Upcoming Programs

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Projects in Planning: Cornell Tech Campus Framework Plan
Presentation by Colin Koop, Design Director, Skidmore, Owings & Merrill 
Cooper Union Rose Auditorium
Wednesday, May 4, 2015
6:30 pm Doors Open / 7:00 pm Presentation Begins

OHNY members are invited to a presentation of Skidmore, Owings & Merrill’s master plan for Cornell Tech, a new applied science university in Roosevelt Island. Designed to encourage interaction and creativity, SOM’s plan creates a boundary-free campus with learning venues that feature open interiors and amenities such as cafes and exhibition spaces. The first phase, which will be completed in 2017, includes the construction of New York City’s largest net-zero energy building.

Projects in Planning is a series of OHNY membership events that explores the design and planning process of a single project during its early stages of development. 

Registration
Reservations begin on April 6 at 10 am and are limited to OHNY members only. Members may reserve for themselves and one guest. Admission is free for members, $10 for guests. Not an OHNY member? Click here to view a list of benefits and join today!

REGISTRATION BEGINS APR 6

 
 
Photo by David Schalliol

 

Affordable Housing: New York
Dates Vary

A million and a half New Yorkers rent or own apartments developed under affordable-housing programs. In conjunction with the exhibition Affordable Housing in New York: The People, Places, and Policies That Transformed a City, curators Matthew Gordon Lasner and Nicholas Dagen Bloom, along with a host of local housing experts, will lead a series of walking tours of the housing developments featured in the show. 

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Recent Programs

Photo by Josh Shayne

 

Members Open House: Brooklyn Historical Society
Wednesday, April 20, 2016
6:00 - 8:30 pm

Open House New York invites you to a special Members Open House at the Brooklyn Historical Society. Join us for a private after-hours reception at the Society’s handsome 1881 building, designed by Gilded Age architect George B. Post. One of the most prominent landmarks within the Brooklyn Heights Historic District—New York City’s first—the Society’s building features stained glass skylights, exquisitely detailed fixtures, and the sumptuous Othmer Library.

Take a tour of the building with Brooklyn Historical Society staff, enjoy light refreshments, and get free admission to the current exhibitions, Hidden in Plain Sight: Portraits of Hunger in NYC and Changing America: The Emancipation Proclamation, 1863 and the March on Washington, 1963.

 

Photo courtesy of Brookln FoodWorks

 

Members Open House: Brooklyn FoodWorks
Thursday, April 7, 2016
6:00 - 8:00 pm

OHNY members are invited to a special event to celebrate the conclusion of The Final Mile at Brooklyn FoodWorks, a new food business incubator in Williamsburg. Take a guided tour of the shared kitchen with FoodWorks staff, sample delicious snacks produced on-site by local food start-ups, and meet fellow OHNY members.

 

Photo by Anthony Quintano / Flickr

 

The Final Mile: Designing New York's Food Future
SVA Silas Theatre, Manhattan
Thursday, March 31, 2016
7:30 pm

Over the past year, Open House New York’s The Final Mile has explored the architecture of New York City’s food system. From the markets of the Hunts Point Food Distribution Center to the food halls of Brooklyn, The Final Mile has explored how the spaces in which food is produced, distributed, and consumed have helped shape the city and our experiences of it.

Through these public programs, a chorus of voices has made it clear that our food system is challenged from many sides. New York’s principle food hub at Hunts Point, supplying 60% of the city’s produce and 50% of its meat and fish, sits in a 100-year floodplain, threatened by increasingly extreme weather and rising sea levels. Long-standing inequities within the system continue to oversupply some neighborhoods while limiting access to basic foods in others. With the city’s population expected to grow by one million people by 2030, how can we adapt and expand our current food infrastructures in ways that catalyze larger, more fundamental changes?

As The Final Mile draws to a close, Open House New York invites you to join us for a discussion about where the city’s food system is today, and what choices we need to make to design and build a better food system for the future.

Panelists:
Kathleen Bakewell, Principal, Brook Farm Group and Founder and Executive Director, Biocities
Carolyn Dimitri, Director, Food Studies PhD Program, New York University Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development
Ray Figueroa, President, New York City Community Garden Coalition
Adam Lubinsky, Principal, WXY architecture + urban design
Moderated by Gregory Wessner, Executive Director, Open House New York

The Final Mile: Food Systems of New York is made possible with generous support from the Reba Judith Sandler Foundation.

 

Photo by Jeff Goldberg / Esto

 

Monograph in Motion–Ennead Architects: The Standard, High Line
Meatpacking District, Manhattan
Tuesday, March 29, 2016
4:00 pm

Surely one of the most recognizable new landmarks along the revitalized High Line, The Standard is made of two materials—glass and poured-in-place, board-formed concrete—that serve as an interpretation of the character of New York City, with the gritty quality of the concrete contrasting with the refinement of the glass. Explore the hotel with Ennead Architects associate partner Jarrett Pelletier to learn about how carefully selected materials throughout create a dynamic mix of public and private spaces that reflect the dynamism of the surrounding district.

Open House New York's Monograph in Motion is an ongoing series that explores the work of New York design firms to understand how ideas about design and urbanism are expressed through a firm's buildings and how those ideas evolve over time and across multiple projects. Learn more about our third installment with Ennead Architects here.

