TOUR // Brooklyn Navy Yards to DUMBO

Fort Greene Park – Brooklyn Navy Yards & Building 92 – Kings County Distillery – Vinegar Hill – Brooklyn Bridge Park – Jane’s Carousel


Navy Yards Map


10:30 a.m  Brooklyn Sunny Bagels 

To begin our tour we all met for breakfast at Brooklyn Sunny Bagels, near Dekalb Station. After discussing the assigned readings over coffee and bagels, we headed towards BLDG 92. On our fifteen minute journey to the museum, we passed through Fort Greene Park which houses the Prison Ship Martyrs’ Monument.

Assigned readings:

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1: 00 p.m BLDG 92 Tour 

BLDG92 houses an exhibition of the yards history but also serves as an employment center for the community. The museum portrays the innovation and potential development opportunities of the Brooklyn Navy Yard. We got to explore the three-floor exhibit that encompasses the history of the former navy base, the variety of tenants and productions, as well as the site’s new developments and sustainable plans. A special thanks to Daniella and Grant for the instructive tour !

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2:30 p.m Kings County Distillery 

Kings Country Distillery is the oldest distillery in New York City and the first to open in 2010 since the prohibition.  It is located in one of the historic buildings in the Navy Yards. We got a personal tour by David Haskell to see how they make their handmade moonshine and bourbon. After seeing the entire distilling process we got a taste of their local whiskey.

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3:30 p.m Vinegar Hill  

Vinegar Hill is a borough of Brooklyn near the East River waterfront named after the Battle of Vinegar Hill that occurred during the Irish Rebellion in 1798. It is a historic district known for its cobblestone roads and most of the architecture consists of 19th century federal style homes and industrial buildings. We first passed by street art titled “Here Goes Something” done by students and sponsered by Groundswell, which is meant to raise awareness about the yards history and maritime life. We continued on to the Commandant’s House, a historic monument, which is today privately owned. Our next stop was Gold Street Lofts, a new housing development that got built instead of an old church that used to be there. It includes million-dollar penthouses and reflects Brooklyn’s new image of an up and coming residential area. Our last stop in Vinegar Hill was the Buddhist Center, located ironically right across from the million-dollar condos, which portrays Brooklyn’s variety of cultures.

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4:00 p.m DUMBO (Down Under The Manhattan Bridge Overpass) 

DUMBO used to be mainly a manufacturing district with warehouses and factories. Deindustralization turned the neighborhood into a residential area that housed artists. In the late 20th century, as consequence of the rising rent in Manhattan, gentrification occurred. Today it is still known as an artist district, but most importantly it has taken over the role of a technological hub. About 25% of New York City’s technology based companies are located in the area. The Brooklyn Tech Triangle is a recent masterplan between Downtown Brooklyn, the Brooklyn Navy Yard and DUMBO to enforce technological research.  Our last stop in DUMBO was the Brooklyn Bridge Park which has revitalized 1.3 miles of Brooklyn’s postindustrial waterfront and has become a popular destination due to its breath taking view of the city. To celebrate a successful tour, Rocio’s birthday and Valentine’s day, we ended the day with a ride in Jean Nouvel’s historic Jane’s Carousel and had diner at Grimaldi’s, the best pizza place in Brooklyn.

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