Behind the Scenes at the Brooklyn Army Terminal - Atlas Obscura

Brooklyn, New York

Behind the Scenes at the Brooklyn Army Terminal

From massive military supply base to thriving modern-day industrial park, uncover the layers of history found within the Brooklyn Army Terminal.

Built to supply American forces on the Western Front in World War I, this enormous Cass Gilbert-designed complex served as a supply base for the American military until the Vietnam War. Today, this thriving industrial park is home to over 100 companies in a wide array of industries, from precision manufacturers to biotech researchers, online retailers to chocolatiers.

Explore how millions of tons of war supplies and personnel were shipped through this teeming transportation hub; hear the stories of soldiers, longshoremen, and merchant mariners who worked these piers, rail yards, and warehouses; and learn how these facilities are put to use today.

This tour will discuss what made the Port of New York the envy of the world in the mid-20th century, why it went into decline, and how Brooklyn’s working waterfront is being revitalized today. Along the way, we will enjoy sweeping views of the harbor, visit unrestored and newly renovated areas of the complex, and step inside the Terminal’s architectural gem—the breathtaking atrium.


Enter through the security gate at the corner of 1st Ave and 58th St.

This tour begins at the Brooklyn Army Terminal, Building A, located at the junction of 1st Ave & 58th St in the Sunset Park section of Brooklyn. Tours meet in the lobby of Building A, which is the building on the right (closer to the water) when entering through the security gate at 1st Ave.


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