Brooklyn Navy Yard

I think the Brooklyn Navy Yard falls into a few categories — terrain vague, heterotopia, drosscape. There’s it’s rich history as a Navy Yard, from the 1800s to 1965 .  At it’s heyday, the Navy Yard employed 70,000 people.  Now the GMD shipyard runs the dry docks and ship repair facilities which don’t seem to have changed much over the years with ancient-looking gantry cranes.  I documented the overhaul of a 1937 tanker in Graving Dock One a few years ago.

 

It’s now becoming an industrial and manufacturing center as well as the home to Steiner Studios. Some buildings are being re-adapted for manufacturing use but some of the historical navy yard buildings, from the Timber shed to Admirals Row have been allowed to deteriorate into ruins.  Some of admirals row will be torn down to make way for a supermarket but one building at least is being re-adapted as a museum space.  It’s an amazing place that has unfortunately very limited access.

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