Seaport Series: Repairing the Rift
Saturday, March 15, 2014
When the elevated highway now known as the FDR cut through the South Street Seaport in 1954, it had a profound impact on the feel and flow of the area. OHNY invites you to join WXY Architecture + Urban Design's Adam Lubinsky and artist and designer Yeju Choi on a walking tour that will explore the proposed site of the Brooklyn Bridge Beach, part of the East River Blueway Plan, and the pop-up participatory installation Catch — & — Release, part of the Design/Relief initiative by AIGA New York, to understand how social and infrastructural strategies for addressing the void created by the FDR can work hand-in-hand to reconnect the neighborhood with its waterfront.
openhousenewyork's Seaport Series explores the past, present, and future of the South Street Seaport as it transforms itself into one of the most architecturally and culturally vibrant neighborhoods in the city.
Admission $15 OHNY Members / $25 General Admission.
Reservations begin March 7th at 10 am here.
OHNY Previews: New School University Center
Saturday, March 1, 2014
Get an exclusive OHNY members-only preview of the New School's new University Center, a 16-story campus hub, with Colin Koop, AIA of Skidmore, Owings & Merrill, and Lia Gartner, AIA LEED AP, the New School's Vice President for Design, Construction and Facilities Management. Tour state-of-the-art classrooms, the two-story library and study space, the 800-seat Tishman Auditorium, and the Center's many open collaborative spaces. In addition, explore the University's Center's signature "communicating stair" system, and the innovative sustainability features of this projected LEED Gold building, including a green roof, and strategic lighting and climate systems.
Missed the tour? Check out photos from the event on our Facebook page.
Renee and Chaim Gross Foundation
Thursday, February 27, 2014
Tour the house-museum of American sculptor Chaim Gross (1904-91) with the Gross Foundation's executive director Dr. Susan Fisher. One of the 2013 OHNY Weekend's most popular sites, the Gross Foundation is a hidden treasure located in a four-story 1830s Greenwich Village townhouse, home to the artist's sculpture studio, art gallery, and living quarters. The tour will visit all four floors of this unique building, portions of which are not open to the public, while also highlighting Gross' extensive art collection of over 7,000 objects, almost 2,000 of which are on view.
Campus Tour: George B. Post at City College of New York
OHNY members only
Thursday, February 20, 2014
Take a special tour of George B. Post's neo-Gothic masterpiece with George Ranalli, Dean of the Bernard and Anne Spitzer School of Architecture. The tour - which explores the campus buildings' elaborate exterior ornamentation as well as interior spaces like Shepard Hall's Great Hall - marks the opening of "Building the Modern Gothic: George Post at City College," a new exhibition featuring 45 full-scale digital reproductions of Post's original drawings for the campus buildings. The tour of the campus will end at the exhibition with remarks by Dean Ranalli, the exhibition's curator.
Missed the tour? The exhibition is open to the public through May 9th at the Spitzer School of Architecture. To learn more, click here.
Also, check out photos from the event on our Facebook page.
OHNY Icons: Brooklyn Public Library
OHNY members only
Wednesday, February 12, 2014
Join openhousenewyork for a tour of the Brooklyn Public Library's Central Library with Chief Librarian Richard Reyes-Gavilan. Opened in 1941, the Art Moderne building occupies one of Brooklyn’s most prominent sites, its concave entrance façade, with stunning reliefs, reflecting the ellipse of Grand Army Plaza. The tour will begin with the majestic public spaces before visiting the underground stacks; the Hunt Collection of Children’s Literature, with rare materials dating back to the 1740s; and The Brooklyn Daily Eagle Morgue, which houses clippings of this historic local newspaper from 1903 to 1955.
OHNY Icons is a new members-only series that provides behind-the-scenes access to some of the city’s most treasured buildings.
Missed the tour? Check out photos from the event on our Facebook page, our live tweets, and Instagram photos!
OHNY Preview: Lakeside at Prospect Park
OHNY members only
Saturday, December 7, 2013
openhousenewyork invites OHNY members to preview the new Lakeside Center at Prospect Park with landscape architect Christian Zimmerman. A return to Frederick Law Olmsted and Calvert Vaux's original vision for Prospect Park, Lakeside seamlessly blends into the surrounding parkland. The 25,000 sq ft facility--designed by Tod Williams Billie Tsien Architects with landscape design by Christian Zimmerman--is nestled into the landscape, with new hills and green roofs that visitors can walk on. A monumental canopy levitates over a 30,000 sq ft rink for ice-skating in the winter and roller skating in the summer. Lakeside is a welcome reclamation of the southeast shore of park's lake, with a new facility for contemporary recreational needs that also celebrates Prospect Park's serenity and natural wonder.
Christian Zimmerman FASLA has led the Lakeside project for the Prospect Park Alliance as the Vice President for Design & Construction since 1990. He has overseen the revitalization and restoration of the 585 acres that comprise the Park, the adjacent Parade Ground and Brooklyn’s Grand Army Plaza, which include over $120 million in capital projects.
Missed the tour? Check our livetweet and photos from the tour here.
What is the South Street Seaport?
A talk and tour with Robert LaValva
Sunday, November 24, 2013
openhousenewyork launches a new series of tours and programs exploring the past, present, and future of the South Street Seaport. Home to the largest concentration of early 19th century buildings in New York, and a site of trade and commerce since the city’s earliest days, the Seaport is transforming itself from a tourist destination into one of the most architecturally and culturally vibrant neighborhoods in the city. Over the next several months, OHNY will explore the Seaport’s most important buildings and sites, plans for its future, and how it is rebounding following Sandy.
In the first program of the series, New Amsterdam Market founder Robert LaValva will give a presentation and lead a tour about the evolution of the Fulton Market District (the area now known as the South Street Seaport); the uniqueness and great value of its urban fabric; and its potential to emerge as New York City's next great public space. The tour will coincide with the monthly market, which on November 24 celebrates the Third Annual New York State Cider Revival.
Robert LaValva studied urban planning and architecture and worked for ten years as a planner for the City of New York, where he helped establish one of the country’s largest urban composting programs. He organized the first New Amsterdam Market in 2005, which has since grown into a non-profit organization whose mission is to establish a public market to promote and sustain a thriving society of small businesses; responsible agriculture, fisheries, and food production; and equitable access to real food.
Admission $15 OHNY and Market members; $25 non-members.
Photos top to bottom: Jeremy Seto / Flickr; Brooklyn Public Library; Paul Lowry / Flickr; Nicolas Lemery Nantel / salokin.com; Martin Seck, 2014; photo coutesy of Brooklyn Public Library,