 

Photo by Jeff Goldberg / Esto

 

Monograph in Motion–Ennead Architects: New York Times Printing Plant
Flushing, Queens
Wednesday, March 23, 2016
6:30 pm (Shuttle) 7:00 pm (Tour)

Located alongside the Whitestone Expressway in Queens, The New York Times printing plant acts like a giant billboard for the nation's newspaper of record. Immediately legible, its dynamic volumes, saturated colors, supergraphics, and uncommonly employed materials dramatize the printing process within. Join Ennead architect Amy Maresko to explore the plant's design, which recomposes the typical industrial shed into a series of dynamic building forms.

Open House New York's Monograph in Motion is an ongoing series that explores the work of New York design firms to understand how ideas about design and urbanism are expressed through a firm's buildings and how those ideas evolve over time and across multiple projects. Learn more about our third installment with Ennead Architects here.

Note: Transportation for this tour will be provided by shuttle from a nearby subway stop in Queens. More information upon registration.

 

Photo by Jeff Goldberg / Esto

 

Monograph in Motion–Ennead Architects: Carnegie Hall's Zankel Hall & Stern Auditorium
Midtown, Manhattan
Thursday, March 17, 2016
6:00 pm

Tour Carnegie Hall, one of the world's most iconic performance venues, with Ennead Architects associate Charles Brainerd to learn about the firm's work on the restoration of the renowned Stern Auditorium and Zankel Hall—the state-of-the-art performance space created directly below Stern following the excavation of 6,300 cubic yards of bedrock. Determined largely by acoustical requirements, this new multi-use venue is a rectangle within a canted ellipse, with the curved structural walls dramatically reinforcing the hall’s individual identity by separating the performance space from the historic building envelope.

Open House New York's Monograph in Motion is an ongoing series that explores the work of New York design firms to understand how ideas about design and urbanism are expressed through a firm's buildings and how those ideas evolve over time and across multiple projects. Learn more about our third installment with Ennead Architects here.

 

Photo by Lawrence Sumulong

 

Monograph in Motion–Ennead Architects: Jazz at Lincoln Center
Columbus Circle, Manhattan
Thursday, March 10, 2016
9:00 am

The recent re-design of the public spaces at Jazz at Lincoln Center creates a spatial experience that celebrates this vital cultural institution’s mission to entertain, enrich, and expand a global community for Jazz through performance, education, and advocacy. Join Ennead partner Molly McGowan and Minh Kim Tran to explore the elegant new Mica and Ahmet Ertegun Atrium and the Ertegun Jazz Hall of Fame, and take in sweeping views of Columbus Circle and Central Park.

Open House New York's Monograph in Motion is an ongoing series that explores the work of New York design firms to understand how ideas about design and urbanism are expressed through a firm's buildings and how those ideas evolve over time and across multiple projects. Learn more about our third installment with Ennead Architects here.

 

Photo courtesy of Gotham West

 

The Final Mile: Gotham West Market
Hell’s Kitchen, Manhattan
Tuesday, March 8, 2016
6:30 pm

Join Chris Jaskiewicz, COO of Gotham Organization and President of Gotham West Market, to hear about why the Gotham Organization decided to anchor their new residential skyscraper on Manhattan’s west side with a new food hall. Learn about how the Gotham West Market team works to curate a roster of artisan vendors and restaurants that serve a variety of cuisines to create a space that is active throughout the day and into the night, and how the space interacts with the rapidly changing neighborhood that surrounds it, with a highly transparent façade, outdoor seating, and the incorporation of a spacious showroom for NYC Velo.

The Final Mile: Food Systems of New York is a year-long series of public programs, organized by Open House New York as part of its ongoing Urban Systems Series. The Final Mile is intended to shed light on New York City’s dynamic and multi-layered food economy while introducing and exploring approaches to render this invisible system more tangible.

The Final Mile: Food Systems of New York is made possible with generous support from the Reba Judith Sandler Foundation.

 

Photo courtesy of ICRAVE

 

The Final Mile: Le District
Lower Manhattan
Thursday, March 3, 2016
6:30 pm

Le District, a 30,000-sf food hall that celebrates the best of French fare, was specifically designed to extend Manhattan’s street life indoors, drawing on the city’s vitality to re-position the iconic Brookfield Place complex in the resurgent neighborhood surrounding the World Trade Center site. Join ICRAVE founder and CEO Lionel Ohayon and HPH Hospitality owner Peter Poulakakos to learn about how the design, lighting, and management of the market have merged a series of overlapping culinary-specific stations, cafes, gardens, bars, and restaurants to create an immersive dining and shopping environment that responds to the growing interest in aspirational eating.

The Final Mile: Food Systems of New York is a year-long series of public programs, organized by Open House New York as part of its ongoing Urban Systems Series. The Final Mile is intended to shed light on New York City’s dynamic and multi-layered food economy while introducing and exploring approaches to render this invisible system more tangible.

The Final Mile: Food Systems of New York is made possible with generous support from the Reba Judith Sandler Foundation.

