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Remix: Archival Photography at the Navy Yard

Meredith Wisner 5 years, 4 months ago

Navy Yard tenant, Thomas Witte, installed for us yesterday an amazing group of paintings that reinterpret archival photographs from the Brooklyn Navy Yard's collection onto salvaged glass found around our 300 acres (adaptive reuse was never so inspiring!).  We really love how he's taken these utilitarian photographs--once used to document advancements at the Yard during the post WWI, WPA and WWII period--and made them evoke more palpably the human experience of life on the Yard.  Yesterday we posted the source photos on our Facebook page, and through that post The L Magazine responded with an amusing piece on Brooklyn's first hipster.  

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From the Archives

I'll Be Home for Christmas

Meredith Wisner 5 years, 4 months ago

We at the BNY Blog will be home for Christmas, but we wanted to leave you with this Navy Yard themed Christmas story we found in the December December 23rd 1955 issue of The Shipworker. Enjoy!

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In Memoriam: The USS Constellation Fire

Meredith Wisner 5 years, 4 months ago
Shipworker, December 23, 1960 Shipworker, December 23, 1960

51 Years ago today a forklift accident aboard the USS Constellation caused 502 gallons of fuel to spill and become ignited by welders working in her decks below. 50 men to lose their lives and at least 330 were injured.  The resulting fire was so intense that support was required from neighboring fire departments--who were already exhausted from the Park Slope plane crash that occured just three days earlier. It took 17 hours to put out the blaze.  The fire remains one of the most tragic events in Brooklyn history.

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If it Ain't Broke, Reuse It!

Meredith Wisner 5 years, 4 months ago

On February 19th 1945 the Brooklyn Navy Yard celebrated it's 144th anniversary with an exhibition.  Held in the Brooklyn Eagle building on 24 Johnson Street, the exhibition featured demonstrations of modern naval innovation, photographs of bygone shipbuilding technology and images of the Yard's changing appearance over time.  High points of the exhibit included the presence of British prison ships in Wallabout Bay, the Civil War Navy Yard, the Naval Lyceum and the launching of the USS Maine. Sound familiar? 

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Pearl Harbor Remembered

Meredith Wisner 5 years, 4 months ago
Joe Washington, survivor of the attack on Pearl Harbor Joe Washington, survivor of the attack on Pearl Harbor

On December 5th 1958, Joe Washington, a supply man with the Brooklyn Navy Yard, recounted his experience aboard the USS Arizona as the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor 17 years earlier. In his brief account in the Navy Yard Shipworker Mr. Washington described the attacks as a complete surprise; recalling how he ran to his battle station to find the skies filled with enemy aircraft. By days end 2,402 Americans were killed and 1,282 were wounded. Washington considered himself fortunate to have survived. "If there's anything such as sheer luck," he said, "I sure had it.

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