Brooklyn Navy Yard’s New Lab. Photo by Rich Gilligan courtesy of New Lab.
From today to Sunday is the 2017 Jane’s Walks, a global festival of citizen’s walking tours that celebrate the ideas of Jane Jacobs, the economist and urban life proponent. New York City’s version is organized by the Municipal Art Society.
In this curation of Jane’s Walks, we’ve selected tours across the five boroughs that are led by certified experts – architects, historians, urban planners and organizations directly involved in developing various spaces. Descriptions adapted from the Jane’s Walk website. There’s also much more to celebrate about Jane this month, with her recent birthday and the release of the documentary, “Citizen Jane.”
Brooklyn Navy Yard with Architect Jonathan Marvel
Take a walk through the Brooklyn Navy Yard with architect Jonathan Marvel, who designed the stunning new New Lab, which preserved a historic 1899 hangar. The building has been transformed into a high-tech design and prototyping center, a place where designers, manufacturers, fabricators, and institutions converge to form a hub for innovation and education. Marvel is also working to envision a new entry point for the Brooklyn Navy Yard through the ground floor of Building 77. The 1 million-square-foot building located on Flushing Avenue will contain co-working office space and a ground floor marketplace and manufacturing center.
On the east end of the Navy Yard, the award-winning Naval Cemetery Memorial Landscape creates an experience of landscape and planted form that offers retreat, remembrance, and engaged observation while honoring the layered, 200 year history. The site is an unmarked burial ground from the late 19th and early 20th centuries at the Brooklyn Navy Yard complex and now the first open space node along the Brooklyn Greenway.
Today, May 5th at 4pm