A tall glass office building on a pier next to NYC ferries in a wet berth with ship repair cranes and the Williamsburg Bridge in the background

Brooklyn Navy Yard: Architecture & Infrastructure Tour

Tour Highlights

  • 2-hour guided walking tour with frequent stops to explore sites more closely
  • See site of current and future development projects at the Yard
  • See a dry dock from 1851 still in use today for ship repair
  • Learn about critical municipal infrastructure at the Yard
  • Offered one Sunday per month at 11am
  • Walking tour
  • Tour starts at Brooklyn Navy Yard Building 77
  • Private Group Tours available
  • Tours support Brooklyn Navy Yard Exhibits & Programs

Once America’s premier Naval shipyard, today the Brooklyn Navy Yard is a mission-driven industrial park and a hub of industry, technology, and craft. Explore the Navy Yard’s unique architecture and examine the many layers of history visible in the landscape, from Civil War-era machine shops to innovative LEED-Certified structures, and see how these buildings have been adapted for modern manufacturing. Learn about development projects currently underway at the Yard and some of the 500+ businesses that call the Yard home today.

This tour showcases the role the Brooklyn Navy Yard plays in providing economic opportunities for thousands of New Yorkers, from small business owners to manufacturing workers to technology startups, and looks at the infrastructure that keeps the Yard – and all of New York City – running, including stormwater management, transportation, and energy. The tour covers most of the massive 300-acre campus, including visits to the still-active 1851 Dry Dock No. 1, the renovated 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.

Archtober 2023 | October 8 & 29: We are hosting special tours for Archtober, aka New York Architecture Month, that will highlight different aspects of the built environment at the Yard. Use the calendar above the sign up for one of these special tours, and visit archtober.org to explore architecture-related events across the city.

    Tour Information

    Admission

    Public Tours

    • General Admission: $25 per person
    • Seniors (65+): $22.50
    • Students and Veterans: $22.50
    • Children (5-12): $12.50
    • Children under 5 are welcome to attend free
    • Advance ticket purchase is required

    Private tours are available seven days a week, depending on availability. Pricing for private tours is based on a minimum occupancy of 12 guests, and a gratuity of 8.5% is added to all private tour bookings.

    Know Before You Go

    • Dress appropriately for the weather and wear comfortable shoes.
    • We will walk approximately 2 miles on this tour.
    • Tours proceed rain or shine and will not be cancelled or rescheduled due to inclement weather unless such weather constitutes a dangerous situation, in which case Turnstile Tours will contact all tour attendees.
    • Cancellations: We cannot reschedule or refund tickets that are canceled within 24 hours of the tour start time. If you cancel more than 24 hours before the tour, we can offer you a credit to reschedule for a future tour.

    Directions

    Tours begin and end at the Brooklyn Navy Yard’s Building 77, located at 141 Flushing Ave, at the corner of Flushing Ave and Vanderbilt Ave in the Fort Greene section of Brooklyn. Click here for Google Maps directions or view our neighborhood map.

    SUBWAY: The nearest subway stations 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 Building 77. These are NOT wheelchair-accessible stations; the nearest is DeKalb Ave (B,Q,R), which is slightly farther than the other stations. View our map for walking directions from each of these stations, and visit mta.info for maps and service alerts.

    FERRY: NYC Ferry provides service directly to the Brooklyn Navy Yard on the Astoria Route, with a non-stop connection from Wall St-Pier 11 and East 34th St. When you disembark, follow signs to Building 77. NYC Ferry does not accept MetroCards or OMNY. All ferries are wheelchair accessible. Visit ferry.nyc for schedules and info and download the NYC Ferry app.

    BUS: The B57 and B69 travel along Flushing Ave and stop at Building 77. You may also take the B62, which stops on Park Ave, one block south of the Brooklyn Navy Yard. All NYC MTA buses are wheelchair accessible, and all accept OMNY with a contactless bank card or smartphone. 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). Do not take the B67, as this will take your through the Yard, but you will not be able to get off inside the Yard.

    DRIVING & PARKING: 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). 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 Building 77 offers plenty of racks to park your bike. If you would like to use a Citi Bike, there is a station at Building 77, and stations in close proximity to the York St, High St-Brooklyn Bridge, and Clinton-Washington subway stations.

    IMPORTANT TIPS:

    • If using a GPS or mobile app to reach Building 77, enter “141 Flushing Ave, Brooklyn.”  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 Building 77, as you will be turned away.
    • The Brooklyn Navy Yard shuttle runs on weekdays only, and it is not available to the public

    Accessibility

    We strive to lead the tour over a physically accessible route, but due to construction, weather, or other unforeseen circumstances, we may encounter uneven paths, obstructions, or steep inclines along the tour route. If you do use a wheelchair or have any other accessibility need, please contact us directly and/or include this information when booking, so that we can offer a fully accessible experience.

    Please visit our Accessibility Page for the most up-to-date information on all access accommodations.

    Private Tours

    Please contact us for more details on booking a private tour or visit our Group Tours page. Private tours can be offered seven days a week, subject to availability.

    About Brooklyn Navy Yard

    From 1801 to 1966, the Brooklyn Navy Yard was a federally-owned naval shipbuilding and repair facility. After it was decommissioned by the US Navy, it was sold to the City of New York, and it has operated as an industrial park ever since. Today, the Yard is owned by the City of New York and operated by the non-profit Brooklyn Navy Yard Development Corporation. It is home to more than 450 businesses that employ 11,000+ people in industry, manufacturing, technology, and creative fields. There is no longer any shipbuilding at the Yard, but there is a thriving commercial ship repair operation, and most of the cranes you see towering over the yard are in fact operational and frequently in use.

    Visit our Frequently Asked Question page for more information.

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