Upcoming Programs

 

 

Photo by Alex Maclean; Image courtesy of Freshkills Park and the City of New York
 

Getting to Zero: Freshkills Park
Staten Island Ferry St. George Terminal
Friday, June 23, 2017
10:00 AM & 12:30 PM

While the city once relied on a network of several landfills across the outer boroughs, by the 1990s only the colossal Fresh Kills Landfill in Staten Island remained. Today, more than a decade after its closure, the site is in the midst of a transformation into a new crown jewel in the city’s vast system of public parks.

At 2,200 acres, Freshkills Park will be almost three times the size of Central Park and the largest park developed in New York City in more than a century. When completed, this enormous green space will be home to everything from playgrounds and athletic fields to large-scale art installations.  The park is being built, and is scheduled to be opened in phases, through 2036.

Join us for a tour with NYC Parks and Department of Sanitation (DSNY) officials! Bus transportation to and from the Staten Island Ferry terminal in St. George will be provided to registered attendees of this tour. The exact location of the bus pick-up will be made available via email upon completion of registration. Times listed on this page include transportation to and from the ferry terminal; the tour itself will last approximately one hour.

Registration
$10 OHNY Members
$20 General Admission

Registration is required as space is limited.

Not a member? Click here to see a full list of membership levels and benefits and join today!

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Open House New York thanks the Freshkills Park team for making this tour possible. 

This program is part of Getting to Zero: New York + Waste, a year-long series of tours and talks exploring New York City's waste system.

 

Image courtesy of Field Condition
 

Getting to Zero: Manhattan 1/2/5 Garage & Salt Shed
Tribeca, Manhattan
Tuesday, July 11, 2017
7:00 PM

The NYC Department of Sanitation’s (DSNY) Manhattan 1/2/5 Garage, home to three Sanitation districts, and adjacent Salt Shed have set new standards for design excellence for the  department’s facilities. These award-winning buildings have also raised the bar for the design of infrastructure across the city, illustrating the role that architecture can play in integrating the facilities that keep the city running into their surrounding neighborhoods.

The garage is DSNY’s first LEED Gold-certified building and features a double-skin façade, custom perforated metal fins that mitigate sun exposure, and a green roof that softens views from neighboring buildings, protects the roof membrane, and enhances storm water retention and thermal performance. The concrete Salt Shed, which houses 5,000 tons of salt, serves as a playful counterpart to the garage, drawing its shape from the structure of a salt crystal.

Join us for a tour with DSNY officials, as well as architects from Dattner Architects and WXY architecture + urban design. This is a working sanitation garage, and participants should dress accordingly. Hard-soled, closed-toe shoes are required. Visitors will also be required to sign a waiver upon entering the building.

Registration
$10 OHNY Members
$20 General Admission

Registration is required as space is limited.

Not a member? Click here to see a full list of membership levels and benefits and join today!

REGISTRATION BEGINS JUNE 27

This program is part of Getting to Zero: New York + Waste, a year-long series of tours and talks exploring New York City's waste system.

 

Image by Victoria Belanger via Wikimedia Commons
 

Projects in Planning: Brooklyn Army Terminal Activation Plan
SVA Theatre, Manhattan
Wednesday, July 12, 2017
6:30 PM (Doors Open) / 7:00 PM (Presentation)

Open House New York invites you to join us for a presentation about the ongoing activation planning process to upgrade the Brooklyn Army Terminal's waterfront campus in Brooklyn. Designed by legendary architect Cass Gilbert and completed in 1919, BAT is known by most OHNY Weekend participants for its iconic atrium, but the 97-acre complex features more than four million square feet of space across multiple buildings and a site that is increasingly supporting many different users and activities.

Now, with the arrival of the new NYC Ferry service and another half-million square feet of renovated space coming on-line for new tenants, the city, with the help of WXY, is working to make the complex more accessible and improve connections to the waterfront for the surrounding community through the design of the public realm.

Presenters will include Claire Weisz, Principal, WXY architecture + urban design and Julie Stein, Executive Director of Sunset Park at the New York City Economic Development Corporation (NYCEDC).

