Past Programs

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TWA Flight Center by Bitpixdigital

 

Eero Saarinen: The Architect Who Saw the Future
SVA Theatre, Manhattan
Tuesday, December 13, 2016
6:45 PM (Doors Open) / 7:00 PM (Screening)

In 2015, when Open House New York last opened the TWA Flight Center at JFK Airport for OHNY Weekend, more than 8,000 people visited the building over the course of four hours. This extraordinary turnout substantiates TWA’s claim as one of New York City’s greatest works of architecture and is a testament to the enduring genius of its architect, Eero Saarinen. 

Open House New York invites you to a special advance screening of Eero Saarinen: The Architect Who Saw the Future, the Season 30 finale of THIRTEEN's American Masters series. The film follows Eric Saarinen -- Eero's son, who also served as the director of photography and co-producer -- as he visits the sites of his father's work, including Dulles International Airport; the Gateway Arch, St. Louis; and TWA (with footage from OHNY Weekend). Shot with the latest in drone technology, the film showcases the architect's body of timeless work in stunning 6K for the first time.

Following the screening, join the film's producer and director, Peter Rosen, in a Q&A with Jayne Merkel, author of Eero Saarinen (Phaidon Press, 2014).

American Masters -- Eero Saarinen: The Architect Who Saw the Future is a co-production of Peter Rosen Productions, Inc., THIRTEEN’s American Masters for WNET, and Detroit Public Television in association with YLE.

 

2016 Open House New York Weekend
October 15-16, 2016

On Saturday and Sunday, October 15th and 16th, the Annual Open House New York Weekend returns with tours, talks, and special events at more than 275 sites across all five boroughs. Join us and see the city like you've never seen it before!

 

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Hudson Skyline by Kathryn Yu 

 

Zoning New York Boat Tour
Departs from Pier 11
Tuesday, August 23
7:30 pm

Open House New York invites you on a sunset cruise up the Hudson River in celebration of the hundredth anniversary of New York City's 1916 Zoning Resolution. The first citywide legislation of its kind in the nation to regulate things like building height and land use, zoning has served as a powerful, if invisible, tool that has shaped much of the five boroughs. 

Join OHNY to learn about how zoning acts as the city's underlying operating code, a set of guidelines and instructions that determine the character of our neighborhoods and the shape of our most iconic buildings. As the city works to expand affordable housing and encourage more vibrant streetscapes, explore how the zoning resolution is a living document that continues to guide the future of the city. 

Speakers include Eric Goldwyn, one of the curators of the Museum of the City of New York's forthcoming exhibition Mastering the Metropolis: New York and Zoning 1916-2016, and writer and former New York Times Metro columnist Matt Chaban, who most recently revealed that 40% of the buildings in Manhattan could not be built today because of how the zoning code has changed over time.

 


Image courtesy of United Palace

 

Members Open House: United Palace
Washington Heights
Thursday, August 18, 2016
7:00 - 8:30 pm 

Open House New York invites members to visit the United Palace Theater in Washington Heights. Originally built as one of the five Lowe's Wonder Theatres, the opulent United Palace opened in 1930 as a 3,400 seat movie theater. Its ornate, gilded interiors designed by Harold Rambusch, who also designed interiors for the Waldorf Astoria and Radio City Music Hall, have been described by The New York Times as a "delirious masterpiece" and a "feast" for the eyes. 

Today, United Palace is a premier performance hall and has welcomed Bob Dylan, B.B. King, and Adele, among others. It is also the home of the United Palace House of Inspiration congregation (UPHI), and the United Palace of Cultural Arts (UPCA), an independent nonprofit focused on arts education and community.

Join us for a talk with Mike Fitelson, Executive Director of United Place of Cultural Arts. A reception with light refreshments will follow with an opportunity to explore the theatre.

 


La Central courtesy of FXFOWLE

 

Projects in Planning: La Central
Presentation by Alfreda Radzicki, AIA, LEED AP, Principal, FXFOWLE

Cooper Union, Rose Auditorium
Tuesday, August 2, 2016
7:00 - 8:30 pm 

Open House New York members are invited to a presentation by FXFOWLE on the design of La Central, a new mixed-use development in the South Bronx. With five buildings totaling over one million square feet on a 4.28 acre site, it is the largest remaining parcel of city-owned land in the Bronx. The project will include nearly 1000 units of affordable housing, including 140 units of supportive housing for individuals with special needs and 20 units for homeless veterans with mental illness. The development also includes a vibrant mix of retail, community, and recreation spaces, including a new YMCA, a skate park, BronxNet Television Studios, an urban agriculture facility operated by GrowNYC, and more. La Central is expected to be completed in 2019.

