Brooklyn Army Terminal
12:00 pm - 4:00 pm
12:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Cass Gilbert, 1918; Phased renovation, 1985-Present
New York City Economic Development Corporation

Description: The Brooklyn Army Terminal (BAT) is a prime location for industrial companies and a critically important site for businesses looking to grow and expand in New York City. Constructed by the US Army in 1918-19, BAT served as a major military supply for nearly 50 years. At its peak during World War II, 20,000 military and civilian personnel were employed at BAT, when it functioned as the headquarters for the New York Port of Embarkation, the nation's busiest port, which sent more than 3 million men overseas from facilities around the region.

Cass Gilbert, known for his Beaux Arts and Gothic style designs like the Woolworth Building, was BAT's principal architect, designing what was, at the time, the largest concrete structure in the world. Since BAT was acquired by the City of New York in 1981, New York City Economic Development Corporation (NYCEDC) has invested more than $185 million to transform the facility into a modern, thriving industrial campus, now home to more than 100 tenants with 3,600 employees.

This year, in addition to the building's awe-inspiring atrium, dozens of artist studios will be open to visit in Building A (3-J) and Building B (4-I) as part of chashama Open Studios. Read more about participating artists at:

Saturday & Sunday Tour Info: Tours of the atrium will be led by Turnstile Tours at 2, 3, and 4pm on both days. (45 min)

Since the first OHNY Weekend in 2003, this site is one of almost 50 have participated for 10 or more years. When you visit, please thank them for championing an open city! To see a full list of 15th Anniversary sites, click here.


Image Credit: Garrett Ziegler via Flickr