The Brooklyn Navy Yard Is Now A National Landmark

The Brooklyn Navy Yard barracks in 1909. Image: Wikipedia

Just in time for Fleet Week, the Brooklyn Navy Yard has reached a major milestone: It’s officially a national landmark.

Via the Daily News: Yesterday, the 300-acre Navy Yard–that’s 13,068,000 square feet for those of who can only think in those terms–was given the highest preservation status available to a site by the Department of the Interior’s National Park Service. It’s been a long (and astoundingly tedious) 213-year wait.

Of course, National Landmark status affords a site many, many privileges, including, but not limited to, delicious federal funds. Said funds can be used to preserve the landmark or improve it with an eye to maintaining its integrity. That’s especially good news since Navy Yard officials have been working tirelessly since 2012 to complete the $46 million Green Manufacturing Center. Finishing that project would undoubtedly bolster the the already high number of jobs available at the Yard, which is about 7000 and counting.

The official announcement of the designation is expected to take place sometime next week, but if you want to celebrate this momentous achievement sooner than that, we suggest attending the opening party and Rooftop Films screening at the Navy Yard’s massive Brooklyn Grange rooftop farm next Thursday. It’s the most Brooklyn way to show your love and appreciation for our now nationally-recognized treasure.

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