Registration
OHNY Members: Registration for OHNY Members begins on June 21; members may register for themselves and a guest. 
General Admission: Registration for the general public will begin on June 28; tickets for the general public are $10.

Registration is required as space is limited.

Not a member? Click here to see a full list of membership levels and benefits and join today!

OHNY MEMBERS REGISTRATION BEGINS JUNE 21

Projects in Planning is a series of OHNY programs that explores the design and planning process of a single project during its early stages of development and construction. Projects in Planning is made possible with sponsorship support from

 


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Conversations on the City | Miquela Craytor: On Inclusion
Lower Manhattan
Thursday, July 13
7:00 PM

When we think of Open House New York, we rightfully think about buildings and the thrill of getting access to the otherwise inaccessible. But this summer, in celebration of the 15th anniversary of Open House New York Weekend, we invite you to join us as we explore some of the deeper values and ideas that make the experience of architecture and cities so powerful, values and ideas that Open House New York itself champions in its programs.

On July 13, join OHNY and Miquela Craytor for a conversation about inclusion. Miquela Craytor is the Director of Industrial Policy at NYCEDC. Her work has consisted of overseeing the city’s revived industrial policy efforts. Projects include the city-wide Industrial Action Plan and overseeing the Futureworks NYC initiatives, a $13 million suite of investments in advanced manufacturing services. She was formerly the executive director at Sustainable South Bronx for over three years. She also served as the Senior Planner for Economic Development in the economic arm of the Bronx Borough President’s office. She received a BA in planning, public policy, & management from the Honors College at the University of Oregon and her MS in city & regional planning from Pratt Institute. She is a 2010 Catto Fellow of the Aspen Institute, a 2010 BMW Transatlantic Fellow, and a board member of the NYC Workforce Development Corporation.

Registration
Admission is free but registration is required as space is limited. Registration will begin two weeks before each event. Each talk will last approximately one hour, and will be followed by a reception with wine and snacks.

REGISTRATION BEGINS JUNE 29

Click here to read more about the series and the speakers.

This series is organized in partnership with LMHQ. Created by The Alliance for Downtown New York, LMHQ is a collaboration space for Lower Manhattan's creatives and creators. Companies can come together at LMHQ to collaborate, activate, and accelerate their growth.

 

Photo by Ben Helmer

Getting to Zero: Sims Sunset Park Material Recovery Facility
Sunset Park, Brooklyn
Tuesday, July 18, 2017
6:30 PM

Built with public education in mind, this stunning marine transfer station is the destination of the bulk of New York City’s recyclables, and serves as another clear illustration of how good design can turn infrastructure into a local asset.

Registration
$10 OHNY Members
$20 General Admission

Registration is required as space is limited.

Not a member? Click here to see a full list of membership levels and benefits and join today!

REGISTRATION BEGINS JULY 5

This program is part of Getting to Zero: New York + Waste, a year-long series of tours and talks exploring New York City's waste system.

 


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Conversations on the City | Alexandra Horowitz: On Observation
Lower Manhattan
Thursday, July 27
7:00 PM

When we think of Open House New York, we rightfully think about buildings and the thrill of getting access to the otherwise inaccessible. But this summer, in celebration of the 15th anniversary of Open House New York Weekend, we invite you to join us as we explore some of the deeper values and ideas that make the experience of architecture and cities so powerful, values and ideas that Open House New York itself champions in its programs.

On July 27, join OHNY and Alexandra Horowitz for a conversation about observation. Alexandra Horowitz is the author of the New York Times best-seller Inside of a Dog: What Dogs See, Smell, and Know (2009), On Looking: A Walker’s Guide to the Art of Observation (2013), and Being a Dog: Following the Dog into a World of Smell (2016). She is an adjunct Associate Professor at Barnard College, Columbia University, where she teaches seminars in creative non-fiction and canine cognition, and performs research at the Dog Cognition Lab. She lives and walks in New York City with her husband, young son, and two large, sniffy dogs. 

Registration
Admission is free but registration is required as space is limited. Registration will begin two weeks before each event. Each talk will last approximately one hour, and will be followed by a reception with wine and snacks.

REGISTRATION BEGINS JULY 13

Click here to read more about the series and the speakers.

