3. Naval Cemetery Landscape
In the late 19th and early 20th centuries, the Brooklyn Naval Cemetery served as the final resting place for more than 2000 US Navy and Marine Corp officers and enlisted men. After the site was decommissioned in the 1920s, the remains were moved to Cypress Hills National Cemetery, putting the Naval Cemetery out of commission. For nearly a century, it remained inaccessible to the public until 2016, when the Brooklyn Greenway Initiative, in partnership with the Brooklyn Navy Yard Development Corporation, transformed the site into a natural park area filled with native plant species.