Brooklyn Army Terminal Celebrates Centennial With A Block Party On Saturday


SUNSET PARK – The NYC Economic Development Corporation invites all to celebrate the Brooklyn Army Terminal‘s (BAT) 100th anniversary at the venue’s first-ever block party taking place this Saturday.

Brooklyn Army Terminal (Photo: Nathan Haselby)

The free outdoor event will feature live performances by Busta Rhymes, Justine Skye, and Natasha Diggs. There will also be special exhibitions by resident artists of ArtBuilt and ChaShaMa, family-friendly activities including crafts and face-painting, and a historical augmented reality room hosted by NYU Tandon and NYC Media Lab.

The event will also feature shops showcasing merchandise from BAT-based companies including City Saucery, Silly Phillie, and Uncommon Goods. Snacks will be available from various BAT food vendors and a beer and wine garden will offer drinks from Five Boroughs Brewery and KCBC Brewery.

BAT hosted another centennial celebration in May in which a new 500,000-square-foot facility for 20 innovative businesses was unveiled at the campus and several BAT tenants  displayed and demonstrated their wares.

The Brooklyn Army Terminal broke ground on May 15, 1918 and was completed in September 1919. Designed by Cass Gilbert, the four million-square-foot campus served as a supply base and an Army headquarters during World War II, helping to deploy millions of troops as well as 37 million tons of supplies to battlefronts across the world. Gilbert’s design for the BAT buildings made them suitable for industrial purposes after the campus was no longer needed by the military.

Today, BAT is an industrial campus housing more than 100 businesses and providing approximately 4,000 jobs. The city has invested over $115 million to transform BAT into a modern manufacturing hub.

Brooklyn Army Terminal 100th Anniversary Block Party
Saturday, September 15, 11:30am to 8pm (with a Rooftop Films screening from 7:30pm to 11pm)
Brooklyn Army Terminal, 140 58th Street (at 1st Avenue), Sunset Park
Free, register here

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