This series is organized in partnership with LMHQ. Created by The Alliance for Downtown New York, LMHQ is a collaboration space for Lower Manhattan's creatives and creators. Companies can come together at LMHQ to collaborate, activate, and accelerate their growth.

 


Photo by spikehalo via Flickr
 

Conversations on the City | Vishaan Chakrabarti: On Opportunity
Lower Manhattan
Thursday, August 3
7:00 PM

When we think of Open House New York, we rightfully think about buildings and the thrill of getting access to the otherwise inaccessible. But this summer, in celebration of the 15th anniversary of Open House New York Weekend, we invite you to join us as we explore some of the deeper values and ideas that make the experience of architecture and cities so powerful, values and ideas that Open House New York itself champions in its programs.

On August 3, join OHNY and Vishaan Chakrabarti for a conversation about opportunity. Vishaan Chakrabarti is the Founder of Practice for Architecture and Urbanism (PAU). Simultaneously, Vishaan is an Associate Professor of Practice at Columbia University’s Graduate School of Architecture, Planning & Preservation (GSAPP), where he teaches architectural design studios and seminars on urbanism. His highly acclaimed book, A Country of Cities: A Manifesto for an Urban America (Metropolis Books, 2013), argues that a more urban United States would result in a more prosperous, sustainable, joyous, and socially mobile nation. He has been a guest on the Charlie Rose show, MSNBC’s The Cycle, NY1, NPR, WNYC, and has been profiled in the New York Times and the Financial Times.

Registration
Admission is free but registration is required as space is limited. Registration will begin two weeks before each event. Each talk will last approximately one hour, and will be followed by a reception with wine and snacks.

REGISTRATION BEGINS JULY 20

Click here to read more about the series and the speakers.

This series is organized in partnership with LMHQ. Created by The Alliance for Downtown New York, LMHQ is a collaboration space for Lower Manhattan's creatives and creators. Companies can come together at LMHQ to collaborate, activate, and accelerate their growth.

 

Photo by Ben Helmer
 

Getting to Zero: Newtown Creek Boat Tour
Brooklyn and Queens
Wednesday, June 21, 2017
5:00 PM & 7:00 PM

A disproportionate amount of the city’s garbage is routed through the neighborhoods along Newtown Creek on its way out of town. This tour with Newtown Creek Alliance will consider the impact of the waste system on the city’s most polluted waterway and the rapidly growing communities that surround it.

Registration
$30 OHNY Members
$40 General Admission
$75 Special Combo (1 Ticket + 1-Year Friend Membership)

Registration is required as space is limited.

Not a member? Click here to see a full list of membership levels and benefits and join today!

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This program is part of Getting to Zero: New York + Waste, a year-long series of tours and talks exploring New York City's waste system.

 


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Conversations on the City | Jorge Otero-Pailos: On Transition
Lower Manhattan
Thursday, August 17
7:00 PM

When we think of Open House New York, we rightfully think about buildings and the thrill of getting access to the otherwise inaccessible. But this summer, in celebration of the 15th anniversary of Open House New York Weekend, we invite you to join us as we explore some of the deeper values and ideas that make the experience of architecture and cities so powerful, values and ideas that Open House New York itself champions in its programs.

On August 17, join OHNY and Jorge Otero-Pailos for a conversation about transition. Jorge Otero-Pailos works at the intersection of art, architecture and preservation. He is Director and Professor of Historic Preservation at Columbia University’s Graduate School of Architecture in New York. His work has been commissioned and exhibited by major museums, foundations and biennials notably, the Artangel Trust, the 53rd Venice Art Biennial, Victoria and Albert Museum, Louis Vuitton Museum La Galerie, Thyssen-Bornemisza Art Contemporary, and the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts. He is the founder and editor of Future Anterior, co-editor of Experimental Preservation (2016), author of Architecture’s Historical Turn (2010) and contributor to scholarly journals and books including the Oxford Encyclopedia of Aesthetics and Rem Koolhaas’ Preservation Is Overtaking Us (2014). He studied architecture at Cornell University and holds a PhD from MIT, and was a founding faculty member of the School of Architecture at the Polytechnic University of Puerto Rico.  

