Upcoming Programs

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. 
Reservations are limited to OHNY members only. Members may reserve for themselves and one guest. Admission is free for members, $10 for guests. Reservations begin on March 25 at 10 am here. Not an OHNY member? Click here to view a full list of membership levels and benefits and join today!
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.
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 
$40 per person. Early registration is strongly encouraged as space is limited.


Recent Programs

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. 
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
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.
12th Annual Open House New York Weekend
Saturday and Sunday, October 11 and 12, 2014 
On October 11-12, OHNY Weekend opened up hundreds of buildings and sites across the five boroughs for tours and talks. OHNY Weekend celebrates the best of New York architecture and engages the public in a conversation about the importance of design, planning, and preservation to the future of the city.
Long Island City, photo by Flickr user Joe Mabel
Making it Here: Long Island City Neighborhood Tour
Friday, September 5, 2014 
11 am - 1 pm
As the Hunters Point area of Long Island City has changed from an industrial to a residential neighborhood, some smaller manufacturers are taking root in the new mix as the area's Industrial Business Zone still holds. Join Vertical Urban Factory's Nina Rappaport for a walking tour of historic industrial sites, from the former power station to the gantries and the iconic Pepsi Sign, and visit several niche manufacturers thriving in the area today, including a brewery, a fabricator, and a woodworker. This tour is part of Making it Here. Click here to learn more about the series.
Reservations begin August 22 at 10 am here.
Martin Greenfield Clothiers, photo by Flickr user Tod Greenfield
Making it Here: Martin Greenfield Clothiers
Monday, August 18, 2014 
10 am
Martin Greenfield, a Brooklyn manufacturer of hand tailored men's clothing, founded Martin Greenfield Clothiers in 1977 when he bought the factory from his former employer, GGG Clothes, which had occupied the site since 1917. Tour the factory floor with Vice President Tod Greenfield to learn about how this family-owned and operated business has survived in New York by focusing on high-quality production, and how the company has worked with other local manufacturers to help protect industrial space in the neighborhood over the past several decades, despite mounting redevelopment pressures. This tour is part of Making it Here. Click here to learn more about the series.
Port Morris, photo by Flickr user Dan DeLuca
Making it Here: Port Morris Neighborhood Tour
Friday, August 15, 2014 
12 pm
In response to increasing real estate speculation in industrial districts amidst the re-zonings of the mid-2000s, the Bloomberg Administration created sixteen Industrial Business Zones (IBZs) in the four outer boroughs that are preserved for industrial uses. Join Stephane Hyacinthe of SoBRO, the organization that manages all five Bronx IBZs, for a tour of several factories in the historic Port Morris area to learn more about how space for manufacturers is being safeguarded in the South Bronx. This tour is part of Making it Here. Click here to learn more about the series.

Green-Wood Cemetery, photo by Bohb Jasingh
OHNY Summer Reception: Green-Wood Cemetery
Wednesday, August 13, 2014
Reception, 6-8:30 pm
Tours, 6:00, 6:15, and 6:30
Join Open House New York for its annual Summer Reception, a special event for OHNY members, at the rarely opened catacombs in Green-Wood Cemetery. Tour the verdant grounds to learn about the rich history of the site, its remarkable architecture, and the fascinating figures in New York culture who are buried there. Afterwards, enjoy light refreshments while exploring the candlelit catacombs. 
Chrysler Building, © Wolfgang Hoyt/Esto
New York Art Deco Scavenger Hunt
Saturday, August 9, 2014
10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Join Open House New York and the Art Deco Society of New York for the first-ever citywide New York Art Deco Scavenger Hunt. Spend the day exploring the city and taking photographs of some of the most stunning Art Deco buildings that New York - the capital of the Art Deco movement - has to offer.
Hunt alone or as a team to decipher dozens of clues that will lead you on a Deco-themed adventure across the city. The hunt begins at Open House New York at 10:00 AM and concludes at 5:00 PM. Decipher more than 60 clues and post photos of you and your team in front of the Deco landmarks on Instagram.
At the end of the day, relax with drinks on the elegant terrace of the Museum of the City of New York overlooking the Central Park Conservancy Gardens. Points will be tallied and prizes will be awarded at the closing reception. 
- A glamorous cruise around Manhattan on a chic 1920s yacht with all the style of The Great Gatsby
- Brunch at the wonderful Chez Josephine, a restaurant inspired by the magnificent Josephine Baker herself
- A beautiful set of Art Deco cocktail shakers and complimentary bottles of prosecco. 
Photo by OHNY
Making it Here: Red Hook Neighborhood Tour
Friday, August 8, 2014 
3 pm
Walk the streets of Red Hook with urban manufacturing experts from the Pratt Center for Community Development and the Southwest Brooklyn Industrial Development Corporation to explore a unique mix of historic spaces and innovative businesses. This tour will focus on land use issues in an industrial neighborhood and the relationships between design and production. This tour is part of Making it Here. Click here to learn more about the series.
OHNY East River Boat Tour, photo by Nicolas Lemery Nantel / salokin.com
East River Boat Tour with WXY and SHoP
Saturday, August 2, 2014
12:30 - 2:30 pm
Over the past two decades, the ecological restoration of New York's East River has helped open its waterfront to significant new development. Several major projects, proposed or now in construction, will further transform the East River into a bustling center of residential and commercial activity. Join Open House New York for its annual summer boat tour up the East River for a discussion about architecture and urban design along this revitalized waterway. 
Speakers include Claire Weisz, Principal of WXY Architecture + Urban Design; Angelica Trevino Baccon, Senior Design Associate, SHoP Architects; and Captain Pamela Hepburn, Founder and Director, Tug Pegasus Preservation Project. 
Photo courtesy of National Elevator Cab & Door
Making it Here: National Elevator Cab & Door Factory Tour
Friday, August 1, 2014
Tours at 9 and 11 am
In an old art deco factory building off the R-train in Queens, National Elevator Cab & Door Corporation builds the elevator cabs that carry millions of New Yorkers every day. Learn about how the city’s uniquely robust demand for vertical transportation has allowed this family-owned and operated manufacturing business to grow in place during its more than eighty-year history. This tour is part of Making it Here. Click here to learn more about the series.
Photo by OHNY
Making it Here: Edison Price Factory Tour
Wednesday, July 16, 2014
2:00 pm
Edison Price Lighting has designed and manufactured innovative, energy-efficient architectural lighting fixtures since 1952. Join Vertical Urban Factory curator and project director Nina Rappaport for a tour of the Edison Price factory to learn about how the company adapted its business model over time, working directly with architects and designers and specializing in highly customized lighting fixtures. This tour is part of Making it Here. Click here to learn more about the series.
221 McKibben Street, courtesy of GMDC
Making it Here: Greenpoint Manufacturing & Design Center
Friday, June 20, 2014
12:00 pm
When a factory in East Williamsburg closed in 2007—taking a hundred local manufacturing jobs with it—the Greenpoint Manufacturing & Design Center, a mission-driven non-profit industrial developer, purchased the historic building and brought it back to life as a hive of industrial activity. Join GMDC staff for a tour of a selection of the dozen businesses that have located at the McKibbin Street facility, home once again to nearly a hundred industrial jobs. This tour is part of Making it Here. Click here to learn more about the series.

