In just the last 10 years, the Brooklyn Navy Yard has become a hub for the next generation of Brooklyn manufacturing. With more than 300 businesses calling it home, the Navy Yard is at full capacity but continues to field daily inquiries from interested start-ups. Naturally, they’re expanding.

Brownstoner just checked in on the progress of three major construction projects in the Navy Yard — the Green Manufacturing Center, BLDG 77, and Dock 72. Poised to add even more space for Brooklyn business, these sites will bring an estimated 8,000 more workers to the Navy Yard over the next several years and solidify its status as a nexus of the new economy.



CUNY’s City Tech students need your help to finish the solar house they are building for the international Solar Decathlon. Brownstoner received this request for support from the team’s faculty representative Jill Bouratoglou, who also happens to be one of the architects for Beastie Boy Mike D’s 242 Pacific Street townhouse in Boerum Hill. Here’s her letter:

“I am asking if Brownstoner could ask their readers to support our students who are working six days a week building a house to compete in the Department of Energy’s Solar Decathlon in the Navy Yard. They are so close to finishing, and the house will be leaving the Navy Yard at the end of August to be transported across the country to Irvine, Calif., to compete against 19 other schools.

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Artisanal coffee purveyor Brooklyn Roasting Company is about to move into a newly renovated building in the Brooklyn Navy Yard. Brownstoner got a sneak peek of Building 123, a former power plant built in 1900 that is now part of the Yard’s Green Manufacturing Center. Brooklyn Roasting Company will soon transform the entire 32,852 square foot industrial space into a haven for the coffee-obsessed.

Company co-founder Michael Pollack told Brownstoner, “What we work with is the original power plant — coffee trees and beans. So this is the perfect place for us to call home.”

The building will serve as a centralized location for the company’s roasting, packaging, and distribution process, which is currently spread across BRC’s two existing Brooklyn locations.



Meet the latest force accelerating Brooklyn’s tech boom. The Navy Yard, WeWork, and their new developer friends confirmed yesterday that they’re building a giant 675,000-square-foot workspace on a slim peninsula jutting into Wallabout Bay between dry docks.

The newfangled office structure, named Dock 72, was designed by S9 Architecture and looks a bit like an enormous, futuristic ant farm. When we first wrote about an earlier version of the rendering, we wondered if it was a speculative design.

But Boston Properties (the country’s largest office-developer) and Rudin Development (a family-owned operation with about 14 million square feet of holdings) have signed on to make it a reality by late 2017.

Oh, and the price tag? $380 million. (more…)

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It’s been a long time coming, but finally the Brooklyn Navy Yard has found a developer and a supermarket for its long-promised Admiral’s Row development project — and it seems like a great pairing.

Steiner Studios, the Navy Yard’s biggest tenant, will develop and fund the estimated $140,000,000 project. Highly regarded supermarket chain Wegmans will be one tenant in a larger 126,000 square foot industrial building. In return Steiner will get a 96-year lease from the Navy Yard and will collect rent from Wegmans and other tenants. (more…)


New York YIMBY has published renderings for an impressive-looking new mixed-use building at the Brooklyn Navy Yard. Designed by S9/Perkins Eastman and intended to house WeLive/WeWork housing and workspace, it’s a prototype, we’re guessing, not an actual project.

The city-owned Navy Yard, managed by a nonprofit corporation, is zoned for industrial and commercial use. WeWork was talking to the Navy Yard about leasing 500,000 square feet of office space in 2013, but the lack of transportation was a stumbling block and as far as we know nothing came of it.

Click through to see more renderings. What do you think of the idea of building housing in the Navy Yard and this particular design?

First Look: WeWork/WeLive’s New Building at the Brooklyn Navy Yard [NYY]
Renderings by S9/Perkins Eastman

Update: A Navy Yard spokesperson called to say there is no plan to add housing in the Navy Yard. She emailed this statement: The Brooklyn Navy Yard continues to be a driver of economic opportunity and is focused on capturing and nurturing growth industries that are fueling the City’s resurgence. While the Yard is undergoing the largest expansion at any time since World War II, it remains true to its core mission and therefore there will not be residential development within the Brooklyn Navy Yard. We won’t offer any other comment on any potential development.


