As we reflect on the 54th anniversary of the U.S.S. Constellation (CV-64) fire, the archives recently received an important addition to its collections related to the tragedy. Donated by Mike DeLucia, this collection includes nineteen photographs related to the fire aboard the ship that claimed the lives of 49 ship workers. For more information, see the collection finding aid.Continue Reading >
If you're among the thousands of New Yorkers who have ridden your bike down the Brooklyn Greenway over the last week you may have noticed a new wall here on the Wallabout featuring "A Day in the Life at the Brooklyn Navy Yard."Continue Reading >
Meet the Makers is a BLDG 92 blog feature that shines a spotlight on artisans, designers, manufacturers and entrepreneurs who are "making it" in and around Brooklyn. Check out our new exhibit, Making it in NYC!
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Meet the Makers is a new BLDG 92 Blog feature that shines a spotlight on artisans, designers, manufacturers and entrepreneurs who are “making it” in and around the Yard.Continue Reading >
BLDG 92 is pleased to announce our 2014 Visiting Artists. These six submissions were selected from a pool of qualified and creative applicants all seeking to connect with and draw artistic inspiration from the Navy Yard. We're looking forward to seeing the Yard, our tenants and our rich history reflected in the photography, painting, sculpture and performance art of this dynamic group.Continue Reading >
Hi, everyone, I'm Lorraine McConaghy, public historian at Seattle's Museum of History & Industry. I've been researching the antebellum Pacific Squadron for a few years, especially the 1854-1859 Pacific cruise of the sloop-of-war DECATUR, and published Warship Under Sail: The USS DECATUR in the Pacific West, University of Washington Press, 2009. DECATUR was launched at the Brooklyn Navy Yard in 1839 to great fanfare, but my story really begins with the ship's assignment to the Pacific Squadron, in December 1853.
While researching the ship's cruise, I learned that many of the officers were - as the assistant surgeon put it - "swept by a passion for collecting" when the DECATUR traveled slowly through the Strait of Magellan, from the Atlantic into the Pacific, in 1854. They gathered stones and bones, feathers and fur - specimens - but they also gathered weapons and costumes - artifacts. They were working as amateur scientists, using this rare opportunity in the Strait to carefully gather, arrange, organize and prepare their collection to be crated when the sloop-of-war called at Valparaiso, the base for the Pacific Squadron. The collection was to be shipped to the Naval Lyceum at the Brooklyn Navy Yard, by the next ship ...
The Brooklyn Navy Yard is a photographer’s dream. Spread out over 300 acres, the Yard boasts architectural evidences of the site’s rich history amid towering examples of its modern industrial rebirth, all set against a backdrop of natural landscapes and waterfront vistas. It is no wonder that many professional photographers have studios in the Yard and that many other amateur photographers, Yard enthusiasts and Instagram geeks have been clamoring to get “behind the fence.”Continue Reading >