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 and construction. Projects in Planning is made possible with sponsorship support from

 

Newtown Creek Boat Tour by Nicolas Lemery Nantel

 

Newtown Creek Boat Tour
Departs from Pier 16
Wednesday, July 27
Tours at 4:50 and 6:50 pm

Open House New York invites you to take a boat ride with the Newtown Creek Alliance to learn about one of the city's last great industrial waterfronts.
 
Over the past decade, large swaths of of the city's waterfront have been rezoned and redeveloped for new residential, commercial, and recreational uses. While this massive shift has been especially pronounced along the East River in Brooklyn and Queens, along Newtown Creek--the 3.8-mile waterway that separates the city's two largest boroughs--a lively cluster of active industrial businesses remains. From bustling metal scrap yards to the city's most iconic wastewater treatment plant, the Creek is lined with the often overlooked spaces that make the rest of the city work. 

Join us for a tour with Newtown Creek Alliance Historian Mitch Waxman and Program Manager Willis Elkins. The Alliance is a community-based organization dedicated to restoring, revealing and revitalizing Newtown Creek.

 

Zoning New York Scavenger Hunt
Saturday, July 9, 2016
10:00 - 5:00 pm 

Open House New York and the Museum of the City of New York invite you to celebrate the centennial anniversary of New York City's 1916 Zoning Resolution with a citywide scavenger hunt to uncover how the invisible forces of zoning have shaped the city around us, from the dramatic setbacks of Jazz Age skyscrapers to the vast open plazas of mid-century Modernism. 

In July 1916, New York became the first American city to adopt a zoning resolution to control the height, bulk, and use of its buildings, an act so unprecedented that its authors were not even sure it was legal. A century later--after one major revision in 1961 and frequent adjustments and amendments over the years--the zoning resolution is still the city's most potent instrument for shaping its future. 

Hunt alone or as a team to decipher more than sixty clues that will lead you on a citywide adventure to find significant sites throughout the five boroughs that illustrate the zoning resolution at work. At the end of the day, points will be tallied, winners announced, and prizes awarded at a reception on the Museum of the City of New York's terrace overlooking Central Park. For more information, click here.

The Zoning New York Scavenger hunt is co-presented with Open House New York and the Museum of the City of New York in anticipation of a major exhibition celebrating the centennial of New York City’s zoning resolution, Mastering the Metropolis: New York and Zoning 1916-2016, opening at the Museum of the City of New York on November 9, 2016.

 

Rendering courtesy of New Lab

 

Members Open House: New Lab
Brooklyn Navy Yard, Brooklyn
Thursday, July 7, 2016
7:00 - 8:30 pm 

Open House New York invites you to a special Members Open House at New Lab, a brand-new interdisciplinary hub for design, development, and innovation in advanced technologies—including robotics, A.I., and connected devices—located in the heart of the Brooklyn Navy Yard, in a former machine shop that built the American ships used in both World Wars.

Hear from New Lab COO Dunia Dupont, and communications director Molly Erman, about the vision for the state-of-the-art resource for New York tech, and learn about the design and transformation of the expansive 84,000 sf space from Eckart Graeve, AIA, LEED AP BD+C, Senior Architect at Marvel Architects. A reception will follow the presentation with tours by Mitchell Joachim and Maria Aiolova, New Lab members and Terreform ONE co-founders, and New Lab staff.

 

Photo © Perkins Eastman, S9 Architecture

 

Projects in Planning: New York Wheel
Presentation by Jonathan Cohn, AIA, LEED AP, Principal, Perkins Eastman; Navid Maqami, AIA, LEED AP, Principal, S9 Architecture; and Richard Marin, President and CEO of the New York Wheel
Cooper Union, Rose Auditorium
Tuesday, June 28, 2016
7:00 - 8:30 pm 

Open House New York members are invited to a presentation by Perkins Eastman and S9 Architecture on the design and execution of the New York Wheel. Currently under construction in St. George on the northern shore of Staten Island, the 630-foot tall wheel will be one of the tallest observation wheels in the world, offering visitors unparalleled views of the New York Harbor.

