06/08/15 12:42pm
brooklyn navy yard

In the Navy (Yard)/There’s a bunch of stuff to see! In the Navy (Yard)/Open to you and me! via Flickr user Tracy O.

From hosting complainers during Fashion Week to being declared a national landmark, the Brooklyn Navy Yard has been getting plenty of hype lately. But unless you work here or live in the surrounding neighborhoods, chances are good you haven’t ventured to this pocket of our borough. Not unlike… almost all of Brooklyn, the Navy Yard has changed drastically in recent years. Once one of the most active military shipbuilding sites in the U.S. all the way back to the days the Revolutionary War, the Navy Yard is now a vast, urban industrial park dedicated to sustainability. It’s home to almost 330 widely diverse businesses which employ over 7000 people. Though non-employees can’t always access the secure confines of the yard, there are still plenty of opportunities to explore it! We’ve compiled a list of things you should do and see in the Yard, as well as just a sampling of the awesome work from this hotbed of creativity and innovation. (more…)

05/13/15 11:49am

It’s uh…large. via Flickr user Seuss

People are really excited at the idea of a new supermarket coming to Brooklyn in 2017. Yesterday, the New York Times reported that Wegmans, a family run chain with stores around the Northeast, will have its first store in NYC: a 74,000-square-foot building (their smallest location!) inside the Brooklyn Navy Yard. But first, the city needs to get rid off those pesky Civil War buildings that make up Admiral’s Row. According to the Times article, “the Navy Yard’s board approved a deal for the redevelopment of the site on Tuesday. Several buildings will be knocked down and replaced with Wegmans, other stores, industrial space and parking.” (more…)

07/08/14 8:47am
admiral's row navy yard

See it while you can! Maybe! via Flickr user Alan Houston

Hey, remember when we told you to visit Admiral’s Row in the Navy Yard, because one day it might get razed to make way for a supermarket? Well, we’re here to reiterate that you should get out there and see it, because according to Crain’s, the city is accepting RFP’s for the space yet again. You can’t keep hoping the developers screw up or get indicted for bribery charges again. What are the odds of that happening a third time (high probably)? (more…)

06/04/14 2:38pm

We still make stuff around here. These ergonomic baby spoons? Made in New York. via Facebook

We used to make things in America, or so at least that’s what cartoonish politicians grasping for manliness and Sam Elliot beer commercial voiceovers are always telling us. The thing is, maybe those people should pay a visit to New York City, aka Real America, where we still make all kinds of shit. In fact, now would be the perfect time for them to visit, because BLDG92 (63 Flushing Avenue) at the Brooklyn Navy Yard is hosting three free discussions with Brooklyn makers in diverse fields over the next two weeks, so that you might learn from their wisdom. (more…)

07/01/13 9:54am
Learn to make this, hear stories about young Johnny Depp

Learn to make this, hear stories about young Johnny Depp

Hey, remember the graduate-level film school at the Navy Yard? And how it was going to be awesome as all get out, with cheap tuition and close proximity to a working film lot? Things just got a whole lot better if you’re going to be a student there, because Brooklyn College just named the school’s first president: Jonathan Wacks. He directed a little TV program you might have heard of called 21 Jump Street. Suck on that, expensive California film schools! (more…)

04/11/13 1:46pm
Before you hop on, you might want to study up

Before you hop on, you might want to study up

More and more, people are reporting seeing bike share stations on the street. Great, awesome, we are fans of this news. Of course, just because one has the ability to ride a bike doesn’t mean they have the skill to navigate New York’s roads. It’s a jungle out there, in the sense that cars move as if someone gave a giraffe the keys to an Escalade after it’s had a few dozen beers. If you want to avoid resorting to an angry, desperate plea with New York’s drivers, Brooklyn Skillshare will teach you how to deal with the madness out there for free, this weekend. (more…)

02/04/13 9:39am
It's never too early for bourbon

It’s never too early for bourbon

A couple years ago, back when Kings County Distillery was a small operation in a Bushwick loft, a couple of us took a tour of the location. The whole thing only took up a couple of rooms and didn’t have any complicated equipment, everything seemed kind of charmingly jury-rigged. The whiskey was delicious though. Plenty of other people agreed apparently, and the company made enough money to move into new digs in the Navy Yard and get some love from the New York Times. (more…)

12/21/12 11:12am
We can always use another Spike Lee.

We can always use another Spike Lee.

Brooklyn is stocking up on movie theaters, but what if you don’t just want to watch the movie, you want to make those ghostly haunting images yourself? Tired of those hotshot jerks from Hollywood grabbing all the celluloid glory, the city is supporting the opening of the Brooklyn College Graduate School of Cinema at Steiner Studios, in the Navy Yard.  (more…)

11/16/12 7:49am

Hip and arty, but more importantly cheap as hell. via 40 Vanderbilt

New York’s push for affordable housing has resulted in another opportunity for sweet living in a hot neighborhood. 40 Vanderbilt, a supportive housing residence near the Navy Yard and just a hop, skip and a jump away from dive bar favorite Alibi, is now taking applicants for its fully-furnished apartments that range in cost from $492 to $664 a month. And even better than previous below-market rate apartments we’ve highlighted, this one has already gone through its housing lottery phase and is now open to members of the general public. (more…)

03/16/12 11:09am

O'Neal with some of the actual bees in question.

Do beekeeping and sustainability hold a special place in your heart? Did you think Macaulay Culkin got what was coming to him at the end of My Girl? Do you look up to this guy? Big Apple Apiary is looking for 12 volunteer apprentices to tend brand new hives on a Brooklyn Navy Yard roof during the 2012 bee season, April through October or November. Applications are due March 21. “This apprenticeship isn’t for the faint of heart,” Borough Bee’s Timothy O’Neal told us. “The time commitment is a serious one, and it takes some real passion to be willing to stick your hands in a box of 80,000 stinging bugs.”

The apiary is a joint project of Brooklyn Grange Farm and O’Neal. Their goal? To become the city’s largest treatment-free apiary.  (more…)