 

Photo courtesy of Berg’n

 

The Final Mile: Berg’n
Crown Heights, Brooklyn
Wednesday, February 24, 2016
6:30 pm

Berg’n, a new food hall in Brooklyn, anchors a historic Studebaker factory that was redeveloped in 2014 into creative office space, with a unique mix of food and beverage vendors designed to give tenants a place to meet and socialize. Join Selldorf Architects partners Lisa Green and Sara Lopergolo to learn about how the design of the space reflects the way that New Yorkers are interacting around food today, and how the layout and warm but sophisticated aesthetic reflect the way that new technology is driving people to seek out social spaces that are flexible and informal.

The Final Mile: Food Systems of New York is a year-long series of public programs, organized by Open House New York as part of its ongoing Urban Systems Series. The Final Mile is intended to shed light on New York City’s dynamic and multi-layered food economy while introducing and exploring approaches to render this invisible system more tangible.

The Final Mile: Food Systems of New York is made possible with generous support from the Reba Judith Sandler Foundation.

 

 

Photo courtesy of TPG Architecture

 

The Final Mile: Eataly
Flatiron, Manhattan
Friday, February 19, 2016
9:00 am

The opening of Eataly on Madison Square Park in 2010 could be seen retroactively as a harbinger of things to come. Billed as the largest Italian marketplace in the world, Eataly’s 50,000-sf includes space for seven restaurants, two coffee bars, a Nutella bar, bakery, Mozzerella lab, a mix of food purveyors, and extensive classroom space. Its phenomenal success—more than 15,000 people visit every weekday, 25,000 on weekends—kicked New York’s appetite for food halls into high gear. Join Diana Revkin, managing director of the retail studio at TPG Architects, to learn about this trailblazing food hall on a tour that will explore the space from an architectural perspective, touching on planning strategies, infrastructure challenges, urban archeology, the department store analogy, and the true meaning of collaborative process.

The Final Mile: Food Systems of New York is a year-long series of public programs, organized by Open House New York as part of its ongoing Urban Systems Series. The Final Mile is intended to shed light on New York City’s dynamic and multi-layered food economy while introducing and exploring approaches to render this invisible system more tangible.

The Final Mile: Food Systems of New York is made possible with generous support from the Reba Judith Sandler Foundation.

 

 

Photo by Floto + Warner

 

OHNY Preview: National Sawdust
Williamsburg, Brooklyn
Tuesday, December 1, 2015
Tours at 6:00 and 7:00 pm

Join Bureau V principal Peter Zuspan for a tour of the Brooklyn-based firm's first completed building, the home of National Sawdust, a new artist-led nonprofit devoted to discovery. Explore the acoustically-driven chamber hall and recording space that Bureau V created within the shell of a 1930s sawdust factory in Williamsburg. The tour will also be joined by Arup principal Raj Patel, who worked with Bureau V to craft an enriched acoustic experience within the space.

 

 

Photo by David Sundberg/ESTO

 

Monograph in Motion–Dattner Architects: New 34th Street / Hudson Yards Subway Station
Hudson Yards, Manhattan
Tuesday, November 17, 2015
6:00 pm

The first new stop added to the New York City subway in more than a quarter-century sets a new standard for the system, and features a site-specific artwork by Xenobia Bailey, commissioned by MTA Arts & Design. Designed by Dattner Architects in collaboration with WSP | Parsons Brinckerhoff, the station opened on September 13, 2015. Hear from Dattner’s Beth Greenberg and Emily Kotsaftis about how abundant indirect light and column-free spaces were employed to engender a sense of safety and openness unusual in a deep underground station.

 

 

Photo by Vanni Archive Architectural Photography

 

Monograph in Motion–Dattner Architects: CAMBA Housing Ventures’ 97 Crooke Avenue / Reverend Dan Ramm Residence
Flatbush, Brooklyn
Tuesday, November 10, 2015
9:00 am

Join Dattner Architects’ William Stein and Catherine Selby to learn about how they worked within a unique, long-vacant triangular lot along an MTA subway line in Flatbush, Brooklyn, to create a sustainable, nine-story building containing 53 units of affordable and supportive housing for lower-income community residents and formerly homeless individuals who are exiting the City’s shelter system. The award-winning project, developed by nonprofit CAMBA Housing Ventures, features on-site social services provided by CAMBA, a landscaped rear yard and roof terrace, and a robust art collection.

Open House New York's Monograph in Motion is an ongoing series of public tours that celebrates the work of design firms that have had a significant impact on New York City's built environment. Learn more about our second installment with Dattner Architects here.

 

Rendering courtesy of Dattener Architects

 

Monograph in Motion–Dattner Architects: Feirstein Graduate School of Cinema, Brooklyn College at Steiner Studios
Brooklyn Navy Yard, Brooklyn
Tuesday, November 3, 2015
6:00 pm

Housed on the top floors of a recently restored former naval building and crowned with a “grand forum” featuring sweeping views over Wallabout Bay, Brooklyn College’s brand new Feirstein Graduate School of Cinema is a state-of-the-art facility at the Steiner Studios complex within the Brooklyn Navy Yard that contains full production and post production spaces, including sound-editing rooms, a foley studio, and sound stage. Join Dattner Architects’ Daniel HeubergerMia Lee, and Maya Maxwell for a tour of New York City’s first public graduate film school, and the only school of its kind on a working film lot.

Open House New York's Monograph in Motion is an ongoing series of public tours that celebrates the work of design firms that have had a significant impact on New York City's built environment. Learn more about our second installment with Dattner Architects here.

