Brooklyn Army Terminal Brooklyn, NY

The Brooklyn Army Terminal’s 1940s rail head.

Some 27 million tons  of war materials – and 2.2 million  soldiers – began their journeys to the combat fronts of WWII from this waterfront terminal officially known as the New York Port of Embarkation. Today it is called the Brooklyn Army Terminal and it’s home to private enterprise, but this once-thriving terminal still has its signature railroad tracks and loading docks and the 5-ton cranes that worked the 10×10’ balconies picking and packing ammunition and 2-ton cargo pallets as if they were mere match sticks.

The best way to see this is to go on the tours run by turnstilestours.com. During their 2-hour walk they will give you a  history of  the soldiers who assembled here and the longshoreman who made this hub work. They will take you into the Atrium of Building B — which is considered a marvel of cantilevered engineering – to see where the cranes (no longer working but still there) worked the concrete balconies from which supplies were routed, picked, and packed.

If you let your imagination run wild you can still see those young soldiers lined up with their duffel bags waiting to board their ships with cigarettes jauntily hanging from their lips. One of the largest embarkation points during the war, the Brooklyn Terminal was a place in constant motions with steam rising from engines, cranes lowering tanks into cargo holds, and with soldiers eager to take on Hitler.

Website:   www.bklynarmyterminal.com

Tours: Tours offered 1st and 3rd Saturdays by www.turnstilestours.com  They also offer a tour of the Brooklyn Navy Yard.

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