The new complex transforms a previously underused site into a vibrant destination that includes the New York Wheel’s 70,000 square-foot terminal, parking garage, and bus facility, as well as five acres of new publicly accessible open space, and links between Richmond Terrace, reconnecting the neighborhood to the waterfront 25 feet below. Along with the adjoining Empire Outlets, the project is slated to open in 2017.

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 and construction. Projects in Planning is made possible with sponsorship support from

 

Photo © Elizabeth Felicella/Esto

 

Members Open House: Congregation Beit Simchat Torah
Garment District, Manhattan
Tuesday, June 21, 2016
7:00 - 8:30 pm 

Open House New York invites you to a special Members Open House at Congregation Beit Simchat Torah, one of the country's oldest and most influential lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender faith-based groups. Located in the base of a landmarked 1929 Cass Gilbert building, the new synagogue is the congregation's first permanent home. Designed by Architecture Research Office (ARO), the space is a reflection of the congregation's values of transparency, intimacy and warmth. The synagogue includes a 299-seat sanctuary where no seat is more than 35 feet from the pulpit, a chapel that also serves as the congregation's library, a shared restroom that required a special variance from the city to be built, classrooms, and a community room.

The evening will begin with a presentation by ARO principal Stephen Cassell, AIA LEED AP. The presentation will be followed by a reception with light refreshments and the opportunity to explore the synagogue. 

For a preview of CBST, check out Architectural Record's recent story here, with additional photos by Elizabeth Felicella / ESTO.

 

Photo by Flickr user ichsageuchmalwas

 

Field Guide: North Brooklyn
Williamsburg and Greenpoint
Saturday, June 11, 2016
12:30 pm check-in / 1:00 - 5:00 pm sites open

Open House New York invites you to Field Guide, a one-day event that explores a single neighborhood through its buildings. Field Guide opens the doors to a wide cross-section of sites–from design studios and fabrication shops to cultural facilities and local landmarks–to consider the mix of spaces, large and small, that work in concert to create a great neighborhood.

The area of North Brooklyn occupied by Williamsburg and Greenpoint was once one of the busiest and most important industrial districts in the United States, home to oil refineries, ship builders, china and porcelain factories, sugar refineries, and iron foundries. Gentrification that started in the 90s was further fueled through a major rezoning in 2005 that brought waves of luxury apartment buildings, restaurants, and retail shops. Today, high-end commercial and residential development co-exists with dozens of designers and fabricators that feed off its historic role as a center of production and activity, and an Industrial Business Zone that aims to preserve aspects of its industrial past.

Field Guide: North Brooklyn opens the doors to more than two dozen sites for an opportunity to explore one of New York City’s most dynamic neighborhoods at a transitional moment in its history. The event is organized as a self-guided walking tour, with individual sites offering tours, talks, and demonstrations. Each ticket holder will be given a detailed guide to the neighborhood at registration, and may visit the sites of their choosing in any order during their hours of participation. 

On the morning of the event, join us for Field Guide Foreword, a panel discussion about the neighborhood and its future.

For more information, including a complete list of participating firms, click here.

 


Photo courtesy of Dattner Architects / WXY (photo by Field Condition)

 

Art + Architecture
A Conversation with Paul Bauer and Claire Weisz
Thompson Square Studios
Wednesday, May 18, 2016
7pm

Join us for a special conversation for friends of OHNY, organized in partnership with Thompson House Group, around the theme of Art + Architecture in the contemporary city.

Dattner Architects principal Paul Bauer and WXY Architecture + Urban Design principal Claire Weisz will discuss the Spring Street Salt Shed project, using this striking new piece of urban infrastructure--its design based on the geometry of a salt crystal--as a jumping-off point for a discussion of the sculptural qualities of architecture.

 

Photo courtesy of designjunction

 

Civic Architecture and Access for the People
designjunction + Dwell on Design
Chelsea, Manhattan
Friday, May 13, 2016
11:50 am

Richard Olcott, principal of global architecture firm Ennead Architects will join Gregory Wessner, executive director of Open House New York to discuss the importance of granting access to civic buildings to every interested citizen at designjunction + Dwell on Design. 

