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Bloomberg Helps Unveil Brooklyn Navy Yard's Building 92

Multipurpose visitor, exhibition and jobs center opens to great fanfare Thursday.

The past, present and future of the Brooklyn Navy Yard came together at Thursday's unveiling of Building 92—an exhibition, visitor and job training center that will officially open to the public on Friday at Flushing and Carlton avenues.

"The Brooklyn Navy Yard is not only the busiest industrial park ... it's also about working families, it's about people," said Congresswoman Nydia Velazquez, D-Brooklyn. "And the message today is that we're are opening the gates, opening the doors and welcoming everyone."

Costing $25.6 million in city, state and federal funds, the new Building 92 consists of 9,300 square feet of renovated space in a building designed in 1857 by Thomas U. Walter, who was one of the architects to work on the U.S. Capitol.

Built by the Brooklyn Navy Yard Development Corp., the complex is perhaps the most visible sign of the Navy Yard's transformation from an aging, outmoded industrial outpost into a model of economic development.

"The Navy Yard has always been a major employer in our city during both war and peace," Bloomberg said at a ceremony attended by city, state and Congressional representatives. "And that was true at the Navy Yard's birth when some our nation's first fighting ships were made, right here."

Bloomberg noted that at the height of WWII, 70,000 men and women worked around the clock at the Brooklyn Navy Yard.

And while even a resurgent Navy Yard will not even come close to matching that level of activity, backers pointed to Building 92 as the latest example of a citywide effort at sustainable job creation.

According to Bloomberg, 300 jobs will be created as a result of the Building 92's opening—with preference given to residents of public housing and veterans returning from wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Elected officials including Bloomberg, Council Speaker Christine Quinn and Velazquez praised BNYDC president Andrew Kimball for knitting together the industrial park's post-war past with what project boosters hoped would be its high-tech future as a center of film production, medical lab processing and 'green' industries.

"This is proof that there is a bright future for modern manufacturing in this city," said Deputy Mayor for Economic Development Robert Steele.

Micshelle Plowden November 11, 2011 at 04:34 AM
Hi Paul, my name is Micshelle Plowden. I am the sister of Orasarie Howard the young lady who said the poem during the ceremony. I thought the poem was fitting for the opening of Building 92 and I thought it would have been nice if she was mentioned in this article. It would have shown that the Navy Yard employees also take pride in what has been accomplished there. Msdellmp@aol.com
Barbara Ansell November 11, 2011 at 04:48 AM
So exciting that the Navy Yard Complex is finally reaching some of its full potential. The possibilities for cultural events particularly for artists is great and already there are several events happening at Bldg 92, just check out the PATCH event page!Tours for the public and schools are available that expose the public to the history and the future possibilities for this awesome complex.
F.J.Trezza November 11, 2011 at 09:38 PM
Author Brooklyn Steel-Blood Tenacity. I attending the opening of BLDG92 on 11/10/2011. I was very happy with the Seatrain Shipbuilding and Coastal Dry Dock and Repair exhibit. If you have any interest in the Brooklyn Navy Yard a vist is very worth your time, you will not be disapointed! www,BrooklynSteel-BloodTenacity.com
Joe Gonzalez November 12, 2011 at 02:12 AM
First the South side of Fort Greene is destroyed by Atlantic Yards. Now the north side of fort Green is about to be wiped out by the impending give away of the Navy Yard to developers. Be warned that predictable the public review meetings will be scheduled on a night with little notice to the public,maybe during poor weather on a night with other meetings set. Local "religious" leaders and self-appointed Civil Rights leaders and/or community activists will step up to get paid off for their "endorsements". Public be aware.

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