FASCINATING POST from Adrienne of A Tree Grows in Brooklyn —
Did you ever wonder why things KEEL over? Wonder no more!
Adrienne works at the Brooklyn Navy Yard, and went booted and hard hat-ted to bring this post to the world. Bravo, Adrienne! (Brooklyn is my birthplace, and I was living there during World War II, when the Navy Yard was famed as a heroic place doing heroic work. Our memories are long —)
The Brooklyn Navy Yard (BNY) was founded in 1801 and was the nation’s premiere naval industrial facility. During World War II the BNY was known as the “Can Do Yard”. That moniker is, and was, a testament to the workers ability to meet demanding production quotas without forfeiting quality or safety standards. At the height of the war-time effort, the BNY employed over 70,000 people; working 7 days a week; 24 hours a day.
Today’s yard is a much different place. No longer; a naval facility, the 300 acre site is an example of a successful modern urban industrial park. It is home to the greatest concentration of manufacturing and green businesses in New York City. BNY is populated by such diverse businesses as movie studios, furniture manufacturers, architectural designers, electronics distributors and jewelers; yet it hasn’t lost its connection to the rich maritime past; thanks to yard tenant GMD…
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