 

 
2015 Open House New York Weekend
Saturday and Sunday, October 17-18, 2015
Citywide
 
On October 17-18, Open House New York Weekend will open up hundreds of sites across the five boroughs for tours and talks. OHNY Weekend celebrates the best of New York City architecture and engages the public in a conversation about the importance of design, planning, and preservation to the future of the city.
 
 

Photo by Mitch Waxman
 
Newtown Creek Boat Tour
Departs from East 35th Street Ferry Terminal
Thursday, September 3, 2015 
Tours at 5:00 and 7:00 pm
 
In its heyday in the years leading up to World War II, the 3.8-mile Newtown Creek was one of the busiest commercial waterways in the United States, second only to the Mississippi River in tonnage. Today, the creek is better known as one of the most polluted waterways in the country. As the dividing line between Brooklyn and Queens, Newtown Creek is now at the center of some of the most rapidly changing neighborhoods in the city.
 
Open House New York invites you on a boat tour up the creek to learn about its history, the bridges that cross it, the thriving industrial districts that line its banks, and what is in store for its future. Join NYC Department of Environmental Protection's Frank Loncar for a presentation about Greenpoint's iconic Newtown Creek Wastewater Treatment Plant - the largest of fourteen in the city - followed by a discussion of the area's industrial legacy with Newtown Creek Alliance Historian Mitch Waxman and Program Manager Will Elkins.
 
 
Photo by David Berkowitz
 
The Final Mile: Moore Street Market
Williamsburg, Brooklyn
Friday, August 28, 2015 
4:00 - 5:00 pm 
 
Brooklyn’s Moore Street Market, built in 1941 as part of a city-wide network of public retail markets, is one of only four that still remain. Today “La Marqueta de Williamsburg” is a neighborhood institution, known by local residents for its lunch counters serving up a range of Latin dishes, stalls selling traditional ingredients like tubers and plantains, and fresh baked goods from Body & Soul Vegan Bakery and Reconnect Bakery. Join Cindy VandenBosch, President of Turnstile Tours, who has spent the past several years documenting and leading tours about the market’s history, its vendors, and their culinary traditions, to learn about the market’s relationship with the community and local food systems, including Brooklyn’s “Avenue of Puerto Rico” and local food manufacturing businesses. This tour will also be joined by Betty Cooney, Executive Director of the Graham Avenue BID, and Lisa Thompson, Markets Manager for NYCEDC to learn about the market's relationship with the community and local food systems. 
 
The Final Mile: Food Systems of New York is a year-long series of public programs, organized by Open House New York as part of its ongoing Urban Systems Series. The Final Mile is intended to shed light on New York City’s dynamic and multi-layered food economy while introducing and exploring approaches to render this invisible system more tangible.
 
The Final Mile: Food Systems of New York is made possible with generous support from the Reba Judith Sandler Foundation.
 
 
Photo by Robin Nagle
 
Summer Reception: Hamilton Avenue Marine Transfer Station
Gowanus, Brooklyn
Tuesday, August 18, 2015 
6:00 - 8:30 pm 
 
Open House New York invites you to its 2015 Summer Reception, a special event for OHNY members. Join us for a special preview of the Hamilton Avenue Marine Transfer Station, a critical piece of the city's sanitation infrastructure scheduled to open next year.
 
When it becomes operational in 2016, the Hamilton Avenue MTS in Gowanus will be the transfer point for household waste from ten Brooklyn community boards. This brand new facility, which replaces an older MTS on the site, is a key element of the city's 20-year Solid Waste Management Plan.
 
Tour the cavernous facility before it opens with officials from the New York City Department of Sanitation, to learn how our waterways are key to the city's environmental sustainable waste disposal infrastructure. Light refreshments to follow on a waterfront platform beneath towering cranes that will soon load hundreds of tons of waste each day onto waiting barges.
 
Open House New York gratefully acknowledges the New York City Department of Sanitation (DSNY) for making this event possible. For more information about the DSNY, and to learn about the vital role that the department plays in keeping New York City safe and clean, visit www.nyc.gov/dsny.
 
 
Photo by David Jiang
 
Gowanus Canal Boat Tour
Departs from Battery Park Slip 6
Thursday, August 6, 2015
Tours at 5:00 and 7:00 pm
 
Following the successive openings of the Erie Canal in 1825 and Brooklyn's Atlantic Basin in 1841, the Gowanus Canal grew to become the busiest commercial waterway in the United States for almost four decades, from 1915 through the early 1950s. Today, the Canal is contaminated from this past intensive industrial use, as well as ongoing dumping from the city sewage system, but there are ambitious plans for its restoration and redevelopment. Join David Briggs, director of Gowanus by Design, and Andrea Parker, director of Gowanus Canal Conservancy, along with representatives from the US Environmental Protection Agency working on the canal's cleanup, for a boat tour along "Brooklyn's coolest SuperFUNd Site" to learn about how one of New York City's most polluted waterways is being reimagined for future generations as a model for 21st century urban planning.
 
 
Photo courtesy of Good Eggs
 
The Final Mile: Good Eggs Brooklyn Food Hub
East Williamsburg, Brooklyn
Monday, August 3, 2015
9:30 am - 10:30 am
 
Good Eggs is a farmers market-meets-online grocery that launched in Brooklyn in fall 2013. It delivers fresh groceries with the mission to grow and sustain local food systems. Join Summer Rayne Oakes, Marketing Director, for a tour of the Good Eggs food hub in East Williamsburg, where groceries come in directly from local farmers and food-makers and are redistributed to customers fresh daily.
 