Registration
Admission is free but registration is required as space is limited. Registration will begin two weeks before each event. Each talk will last approximately one hour, and will be followed by a reception with wine and snacks.

REGISTRATION BEGINS AUGUST 3

Click here to read more about the series and the speakers.

This series is organized in partnership with LMHQ. Created by The Alliance for Downtown New York, LMHQ is a collaboration space for Lower Manhattan's creatives and creators. Companies can come together at LMHQ to collaborate, activate, and accelerate their growth.

 


Photo by spikehalo via Flickr
 

Conversations on the City | Prerana Reddy: On Engagement
Lower Manhattan
Thursday, August 24
7:00 PM

When we think of Open House New York, we rightfully think about buildings and the thrill of getting access to the otherwise inaccessible. But this summer, in celebration of the 15th anniversary of Open House New York Weekend, we invite you to join us as we explore some of the deeper values and ideas that make the experience of architecture and cities so powerful, values and ideas that Open House New York itself champions in its programs.

On August 24, join OHNY and Prerana Reddy for a conversation about engagement. Prerana Reddy has been the Director of Public Programs & Community Engagement for the Queens Museum since 2005.  She organizes screening, talks, festivals, visual art exhibitions, artist residencies and performances, many of which are developed in collaboration with diverse local community organizations and cultural producers.  She is also in charge of the museum’s community engagement initiatives that combine arts and culture with social development goals in nearby neighborhoods predominately comprised of new immigrants such as museum’s offsite immigrant arts & education center Immigrant Movement International, and the design and ongoing programming of Corona Plaza. She holds an MA in Cinema Studies, with a focus on documentary and visual anthropology, from New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts.  

Registration
Admission is free but registration is required as space is limited. Registration will begin two weeks before each event. Each talk will last approximately one hour, and will be followed by a reception with wine and snacks.

REGISTRATION BEGINS AUGUST 10

Click here to read more about the series and the speakers.

This series is organized in partnership with LMHQ. Created by The Alliance for Downtown New York, LMHQ is a collaboration space for Lower Manhattan's creatives and creators. Companies can come together at LMHQ to collaborate, activate, and accelerate their growth.

 


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Conversations on the City | Charlie Todd: On Delight
Lower Manhattan
Thursday, September 7
7:00 PM

When we think of Open House New York, we rightfully think about buildings and the thrill of getting access to the otherwise inaccessible. But this summer, in celebration of the 15th anniversary of Open House New York Weekend, we invite you to join us as we explore some of the deeper values and ideas that make the experience of architecture and cities so powerful, values and ideas that Open House New York itself champions in its programs.

On September 7, join OHNY and Charlie Todd for a conversation about delight. Charlie Todd is the founder of Improv Everywhere, producing and directing the group’s work for over fifteen years. Improv Everywhere is a New York City-based comedy collective that stages unexpected performances in public places. Charlie also works as a television producer, serving as creator and executive producer for Improv Everywhere’s television pilot for NBC, and more recently as executive producer for MTV’s late night comedy, The Middle of the Night Show. He is a long-time performer at the Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre in New York City. He is also the author of Causing a Scene (2009), a book about Improv Everywhere published by Harper Collins.  

Registration
Admission is free but registration is required as space is limited. Registration will begin two weeks before each event. Each talk will last approximately one hour, and will be followed by a reception with wine and snacks.

REGISTRATION BEGINS AUGUST 24

Click here to read more about the series and the speakers.

This series is organized in partnership with LMHQ. Created by The Alliance for Downtown New York, LMHQ is a collaboration space for Lower Manhattan's creatives and creators. Companies can come together at LMHQ to collaborate, activate, and accelerate their growth.

 
 

 

Recent Programs

 

Photo by Kathryn Yu
 

Getting to Zero: Waste Waterways Boat Tour
Midtown Manhattan, Departs from Pier 83
Wednesday, June 21, 2017
6:30 PM

Getting to Zero will take to the city’s waterways with a special boat tour on the longest day of the year to highlight the oft-overlooked role of our rivers and harbor in supporting the vast and complex infrastructural systems created to keep the city clean.

