Urban Ecology Bicycle Tour

Public and private group tours by bike or bus.

Discover the natural world in the midst of a thriving urban industrial park on this bicycle and walking tour of the Brooklyn Navy Yard, where we will explore New York City’s waterways, terrestrial ecosystems and urban farms. At the stunning 65,000-square-foot Brooklyn Grange rooftop farm, we will learn how they produce 20,000 pounds of vegetables annually – as well as honey and eggs – and are a national leader in the development of rooftop and urban farming techniques.  Descending to the bank of the East River, we will visit an oyster restoration project led by students from the New York Harbor School and will discuss the improving health of the city’s waterways, and the challenges that remain.  We will visit the historic Naval Hospital campus, where we will identify plants and trees, both local and exotic, that have sprung up on this largely undeveloped site, making it a haven for birds and insects, and will learn about plans for a memorial park at the site that will become part of the Brooklyn Waterfront Greenway.  This tour will reveal that the natural world truly is all around us, even in the heart of the city.  Turnstile Tours hosts this tour in partnership with the Brooklyn Navy Yard Center at BLDG 92 and the Brooklyn Greenway InitiativeLength of Tour: 2 hours

2017 Public Tour Dates


Each participant must supply his/her own bicycle & bring and wear a safety helmet at all times while on the Brooklyn Navy Yard tour.

Need to rent a bicycle? 

All participants must provide their own bicycle and safety helmet.  Make sure to set up your rental in advance.

Ride Brooklyn Bike Shop - Located a 10 minute bicycle ride from the Brooklyn Navy Yard at 468 Bergen St in the Park Slope section of Brooklyn.

Blazing Saddles - Located near the South Street Seaport in Lower Manhattan. You’ll need to cross the East River – either by bicycling over the Brooklyn Bridge or taking the East River Ferry to Williamsburg – in order to get to the Brooklyn Navy Yard.  Please plan 30-40 minutes for this ride.

CitiBike - CitiBike stations are located nearby the Brooklyn Navy Yard.  However, Turnstile Tours cannot guarantee the availability of these bikes, and all participants are required to provide their own safety helmet when on a Turnstile bicycle tour.  Because the CitiBike system is designed for commuting and riding short distances, additional fees may be incurred for using a bike for an extended period, and Turnstile Tours cannot be held responsible for these fees.  Rides that last over 30 minutes for a 24-hour or 7-day pass holders, or over 45 minutes for an annual pass holder, will result in overtime fees.  Please visit our Frequently Asked Questions page and the Citibike pricing page for more details.

Contact us to request a private bicycle tour of the Yard.  Private tours can be scheduled at any time.