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
In-person tours are now being offered, but with modifications to protect the health and safety of our visitors, staff, and the public. Please review the guidelines below before booking.
- Tours are limited to 10 participants.
- Access to public restrooms may be limited throughout the tour, so please plan accordingly.
- 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.
- Masks: All tour participants are required to wear a mask that fully covers their nose and mouth whenever the tour is inside, so please bring a mask, as most tours have an indoor portion. While on food tours, participants can remove their masks while eating and drinking, but are asked to please maintain a six-foot distance from people who are not in their immediate pod or group.
- Vaccinations: Fully vaccinated individuals are not required to wear masks while outdoors, but we ask individuals who have not been fully vaccinated to please wear a mask for the duration of the tour, per New York State guidelines. We do not require proof of vaccination to participate in any of our tours.
- 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 collects and retains 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.
- Turnstile Tours’ enhanced safety protocols are based on current City and State mandates and recommended guidelines. As in any public outdoor 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. Please review our full statement and guidelines on COVID-19 health and safety.
- 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
This tour begins at the Brooklyn Army Terminal Building A, located at the junction of 1st Ave and 58th St in the Sunset Park section of Brooklyn. Enter through the security gate at 1st Ave, and the tours will meet in the lobby of Building A, which is the building on the right (closer to the water). The exact street address for your GPS is 140 58th St, Brooklyn, NY 11220. Please note that you may only enter the Brooklyn Army Terminal through the gate located on 1st Ave, not at 2nd Ave or 63rd St. Use this Google Map to find the tour meeting location.
The nearest station is 59 St (N,R), located about a 10-minute walk from the 58th St entrance. Please note that these trains run on a more limited schedule on Saturdays and Sundays, 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.
NYC Ferry serves the Brooklyn Army Terminal. The Rockaway and South Brooklyn routes connect BAT to Pier 11/Wall St. Please visit their website for complete schedules. To reach the tour meeting location, just walk up the hill and turn right at the top of the hill to reach the meeting location.
The B11 bus stops directly in front of the Brooklyn Army Terminal on 58th St and 1st Ave. The B11 runs from Flatbush (Brooklyn College) to the Army Terminal along 49th St.
The street address for the Brooklyn Army Terminal is 140 58th St, Brooklyn, NY, 11220. If using a GPS or online mapping service, please verify that it locates this address correctly along the south Brooklyn waterfront, as some web-based mapping services have incorrectly placed this address in north Brooklyn.
- 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. The main gate will be on your left.
- 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 main gate will be on your left.
- 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. The main gate will be on your left.
- Free parking is available for tour participants inside the gates of the Brooklyn Army Terminal. When you arrive, the security staff will direct you where to park. You may also park on Pier 4, which is outside of the security gates of BAT, and this parking lot operates 5am to 10pm Monday-Friday, and 10am to 6pm Saturday-Sunday.
Bicycle parking is available inside the gates of the Brooklyn Army Terminal near the entrance to Building A. Sunset Park and the Brooklyn Army Terminal are served by the Citi Bike bike share system.
Learn more about the Brooklyn Army Terminal