An expert panel of guides will include Marty Bellew, a retired Director of the Bureau of Waste Disposal for the NYC Department of Sanitation (DSNY); Alyssa Loorya, president and principal investigator at Chrysalis Archaeological Consultants; Robin Nagle, NYU professor and DSNY anthropologist-in-residence; and Tom Outerbridge, general manager at Sims Municipal Recycling.

Departing from Midtown Manhattan, the tour will traverse New York Harbor and the Hudson and East Rivers to illuminate the ways in which the waterways that have defined the city’s culture and economy have also played an outsized role in shaping the ways in which New Yorkers dispose of the things that they no longer want or need. From early landfilling practices that reshaped Lower Manhattan to the environmental battles that raged across the city in the last quarter of the 20th century, the stories told on this tour will transform the way that participants think about and understand the city’s waterfront.

This program is part of Getting to Zero: New York + Waste, a year-long series of tours and talks exploring New York City's waste system.

 


Photo by Teri Tynes via Flickr
 

New York Now Scavenger Hunt
Saturday, June 17, 2017
Check-in: 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Hunt: 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Closing Reception: 5:30 – 7:30 PM

Open House New York challenges you to show how much you know about New York’s recent past!

A lot has changed in New York City since the first Open House New York Weekend took place on October 11 and 12, 2003. From the High Line and Hudson Yards to Citibike and the Second Avenue Subway, the city and our experience of it has changed dramatically over the past fifteen years. 40,000 new buildings were built, 450 miles of new bike lanes were laid, and more than a third of New York’s neighborhoods were rezoned.

Through it all, Open House New York was there, opening doors and giving New Yorkers access to the changing city. Now Open House New York invites you to test your knowledge about this vibrant and volatile period in New York’s history! To celebrate the 15th anniversary of OHNY Weekend, Open House New York has organized a citywide scavenger hunt of recent architecture, planning, and development. Travel the five boroughs while answering clues that send you to New York’s most breathtaking new buildings. Relive some of the city’s most heated preservation battles and uncover the policies and politics that shaped contemporary New York. Join us in celebrating a city that remains the greatest metropolis in the world!

Winning teams will win prizes that include:

  • A private tour of 520 West 28th, the new Zaha Hadid-designed building alongside the High Line
  • VIP OHNY Weekend Passport, including Benefactors Preview
  • Complimentary tickets for an OHNY summer boat tour
  • Signed copies of Justin Davidson's Magnetic City

To learn more about how the hunt works, click here.

Closing Reception Hosted by

 


Photo by David Mark Erickson
 

Getting to Zero: DSNY Central Repair Shop
Maspeth, Queens
Wednesday, June 14, 2017
7:00 PM

The Department of Sanitation’s (DSNY) fleet of thousands of vehicles—the trucks and street sweepers that are likely the most familiar element of the waste system for many New Yorkers—are repaired and refurbished at the Central Repair Shop, a building in central Queens that is as long as the Chrysler Building is tall.

Join us for a tour of the largest municipal vehicle and building repair facility in the nation. This tour, led by DSNY officials, will highlight the million-square-foot space with a visit to the machine shop, engine room, rebuilding center, and truck repair and fabricating departments. It also offers a close-up look at the Class 8 Vehicle Lab, a state-of-the-art innovation center and one of only three in the country.

Open House New York thanks NYC Department of Sanitation (DSNY) for making this tour possible. 

This program is part of Getting to Zero: New York + Waste, a year-long series of tours and talks exploring New York City's waste system.

 


Photo by Edward H. Blake via flickr
 

Getting to Zero: Dead Horse Bay
Marine Park, Brooklyn
Friday, June 9, 2017
12:45 PM

When the cap of a landfill built by Robert Moses in the early 1950’s eroded into Jamaica Bay, artifacts from the period appeared in the sand, creating the infamous “bottle beach.” Explore the site and learn about the long-term environmental impacts of the landfill’s slow disintegration, which continues to this day.

As part of Getting to Zero, Open House New York has organized a tour of the beach with educator Howard Warren, who has been visiting and researching Dead Horse Bay for decades. We’ll comb the beach and learn about the history of the site through the objects found that day. (Please note that the beach is part of the National Park Service’s Gateway National Recreation Area, and visitors are prohibited from removing any objects from federally protected land, so all artifacts must be left on the beach).

