This past weekend our very own Jake Dobkin infiltrated the Brooklyn Navy Yard once again, this time hitting up Admiral's Row. According to Officer’s Row, the authority on the area, the "small section of the Brooklyn Navy Yard was home to high-ranking officers and their families. The ten houses (six buildings) were built between 1864 and 1901. Surrounded by a high brick wall and iron gates, Officer's Row was a small piece of beauty amidst a bustling industrial neighborhood. It housed tennis courts, a stable-turned ice skating rink, and parade grounds. Several varieties of fruit trees and a communal vegetable garden could be found dotting the landscape." (Here are some exterior shots.)
When the Navy Yard was signed over to the city in 2001 this was the one area that was kept under the Army Corps of Engineers jurisdiction (here's the Federal government's Admiral's Row review site). Now preservationists are fighting to keep the homes standing, as developers plan for a supermarket to take over the site. Crain's recently reported that "After 20 years of debate and controversy, the Brooklyn Navy Yard Development Corp. expects to issue a request for proposals for the six-acre site housing Admiral's Row—10 historic but crumbling residences more than a century old—by as early as February." Stay tuned as the battle lines continue to form and the fate of the area is decided upon.