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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