Prospective residents of the new mixed use development at Navy Green, straddling the borders of Clinton Hill and Fort Greene, may wonder about the Brooklyn Navy Yard a couple blocks to the north. What does it have to offer people who live in the area?
Right now, the Navy Yard is primarily an industrial park where a thriving community of artists and craftspeople, manufacturers and distributors, and other Brooklyn entrepreneurs ply their trade. Its visitor center, BLDG92, stages exhibitions, events, and tours that showcase the past, present and future of this historic landmark.
But what’s really exciting about the Navy Yard is what’s coming in the near future. With a cash infusion of as much as $140 million flooding the area, there are a host of new developments in the works, including a high-end food court at Building 77, a 74,000-square-foot Wegmans supermarket, the expansion of the Brooklyn Waterfront Greenway, and — perhaps — Mayor de Blasio’s ambitious plan for a streetcar which will connect the Brooklyn and Queens waterfronts from Sunset Park to Astoria. Read on to find out more.
The game changer, of course, is Mayor de Blasio’s proposal to locate a sixteen-mile long streetcar line that, if approved, would wind along the East River in Brooklyn and Queens, including the Navy Yard. It would stretch from Sunset Park in Brooklyn to upper Astoria in Queens. It’s yet another reason that the townhouses and the condos at Navy Green aren’t just great places to live, but will end up being smart investments in a rapidly growing neighborhood.
There’s news that a venerable Manhattan institution will add its famous name to all that’s new in the Navy Green area: Russ & Daughters, the iconic Lower East Side smoked fish purveyor, founded in 1914.
The cafeteria-style restaurant and shop will anchor the food court at Building 77. This 60,000-square-foot ground floor space will be designed by Marvel Architects, and the Brooklyn Navy Yard is in the process of lining up other restaurants and shops to fill up the space. The city also announced the creation of two new tech hubs in the Navy Yard.
Meanwhile, on the site of Admiral’s Row, an abandoned and overgrown set of townhouses that once housed naval officers, the Brooklyn Navy Yard will be building a complex that includes a Wegmans supermarket. Wegmans, for those of you not in the know, is a chain of mega-supermarkets that originated in Rochester, NY, and they have a fan base (really!) that is passionate about their local farmers market produce and excellent customer service. The Wegmans at the Brooklyn Navy Yard, slated to open in 2018, will be bigger than the Red Hook Fairway and the Gowanus Whole Foods.
The Brooklyn Waterfront Greenway, an ongoing project that aims to connect green spaces and bike and running paths from Bay Ridge up to Greenpoint, will run along the edge of the Navy Yard at Flushing Avenue. Already, Flushing has expanded its bike paths to accommodate increased bike traffic. Once vital infrastructure improvements are made, the next step of the Greenway renovations will make it a joy to head north to Williamsburg and Greenpoint, or south to Brooklyn Bridge Park, Red Hook, and points south.
To be part of this exciting area, contact Navy Green. 100% of the condominiums currently have contracts out, but the townhomes are still available for purchase.
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