 


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Conversations on the City | Justin Davidson: On Exploration
Lower Manhattan
Thursday, June 8
7:00 PM

When we think of Open House New York, we rightfully think about buildings and the thrill of getting access to the otherwise inaccessible. But this summer, in celebration of the 15th anniversary of Open House New York Weekend, we invite you to join us as we explore some of the deeper values and ideas that make the experience of architecture and cities so powerful, values and ideas that Open House New York itself champions in its programs.

On June 8, join OHNY and Justin Davidson for a conversation about exploration. Justin Davidson is the architecture and classical music critic at New York magazine, where he writes about a broad range of urban, civic, and design issues. He grew up in Rome, graduated from Harvard, and later earned a doctoral degree in music composition at Columbia University. As a classical music and cultural critic at Newsday, he won a Pulitzer Prize for criticism in 2002. His new book, Magnetic City: A Walking Companion to New York, is a portrait of New York told through art, music, history, literature, and architecture.

Click here to read more about the series and the speakers.

This series is organized in partnership with LMHQ. Created by The Alliance for Downtown New York, LMHQ is a collaboration space for Lower Manhattan's creatives and creators. Companies can come together at LMHQ to collaborate, activate, and accelerate their growth.

 


Photo courtesy of Covanta
 

Getting to Zero: Covanta Union County Resource Recovery Facility
Lower Manhattan
Wednesday, May 31, 2017
9:30 AM

While most of New York City’s waste is sent to landfills far from the five boroughs, around 25% of it makes its way to facilities around the metropolitan area where it is burned to generate electricity. These enormous facilities are commonly referred to as “waste-to-energy” or “resource recovery” facilities.

Join us for a tour of Covanta’s Union County Resource Recovery Facility, a 22-acre industrial complex on the banks of the Rahway River in suburban New Jersey. Learn about the technology used here to process approximately 1,500 tons of solid waste per day into enough electrical energy to power 30,000 homes and businesses in the area.

Bus transportation to and from Lower Manhattan, near the Holland Tunnel entrance, will be provided to registered attendees of this tour. The location of the bus pick-up will be made available via email upon completion of registration. Times listed on this page include transportation to and from Rahway, NJ; the tour itself will last approximately 1.5 hours.

This program is part of Getting to Zero: New York + Waste, a year-long series of tours and talks exploring New York City's waste system.


Photo by Michael Anton, DSNY
 

Getting to Zero: Hamilton Avenue Marine Transfer Station
Gowanus, Brooklyn
Tuesday, May 23, 2017
7:00 PM

The NYC Department of Sanitation’s (DSNY) Hamilton Avenue Marine Transfer Station will be the transfer point for household waste from ten community boards across Brooklyn. This brand new facility is one of a planned network of four across the five boroughs. The first, in Queens, opened in 2015; later this year, Hamilton Avenue will be the second to come online, with the other two already under construction in Manhattan and southern Brooklyn.

When Fresh Kills landfill on Staten Island closed in 2001, DSNY shifted to a truck-based system to cart waste from the city to distant landfills. The Hamilton Avenue MTS is a key part of the city’s 20-year Solid Waste Management Plan, which re-activated marine transfer sites to shift waste handled by DSNY to a rail- and marine-based transportation system, dramatically reducing air pollution caused by truck-based transport.

Join us for a tour, led by DSNY guides, that will explain how innovative environmental technologies and architectural sensitivities come together to create a state-of-the-art infrastructure. Learn the surprising intricacies of municipal waste management with a tour of this complex and cavernous space.

Open House New York thanks NYC Department of Sanitation (DSNY) for making this tour possible. 

This program is part of Getting to Zero: New York + Waste, a year-long series of tours and talks exploring New York City's waste system.
 

Photo by Robin Nagle
 

New York City's Dis-Contents: A History of Waste Systems
SVA Theatre, Manhattan
Monday, May 1, 2017
6:30 PM (Doors Open) / 7:00 PM (Presentation)

Getting New York City’s garbage where it’s going has always been a massive and complex challenge. While the story of New York is often told through its captains of industry, artists, and politicians, the story of the people who have handled its waste is uniquely revealing in what it tells us about how the city has evolved to support such a dense concentration of life.

