chapter  12
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The Brooklyn Navy Yard revived

A defense conversion case study in the United States
ByChristopher A. Preble, Celia Clark

For nearly 165 years, the Brooklyn Navy Yard in New York built some of the most famous ships in the US Navy's history. It also served as a center for research and innovation, including in engineering and medicine, and it was a major engine for economic development in the surrounding community. The 300-acre Brooklyn Navy Yard is situated between the Manhattan and Williamsburg Bridges on the East River located in what is now known as Brooklyn's dumbo district. The Brooklyn navy yard development corporation (BNYDC) replaced commerce labor industry in the county of kings (CLICK) in 1981, but the Yard's fortunes did not turn around until the late 1990s. According to Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams, "The Brooklyn navy yard is an economic engine for our borough and beyond, producing the jobs of today and the innovations of tomorrow". The long timescale of redevelopment has enabled uses to evolve and management to respond to new ideas.