Revitalizing Brooklyn’s Navy Yard and reconnecting it to the neighborhood

The area by the Brooklyn Navy Yard (New York City) can seem forbidding. Hulking warehouses line Flushing Avenue, a wide and busy street that hugs the yard for 16 blocks, while the yard, a massive former military complex turned manufacturing center, is almost totally enclosed by tall fences and walls.

But the vibe will be less harsh going forward, as major steps are being taken to reinvent the area, part of the Wallabout neighborhood.

Across from the yard, developers are putting the finishing touches on Navy Green, a $146 million housing complex with market-rate and affordable apartments being built on the site of a former Navy brig.

Meanwhile, the Brooklyn Navy Yard Development Corporation, the nonprofit entity that manages the city-owned facility, is removing some of the walls that have isolated the Navy Yard from the community, while adding a supermarket, a food hall and a park that the public can use.

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