The Final Mile: Food Systems of New York is a year-long series of public programs, organized by Open House New York as part of its ongoing Urban Systems Series. The Final Mile is intended to shed light on New York City’s dynamic and multi-layered food economy while introducing and exploring approaches to render this invisible system more tangible.
 
The Final Mile: Food Systems of New York is made possible with generous support from the Reba Judith Sandler Foundation.
 
 
Photo courtesy of GrowNYC
 
The Final Mile: Union Square Greenmarket
Union Square, Manhattan
Wednesday, July 29, 2015
8:00 - 9:00 am
 
Join Michael Hurwitz, director of GrowNYC's Greenmarkets program, for a walking tour of the Union Square Greenmarket. Learn about how the city's growing system of Greenmarkets impacts the resilience of both the city and the agricultural communities throughout the region. Chat with vendors, taste some samples, and get an inside perspective on how markets like the one at Union Square-ephemeral by nature-can have a marked and lasting impact on the physical environment in the neighborhoods where they locate.
 
The Final Mile: Food Systems of New York is a year-long series of public programs, organized by Open House New York as part of its ongoing Urban Systems Series. The Final Mile is intended to shed light on New York City’s dynamic and multi-layered food economy while introducing and exploring approaches to render this invisible system more tangible.
 
The Final Mile: Food Systems of New York is made possible with generous support from the Reba Judith Sandler Foundation.
 
 
Photo courtesy of Uber
 
OHNY Preview: Uber NYC
Terminal Stores, Chelsea
Monday, July 13, 2015
6:00 pm
 
OHNY members are invited to join us for a special peek inside the New York City offices of Uber, the fast-growing technology firm that is transforming the way the world moves. Explore the company's sleek new space with architects Scott Spector and Dexter Tinapay of the Spector Group to learn about how they created a distinctly contemporary office while incorporating unique historical and structural elements of the space, located within the historic Terminal Stores Building in Chelsea.
 
 
Cover courtesy of the Architectural League of New York
 
OpenStudios: Emerging Voices
Saturday, July 11, 2015

10:00 am - 5:00 pm

 
Open House New York and the Architectural League of New York invite you to OpenStudios: Emerging Voices, an unprecedented opportunity to visit the studios of more than forty of the most inventive and exciting design practices working in the city today.
 
Since 1982 the Architectural League of New York’s Emerging Voices program has recognized architects and designers from across North America whose work and ideas promise new directions for design and practice. One of the most important honors in American architecture, the program is celebrated for its foresight in identifying young architects who go on to make significant contributions to shaping our built environment.
 
Organized to mark the publication of 30 Years of Emerging Voices: Idea, Form, Resonance (Princeton Architectural Press, 2015), a new book documenting the program, OpenStudios: Emerging Voices will open the doors to more than forty New York-based Emerging Voices firms for an extraordinary chance to survey a cross-section of the best American designers of the past three decades.
 
OpenStudios: Emerging Voices is a self-guided walking tour. Each ticket holder will be given a map of all participating studios at registration and may visit sites in any order during the hours that they are open; Midtown Manhattan and Queens studios will open from 10am-1pm, and Downtown Manhattan and Brooklyn studios from 1-5pm. More detailed information about location and opening hours will be available at registration. Architects and engineers will be on hand at each studio to answer questions and discuss the firm’s work.
 
For more information, and to view the full list of participating firms, click here.
 
Missed the event? Check out photos on our Facebook page here.
 
This program is organized in partnership with  
 
Media partner  
 
 
Photo courtesy of Food Bank For New York City
 
The Final Mile: Food Bank of New York
Hunts Point, Bronx
Thursday, June 25, 2015
8:30 am - 12:30 pm
 
Nearly one in five New Yorkers needs a food pantry or soup kitchen at some point in the year. Most of that food comes to them from a 90,000sf warehouse in the Hunts Point Cooperative Market, home to Food Bank For New York City since its founding in 1983. Catch a ride up to this remarkable facility with the Food Bank's Vice President for Research and Public Affairs, Triada Stampas. On-site, Dan Cinquemani, Vice President for Food Distribution, will explain how this unique food distribution network, running parallel to our retail food system, keeps the network of approximately 1,000 food pantries and soup kitchens around the city supplied.
 
The Final Mile: Food Systems of New York is a year-long series of public programs, organized by Open House New York as part of its ongoing Urban Systems Series. The Final Mile is intended to shed light on New York City’s dynamic and multi-layered food economy while introducing and exploring approaches to render this invisible system more tangible.
 
The Final Mile: Food Systems of New York is made possible with generous support from the Reba Judith Sandler Foundation.
 
 
Brooklyn Strand, courtesy of WXY Architecture + Urban Design
 
Projects in Planning: Brooklyn Strand
Presentation by Claire Weisz, Principal, WXY Architecture + Urban Design
Brooklyn Public Library Central Branch, Grand Army Plaza
Wednesday, June 17, 2015
6:30 - 8:00 pm
 
OHNY members are invited to a presentation of the "Brooklyn Strand," a proposal to link together a series of new and existing parks, plazas, and greenways stretching from Brooklyn Borough Hall to Brooklyn Bridge Park to create a 21-acre gateway for the borough. Join Claire Weisz, founding principal of WXY Architecture + Urban Design, to learn about the plan to reimagine this linear park as one of the borough's great destinations, with enhanced connectivity and meaningful public space.
 
