Brooklyn Navy Yard Opens for a Day in May


Robert Clark

Our friends at Open House New York (OHNY) are hosting another great event on Saturday, May 12, 2012.  As part of its openstudios series designed to give access to different architecture and design hubs thoughout New York, OHNY will be opening the Brookyn Navy Yard for the day.  The event is a rare opportunity to visit a wide range of creative industries in the sprawling waterfront complex including – architects, artists, custom furtniture designers, light fixture manufacturers, cabinet makers, metal fabricators and glass engravers.

OHNY’s openstudios Brooklyn Navy Yard is designed to be a self-guided tour that begins at the Navy Yard’s new exhibition and visitors center – BLDG 92, a former marine commandant’s house, built in 1857, that was adaptively reused by Beyer Blinder Belle Architects and Planners in collaboration with workshop/apd in 2011. Some of the Yard’s most interesting sites include a dry dock that’s been used since before the Civil War, the 24-acre former Navy hospital campus that is virtually frozen in time, and the nation’s first multi-story LEED Gold-certified industrial building, which is used for fine art storage and conservation.

Following the self-guided tour will be a reception at BLDG 92 where participants can also view “Brooklyn Navy Yard: Past, Present and Future,” an exhibit that illustrates the history of the site – from its early use by Native Americans, its role in the American Revolution and its history as a naval ship building facility, to its current transformation into an innovative, green-thinking industrial park.

The self guided tour is available from 12:00 – 5:00 pm with the reception immediately following.  Tickets are $30 in advance/$35 at the door.  Student tickets are $ 20 in advance/$ 25 at the door. Tickets can be purchased at

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