Brooklyn Army Terminal
U.S. Army Military Ocean Terminal
|Location||58th-65th St. and 2nd Ave., Brooklyn, New York|
|Area||97.2 acres (39.34 ha)|
|Architectural style||Industrial, Other|
|NRHP Reference #||83001702|
|Added to NRHP||September 23, 1983|
The Brooklyn Army Terminal is a large complex of warehouses, offices, piers, docks, cranes, rail sidings and cargo loading equipment on 95 acres (384,000 m2) between 58th and 63rd Street in Sunset Park, Brooklyn, New York. It was the largest military supply base in the United States through World War II, and was later redeveloped for commercial use.
The complex was also known as the U.S. Army Military Ocean Terminal and the Brooklyn Army Base, as part of the New York Port of Embarkation. It was designed by Cass Gilbert and completed in September 1919. It was the largest military supply base in the United States through World War II. By the time the base was closed in the 1970s, over 3 million soldiers and 37 million tons of military supplies had passed through the terminal. The 95 acre complex had its own railroad line, police and fire departments.
The federal government sold the property to New York City in 1981. The city government began a total renovation of the site in 1984, and then the New York City Economic Development Corporation started leasing the property as a center for dozens of light manufacturing, warehousing and back-office businesses.
New York Water Taxi's Rockaway/Sandy Hook beach service formerly linked the 58th Street Pier at Brooklyn Army Terminal to Pier 11/Wall Street, the East 34th Street Ferry Landing, the Sandy Hook Bay Marina, and/or Riis Landing during the rush hour and on summer weekends. Ferry service at this location became very important during the aftermath of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks, and the 2005 New York City transit strike. This service was indefinitely suspended due to lack of funding on July 2, 2010.
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