Brooklyn Army Terminal Tours

Step inside an engineering marvel that is today a center of manufacturing and innovation on Brooklyn’s Sunset Park waterfront. Built to supply American forces in World War I, this enormous Cass Gilbert-designed complex served as a supply base for the American military for nearly 50 years, employing more than 20,000 people during World War II. Today, this thriving industrial park is home to over 100 companies in a wide array of industries, from precision manufacturers to biotech researchers, online retailers to chocolatiers.

On this 2-hour walking tour, we will explore how millions of tons of war supplies and personnel were shipped through this teeming transportation hub, hear the stories of soldiers, longshoremen, and merchant mariners who worked these piers, rail yards, and warehouses, and learn how these facilities are put to use today. Looking at the broader context, this tour will discuss what made the Port of New York the envy of the world in the mid-20th century, why it went into decline, and how Brooklyn’s working waterfront is being revitalized today. Along the way, we will enjoy sweeping views of the harbor, closely examine the architecture and infrastructure, and step inside the Terminal’s architectural gem – the breathtaking atrium of Building B, where freight trains once rumbled through to be loaded from the innovative cantilevered balconies. Join us to explore the sights and stories of a century of work at the Brooklyn Army Terminal!

Tour Info & Highlights


     Step inside the breathtaking atrium and learn about this architectural and engineering wonder
     Enjoy sweeping views of New York Harbor as we discuss the past and present of the working waterfront
     Learn about the 100+ companies that call this city-owned industrial park home today
     SELECT WEEKENDS 2pm // 2 hours
     Walking tour
     Brooklyn Army Terminal, Sunset Park

Health & Safety Guidelines

These guidelines were updated on April 4, 2022, so please read them carefully and contact us if you have any questions.

Our top priority is ensuring the health and safety of our guests, our staff, and the general public. Please review these guidelines before booking your tour, and feel free to contact us if you have any questions.

Masks must be worn indoors at all times by all visitors, regardless of age or vaccination status.

PROOF OF VACCINATION REQUIRED FOR SOME TOURS: Proof of a full course of a COVID-19 vaccination is required for all participants age 5 or older on select tours (two doses for all vaccines except the one-dose Johnson & Johnson; booster is not required).

These rules apply to all Brooklyn Army Terminal Tours, Brooklyn Navy Yard Tours, and Public Market Tours, as all or part of these tours take place indoors, and frequently visit business premises. Proof of vaccination is NOT currently required for any participants on Food Cart Tours or Prospect Park Tours.

In order to participate in these tours, you must bring a photo ID (if 18 or older) and one of the following, which will be checked at the beginning of the tour:

  • A photo or hard copy of your CDC vaccination card
  • NYC COVID Safe App Apple / Android
  • New York State Excelsior App (available only to people who have been vaccinated in New York State) Apple / Android
  • Official vaccine record
  • A photo or hard copy of an official vaccination record of an accepted vaccine administered outside the United States for one of the following vaccines: AstraZeneca-Oxford, COVAXIN, Novavax, Sinopharm-BIBP, or Sinovac.

Please make note of these other guidelines for all of our tours.

  • Everyone must bring a mask: Please bring a mask that fully covers your nose and mouth, as circumstances may arise in which a mask is required. Please note that many of our staff live in households with small children that cannot currently be vaccinated, so they may request that you wear your mask, even when outside.
  • Maintain social distancing: In order to ensure everyone’s safety and comfort, we ask that everyone stay at least 6 feet apart from people who are not in their immediate pod or group.
  • If you are feeling unwell either before or during your tour experience, please remove yourself from the tour and let us know so that we can refund your ticket or reschedule you to a future date.
  • We’re committed to working together to create a healthy and safe experience for our team and visitors, and our professionally-trained guides will be there to support you. Turnstile Tours’ staff have received training on compliance with new health and safety protocols, will have hand sanitizer on their person, and will be wearing their masks at all times during the tour and when interacting with the public.  
  • We have a zero-tolerance policy for individuals who endanger staff, visitors, and partners by refusing to abide by these rules, or who engage in verbal or physical harassment, displays discriminatory or threatening behavior, or otherwise interferes with the experience of others. Tour participants who violate these policies may be asked to leave the tour without a refund.
  • Turnstile Tours may collect and retain the names and contact information of all tour attendees in the event that contact tracing efforts are necessary, and this information may be shared with public health authorities.
  • Even if you have received a vaccine, you must abide by all of these rules.
  • As in any public setting, we cannot guarantee that you will not be exposed to COVID-19. By taking a tour with Turnstile Tours and going outside, you voluntarily assume such risks.

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 10 guests, and a gratuity of 8.5% is added to all private tour bookings.

Directions

BAT Building A meeting locaionThe Brooklyn Army Terminal entrance is located at the junction of 1st Ave and 58th St in the Sunset Park section of Brooklyn. Tours meet in front of Building A, which is the building on the right when you enter the gate (closer to the water), in the large patio area with benches. The exact street address is 140 58th St, Brooklyn, NY 11220. Click here for Google Maps directions or view our neighborhood map.

  • SUBWAY: The nearest station is 59 St (N,R), located about a 10-minute walk from the meeting location. This is a wheelchair-accessible station. Please note that these trains run on a more limited schedule on weekends, so allow for additional travel time. After exiting the station, walk in the direction of traffic along 59th St for two blocks until you reach 2nd Ave, then take a right onto 2nd Ave. After one block, turn left onto 58th St and continue walking straight until you reach the junction of 1st Avenue. The main gate of the Terminal will be on your left. When you enter the gate, you will be facing two large buildings – Building A is the one on the right. Visit mta.info for maps and service alerts.
  • FERRY: NYC Ferry serves the Brooklyn Army Terminal on the Rockaway and South Brooklyn routes. To reach the tour meeting location, just walk up the hill and turn right underneath the arches. Ferry rides are $2.75, and they do 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 B11 stops directly in front of the Brooklyn Army Terminal on 58th St and 1st Ave. All NYC MTA buses are wheelchair accessible, and all accept OMNY with a contactless bank card or smartphone.
  • DRIVING & PARKING: 
    • Driving directions from I-278W (and I-495, East River bridges, Battery Tunnel, Prospect Expressway): Take exit 23 for 39th St. At the end of the off-ramp, take a left onto 2nd Ave. Drive on 2nd Ave until you reach 58th St. Turn right onto 58th St and continue straight. Head straight through the gate to reach the parking lot.
    • From I-278E (Verrazano Bridge): Take exit 21 for 3rd Ave. Continue straight on 3rd Ave until you reach 58th St. Take a left on 58th St and continue straight. The entrance to the parking lot will be straight ahead.
    • From the Belt Parkway W: Take exit 1 towards 65 St/67 St. Stay left and follow signs for Ridge Boulevard. Turn left onto Ridge Boulevard. Ridge Boulevard becomes 2nd Ave. Take 2nd Ave to 58th St and take a left, continue straight on 58th St. Head straight through the gate to reach the parking lot.
    • PARKING is available for tour participants in the free municipal parking lot on Pier 4. Follow signs at the intersection of 1st Ave and 58th St to the ferry stop to reach the lot.
  • BICYCLE: Bicycle parking is available at the Brooklyn Army Terminal near the entrance to Building A. Sunset Park and the Brooklyn Army Terminal are served by Citi Bike.

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.

Brooklyn Army Terminal logo with text and image of a rectangular building with four archway entrances and windows above the archways