It is a new free admission museum opened in Nov 2011.
The museum was inside Building 92 inside Brooklyn Navy Yard, where they built big navy ships there. A lot of movies were also made in the area like "Knight & Day"
The museum will give you an insight into the history and devlopment of the navy yard & Brooklyn, but if you want to tour the yard, you may need to join a tour. So far I only know "Urban Oyster" run a private tour (about $18 to $30) to bring people around the yard.
I put this in Off-The-Beaten path because it is not near to any other tourist place. The nearest one is Fulton Landling and Brooklyn Bridge Park, but I would recommend you to take a bus, as it is at least 35 min walk from the navy yard and the streets are not in the safest area.
The Brooklyn Navy yard is now next to the housing projects by Sands St, so I do not recommend tourists attempting to walk there on foot.
You can take the weekend free shuttle operated by Jay St & Willoughby St from 12-6p
You can't shop at the Empire Stores (short for storehouse), although you might be able to within a few years if restoration goes as planned. Located in Empire-Fulton Ferry State Park, this warehouse complex was built in the 1850's and has been abandoned since the 1950's. The scent of long-gone tobacco leaves has lingered here since before the Civil War. Rumor has it this beautiful historical structure will be renovated and turned into a trendy mini-mall of sorts, with shops, restaurants, etc. It's a bit tricky to find, although you can see it as you walk over the Brooklyn Bridge. There's also a great waterfront promenade and artist colony (see my other tips for this park). The park closes at dusk, but you probably wouldn't want to be here after dark anyhow unless you're fond of very large rats.
Located in DUMBO, one of the last remaining genuinely artsy-fartsty neighborhoods left in New York. Reminds me of the days when New York was still cool. There's an outdoor artist colony at Empire-Fulton Ferry State Park, although I'm not sure how often the exhibits change. The promenade gives incredible views of Manhattan and the Brooklyn/ Manhattan bridges.
Drive by the Brooklyn Armory. The Armory, located at the junction of Atlantic Ave and Bedford Ave, is a beautiful structure. The architecture is well worth the drive. It has now been converted to a homeless shelter, but you get an excellent view from the outside.
During my walks around Brooklyn I came upon some great views of Manhattan. This dead-end (see picture) was one of my favourites. There was such a contrast between the foreground in Brooklyn and the background of the skyline of midtown Manhattan.
Not to be confused with Disney's famous pachyderm, D.U.M.B.O. is an acronym for "Down Under the Manhattan Bridge Overpass." With quiet cobblestone streets and old warehouses still bearing the names of companies long gone, you'll feel like you stepped back 100 years.
Nestled right on the water in Vinegar Hill, the Naval Commandant's house is visible behind a locked gate. Although you cannot go up to the house, drive by to see it. It was built between 1805 and 1806 and is purportedly the design of Boston's Charles Bulfinch. Bulfinch designed the U.S. Capitol Building as well as Faneuil Hall and the State House in Boston.
Located on Little Street in Vinegar Hill
This recently revitalized neighbourhood boasts many belgian flagstone streets and cute cafes and bodegas. Its a great place to go for a jog or just wander and experience. Vinegar Hill is right off the Manhattan Bridge and is just a 4-5 block area. It is interesting to see the neighbourhood in the process of being revitalized.
Some movies and tv shows were filmed here, including part of a Sopranos episode. Many homes have old storefronts that were used in the film industry.
This area is not a must see, but if you are nearby stop in! Its right near the Metrotech Area.
Henry & Abraham Wyckoff House was built in 1766. Kings Highway was used as a conduit for British troops during the Revolution and this house was seized and used to house Hessian troops, who carved graffiti into a glass door, which has to this day not been replaced.
Although you cannot tour the home (there is a family who lives there), pass by. There is a plaque out front explaining the history of the home, and its nice to see a historic home in the midst of a rather boring neighbourhood.
The house is located on E 22nd st right off of Kings Highway and Ave P.
This huge public park was designed by the same architect (Olmstead) who did the Central Park in Manhattan. This is a pleasant place to visit and walk around, but is not nearly as nice as the Central Park.
The Brooklyn Bridge gets all the fame and poetry, the Manhattan Bridge gets more traffic and one of the Metro lines.
A piece of trivia: of all the bridges that link Manhattan with the other boroughs, the Brooklyn and Manhattan bridges are the ones which are closest to one another.
Many parts of this boro have neighborhoods reserved as "historic districts". Just walking through some will help discover some beautiful architecture and the ever so famous BROWNSTONES. One of my favorite streets to walk down is Milton Street in Greenpoint, which boasts many 3 old churches that have been/ or are in the process of being restored. The block starts at Manhatten avenue and continues to West street. At its head lyes a pristine cathedral and at its feet lyes factories and graffitti along with the east river.
That house there is on Noble street, and is my favorite new restoration in the hood.
There are a lot of places to rollerblade, run, ride your bike, etc around the city. I love doing that at Jacob Riis Park in the evening. It's right on the beach, there's a "boardwalk" and you can go from Ft. Tilden up to the Bay 1 at the beach. This place is so crowded during the say but fun in the evening.
Take the Q35 (I think) to Jacob Riis Park in the summer or to Ft. Tilden all year.
Driving: Exit 11S off the Belt Parkey, Flatbush Avenue, across the Marine Pkwy Bridge.
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