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What's happening with Admirals Row?

On Wednesday, the Fort Greene Association posted this update on the drama surrounding Admiral’s Row in the Brooklyn Navy Yard. The six-acre site which was once filled with grand homes and ship-building quarters has been unoccupied for decades and fallen into disrepair. However, Senators Schumer and Gillibrand and Representatives Velázquez and Towns felt that the historic buildings are in danger of deteriorating to the point of no return, and are pushing the Army Corps of Engineers and the National Guard Bureau to allow access to these structures so they may be refurbished.

Admirals Row is a national landmark, but for too long it has wasted away, forgotten in the dustbin of history. Finally, it appeared that we had an agreement to preserve these historic buildings – but bureaucratic hurdles are now getting in the way. I hope the Army will expedite the process to allow the Brooklyn Navy Yard Development Corporation to save these buildings before it’s too late. -Sen. Charles Schumer

Despite the politicians’ efforts, the Army and National Guard insist that they won’t allow access to the property. “Due to health and safety concerns we just can’t let anybody into the Timber Shed,” said Jon Anderson, a spokesman for the National Guard. “It’s just decrepit, we’re not going to let anyone onto the property.”

Learn More

The Kingston Lounge photoblog takes a tour of the living quarters at Admirals Row

NYT’s City Room blog shows more photos from 2008 that show the level of disrepair

Scott Witter documents the efforts to landmark and preserve Admirals Row

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