Public Programs: Interpreting America's Historic Places: Planning Grants

Period of Performance

9/1/2009 - 12/31/2010

Funding Totals

$40,000.00 (approved)
$40,000.00 (awarded)

Brooklyn Navy Yard: Past, Present, and Future

FAIN: BP-50148-09

Brooklyn Navy Yard Development Corp. (Brooklyn, NY 11205-1079)
Daniella Romano (Project Director: February 2009 to January 2011)

Planning of an exhibition in a restored building of the historic Brooklyn Navy Yard that would present the Yard's history and its influence on the growth of Brooklyn and New York City.

From establishment as New York Naval Shipyard by the U.S. Navy in 1801 until decommissioning in 1966, the Brooklyn Navy Yard has been closed to the public. Operating today as an industrial park, security and privacy remain key to the Yard's tenants however, public outcry for access to the site's rich history has prompted Brooklyn Navy Yard Development Corporation to restore a historic building on the Yard and design an exhibition open to the public. Now in its fourth year of planning, BNYDC seeks NEH support for three elements in the development of the exhibition, The Brooklyn Navy Yard: Past, Present and Future: 1. Documented design of the exhibition, including preliminary graphics and image research; 2. Exhibition text development, review, and evaluation; and 3. Testing and refinement of a crucial electronic interactive component: an interactive table map illustrating the evolving overview across time of the changing functions and built environment of the Brooklyn Navy Yard.