raise awareness by offering tours.

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News 12 Brooklyn: Brooklyn Navy Yard hosts unique urban bike tour

News 12 Brooklyn, September 1, 2013

The Brooklyn Navy Yard gives many tours throughout the year, but tours at the 300-acre site are offering a unique twist starting this weekend.
The site is hosting urban ecology bicycle tours. Participants begin at the Navy Yard’s Building 92 and pedal past an urban rooftop farm, the waterfront and an oyster farm.

“We live in this urban center with all kinds of pavement and industry, and great urban energy all around us. But we don’t necessarily always think about the kinds of plants that are here, where they come from, what they’re called, and they have a history all of their own.”

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Atlas Obscura: Realm of Wounded Soldiers: Abandoned Brooklyn Naval Hospital

Atlas Obscura, May 2, 2013

by Allison Meyer

Since it was decommissioned in 1966, the Brooklyn Navy Yard has morphed into a thriving center for independent industry and creative businesses, with many of its old military complexes and ship-building facilities being transformed into offices and studios. However, there are still areas of this massive area that once was a hub of naval ship construction that remain abandoned, and there it’s easiest to descend quickly into the Brooklyn Navy Yard’s history.

I recently visited the Navy Yard with Turnstile Tours, which offers a variety of tours at the Navy Yard, including one on World War II and one for photographers. Our final stop after an extensive exploration through the former military center’s history was one of those still-abandoned places: the Naval Hospital.

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National Geographic Intelligent Travel: Hyper-Local Tours in NYC

National Geographic Intelligent Travel, April 4, 2013

by Rainer Jenss

[T]his very atypical tour was well worth the effort — for my family, and for others who want to dig a little deeper while they’re in New York. Best of all, if you’re in the city with the kids, besides maybe saving you some money, you won’t have to worry about finding a family-friendly restaurant and keeping the kids entertained – at least for one afternoon.

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