Projects in Planning is a series of OHNY membership events that explores the design and planning process of a single project during its early stages of development. 
 
 
Baldor, courtesy of Baldor Specialty Foods
 
The Final Mile: Baldor Specialty Fodds
Hunts Point, Bronx
Wednesday, June 10, 2015
11:00 am
 
Tour the facility of Baldor, a major regional food distributor that started off as Balducci's Fruit Stand in the Village in 1946, to better understand how private firms fit into the mix in the Hunts Point Food Distribution Center in the Bronx. Explore the sprawling warehouse with food systems expert Johanna Kolodny, who works directly with suppliers to expand the company's diverse offerings to the New York market. Learn how the company keeps track of the thousands of varieties of fresh food on-site, and how they bring food from a thousand partners around the world to plates across the five boroughs.
 
The Final Mile: Food Systems of New York is a year-long series of public programs, organized by Open House New York as part of its ongoing Urban Systems Series. The Final Mile is intended to shed light on New York City’s dynamic and multi-layered food economy while introducing and exploring approaches to render this invisible system more tangible.
 
The Final Mile: Food Systems of New York is made possible with generous support from the Reba Judith Sandler Foundation.
 
 
Produce Market, courtesy of NYCEDC
 
The Final Mile: Hunts Point Produce Market
Hunts Point, Bronx
Thursday, May 28, 2015
8:00 am
 
Join OHNY and New York City Economic Development Corporation (NYCEDC) for a trip to the Hunt's Point Produce Market, a co-operative market through which 60% of the produce consumed in the New York Metropolitan Area passes every day. On this morning tour, you'll walk one of the four massive "row" buildings, each a third of a mile long, then visit a variety of packaging plants within the facility. Afterwards, market manager Myra Gordon will lead a group discussion of the role that the produce market plays in the city's food system.
 
The Final Mile: Food Systems of New York is a year-long series of public programs, organized by Open House New York as part of its ongoing Urban Systems Series. The Final Mile is intended to shed light on New York City’s dynamic and multi-layered food economy while introducing and exploring approaches to render this invisible system more tangible.
 
The Final Mile: Food Systems of New York is made possible with generous support from the Reba Judith Sandler Foundation.
 
Missed the event? Check out our tour recap on our Blog.
 
 
Javits Center, photo by David Sundberg courtesy of FXFOWLE
 
Monograph in Motion–FXFOWLE: Javits Center Revitalization
Hell’s Kitchen, Manhattan
NEW DATE: Tuesday, May 26, 2015
6:00 pm
 
Get an inside look at the revitalization of the city’s premier venue for large-scale conventions and trade shows with Bruce FowleFXFOWLE founding principal, Alan Steel, President and CEO, New York Convention Center Operating Corporation and Susan Elbin, Director of Conservation and Science, New York City Audubon. Go behind the scenes to learn about FXFOWLE’s design for adapting this massive building to make it more sustainable and better integrated into the fabric of the city. The tour will include a trip to the top of the building to see the largest green roof in New York City, and the city’s newest bird habitat. 
 
Monographs in Motion is a new series of OHNY events that highlights the work of firms that have had a significant impact on New York City's built environment through public tours of the firm's most exemplary projects. Read More
 
Check out photos of the tour on our Facebook page.
 
 
Bowtie Plaza, rendering courtesy of Times Square Alliance, John Street - Brooklyn Bridge Park, rendering courtesy of MVVA
 
Setting the Stage: A Discussion on the Design of Shared Spaces for Public Life
Cooper Union, Rose Auditorium
Tuesday, May 19, 2015
6:30 PM
 
Join us for a discussion about public space design in contemporary New York. Creating spaces intended to serve so many different communities at once is a tall order; hear from the people working on some of the most heavily used destinations in the city about how they’re tackling the challenge. With panelists Claire Fellman, principal, Snøhetta; Regina Myer, president, Brooklyn Bridge Park; Tim Tompkins, president, Times Square Alliance; and Matt Urbanski, principal, Michael Van Valkenburgh Associates, Inc. 
 
This program is part of a special series being organized by Open House New York, the Times Square Alliance / Times Square Arts, and Brooklyn Bridge Park as part of the 2015 NYCxDESIGN celebration. Click here to read more about the series.
 
Missed the event? Check out clips from the lecture here.
 
 
John Street - Brooklyn Bridge Park, rendering courtesy of MVVA
 
OHNY Preview: Brooklyn Bridge Park/Main & John Street Sections
DUMBO, Brooklyn
Monday, May 18, 2015
Tours at 5:00 PM and 6:30 PM
 
Go behind the construction fence at Brooklyn Bridge Park on a hard hat tour with BBP President Regina Myer and Michael Van Valkenburgh Associates principal Matt Urbanski to get a peek at the park’s newest sections, set to open later this year. Learn how MVVA and BBP have collaborated to reposition Brooklyn’s waterfront as a destination with an incredible mix of activities and flexible spaces, and get a peek at new features ranging from a tidal salt marsh to a bouldering wall.
 