 


Photo by David Schalliol

 

Affordable Housing: New York
Dates Vary

A million and a half New Yorkers rent or own apartments developed under affordable-housing programs. In conjunction with the exhibition Affordable Housing in New York: The People, Places, and Policies That Transformed a City, curators Matthew Gordon Lasner and Nicholas Dagen Bloom, along with a host of local housing experts, will lead a series of walking tours of the housing developments featured in the show. 

 


Image © SOM | Kilograph

 

Projects in Planning: Cornell Tech Campus Framework Plan
Presentation by Colin Koop, Design Director, Skidmore, Owings & Merrill 
Cooper Union Rose Auditorium
Wednesday, May 4, 2016
6:30 pm Doors Open / 7:00 pm Presentation Begins

OHNY members are invited to a presentation of Skidmore, Owings & Merrill’s master plan for Cornell Tech, a new applied science university in Roosevelt Island. Designed to encourage interaction and creativity, SOM’s plan creates a boundary-free campus with learning venues that feature open interiors and amenities such as cafes and exhibition spaces. The first phase, which will be completed in 2017, includes the construction of New York City’s largest net-zero energy building.

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. 

 

Photo by Josh Shayne

 

Members Open House: Brooklyn Historical Society
Wednesday, April 20, 2016
6:00 - 8:30 pm

Open House New York invites you to a special Members Open House at the Brooklyn Historical Society. Join us for a private after-hours reception at the Society’s handsome 1881 building, designed by Gilded Age architect George B. Post. One of the most prominent landmarks within the Brooklyn Heights Historic District—New York City’s first—the Society’s building features stained glass skylights, exquisitely detailed fixtures, and the sumptuous Othmer Library.

Take a tour of the building with Brooklyn Historical Society staff, enjoy light refreshments, and get free admission to the current exhibitions, Hidden in Plain Sight: Portraits of Hunger in NYC and Changing America: The Emancipation Proclamation, 1863 and the March on Washington, 1963.

 


Photo courtesy of Brookln FoodWorks

 

Members Open House: Brooklyn FoodWorks
Thursday, April 7, 2016
6:00 - 8:00 pm

OHNY members are invited to a special event to celebrate the conclusion of The Final Mile at Brooklyn FoodWorks, a new food business incubator in Williamsburg. Take a guided tour of the shared kitchen with FoodWorks staff, sample delicious snacks produced on-site by local food start-ups, and meet fellow OHNY members.

 


Photo by Anthony Quintano / Flickr

 

The Final Mile: Designing New York's Food Future
SVA Silas Theatre, Manhattan
Thursday, March 31, 2016
7:30 pm

Over the past year, Open House New York’s The Final Mile has explored the architecture of New York City’s food system. From the markets of the Hunts Point Food Distribution Center to the food halls of Brooklyn, The Final Mile has explored how the spaces in which food is produced, distributed, and consumed have helped shape the city and our experiences of it.

Through these public programs, a chorus of voices has made it clear that our food system is challenged from many sides. New York’s principle food hub at Hunts Point, supplying 60% of the city’s produce and 50% of its meat and fish, sits in a 100-year floodplain, threatened by increasingly extreme weather and rising sea levels. Long-standing inequities within the system continue to oversupply some neighborhoods while limiting access to basic foods in others. With the city’s population expected to grow by one million people by 2030, how can we adapt and expand our current food infrastructures in ways that catalyze larger, more fundamental changes?

As The Final Mile draws to a close, Open House New York invites you to join us for a discussion about where the city’s food system is today, and what choices we need to make to design and build a better food system for the future.

Panelists:
Kathleen Bakewell, Principal, Brook Farm Group and Founder and Executive Director, Biocities
Carolyn Dimitri, Director, Food Studies PhD Program, New York University Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development
Ray Figueroa, President, New York City Community Garden Coalition
Adam Lubinsky, Principal, WXY architecture + urban design
Moderated by Gregory Wessner, Executive Director, Open House New York

The Final Mile: Food Systems of New York is made possible with generous support from the Reba Judith Sandler Foundation.