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The federal government has given the Navy Yard a $1,687,000 grant to repair damage inflicted by Hurricane Sandy, according to the Brooklyn Eagle. The Navy Yard Corporation will use the money to fix up docks and berths destroyed by the storm. Senators Kristen Gillibrand and Chuck Schumer announced the award, which came from FEMA, on Tuesday.

Schumer, Gillibrand Announce $1.687 Million Grant for Brooklyn Navy Yard [Eagle]
Navy Yard Coverage [Brownstoner]
Photo by mcmillianfurlow


Mayor de Blasio yesterday announced $76,800,000 in new funding for development at the Navy Yard, particularly for Building 77, numerous outlets reported. The program expands one started by the Bloomberg administration.

That brings city spending to modernize Building 77 to a total of $140,000,000. The former ammunition depot, pictured above, is the largest building at the complex with 17 stories and 960,000 square feet. Its revamp will bring 3,000 jobs to the area, the administration estimates.

The now-empty Building 77 will be ready in 2016, according to The Brooklyn Eagle. Some tenants have already been lined up, including motorcycle maker FXE Industries and Shiel Medical Laboratories. Brooklyn Grange may build a green roof for it.

Mayor Announces Major Brooklyn Navy Yard Expansion [Eagle]
Building 77 Coverage [Brownstoner]
Photo by Janet Upadhye for DNAinfo

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Ted & Honey Cafe at the Navy Yard’s BLDG 92 is closing this Friday, according to an email from Navy Yard reps. When we stopped by, the worker behind the counter told us business hadn’t been good. We don’t know what will replace the cafe, which is a branch of the original Ted & Honey Cafe and market on Clinton Street in Cobble Hill. But T&H will still run their catering operation, Parker Red, at a commercial kitchen in the Navy Yard. Food options are supposed to return to BLDG 92 in the spring. GMAP

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The Brooklyn Navy Yard has released its third request for proposals to demolish the decaying houses at Admiral’s Row and build a supermarket and retail, Crain’s reported. The Navy Yard’s Economic Development Corporation dropped the developers behind the two previous winning proposals, PA Associates and then Blumenfeld Development Group.

The nonprofit organization estimates that the redevelopment of the six-acre plot would cost $100,000,000 and generate 500 jobs. Navy Yard CEO David Ehrenberg told Crain’s that the area “qualifies as a food desert” and desperately needs a supermarket. (more…)

Normally visitors can’t roam around the Navy Yard and take pictures of interesting industrial history, but this weekend, you’ll get a chance to explore and photograph a few of its fascinating closed sites. Participants in the winter photography tour will get to see the 19th-century Navy Hospital campus, the World War II-era pier that offers views of Wallabout Bay and a functioning dry dock used for ship repairs.

Sadly, the tour won’t allow access inside these buildings, and don’t expect to get anywhere near the dilapidated houses in Admiral’s Row. Turnstile Tours is leading the tour, which costs $30 per person.  And anyone on the tour can score free tickets to another Navy Yard tour by entering the Yard’s Instagram photo contest. You can buy tickets here, and it begins at 11 am tomorrow morning.


More than a year after Blumenfeld Development Group was chosen to build the $100 million Admiral’s Row supermarket and shopping center in the Navy Yard, nonprofit manager Brooklyn Navy Yard Development Corp. has jettisoned the developer, Crain’s reported.

Blumenfeld failed to hold up its end of the contract, according to a statement released by the Navy Yard Development Corp. Blumenfeld said increased insurance and construction costs resulting from FEMA’s revised flood zones made the project untenable. The retail center, pictured above, was supposed to break ground this year.

Blumenfeld is the second developer to be axed from the project. In 2011, PA Associates was dropped because its head was accused of bribery concerning another project.

The Navy Yard Development Corp. said it is still committed to the project, which will have 125,000 square feet of industrial space and 86,000 square feet of retail space, as well as the 74,000 square-foot supermarket. The supermarket has not yet been picked either. Blumenfeld was slated to break ground on the development this year.

The Navy Yard has started reinforcing two of the 12 decaying historic buildings on Admiral’s Row as part of the project, said the story. The Navy Yard currently has 300 tenants and employs about 6,400 people there, “double the number employed there in 2001,” said Crain’s.

Rendering by GreenbergFarrow