Reflections on Rosie

November 2012 - April 2014


There are more than forty women-owned businesses on the Yard today that produce goods and services ranging from construction to couture, art to architecture, and engineering to entertainment. Every day, thousands of women come through the Yard gates on their way to work, following in the footsteps of women who, in 1942, entered as workers for the very first time.

In partnership with Brooklyn Historical Society, BLDG 92 has collected more than 20 oral history interviews with women who worked at the Navy Yard from 1942-1945. We invite you to engage with their stories and to meet four women of Today’s Yard who have inherited their legacy—and here, collaboratively reflect on the irrevocable transformation of “Rosie” during WWII.


Xing-Zhen Chung-Hilyard/Eko-Lab

Melissa Kirgan/Eko-Lab

Nora Ligorano

Aswoon ®/Susan Woods


War Photojournalists

Nov 2011 - October 2012

Yard tenant Christopher Anderson curates the first show, “War Photojournalists” in memory of his friend, war photojournalist, Tim Hetherington. Tim and Christopher shared a space in the Yard.

Tim and another photojournalist Chris Hondros were killed in April 2011 while documenting the Libyan uprising. Christopher, on learning of the loss of his friends, photographed other war photojournalists in his space to commemorate their work and sacrifice.  New York Magazine published these portraits in its May issue.  BNYDC is honored to exhibit some of these portraits and selections of war photography by the respective photojournalists:

  • Linsey Addario
  • Tyler Hicks
  • Michael Kamber
  • Moises Saman
  • Joao Silva