 


Photo by Jeff Goldberg / Esto

 

Monograph in Motion–Ennead Architects: The Standard, High Line
Meatpacking District, Manhattan
Tuesday, March 29, 2016
4:00 pm

Surely one of the most recognizable new landmarks along the revitalized High Line, The Standard is made of two materials—glass and poured-in-place, board-formed concrete—that serve as an interpretation of the character of New York City, with the gritty quality of the concrete contrasting with the refinement of the glass. Explore the hotel with Ennead Architects associate partner Jarrett Pelletier to learn about how carefully selected materials throughout create a dynamic mix of public and private spaces that reflect the dynamism of the surrounding district.

Open House New York's Monograph in Motion is an ongoing series that explores the work of New York design firms to understand how ideas about design and urbanism are expressed through a firm's buildings and how those ideas evolve over time and across multiple projects. Learn more about our third installment with Ennead Architects here.

 


Photo by Jeff Goldberg / Esto

 

Monograph in Motion–Ennead Architects: New York Times Printing Plant
Flushing, Queens
Wednesday, March 23, 2016
6:30 pm (Shuttle) 7:00 pm (Tour)

Located alongside the Whitestone Expressway in Queens, The New York Times printing plant acts like a giant billboard for the nation's newspaper of record. Immediately legible, its dynamic volumes, saturated colors, supergraphics, and uncommonly employed materials dramatize the printing process within. Join Ennead architect Amy Maresko to explore the plant's design, which recomposes the typical industrial shed into a series of dynamic building forms.

Open House New York's Monograph in Motion is an ongoing series that explores the work of New York design firms to understand how ideas about design and urbanism are expressed through a firm's buildings and how those ideas evolve over time and across multiple projects. Learn more about our third installment with Ennead Architects here.

Note: Transportation for this tour will be provided by shuttle from a nearby subway stop in Queens. More information upon registration.

 

Photo by Jeff Goldberg / Esto

 

Monograph in Motion–Ennead Architects: Carnegie Hall's Zankel Hall & Stern Auditorium
Midtown, Manhattan
Thursday, March 17, 2016
6:00 pm

Tour Carnegie Hall, one of the world's most iconic performance venues, with Ennead Architects associate Charles Brainerd to learn about the firm's work on the restoration of the renowned Stern Auditorium and Zankel Hall—the state-of-the-art performance space created directly below Stern following the excavation of 6,300 cubic yards of bedrock. Determined largely by acoustical requirements, this new multi-use venue is a rectangle within a canted ellipse, with the curved structural walls dramatically reinforcing the hall’s individual identity by separating the performance space from the historic building envelope.

Open House New York's Monograph in Motion is an ongoing series that explores the work of New York design firms to understand how ideas about design and urbanism are expressed through a firm's buildings and how those ideas evolve over time and across multiple projects. Learn more about our third installment with Ennead Architects here.

 

Photo by Lawrence Sumulong

 

Monograph in Motion–Ennead Architects: Jazz at Lincoln Center
Columbus Circle, Manhattan
Thursday, March 10, 2016
9:00 am

The recent re-design of the public spaces at Jazz at Lincoln Center creates a spatial experience that celebrates this vital cultural institution’s mission to entertain, enrich, and expand a global community for Jazz through performance, education, and advocacy. Join Ennead partner Molly McGowan and Minh Kim Tran to explore the elegant new Mica and Ahmet Ertegun Atrium and the Ertegun Jazz Hall of Fame, and take in sweeping views of Columbus Circle and Central Park.

Open House New York's Monograph in Motion is an ongoing series that explores the work of New York design firms to understand how ideas about design and urbanism are expressed through a firm's buildings and how those ideas evolve over time and across multiple projects. Learn more about our third installment with Ennead Architects here.

 

Photo courtesy of Gotham West

 

The Final Mile: Gotham West Market
Hell’s Kitchen, Manhattan
Tuesday, March 8, 2016
6:30 pm

Join Chris Jaskiewicz, COO of Gotham Organization and President of Gotham West Market, to hear about why the Gotham Organization decided to anchor their new residential skyscraper on Manhattan’s west side with a new food hall. Learn about how the Gotham West Market team works to curate a roster of artisan vendors and restaurants that serve a variety of cuisines to create a space that is active throughout the day and into the night, and how the space interacts with the rapidly changing neighborhood that surrounds it, with a highly transparent façade, outdoor seating, and the incorporation of a spacious showroom for NYC Velo.

