Navy Yard is an up-and-coming neighborhood in the Southeast quadrant of DC, located between I-695 and the Anacostia River. Residents can pick up Metro’s Green line at the Navy Yard station. Several bus lines frequent the areas as well. Drivers also have easy access to I-295 and I-395.

Navy Yard History

The neighborhood is named for the former US naval shipyard and ordinance plant, the oldest shore establishment of the US Navy. From its early years, it became the Navy’s largest shipbuilding and shipfitting facility, with 22 ships of all sizes constructed there. The Washington Navy Yard was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1973. The Navy Yard as a neighborhood has experienced rapid development with several new apartment, condo, retail, and office buildings opening in the past five years.

Navy Yard Favorites

There is no shortage of things to do in the Navy Yard community. Baseball fans can head to Nationals Park to cheer on the Washington Nationals. Nats Park also hosts a number of concerts and shows. There are several restaurants in the area including Osteria Morini, one of DC’s best Italian restaurants. The community gathers for free outdoor concert series in the summer. Yards Park provides green space stretching alongside the Anacostia River, where you’ll also find a spot for kayak rental. Further within the neighborhood lies Canal Park, with a splash fountain that transforms into an ice skating rink during the winter months.


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