The Brooklyn Navy Yard (BNY) was founded in 1801 and was the nation’s premiere naval industrial facility. During World War II the BNY was known as the “Can Do Yard”. That moniker is, and was, a testament to the workers ability to meet demanding production quotas without forfeiting quality or safety standards. At the height of the war-time effort, the BNY employed over 70,000 people; working 7 days a week; 24 hours a day.
Today’s yard is a much different place. No longer; a naval facility, the 300 acre site is an example of a successful modern urban industrial park. It is home to the greatest concentration of manufacturing and green businesses in New York City. BNY is populated by such diverse businesses as movie studios, furniture manufacturers, architectural designers, electronics distributors and jewelers; yet it hasn’t lost its connection to the rich maritime past; thanks to yard tenant GMD Shipyard Corporation.
As an employee of BLDG 92, I work in the yard. I’m engaged in telling the fascinating story of this place. One of the many joys of my job is getting to peek behind the scenes and explore places and things in the yard that are not accessible to the general public.
For this post, I donned my work boots and I borrowed a hard hat to bring you images from inside dry dock #5.
Being in dry dock #5 was a very special experience. A big thank you, the size of the dry dock, to the guys and gals of GMD Shipyard Corporation. Thanks for educating me, entertaining me and keeping me safe while touring on your turf.
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