2022 Alumni Photo Gallery
Guided walking tour of the Brooklyn Navy Yard
Brooklyn Navy Yard
October 30, 2021
Explore the past, present, and future of the Brooklyn Navy Yard on a guided walking tour of this historic and dynamic waterfront site. Founded in 1801, the Yard was once the nation’s premier naval shipyard, building, repairing, and outfitting vessels from the War of 1812 through the Cold War. Today, the Yard’s historic industrial landscape has been repurposed to support 450+ businesses that employ over 11,000 people in manufacturing, technology, and skilled crafts. Starting from the ferry stop at Wall Street, we will ride across the East River to the Yard and disembark to explore the Yard’s rich naval and labor history, through examining historical documents, listening to oral histories from workers and sailors, and visiting historic buildings, including Civil War-era machine shops, the Yard’s museum and visitor center at BLDG 92, and a working dry dock still used today for ship repair. We will also learn about the Yard’s business ecosystem, community programs, and workforce development today, and the future plans for the Yard’s development.
This tour will be led by Andrew Gustafson of Turnstile Tours. Andrew is a tour guide, researcher, and consultant who develops tours and public programs about architecture, industry, labor, and the military along New York City’s waterfront. Turnstile's team launched tours in partnership with the Brooklyn Navy Yard Development Corporation in 2008, and Andrew is a leading expert on the history of the complex.