Brooklyn Navy Yard recovers from storm

November 6, 2012 By Raanan Geberer Brooklyn Daily Eagle
Navy Yard gradually sees improvement after storm, Brooklyn.
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Of the 275 businesses in the Brooklyn Navy Yard industrial park, more than 95 percent now have electricity, although many still don’t have heat.

The Navy Yard, built within part of the former Brooklyn installation of the U.S. Navy, was within “Zone A” during Hurricane Sandy, meaning that the employees were asked to stay away during the storm. There was some water damage, but crews are still assessing its extent, according to a spokesperson for the Brooklyn Navy Yard Local Development Corporation.

The largest and best-known business in the yard, Steiner Studios, escaped with very little damage.

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“We made it through the hurricane unscathed. We have all power, were not flooded and will re-open for our productions tomorrow,” Douglas Steiner, head of the movie and TV production and support facility, said last Wednesday.

The Brooklyn Navy Yard Museum in Building 92 is likewise up and running, said the spokesperson, although still without heat yesterday. The museum focuses on the history of the site from the Revolutionary War until today and the technological innovations that were pioneered here.

The spokesman didn’t know the post-storm status of the Yard’s four working dry docks. One of these, Dry Dock No. 1, dates from the 1850s.

A recent article in the Daily News said that Cumberland Packing Company, which occupies some buildings within the Yard and some just outside of it, was badly flooded. The article describes employees of the company, best known for making Sweet ‘n Low, filling “30 to 40 dumpsters a day” with the familiar pink packets, ruined by storm water. This newspaper was unable to contact Cumberland by press time.

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