Jay Lloyd’s Getaway: The Brooklyn Navy Yard
Something new grows in Brooklyn, and Jay Lloyd notes that history buffs now have another getaway spot to visit.
By Jay Lloyd
KYW Newsradio 1060
The skeletons of time-scarred and abandoned buildings sprawled over hundreds of acres still stand. But scattered among them, on the East River waterfront, gleaming new structures are housing high-tech and innovative businesses, plus the indoor soundstage used for the hit HBO series, “Boardwalk Empire.”
We’re talking about the storied and now refurbished Brooklyn Navy Yard.
At its center, in a building called “Building 92,” is a brand-new and modern museum devoted to the history of the yard and the waterfront. Visitors there find different eras to explore.
“To me it would be the Revolutionary era,” said one recently, “the battles that were fought around here. And to hear about ships out in the bay where 12,000 men died…”
Those were the British prison ships of the Revolutionary War.
Remember the Maine? It was built here. The Arizona? It too. The ironclad Monitor of Civil War fame? It was armed and equipped here.
Our nation’s maritime history is displayed at this newest of American museums. For more information go to the Brooklyn Navy Yard’s web site, brooklynnavyyard.org. For specifics about the museum, go to bldg92.org.