Brooklyn Navy Yard in New York Times

The Brooklyn Navy Yard was profiled in the New York Times over the weekend.  The article was published on the web May 12th and I believe in Sunday’s print version of the Times.  Here’s the URL and if it doesn’t work the article is still up on the Times site.  It’s an interesting article regarding the “past” and what can be saved even with the best of intentions.  While it appeared the community was headed for an amicable solution and a new supermarket, it now appears some of the most desirable building to save are beyond repair. I don’t think anyone posted a link to this but my apologies if it appears in the blog already.  I didn’t see it after a quick review.  These buildings were forgotten for decades and now that they’re on the radar screen, they are fading again.  William C. (urban888)

Brooklyn Navy Yard New York Times

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7 responses to “Brooklyn Navy Yard in New York Times

  1. There seems to be a great deal of anticipation about the Vision 2020 NYC plan for the waterfront, and my sister in Park Slope is receiving many messages about meetings, events and fund raising opportunities. See link below:
    http://www.nyc.gov/html/dcp/html/cwp/cwp_4.shtml

    • I would love to attend these meetings in different parts of the city and listen to the process unfold. I hope the planners will include safe public fishing piers.

  2. This article inspired me to think about all the things a developer could do with the real estate. The neglected sites have long been a field of dreams. The politics of neglect is part of the struggle for control over the real estate. The author discusses plans to repurpose the historical buildings near Admiral’s Row through the commercial development of a supermarket. The article mentions the luxury condos in Dumbo and Williamsburg. The residents of upscale housing will no doubt want to shop in the new supermarket next to the historical themed walking mall of boutiques with landmark preservation plaques. (Those markers increase the value of local property too). [At least the current administrator’s plan for creating more industrial jobs is based on a green industry incubator instead of a dirty factory or pollution making industry. Those employees need a place to eat lunch, something like Boston?] Some people are going to make a great deal of money on the supermarket. There was an Italian restaurant in waterfront Williamsburg, sitting on the river just north of the old brewery works and navy yard. The fellas used to joke about creating a lux condo development and marina where you could pull your boat up to your door. Dreams? These are dreams of big money, honey, and yeh, jobs for the peasants in the new market, the new boutiques, and maintenance of the developed property. The area does need more supermarkets. But first you have to control the real estate, and putting another Ellis Island style historical center on such valuable property? Sheesh, you could make money, employ people and tip your hat at the historical character of the place by using it to enhance shopping. Then you can get Sharon Zukin of Brooklyn College to write a book about shopping in the Brooklyn Navy Yard in 2020. That’s authentic!

    • Just for the record, I do not believe Admirals Row is beyond preservation. I want our society to respect the history of the Brooklyn Navy Yard. I want the government to preserve the historical sites in the Navy Yard.

  3. On reading the article, it seems there is a scarcity of money to support the renovation of old buildings particularly when the financial incentive of building new buildings comes into play. The conflict between the “old” and the “new” seems to be a dynamic and continuing theme on the Brooklyn Navy Yard. My concern is that years of history, stories, relics and a city’s culture will be lost to “modernization”. Living in the West Coast where there are no structures as old as those back East, the loss of old buildings is a great loss and cannot be replaced.

  4. Admirals’ Row exuded charm in the photos, even in its current state, overgrown with vines. I can’t imagine a building being beyond saving in the light of historic efforts to preserve. Certainly much can be done with deconstruction and subsequent reconstruction, as evidenced by the dismantling of London Bridge and rebuilding it in Arizona, or the importation of various European castles in the 1920’s and 1930’s some of which were re-built stone by stone on Long Island.

  5. Kingston Lounge posted some incredible photos of the detritus in the Navy Yard Last year. Those evocative pictures are one of the reasons I’ve been dying to get in to do my own photo tour:

    http://kingstonlounge.blogspot.com/2009/02/brooklyn-navy-yard-hospital-complex.html

    Plus, what is this Fortress of Solitude type building I see from the highway: http://i189.photobucket.com/albums/z101/blixa14/PICT0115.jpg

    It’s become my fantasy dream residence…

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