Admiral’s Row: From Navy Officers to Grocery Baggers

The Brooklyn Navy Yard Development Corporation has just unveiled new plans for an 8-acre plot that once included the historic Admirals Row.

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The community wanted a supermarket, and an industrial building nestles behind it. The building at left is one of two historic structures, out of seven, being saved.

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While the Yards DC may be destroying historic buildings, it hired Greenberg Farrow to design stellar replacements.

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Some of the houses on Admiral's Row date to the Civil War era.

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Abandoned since the 1970s, the building have fallen into disrepair.

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Some are in better shape than others.

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Whether or not these buildings were salvageable - the development corporation determined they were not - still remains a major topic of debate.

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Inside one of the burned out houses.
The Municipal Art Society proposed an alternative plan that would have kept all six houses and the timber building that line Flushing Avenue while still accommodating the new retail behind them

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The development corporation deemed MAS' plans unfeasible.

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In a nod to the preservationists, two of the buildings were saved, the Timber House at far left, and the small house in the middle.

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The house being saved.

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The Timber House

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The Navy Yards has been redeveloping other historic buildings, such as this one, which will carry the history of the site.

The development corporation, with help from the state, has been implementing sustainability measures, such as solar arrays on some industrial buildings, demonstrating the Navy Yard's commitment to good design.

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