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.

 

Photo courtesy of ICRAVE

 

The Final Mile: Le District
Lower Manhattan
Thursday, March 3, 2016
6:30 pm

Le District, a 30,000-sf food hall that celebrates the best of French fare, was specifically designed to extend Manhattan’s street life indoors, drawing on the city’s vitality to re-position the iconic Brookfield Place complex in the resurgent neighborhood surrounding the World Trade Center site. Join ICRAVE founder and CEO Lionel Ohayon and HPH Hospitality owner Peter Poulakakos to learn about how the design, lighting, and management of the market have merged a series of overlapping culinary-specific stations, cafes, gardens, bars, and restaurants to create an immersive dining and shopping environment that responds to the growing interest in aspirational eating.

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.

 

Photo courtesy of Berg’n

 

The Final Mile: Berg’n
Crown Heights, Brooklyn
Wednesday, February 24, 2016
6:30 pm

Berg’n, a new food hall in Brooklyn, anchors a historic Studebaker factory that was redeveloped in 2014 into creative office space, with a unique mix of food and beverage vendors designed to give tenants a place to meet and socialize. Join Selldorf Architects partners Lisa Green and Sara Lopergolo to learn about how the design of the space reflects the way that New Yorkers are interacting around food today, and how the layout and warm but sophisticated aesthetic reflect the way that new technology is driving people to seek out social spaces that are flexible and informal.

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.

 

 


Photo courtesy of TPG Architecture

 

The Final Mile: Eataly
Flatiron, Manhattan
Friday, February 19, 2016
9:00 am

The opening of Eataly on Madison Square Park in 2010 could be seen retroactively as a harbinger of things to come. Billed as the largest Italian marketplace in the world, Eataly’s 50,000-sf includes space for seven restaurants, two coffee bars, a Nutella bar, bakery, Mozzerella lab, a mix of food purveyors, and extensive classroom space. Its phenomenal success—more than 15,000 people visit every weekday, 25,000 on weekends—kicked New York’s appetite for food halls into high gear. Join Diana Revkin, managing director of the retail studio at TPG Architects, to learn about this trailblazing food hall on a tour that will explore the space from an architectural perspective, touching on planning strategies, infrastructure challenges, urban archeology, the department store analogy, and the true meaning of collaborative process.

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.

 

 

Photo by Floto + Warner

 

OHNY Preview: National Sawdust
Williamsburg, Brooklyn
Tuesday, December 1, 2015
Tours at 6:00 and 7:00 pm

Join Bureau V principal Peter Zuspan for a tour of the Brooklyn-based firm's first completed building, the home of National Sawdust, a new artist-led nonprofit devoted to discovery. Explore the acoustically-driven chamber hall and recording space that Bureau V created within the shell of a 1930s sawdust factory in Williamsburg. The tour will also be joined by Arup principal Raj Patel, who worked with Bureau V to craft an enriched acoustic experience within the space.

 

 

Photo by David Sundberg/ESTO

 

Monograph in Motion–Dattner Architects: New 34th Street / Hudson Yards Subway Station
Hudson Yards, Manhattan
Tuesday, November 17, 2015
6:00 pm

The first new stop added to the New York City subway in more than a quarter-century sets a new standard for the system, and features a site-specific artwork by Xenobia Bailey, commissioned by MTA Arts & Design. Designed by Dattner Architects in collaboration with WSP | Parsons Brinckerhoff, the station opened on September 13, 2015. Hear from Dattner’s Beth Greenberg and Emily Kotsaftis about how abundant indirect light and column-free spaces were employed to engender a sense of safety and openness unusual in a deep underground station.

 

 

Photo by Vanni Archive Architectural Photography

 

Monograph in Motion–Dattner Architects: CAMBA Housing Ventures’ 97 Crooke Avenue / Reverend Dan Ramm Residence
Flatbush, Brooklyn
Tuesday, November 10, 2015
9:00 am

Join Dattner Architects’ William Stein and Catherine Selby to learn about how they worked within a unique, long-vacant triangular lot along an MTA subway line in Flatbush, Brooklyn, to create a sustainable, nine-story building containing 53 units of affordable and supportive housing for lower-income community residents and formerly homeless individuals who are exiting the City’s shelter system. The award-winning project, developed by nonprofit CAMBA Housing Ventures, features on-site social services provided by CAMBA, a landscaped rear yard and roof terrace, and a robust art collection.

