Brooklyn —

In its World War II heyday, the Brooklyn Navy Yard employed 70,000 people, operated around the clock – and high-ranking officers lived in stately 19th Century homes along what’s known as Admirals’ Row.

Today, the homes are far from shipshape. Preservationists are battling to save crumbling Admirals’ Row, which is slated to be torn down to make way for a supermarket parking lot as part of a larger redevelopment plan.