Current Programs

Pier 4 Beach rendering by Michael Van Valkenburg Associates
OHNY Preview: Brooklyn Bridge Park Piers 2 and 4
Tuesday, April 22, 2014
4:30 and 6:30 pm
Regina Myer, President of the Brooklyn Bridge Park Corporation; Patricia Kirshner, VP of Capital Planning and Construction; and Leigh Trucks, Director of Capital Projects, will lead two back-to-back members-only previews of Pier 2 and Pier 4 Beach, the latest phase of Brooklyn Bridge Park. Once completed, Pier 2 will offer five-acres of recreational space, while Pier 4 Beach will include an accessible beach for launching kayaks and small water craft. The tour will highlight the park's consistent commitment to waterfront access, sustainability and continuity of the industrial heritage of the site.
This event is limited to OHNY members only. Admission is free. Reservations will begin on April 15 at 10 am here.
Not an OHNY member yet? Click here to see a full list of membership levels and benefits and join today!
Sims Sunset Park Material Recovering Facility by Nikolas Koening
OHNY Preview: Sims Sunset Park Material Recovery Facility
Saturday, April 26, 2014
1 pm
Tom Outerbridge, General Manager of Sims Municipal Recycling, and Annabelle Selldorf, Principal of Selldorf Architects, will lead a members-only preview of the Sunset Park Material Recovery Facility. Located on an 11-acre pier on Sunset Park’s waterfront, and built of 98% recycled steel, the facility will serve as the principal processing center for all of New York City’s curbside metal, glass, and plastic recyclables. The 140,000 sf complex includes the Tipping Building, where recyclables will arrive by barge, and an education center, where will students learn about recycling.
This event is limited to OHNY members only. Admission is free. Reservations will begin on April 18 at 10 am here.
Not an OHNY member yet? Click here to see a full list of membership levels and benefits and join today!
Historic Front Street courtesy of COOKFOX Architects
Seaport Series: Historic Front Street
New Date: Tuesday, April 29, 2014
5 pm
Rick Cook, principal of COOKFOX Architects, leads a tour of Historic Front Street, a dynamic mixed-use complex of shops and apartments that thoughtfully fuses contemporary design with a block of formerly neglected historic brick warehouses from the Seaport's heyday. Learn about how the neighborhood's rich history is informing the architecture of its revitalization today, and how Historic Front Street's post-Sandy retrofit could provide a model for post-disaster recovery in historic areas in the future.
Tickets: $25 General Admission / $15 OHNY Members
Reservations begin on April 22 at 10 am here.
Temple Emanu-El by Hildreth Meière Dunn
Hidden in Plain Sight
The Art Deco Murals of Hildreth Meière
Sunday, May 18, 2014
Self guided tours 2-5 pm 
Open House New York invites you to rediscover the work of Hildreth Meière (1892-1961), one of the most acclaimed American decorative artists of the 20th century, during a Sundayafternoon open house of the artist’s most spectacular mosaic murals, wall sculptures, stained glass windows, and other unique works. 
Often hidden in plain sight, Meière’s monumental works - completed over the course of a forty-year career - can be found throughout the city and around the country. Largely forgotten today, Meière was once considered the most famous muralist of the Art Deco period, and the most prolific in the country at a time when few female artists achieved such renown. 
This event is organized as a self-guided walking tour. Each ticket holder will be given a map of featured sites at the start of the event, which they may visit in any order. Guest speakers will be at select sites to discuss the artist’s work and answer questions. 
Organized by Open House New York and the International Hildreth Meière Association, this event coincides with the publication of The Art Deco Murals of Hildreth Meière (Andrea Monfried Editions).
Advance reservation required.
$25 General Admission
$15 OHNY Members, students and seniors
Purchase tickets here.
Featured Sites
32 Avenue of the Americas*
Radio City Music Hall
St. Bartholomew’s Church**
St. Patrick’s Cathedral
St. Thomas Church Fifth Avenue*
Temple Emanu-El*
*Guest speakers onsite
**Authors of The Art Deco Murals of Hildreth Meière will be onsite
This event is made possible with the generous support of  


Recent Programs

openstudios Flatiron District
Saturday, April 12, 2014
Studio tours, 1-5 pm 
Reception 5-7 pm 
openhousenewyork invites you inside the studios and offices of some of the city’s leading architects, designers, and engineers during openstudios Flatiron District, a Saturday afternoon open house celebrating the neighborhood as a thriving center of architecture and design. Visit the spaces where architects work, see new projects in the design phase, and meet the individuals who are helping to shape the city's future.
openstudios Flatiron District is a self-guided walking tour; each ticket holder will be given a map of all participating studios at the start of the event, which they may visit in any order. Architects and engineers will be on hand at each studio to answer questions and discuss the firm's work. A reception will follow the studio tours.
Participating studios
Reception generously sponsored by    
Wooden waterpipe courtesy of Chrysallis Archaeological Consultants
Seaport Series: Archaeology in the Seaport
Monday, March 31, 2014
6 pm
Alyssa Loorya, president and principal investigator of Chrysalis Archaeological Consultants, leads a tour of the South Street Seaport highlighting archaeological discoveries unearthed from beneath this storied commercial district's streets during its redevelopment and revitalization. The tour will end with a rare, hands-on survey of recent archaeological finds.
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.
East River Esplanade rendering courtesy of WXY Architecture + Urban Design
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.
Missed the tour? Check out photos from the event on our Facebook page.
University Center by Martin Seck, 2014
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.
Chaim Gross Studio by Nicolas Lemery Nantel /
Renee and Chaim Gross Foundation
Thursday, February 27, 2014
6 pm
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
4 pm
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.
Purchase tickets here. This event is sold out.
Photos top to bottom: Brendan Crain; Michael Van Valkenburg Associates; Nikolas Koening; COOKFOX Architects; Chrysallis Archaeology; WXY Architecture + Urban Design; Martin Seck, 2014; Nicolas Lemery Nantel /; Paul Lowry / Flickr; photo courtesy of Brooklyn Public Library; Michael Moran; Jeremy Seto / Flickr