Open House New York's Monograph in Motion is an ongoing series of public tours that celebrates the work of design firms that have had a significant impact on New York City's built environment. Learn more about our second installment with Dattner Architects here.

 

Rendering courtesy of Dattener Architects

 

Monograph in Motion–Dattner Architects: Feirstein Graduate School of Cinema, Brooklyn College at Steiner Studios
Brooklyn Navy Yard, Brooklyn
Tuesday, November 3, 2015
6:00 pm

Housed on the top floors of a recently restored former naval building and crowned with a “grand forum” featuring sweeping views over Wallabout Bay, Brooklyn College’s brand new Feirstein Graduate School of Cinema is a state-of-the-art facility at the Steiner Studios complex within the Brooklyn Navy Yard that contains full production and post production spaces, including sound-editing rooms, a foley studio, and sound stage. Join Dattner Architects’ Daniel HeubergerMia Lee, and Maya Maxwell for a tour of New York City’s first public graduate film school, and the only school of its kind on a working film lot.

Open House New York's Monograph in Motion is an ongoing series of public tours that celebrates the work of design firms that have had a significant impact on New York City's built environment. Learn more about our second installment with Dattner Architects here.

 

 
2015 Open House New York Weekend
Saturday and Sunday, October 17-18, 2015
Citywide
 
On October 17-18, Open House New York Weekend will open up hundreds of sites across the five boroughs for tours and talks. OHNY Weekend celebrates the best of New York City architecture and engages the public in a conversation about the importance of design, planning, and preservation to the future of the city.
 
 

Photo by Mitch Waxman
 
Newtown Creek Boat Tour
Departs from East 35th Street Ferry Terminal
Thursday, September 3, 2015 
Tours at 5:00 and 7:00 pm
 
In its heyday in the years leading up to World War II, the 3.8-mile Newtown Creek was one of the busiest commercial waterways in the United States, second only to the Mississippi River in tonnage. Today, the creek is better known as one of the most polluted waterways in the country. As the dividing line between Brooklyn and Queens, Newtown Creek is now at the center of some of the most rapidly changing neighborhoods in the city.
 
Open House New York invites you on a boat tour up the creek to learn about its history, the bridges that cross it, the thriving industrial districts that line its banks, and what is in store for its future. Join NYC Department of Environmental Protection's Frank Loncar for a presentation about Greenpoint's iconic Newtown Creek Wastewater Treatment Plant - the largest of fourteen in the city - followed by a discussion of the area's industrial legacy with Newtown Creek Alliance Historian Mitch Waxman and Program Manager Will Elkins.
 
 
Photo by David Berkowitz
 
The Final Mile: Moore Street Market
Williamsburg, Brooklyn
Friday, August 28, 2015 
4:00 - 5:00 pm 
 
Brooklyn’s Moore Street Market, built in 1941 as part of a city-wide network of public retail markets, is one of only four that still remain. Today “La Marqueta de Williamsburg” is a neighborhood institution, known by local residents for its lunch counters serving up a range of Latin dishes, stalls selling traditional ingredients like tubers and plantains, and fresh baked goods from Body & Soul Vegan Bakery and Reconnect Bakery. Join Cindy VandenBosch, President of Turnstile Tours, who has spent the past several years documenting and leading tours about the market’s history, its vendors, and their culinary traditions, to learn about the market’s relationship with the community and local food systems, including Brooklyn’s “Avenue of Puerto Rico” and local food manufacturing businesses. This tour will also be joined by Betty Cooney, Executive Director of the Graham Avenue BID, and Lisa Thompson, Markets Manager for NYCEDC to learn about the market's relationship with the community and local food systems. 
 
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.
 
 
Photo by Robin Nagle
 
Summer Reception: Hamilton Avenue Marine Transfer Station
Gowanus, Brooklyn
Tuesday, August 18, 2015 
6:00 - 8:30 pm 
 
Open House New York invites you to its 2015 Summer Reception, a special event for OHNY members. Join us for a special preview of the Hamilton Avenue Marine Transfer Station, a critical piece of the city's sanitation infrastructure scheduled to open next year.
 
