Brooklyn Navy Yard
The Navy Yard reached its peak of operations during World War II, when 70,000 employees worked here around the clock. After a long period of decline in production, the shipyard was decommissioned in 1966; leases were subsequently purchased by various private shipping lines, and a few years later the entire yard was purchased by the State of New York.
The last ships were built here in 1979, and in 1981, the non-profit Brooklyn Navy Yard Development Corporation was formed to oversee the complex. Today, the Brooklyn Navy Yard is a 300-acre industrial park with over 40 buildings, rented by theatrical fabricators, photographers, a movie studio, a trucking company and more. One building houses BLDG 92, a visitors’ center designed to explore the history of the Brooklyn Navy Yard itself. Various tours of the Yard, including bus tours (2 hours for $30) and bike tours (1 hour for $24), are available through BLDG 92.