Brooklyn Army Terminal Tour
3-Hour Woolworth Building Lobby and Brooklyn Army Terminal Tour
- Compare two very different Cass Gilbert buildings, one as long as the other is tall.
- Woolworth Tours is pleased to offer this special combination tour in collaboration with Turnstile Tours in honor of the 100th Anniversary of the Brooklyn Army Terminal.
- See the magnificent Woolworth lobby and the interesting lower level of what was once the tallest building in the world.
- Take an educational walk down Broadway and across Wall Street, passing many important lower Manhattan sites.
- Ride in comfort on an enclosed ferry across the East River with sweeping views of the Manhattan and Brooklyn waterfronts
- Arrive at the Brooklyn Army Terminal for a fascinating tour of what was the largest concrete structure in the world.
- The tour is timed to coincide with the ferry’s departures and arrivals.
- A one-way ferry ticket is included. Explanations of return options will be provided.
This tour is not offered during the winter months. It will be offered again in the Spring of 2020. Please check back at that time to see the tour schedule. Thanks.
You will be greeted by an expert Woolworth Tours guide outside the main entrance of the Woolworth Building, once the tallest in the world, for a look at its spectacular façade before entering its magnificent lobby with its soaring mosaic ceiling, intricate stained glass and amusing corbel characters. Photos and questions are permitted as you learn the story of the retail tycoon Frank W. Woolworth and his architect, and you are guided through the main and lower levels of this vintage lobby, long-closed to the public.
Then you will have a short walking tour down lower Broadway and across Wall Street to Pier 11. Along the way, as you step over the markers of past ticker tape parades, you will see another Cass Gilbert façade, and will pass by many historic points of interest including St. Paul’s Chapel, Zuccotti Park, Trinity Church, Federal Hall and the NY Stock Exchange, as you experience the heart of New York’s Financial District.
When you arrive at the Pier, you will be greeted by a special Turnstile Tours guide who will escort you aboard the NYC Ferry to the Brooklyn Army Terminal, an engineering marvel that is today a center of manufacturing and innovation on Brooklyn’s Sunset Park waterfront. Although also designed by Cass Gilbert, it is radically different from the Woolworth Building in appearance, design, and function. Built in 1918-1919, it served as a supply base for the American military for nearly 50 years. Today it is home to over 100 companies in a wide array of industries, from precision manufacturers to biotech researchers, online retailers to chocolatiers.
On this 45-minute walking exploration of the site, you will learn how Gilbert designed and built the world’s largest concrete structure, longer on the ground than the Woolworth is tall! Discover how war supplies and personnel were shipped through this teeming transportation hub during World War II, and hear the stories of the soldiers, sailors, and longshoremen who worked these piers, rail yards, and warehouses. You will closely examine its architecture and infrastructure, step inside unrestored areas of the complex, and walk through the Terminal’s architectural gem – the breathtaking atrium of Building B, where freight trains once rumbled through to be loaded from the innovative, cantilevered balconies.
Admission includes a one-way ticket on NYC Ferry. The tour ends in time to purchase a return ticket ($2.75) for the ferry that leaves for Manhattan every half hour or explore Brooklyn and take the subway (N & R trains) at the 59th St station, a short walk away.
Schedule: All tours run 1:15 to 4:15 on Saturdays – July 27, Aug 24, Sept 14 & Oct 12
Bring your group on a private tour!
All tours may be scheduled at your convenience for groups of 10 people or more.
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The Woolworth Buildng Lobby Tour was fascinating...superb guide...I felt privileged to see it
- Kim W. 6/11/19
Beyond Excellent...This was an excellent tour...A must-do
- CC Marc.. 5/28/19
A stunning building which oozes history...photos can not do justice...a must see.
- Martin 5/22/19
Fantastic Tour...Time more than well spent...I loved the tour.
- Leslie 5/16/19
The Woolworth tour is fantastic. I learned so much. Do the 90 minute tour - you will be glad you did.
Mary - 4/16/19