Earlier in October I finally got a chance to step inside the Brooklyn Navy Yard. I passed by the fortress-like compound frequently growing up in nearby Fort Greene and was always curious as to what it looked like behind the wall and vines.
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As part of BNYA's Open Studios event I got to roam around freely and was very disappointed that I didn't bring my camera (was traveling by bike so I wanted to keep things light). The abandoned buildings and cranes coupled with the renovated industrial buildings make for some great photographs. Most of the other visitors were carrying cameras but a search on Flickr didn't turn up much. For you photographers, sign up for one of these upcoming tours (11/2, 12/7) to get your shots in.
By closing I was able to hit up 3/4 of the studios on the list. Saw plenty of awesome stuff but the one artist that stood out the most was Michelle Greene. Why? Because I was already familiar with one of her pieces, the Rail Rider's Throne at the 116th Street stop on the 1 line. We had a lengthy discussion about the CityRacks Design Competition since she designed some bicycle racks for the Navy Yard but didn't participate in the competition.
Brooklyn Navy Yard Development Corporation (archival photos)
Bluejake: Inside the Brooklyn Navy Yard (impressive photos)
Clinton Hill Blog (includes a write-up)