This program is part of a special series being organized by Open House New York, the Times Square Alliance / Times Square Arts, and Brooklyn Bridge Park as part of the 2015 NYCxDESIGN celebration. Click here to read more about the series.
 
Missed the tour? Check out photos on our Facebook page.
 
 
Bowtie Plaza, rendering courtesy of Times Square Alliance
 
OHNY Preview: Times Square Plazas
Times Square, Manhattan
Thursday, May 14, 2015
4:30 PM
 
Explore the new Times Square Plazas with Times Square Alliance VP of Planning, Policy, & Design Ellen Goldstein and Snøhetta principal Claire Fellman. Get the inside story on how one of the most heavily trafficked spots on the planet is being re-imagined to create more space for public life, and learn about how the project team has worked to ensure that the new plazas will enhance the area’s already legendary street life.
 
This program is part of a special series being organized by Open House New York, the Times Square Alliance / Times Square Arts, and Brooklyn Bridge Park as part of the 2015 NYCxDESIGN celebration. Click here to read more about the series.
 
 
Eleven Times Square, photo by Anton Kisselgoff courtesy of FXFOWLE
 
Monograph in Motion–FXFOWLE: Eleven Times Square/Times Square Redevelopment
Times Square, Manhattan
Thursday, April 30, 2015
6:00 pm
 
Join OHNY and FXFOWLE senior partner Dan Kaplan for a walking tour of 42nd Street to learn about the integral role the firm played in the area’s dramatic transformation over the past two decades, through the design of projects like 4 Times Square, the Reuters Building, and the New York Times Building (in association with Renzo Piano Building Workshop). The tour will end with a trip to FXFOWLE’s Eleven Times Square for a nighttime view of the Crossroads of the World.
 
Monographs in Motion is a new series of OHNY events that highlights the work of firms that have had a significant impact on New York City's built environment through public tours of the firm's most exemplary projects. Read More
 
Check out photos from the event on our Facebook page.
 
 
 
How Great Cities Are Fed
A lecture with Karen Karp
SVA Theater, Chelsea, Manhattan
Wednesday, April 29, 2015
6:30 PM
 
In 1929, Walter Hedden published “How Great Cities Are Fed,” a richly detailed study of New York City’s food system commissioned in the face of a looming railroad strike. Amazingly, it remains the most recent comprehensive study of its kind to this day. Join New York-based food systems expert Karen Karp, president of Karp Resources, and Robert LaValva, founder and president of the New Amsterdam Market, for a very special public talk and discussion to kick off The Final Mile.
 
Karp, currently in the midst of producing a podcast on contemporary urban food systems inspired by Hedden’s seminal work, and LaValva will frame the relationship between food and cities and lay out some of the key issues that we will explore over the coming year.
 
Learn about how the movement of food has impacted the shape, look, and flow of the physical city: its buildings, its infrastructure, and its public spaces. Discover how the evolution of the food system has mirrored (and even facilitated) historical population shifts, and consider how current trends might re-shape the city again over the coming decades, as New York City looks to add another 1.5 million residents by 2030.
 
The Final Mile: Food Systems of New York is a year-long series of public programs, organized by Open House New York as part of its ongoing Urban Systems Series. The Final Mile is intended to shed light on New York City’s dynamic and multi-layered food economy while introducing and exploring approaches to render this invisible system more tangible.
 
The Final Mile: Food Systems of New York is made possible with generous support from the Reba Judith Sandler Foundation.
 
Missed the event? Listen to the full lecture here and check out photos on our Facebook page.
 
 
Fulton Fish Market, courtesy of NYCEDC
 
The Final Mile: New Fulton Fish Market
Hunts Point, The Bronx
Friday, April 24, 2015
4:00 AM
 
Set your alarm clock early for a trip to the New Fulton Fish Market with OHNY and New York City Economic Development Corporation (NYCEDC), where you’ll see the principal wholesale market for seafood in the New York City area in full swing. Learn about the history of the market, located in the historic South Street Seaport area until 2005, on the bus ride there, and then walk the massive market shed with Security Director Victor Seguinot. Talk to vendors, jobbers, buyers, and other market regulars and hear about life in the city’s food hub.
 
The Final Mile: Food Systems of New York is a year-long series of public programs, organized by Open House New York as part of its ongoing Urban Systems Series. The Final Mile is intended to shed light on New York City’s dynamic and multi-layered food economy while introducing and exploring approaches to render this invisible system more tangible.
 
The Final Mile: Food Systems of New York is made possible with generous support from the Reba Judith Sandler Foundation.
 
Missed the event? Check out our tour recap on our Blog.
 
 
Julliard School, photo by Chris Cooper courtesy of FXFOWLE
 
Monograph in Motion–FXFOWLE: The Juilliard School at Lincoln Center
Lincoln Center, Manhattan
Tuesday, April 21, 2015
6:00 pm
 
Explore the home of one of the most revered places in New York City’s performing arts world with FXFOWLE principal Michael Syracuse. Learn about the firm’s collaboration with Diller Scofidio + Renfro on the renovation and expansion of Alice Tully Hall, which created an additional 39,000 square feet of rehearsal and performance space atop Juilliard’s 1969 building, part of the Lincoln Center campus.
 
