Did you know that the Brooklyn Army Terminal (BAT) has a landscaped waterfront esplanade and plaza? Though BAT is mostly known for its modern manufacturing space, there is also a large public recreation area right behind the iconic, century-old buildings. Equipped with lounge chairs, picnic tables, and trees, this scenic stretch of the NYC harbor is also home to the Sunset Park NYC Ferry stop. Best of all, it’s open 365 days a year, from sunrise to sunset! Here are a few ways to take advantage of this space:
When the Brooklyn Army Terminal (BAT) was first built in 1918, the US was nearing the end of WWI and needed a facility to ship soldiers and supplies from the East Coast to Europe. But architect Cass Gilbert, who designed New York’s famous Woolworth Building and the US Supreme Court Building, wasn’t just thinking about the war—he was thinking about the future. By designing BAT with open, versatile spaces, he enabled it to become much more than an army base.
Chashama is an arts not-for-profit that connects New York City artists with affordable workspaces. Since 1995, chashama has hosted its largest subsidized studio program, NYC Artist Studio, at the Brooklyn Army Terminal in Sunset Park. This program makes approximately 50,000 square feet of artist studios available to more than 95 artists.