Brooklyn Navy Yard, courtesy of Brooklyn Navy Yard

Making it Here: Brooklyn Navy Yard
Friday, June 6, 2014
10:00 am to 12:00 pm

Spend the morning exploring the sprawling Brooklyn Navy Yard campus, considered a model 21st-century industrial park. The program will include stops at cutting edge manufacturing spaces, including the BetaLab and Situ Studio's production facility, as well as the new Making it in NYC exhibition at BLDG 92. This tour is part of Making it Here.  Click here to learn more about the series.


Gowanus Canal by Andrew Nicholas, courtesy of Gowanus Canal Conservancy
OHNY Gowanus Boat Tour
Sunday, June 1, 2014
12:00 and 2:00 pm
What happens when one of New York City's most polluted waterways starts to transition from industrial zone to mixed use neighborhood? Join David Briggs of Gowanus by Design and Hans Hesselein of the Gowanus Canal Conservancy for an OHNY boat tour up the Gowanus Canal - "Brooklyn's coolest SuperFund Site" - to learn how the challenges created by dirty industry in the 20th century are being addressed through 21st century urban design strategies. 
Brooklyn Navy Yard by Nicolas Lemery Nantel / salokin.com
Making it Here: Brooklyn Army Terminal 
Tuesday, May 20, 2014
3:00 pm
Join representatives from New York City Economic Development Corporation’s Industrial Desk to see how Cass Gilbert’s massive BAT complex, with its iconic atrium, has been incrementally re-imagined as a mixed-use hub for manufacturing, commerce, and cultural activity over the past three decades. This tour is part of Making it Here.  Click here to learn more about the series.
Standard Motos Building courtesy of Nina Rapapport
Making it Here: Standard Motors Building
Friday, May 16, 2014
3:00 pm
Tour a variety of niche manufacturing spaces, along with Brooklyn Grange’s expansive rooftop farm, with Vertical Urban Factory curator and project director Nina Rappaport, and learn about how and why private developer Acumen Capital Partners LLC is investing in the revitalization of New York’s industrial infrastructure. This tour is part of Making it Here.  Click here to learn more about the series.
Missed the tour? Check out our event recap on our Blog
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).
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  SICIS
Missed the program? Check out photos from the event on our Facebook page.
Edible Schoolyard at P.S. 216 courtesy of WORKac
OHNY Preview: Edible Schoolyard at P.S. 216
Saturday, April 25, 2014
1 pm
Sam Dufaux from WORKac and Kathryn Heaberg from Edible Schoolyard NYC will lead a members-only tour of New York City’s first Edible Schoolyard at P.S. 216, the Arturo Toscanini School in Gravesend, Brooklyn. Join us for a chance to explore the half-acre organic garden, kitchen classroom, and greenhouse, and learn about Edible Schoolyard NYC, which partners with public schools to build organic gardens and kitchen classrooms for children to engage in hands-on learning in disadvantaged areas throughout New York City. Edible Schoolyard NYC is a founding affiliate of the innovative Edible Schoolyard Project created by chef Alice Waters in 1995. 
Historic Front Street courtesy of COOKFOX Architects
Seaport Series: Historic Front Street
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. Get inside one of the apartments, tour the interior courtyards, and 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.
Missed the tour? Check out photos from the event on our Facebook page.
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.
Missed the tour? Check out photos from the event on our Facebook page.
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.
Missed the tour? Check out photos from the event on our Facebook page.
openstudios Flatiron District
Saturday, April 12, 2014
Studio tours, 1-5 pm 
Reception 5-7 pm 
Open House New York 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