Monographs in Motion is a new series of OHNY events that highlights the work of firms that have had a significant impact on New York City's built environment through public tours of the firm's most exemplary projects. Read More
 
Check out photos from the tour on our Facebook page.
 
 
Woolworth Building lobby, photo by Nicolas Lemery Nantel
 
Landmark Dash
Saturday, April 18, 2015 
11:00 am - 6:00 pm
 
Open House New York and the New York School of Interior Design invite you to celebrate the 50th anniversary of New York City's groundbreaking landmarks preservation law with a daylong race through some of New York's most spectacular landmark interiors, competing against the clock--and other teams--to complete challenges, earn points, and win prizes.
 
Ready, Set, Dash! 
• Register and play in teams of 2-4 people.
• On the day of the Dash, your team will travel to a dozen landmark interiors around the city, many of which are not normally open to the general public.
• At each site, you'll complete a challenge related to the interior's unique architectural and decorative features.
• Once you've completed the challenge, you'll earn points, and learn the location of the next site along the route.
• At the end of the day, teams will gather for a reception where points will be tallied and prizes awarded!
 
Click here to read more about the Landmark Dash, the prizes, and how you can participate. 
 
Landmark Dash is organized by Open House New York in partnership with 
 
Missed the event? Check out photos on our Facebook page.
 
 
Domino Sugar Refinery Redevelopment, courtesy of SHoP Architects
 
Projects in Planning: Domino Sugar Refinery Redevelopment
Presentation by Vishaan Chakrabarti, Principal, SHoP Architects
Scholastic Auditorium, 557 Broadway, SoHo
Wednesday, April 8, 2015 
6:30 pm
 
OHNY members are invited to a presentation of SHoP Architects' master plan for the redevelopment of Brooklyn's iconic Domino Sugar Refinery. With a renovated refinery building as its "nerve center," the project is expected to create a 24/7 mix of creative office space, market-rate and affordable housing, retail shops, community facilities, and public open spaces. The distinctive buildings, which will create a new skyline for Brooklyn, are designed to allow light and air to penetrate through the site into the neighborhood beyond. 
 
Projects in Planning is a new series of OHNY membership events that explores the design and planning process of a single project during its early stages of development.
 
 
One Vanderbilt Avenue, courtesy of Kohn Petersen Fox Associates
 
Projects in Planning: One Vanderbilt Avenue
Presentation by James von Klemperer, President and Design Principal, Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates
Cooper Union, Frederick P. Rose Auditorium
Thursday, February 19, 2015 
6:30 pm
 
OHNY members are invited to a special presentation of One Vanderbilt Avenue, a 65-story office building designed by Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates across from Grand Central Terminal at East 42nd Street and Vanderbilt Avenue. The project, the first in what is expected to be a reinvention of Midtown East, will transform the neighborhood, with a new pedestrian plaza on Vanderbilt between 42nd and 43rd Streets; enhanced connections to Grand Central's platforms; and a new public transit hall.
 
This event co-sponsored by Cooper Union Office of Continuing Education & Public Programs.   
 
Projects in Planning is a new series of OHNY membership events that explores the design and planning process of a single project during its early stages of development.
 
 
Sky Reflector-Net (2014) © James Carpenter Design Associates, Grimshaw Architects, and Arup, Fulton Center.
Commissioned by Metropolitan Transportation Authority Arts & Design. Photo by James Ewing Photography.
 
OHNY Preview: Fulton Center
Fulton Center, Lower Manhattan
Thursday, January 22, 2015 
6:30 pm
 
Get an insider's perspective on the construction of Lower Manhattan's newest landmark, the gem-like Fulton Center transit hub, during a special OHNY Preview of the building with Nikolas Dando-Haenisch, Principal in Charge for Grimshaw Architects. Learn about how the design team shaped this massively complex piece of infrastructure while creating an uplifting interior space that brightens the commutes of more than 300,000 passengers every day. 
 
Check out photos from the event on our Facebook page.
 
 
Greenpoint Manufacturing & Design Center, photo by Nicolas Lemery Nantel / salokin.com
 
Making Space: a Discussion on the Future of Manufacturing in NYC
Digital Sandbox, 55 Broad Street, Manhattan
Thursday, January 15, 2015
6:30 -8:00 pm
 
Open House New York and New York City Economic Development Corporation's Making it Here series set out to explore how manufacturing occupies space in the city today by asking: when demand for space is so high, where does manufacturing fit in? And in the age of globalization, when you can make something anywhere, why make it here?
 
Through OHNY's visits to more than forty industrial campuses, factories, and makerspaces, one thing was clear: there will always be manufacturers who love New York and want to be part of creating the city's vitality, despite the challenges they face in finding the space to do so. Making it Here concludes with a panel discussion that will look at how urban design and planning can be used to better integrate industry across the city. Read More
 
Panelists:
Brian Coleman, Director, Greenpoint Manufacturing & Design Center
Miquela Craytor, Director of Industrial & Income Mobility, NYCEDC (Moderator)
Adam Friedman, Director, Pratt Center for Community Development
Tod Greenfield, Vice President, Martin Greenfield Clothiers, and Board President, EWVIDCO
Nina Rappaport, Curator and Project Director, Vertical Urban Factory
Barika Williams, Deputy Director, Association for Housing and Neighborhood Development.