Brooklyn Navy Yard: New Lab Tour
- 90-minute walking tour offered on the 2nd Friday of every month at 9:30am
- Visit a former machine shop that has been converted into an innovation space for technology hardware
- Learn about New Lab members working in fields such as robotics, connected devices, artificial intelligence, and smart cities
- See some of the tools that New Lab members utilize to develop their products, including 3D printers and CNC machines
- Learn about some of the other 330+ businesses that call the Brooklyn Navy Yard home
- Participants can receive American Institute of Architects Continuing Education System (AIA CES) credits
New Lab is an interdisciplinary space designed to support entrepreneurs develop new technology hardware, especially in emerging fields such as robotics, artificial intelligence, connected devices, and smart infrastructure. New Lab helps companies take ideas “from a napkin sketch to a working prototype” by giving them access to tools, expertise, and a collaborative community.
As part of our Inside Industry tour series, this 90-minute guided walking tour begins at the Brooklyn Navy Yard Center at BLDG 92, which showcases the some of the 330+ businesses across many different industries that call the Navy Yard home, where we will discuss the changing nature of urban manufacturing in New York City. The tour will then head over to New Lab’s 84,000-square-foot space, built in a former machine shop that now houses space for 50 New Lab member companies, with space for up to 500 designers and entrepreneurs. New Lab offers its members the use of more than $3 million in shared equipment such as 3D printers, CNC machines, and other digital and fabrication tools that help them accelerate the design process. Along the way, participants will hear stories about New Lab member companies, explore the unique architecture and design of this repurposed industrial space, and see examples of prototypes and finished products produced in New Lab.
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General Admission: $20 per person
Seniors (65+): $18 per person (10% off)
Kids (5-11): $10 per person
Children under 5 are welcome to attend free
Advance ticket purchase is required.
Discounts for veterans: World War II veterans and World War II-era defense workers receive free admission for this tour. Other veterans and and active-duty military personnel receive a 25% discount – just select these ticket types when making your reservation.
We ask tour participants to please arrive 10 minutes before the tour start so that we can begin on time.
All public tours begin and end at the Brooklyn Navy Yard Center at BLDG 92, located at the corner of Flushing Ave and Carlton Ave in the Fort Greene section of Brooklyn. Click the map on the right for Google Maps directions, visit our Frequently Asked Questions page for more information, or view our neighborhood map.
- Subway: The nearest subway stations to BLDG 92 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 BLDG 92. View our map for walking directions from each of these stations, and visit mta.info for maps and service alerts.
- Bus: The B57 and B69 (weekends only) travel along Flushing Ave and stop one block from BLDG 92. You may also take the B62, which stops on Park Ave, one block south of the Brooklyn Navy Yard. 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).
- Driving: 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).
- Parking: 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 BLDG 92 offers plenty of racks to park your bike. If you would like to use a Citi Bike, there is a station immediately across the street on Flushing Ave, and stations in close proximity to the York St, High St-Brooklyn Bridge, and Clinton-Washington subway stations.
- Ferry: East River Ferry operates stops at Brooklyn Bridge Park-DUMBO and Schaefer Landing-South Williamsburg, and each stop is a 30-minute walk (1.5 miles) from BLDG 92. Ferry rides are $4 on weekdays and $6 on weekends. View our map for walking directions.
* If using a GPS or mobile app to reach BLDG 92, enter “Flushing Ave & Carlton Ave, Brooklyn” or “1 Carlton Ave.” 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 BLDG 92, as you will be turned away.
Tours of New Lab are offered on the second Friday of every month at 9:30am.
Use the calendar below to find our next available tour date. Click here to see listings for other Inside Industry Tours at the Brooklyn Navy Yard.
As these tours takes place in public facilities and on sidewalks, these tours are fully accessible to visitors who use wheelchairs or mobility devices. Please note any requests for accommodations in your reservation or contact us in advance so that our guides can review the tour route for any obstructions or inaccessible pathways in advance of the tour. Please be advised that this tour does involve extended periods of walking and standing with minimal opportunities to sit down.
Assistive listening devices – With at least 24 hours advance notice, portable FM assistive listening devices with headsets or neck loops can be made available for all public and private tours. Please note in your reservation or contact us at least 24 hours prior to your tour if you or a guest in your party would like to use a receiver. We cannot guarantee that assistive listening devices will be available if the request is made within 24 hours of the tour start time.
Verbal description and large print materials – All of our tours are designed to be multi-sensory. We also have staff members who are experienced in verbal description and have led tour programming for visitors who are blind or have low vision. We can also make available all of our materials in large print upon request. Please notify us in advance either when making your reservation or by contacting us if you would like your public or private tour to be staffed accordingly so that we can ensure a fully-inclusive experience.
American Sign Language interpretation – We seek to offer accessible experiences for all visitors. As such, with at least two weeks advance notice, we will seek to provide American Sign Language interpretation free of charge for visitors who are deaf for all of our tours. To place a request, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or text or call +1(347)903-8687.
For people with developmental and/or intellectual disabilities – We celebrate diversity in learning styles and abilities. With advance notice for public or private tours, we have the capability to provide accessible and inclusive programming for people with development and/or intellectual disabilities and their family members and friends. For example, with advance notice, we can provide a sensory-friendly experience for private groups of visitors with autism that includes visual supports and non-verbal tools before and during the visit (social narrative, visual schedules, etc), fidgets, as well as multi-sensory and kinesthetic approaches. With advance notice for public tours, Turnstile Tours can provide these accommodations and can also assign a staff member who has extensive experience leading programs for people with and without intellectual and development disabilities. Please contact email@example.com or text or call +1(347)903-8687 for more information.
Please contact us for more details on booking a private tour of the Brooklyn Navy Yard or visit our Group Tours page. At this time we cannot schedule private tours that visit Brooklyn Navy Yard tenant spaces, but we encourage groups to purchase tickets for our scheduled Inside Industry public tours, and we can offer discounted group rates.
American Institute of Architects Continuing Education Credits (1.5 LU) are available for this tour, and Turnstile Tours is an AIA CES Registered Provider. Consult the AIA Course Directory for a full description. The learning objectives are as follows:
1. Compare the contemporary and historical industrial/manufacturing sectors in New York City through examination of exhibits exploring industry in the Brooklyn Navy Yard and throughout the city.
2. Examine the intersection between traditional metalworking and woodworking crafts and digital design and fabrication technologies through observing the workflow and meeting principals in fabrication shops.
3. Describe different types of computer-numerical-controlled (CNC) machinery and techniques for fabricating interior and exterior architectural elements from different media, including metals, plastics, wood, and composite materials.
4. Illustrate the ongoing adaptive reuse of facilities in the Brooklyn Navy Yard industrial park by viewing renovated workshop spaces and the exteriors of other redevelopment projects throughout the Yard.
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