History buffs, architecture fans, and Elvis fans may want to check out the Brooklyn Army Terminal – now open to the public for the first time.
New Yorkers now get to see what's behind the gates with a new tour which takes visitors inside the 95-year-old industrial complex, which up until now has been only accessible to workers.
The tour reveals the history of the complex, including what may be the most famous face to stop there: Elvis Presley, who shipped out of the waterfront site (as shown above). "In 1958, he came through here on his way to his station in Germany after being drafted into the United States Army," says tour guide Andrew Gustafson.
The terminal was built in 1918 to store military supplies and ship them to American troops fighting in Europe during the First World War. But it's had many uses over the years. During the Prohibition era in the 1920s it was used as warehouse to store seized alcohol by the federal government. Millions of bottles of alcohol that were stored were then taken down to the piers at the Brooklyn Army Terminal to be smashed and poured into New York harbor.
Tours of the facility are given twice a month, and take visitors to an atrium in one of the main buildings that's lined with diagonal concrete balconies.
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