Although ships were built in the marshland of the yard during the Revolutionary War, the Brooklyn Navy Yard came into its own after 1801, when the federal govenment bought the land and began using it to build warships. The battleships Main, Arizona and Missouri were built there. Since last Fall, new developments totaling 1.3 million square feet have been announced for the yard, a 300-acre industrial park on the East River between the Williamsburg and Manhattan Bridges. This is in addition to the 4 million square feet already in use. B&H, the photography and video retailer is developing a multistory building there, as well as Steiner Studios, and the yard is converting four other vacant buildings to create a 250,000 square foot complex that the developers hope will attract tenants like food manufacturers and processors.
In The News: Close-Up On Brooklyn’s Navy Yard. The Boundaries: Runs along Flushing Avenue in the south to the East River in the north and Navy Street in the west to Kent Avenue in the east. The Commute: Subway proximity is limited. The nearest subway lines (F, A and C) are a 15 to 20 minute walk at York and High Streets, respectively. Click on the “Directions” link in the menu on the left for exact walking/subway directions and commuting time.