Good news for Brooklyn history lovers: It looks like we have another exquisite history institution on the way.
The Brooklyn Navy Yard Center at Building 92 will open to the public this Friday, on Veterans Day. The four-story building is a museum to the yard's long and fascinating history as a ship building center for the U.S. Navy (it operated as such from 1801 to 1966) and its subsequent transformation into a unique industrial park with tenants such as the film studio Steiner Studios.
The New York Times published a great preview article of the museum. Among the objects on display are a 22,000-pound anchor from the USS Austin, and a mangled piece of the USS Arizona, which was built at the Navy Yard and later became one of the casualties of the attack on Pearl Harbor in 1941. There are also many objects that speak to the rough and tumble nature of the neighborhood surrounding the Navy Yard. "It was the Barbary Coast of New York," the center's curator Daniela Romano told the Times.
Museum To Display History Of 200-Year-Old Navy Yard [Brooklyn Eagle]
A Timeline of the Brooklyn Navy Yard [brooklynnavyyard.org]