I was very excited to go to the Brooklyn Navy Yard. It seemed to be a very mysterious place, as it is closed off to the general public and maps of New York City display the BNY as taking up quite a bit of space.
The BNY is a self sufficient industrial park that was originally a Naval base of operations. Many of the structures were maintained and repaired to resemble their original architecture. Despite maintaining the older look, the BNY has made many technological advances and this new tech is all over the place. There were large almost outdoor facilities for large scale manufacturing of modular homes. There are solar powered trash compacting garbage cans throughout the facility. The BNY also has its own power plant, which runs the facility using a mix of steam and electric, to the point that excess energy is sold to ConEd.
There is a Dry Dock, which allows for repairs of the portions of ships that are usually submerged. There were oyster beds that are being used to determine if water can be filtered naturally, to help with the NYC waste problem. Also, there are tons of companies that are producing innovative technology.
All in all, I was very happy with the visit, I only wish we could have seen more.
Photos: Dry Dock, Power Plant and historical repairs