In the city’s early days, New Yorkers dumped their waste into the rivers to create new land, taking the idea of hyperlocal waste management to the extreme. Today, in our highly industrialized consumer society, we produce vastly larger quantities of garbage per capita than we did in the past, but we send it all to distant landfills hundreds, or even thousands of miles away. Eliminating our reliance on a landfill-based system is critical, but to truly become a zero waste city, New Yorkers will need to re-think the systems of production and consumption that gave rise to it.

On May 1st, join us for a talk by NYU professor and DSNY anthropologist-in-residence Robin Nagle, author of Picking Up: On the Streets and Behind the Trucks with the Sanitation Workers of New York City, to learn about the evolution of the city’s waste infrastructure over the past four centuries: where we’ve sent our waste, how it got there, who carried it away—and how it could change.

This program is part of Getting to Zero: New York + Waste, a year-long series of tours and talks exploring New York City's waste system.

 

Photo courtesy of Materials for the Arts
 

Getting to Zero: Materials for the Arts
Long Island City, Queens
Wednesday, April 19, 2017
6:00pm

Materials for the Arts is a program of the city’s Department of Cultural Affairs, with support from the Departments of Sanitation and Education, that collects unneeded materials from businesses and individuals -- everything from office furniture to arts supplies -- and makes these donations available for free to nonprofits, government agencies, and public schools. Based out of a sprawling warehouse in Long Island City, MFTA diverts over 1 million pounds of materials a year from the waste stream to help enrich New York’s arts and creative community.

Join us for a tour of the warehouse to learn about how the program works and about the importance of reuse centers in a zero waste city. The tour includes a special viewing of “ Institutional Memory: 35 mm Slides from the Met’s Collection Reimagined,” a new exhibition of work created entirely from the recently digitized slide collection of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, with work created by artists Martina Mrongovius, Michael Kelly Williams, Andrea Wolf, and Dustin Yellin. The tour will be followed by a discussion with wine and light refreshments.

Open House New York thanks Materials for the Arts for making this tour possible.

This tour is part of Getting to Zero: New York + Waste, a year-long series of tours and talks exploring New York City's waste system.

 


Photo by Dan Lucal
 

Getting to Zero: Goodwill NYNJ + Big Reuse
Astoria, Queens
Wednesday, April 12, 2017
10:00am

We throw away huge quantities of objects and material long before the end of their useful lives. From t-shirts and toys to lumber and light fixtures, reuse will be a fundamental part of life in a zero waste city. 

Along the industrial waterfront of Astoria, Queens, two adjacent facilities present very different models for how reuse centers can contribute to their communities, as well as the city at large. This tour will visit Goodwill Industries’ regional hub for the NY/NJ area to learn about how the organization’s famous thrift stores support its robust slate of job training and youth education programs.

Then, we’ll cross the street to the sprawling warehouse operated by Big Reuse (formerly Build It Green NYC) and see how one of the city’s largest thrift stores has supported the development of a number of new forms of reuse activity, including a commercial compost operation and a sawmill that processes reclaimed lumber from across the area—including the city’s thousands of rooftop water tanks.

Open House New York thanks Goodwill Industries of Greater New York & Northern New Jersey and Big Reuse for making this tour possible.

This tour is part of Getting to Zero: New York + Waste, a year-long series of tours and talks exploring New York City's waste system.

 

Photo by Naomi Castillo
 

Getting to Zero: Treasure in the Trash at the M11 Garage
East Harlem, Manhattan
Sunday, March 26, 2017
Tours at 11am and 1pm

Over the course of more than three decades, DSNY sanitation worker Nelson Molina rescued tens of thousands of objects from the garbage of his upper Manhattan route, creating one of the world’s largest known collections of material reclaimed from the trash.

Now installed in an astonishing "museum" display on the second floor of the M11 garage in East Harlem, the collection serves as a profound commentary on waste and consumption. To see this sprawling collection in person is a visceral experience that challenges our understanding of how we think about and categorize objects as "waste."

