Upcoming Programs

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.
 
Registration
$15 OHNY members
$25 general public
 
 
 
 
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.
 
Registration
$15 OHNY members
$25 general public
 
 
 
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.
 
Registration
$30 OHNY Members
$40 General Admission
$75 Special Combo: 1 General Admission Ticket + 1 Friend Membership
 
 
 

 

Recent Programs

 

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.