4. The Brooklyn Army Terminal still features much of its original architecture

Brooklyn Army Terminal in Sunset Park

The Brooklyn Army Terminal is a 4 million square foot complex built at the end of World War I on the west of Sunset Park. It was designed by Cass Gilbert, architect of the Woolworth Building and U.S. Customs House, and it was used as a supply base and military depot during both World Wars. Now, the terminal serves as an NYC Ferry stop, as well as a commercial center, but during World War II it was the United States’ largest military supply base. Much of the original architecture and features are still present in the NRHP-designated site, although some renovations were conducted to repurpose sections.

The main atrium of Building B is where freight trains would pull in and unload their cargo. The terminal was also a point of departure for soldiers going off to fight. Decommissioned in 1964, the terminal now hosts flavored ice-cream cone makers and 3D-printed garment producers. Most famously, Elvis Presley was deployed from the Brooklyn Army Terminal. Untapped got a look at the basement, which is not usually open to the public, a few years ago during a tour. The roof of the annex was a formerly empty space now transformed into a food manufacturing hub.