Two tours of the Treasure in the Trash collection will take place as part of Getting to Zero. Please note that, while Nelson Molina will be on-site throughout to answer questions and speak with attendees, tours are self-guided.

Open House New York thanks the NYC Department of Sanitation (DSNY) for making this tour possible.

This tour is part of Getting to Zero: New York + Waste, a year-long series of tours and talks exploring New York City's waste system.

 

Image Courtesy of MCR Development LLC
 

Projects in Planning: TWA Hotel at JFK Airport
SVA Theatre, Manhattan
Tuesday, March 7, 2017
6:30 PM (Doors Open) / 7:00 PM (Presentation)

Open House New York invites you to a presentation about one of the most eagerly anticipated projects in New York City: the transformation of the TWA Flight Center at JFK International Airport into the TWA Hotel. The TWA Hotel will celebrate and preserve Eero Saarinen's masterpiece and reopen it to the public for the first time in many years. It will include 505 guest rooms; 50,000 square feet of conference, event, and meeting space; a 10,000-square-foot roof deck; 8 food and beverage outlets; and an innovative museum showcasing New York as the birthplace of the Jet Age.

Presenters will include Tyler Morse, CEO and Managing Partner, MCR Development LLC; Richard Southwick, Partner and Director of Historic Preservation, Beyer Blinder Belle; Anne Marie Lubrano, Founding Principal, Lubrano Ciavarra Architects; and Jim Steven, Manager, JFK Physical Plant and Redevelopment for the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey.

Projects in Planning is a series of OHNY programs that explores the design and planning process of a single project during its early stages of development and construction. Projects in Planning is made possible with sponsorship support from

 


Photo by Daniella Shin

 

The Future of Waste in New York
A Lecture by Kathryn Garcia, Commissioner, NYC Department of Sanitation
Followed by a conversation with Kate Ascher

SVA Theatre, Manhattan
Tuesday, February 21, 2017
6:30 PM (Doors Open) / 7:00 PM (Lecture Begins)

We are excited to announce that Kate Ascher, author of The Works: Anatomy of a City, will join Commissioner Garcia after her lecture for a conversation about the future of the city's waste infrastructure.

With the release in April 2015 of the OneNYC Plan, the City of New York laid out an ambitious goal: to reduce to zero the amount of waste that New York sends to landfills by 2030. Like all cities, New York manages a complex system of waste collection, transportation, and disposal -- a vast physical infrastructure that keeps our neighborhoods healthy and thriving.

Open House New York announces Getting to Zero: New York + Waste, a yearlong series of tours and public programs that will explore New York's waste infrastructure. How have changing approaches to waste management shaped and reshaped the city over time, and what possibilities might a radical shift in the amount of trash we produce, and how we dispose of it, have for our neighborhoods and the future of the city? Read more about Getting to Zero.

To launch this major new initiative, Open House New York is honored to host a lecture by Kathryn Garcia, Commissioner, NYC Department of Sanitation (DSNY). Commissioner Garcia will outline the steps that New York has already taken toward becoming a zero waste city, the opportunities and challenges we will face over the next few years, and innovative practices that have the potential to transform the waste management industry.

 


Image courtesy of DLANDstudio

 

Projects in Planning: QueensWay
SVA Theatre, Manhattan
Tuesday, January 31, 2017
6:30 PM (Doors Open) / 7:00 PM (Presentation)

Open House New York invites you to a presentation about the plans to transform an abandoned rail line in Central Queens into the QueensWay, a new 3.5-mile linear park, with Susannah Drake, Principal, DLANDstudio; Andy Stone, Director of the New York City Program at The Trust for Public Land; and Travis Terry, Steering Committee Founding Member, Friends of the QueensWay.

Located on an abandoned stretch of the LIRR Rockaway Beach Branch, the QueensWay will include biking, jogging, and walking paths and will create a link to Forest Park for thousands of Queens residents from six underserved neighborhoods. Once completed, the 47-acre park will also feature upgraded facilities for local little leagues, schools, and neighboring communities.

Projects in Planning is a series of OHNY programs that explores the design and planning process of a single project during its early stages of development and construction. Projects in Planning is made possible with sponsorship support from