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We're in the Navy Now!
Well, not quite, but Urban Oyster is in the Brooklyn Navy Yard doing tours on behalf of the Brooklyn Historical Society and the Brooklyn Navy Yard Development Corporation. Surrounded by fences and walls since the 1820s, the Navy Yard has long carried with it an alluring mystery to many New Yorkers. One of New York City’s greatest hidden treasures, this 300-acre property on Brooklyn's waterfront has an amazing history of building and outfitting some of America’s most famous ships, from the commissioning of the Monitor, a Civil War-era ironclad; to the Maine, immortalized during the Spanish-American War; the Arizona, now a memorial in Pearl Harbor; and the Missouri on board which the Japanese signed unconditional surrender at the end of the war. From the 1830’s Naval Hospital to the oral histories of World War II, our tour of the Navy Yard tells a story about wartime efforts dating all the way back to the Revolutionary War.
Our tours will take you into the Navy Yard by bus, and at hop off
stops we will explore these stories and the dozens more contained
within its walls. Check out our tour schedule here.