Obscura Society NY: Turnstile Tours - Brooklyn Navy Yard's Past, Present & Future - Atlas Obscura

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Obscura Society NY: Turnstile Tours - Brooklyn Navy Yard's Past, Present & Future

Join us for an in-depth tour of this historic shipyard turned thriving industrial park

Explore the extraordinary past, present and future of the historic Brooklyn Navy Yard.

This two-hour guided tour explores the vast 300-acre property of the Brooklyn Navy Yard and offers opportunities to take a closer look at history, industry, and the ongoing transformation of this remarkable site. Stops along the tour will include a working dry dock built in 1851 and still used for commercial ship repair, the Navy Yard barge basin that is now being used to restore oysters to New York Harbor, and the historic Naval Hospital Campus that is virtually frozen in time. Oral history clips and historical photographs, as well as stories of companies in the Yard today and the ongoing industrial redevelopment of the Yard, will also be included on this tour.

While we’ll be using a bus to get from place to place, we will be getting off the bus at most stops - please wear comfortable shoes and make sure to dress appropriately for the weather.

Presented by Turnstile Tours and the Brooklyn Navy Yard Center at BLDG 92.



  • Saturday, April 25, 11am-1pm. Tour participants should arrive 10 minutes prior to the start time.
  • Tickets: $30
  • Meeting location: In the lobby of the Brooklyn Navy Yard Center at BLDG 92, located at the corner of Flushing Ave & Carlton Ave in Fort Greene, Brooklyn (directions). Do not enter any other gate of the Brooklyn Navy Yard, as you will be denied entry to the secure industrial park.
  • Bring a camera! There are great views all over the Yard, but please note that photographs taken on this tour may only be used for non-commercial or personal purposes. Using photographs for commercial purposes without acquiring permission from the Brooklyn Navy Yard Development Corporation is strictly prohibited. Please also note that photography of Steiner Studios, the power plant, and the interiors of tenant buildings (without permission), is not allowed.
  • This tour is RAIN OR SHINE. There will be no refunds due to weather conditions unless Turnstile Tours cancels the tour due to safety concerns.


IMPORTANT - If you are using GPS or an online mapping service to find BLDG 92, enter "Flushing Ave and Carlton Ave, Brooklyn, NY, 11205”" and not a street address (there is only one address for the entire 300-acre Yard!).

Parking is available on adjacent streets, and there is a free municipal parking lot one block south of BLDG 92 on Park Ave, underneath the Brooklyn-Queens Expressway. There is no public parking or access to the Brooklyn Navy Yard, with the exception of visitors with a handicapped parking pass.

If you plan on taking the subway, the closest stop is the York Street stop on the F train. Alternative transportation options, as well as driving, biking, or ferry directions are here.

If you get turned around for any reason, please call the Visitor Services Desk at BLDG 92 at (718) 907-5992 or call Turnstile Tours at (347) 903-8687.

If you'd like to call a car service following your tour, we recommend that you call Myrtle Avenue Car Service, as they are located very close to the Brooklyn Navy Yard and Downtown Brooklyn. The phone numbers for the company are (718) 230-0997 and (718) 230-8100.

Visiting BLDG 92 We encourage you to explore the exhibits at BLDG 92 following your tour. The exhibits are open 12–6pm, and admission is free.