Today, we visited bldg92 in the Brooklyn Navy Yard. It’s housed in an awesome space and offers three floors detailing the history of the navy yards. On the first floor, one side of the space is dedicated to a massive timeline running from the mid-1700’s to the present. The other side is dedicated to the navy yard and its inhabitants today, with a big case exhibiting wares from some of the artisans and manufacturers that currently work out of navy yard. Accompanying the case was a wall of interactive narratives about select artisans, like woodworkers, metalworkers, artists, and device manufacturers, working in the navy yard, giving flavor and character to some of who’s keeping the area running these days.
The historical narrative was tied closely to US history, broadening the perspective on a lot of the stories. It’s interesting to see how much it’s transformed and revived since 2000, particularly with the advent of cash cows like Steiner Studios.