When it becomes operational in 2016, the Hamilton Avenue MTS in Gowanus will be the transfer point for household waste from ten Brooklyn community boards. This brand new facility, which replaces an older MTS on the site, is a key element of the city's 20-year Solid Waste Management Plan.
 
Tour the cavernous facility before it opens with officials from the New York City Department of Sanitation, to learn how our waterways are key to the city's environmental sustainable waste disposal infrastructure. Light refreshments to follow on a waterfront platform beneath towering cranes that will soon load hundreds of tons of waste each day onto waiting barges.
 
Open House New York gratefully acknowledges the New York City Department of Sanitation (DSNY) for making this event possible. For more information about the DSNY, and to learn about the vital role that the department plays in keeping New York City safe and clean, visit www.nyc.gov/dsny.
 
 
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.
 
 
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.
 
 
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.
 
 
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.
 
 

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.

Check out photos from the weekend on our Facebook page.

 

Making it Here: Long Island City Neighborhood Tour
Friday, September 5, 2014

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. Vertical Urban Factory's Nina Rappaport led a walking tour of historic industrial sites, from the former power station to the gantries and the iconic Pepsi Sign, and visited several niche manufacturers thriving in the area today, including a brewery, a fabricator, and a woodworker. This tour was part of Making it Here. Click here to learn more about the series.

 

Making it Here: Martin Greenfield Clothiers
Monday, August 18, 2014

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. Participants toured the factory floor with Vice President Tod Greenfield and learned 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 was part of Making it Here. Click here to learn more about the series.

Missed the event? Check out our tour recap on our Blog.

 

Making it Here: Port Morris Neighborhood Tour
Friday, August 15, 2014

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. Stephane Hyacinthe of SoBRO, the organization that manages all five Bronx IBZs, led a tour of several factories in the historic Port Morris area and showed how space for manufacturers is being safeguarded in the South Bronx. This tour was part of Making it Here. Click here to learn more about the series.

Missed the event? Check out our tour recap on our Blog.

 

OHNY Summer Reception: Green-Wood Cemetery
Wednesday, August 13, 2014
 
Open House New York held its annual Summer Reception, a special event for OHNY members, at the rarely opened catacombs in Green-Wood Cemetery. Members toured the verdant grounds and learned about the rich history of the site, its remarkable architecture, and the fascinating figures in New York culture who are buried there. Afterwards, members enjoyed light refreshments while exploring the candlelit catacombs.

 

New York Art Deco Scavenger Hunt
Saturday, August 9, 2014

Open House New York and the Art Deco Society of New York held the first-ever citywide New York Art Deco Scavenger Hunt. Participants explored the city and took photographs of some of the most stunning Art Deco buildings that New York - the capital of the Art Deco movement - has to offer.
  
Prizes
- 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.

Check out photos from the event on our Facebook page.

 

Making it Here: Red Hook Neighborhood Tour
Friday, August 8, 2014

Participants walked 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 focused on land use issues in an industrial neighborhood and the relationships between design and production. This tour was part of Making it Here. Click here to learn more about the series.

Missed the event? Check out our tour recap on our Blog.

 

East River Boat Tour with WXY and SHoP
Saturday, August 2, 2014

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. Open House New York led its annual summer boat tour up the East River for a discussion about architecture and urban design along this revitalized waterway.

Speakers included 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.

Missed the event? Check out photos on our Facebook page.

 

Making it Here: National Elevator Cab & Door Factory Tour
Friday, August 1, 2014

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. Participants learned 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 was part of Making it Here. Click here to learn more about the series.

Missed the event? Check out our tour recap on our Blog.

 

Making it Here: Edison Price Factory Tour
Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Edison Price Lighting has designed and manufactured innovative, energy-efficient architectural lighting fixtures since 1952. Vertical Urban Factory curator and project director Nina Rappaport led 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 was part of Making it Here. Click here to learn more about the series.

Missed the tour? Check out our recap on our blog here.

 

Making it Here: Greenpoint Manufacturing & Design Center
Friday, June 20, 2014

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. Participants joined 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 was part of Making it Here. Click here to learn more about the series.

Missed the tour? Check out our recap on our blog.
 

 

Making it Here: Brooklyn Navy Yard
Friday, June 6, 2014

We spent the morning exploring the sprawling Brooklyn Navy Yard campus, considered a model 21st-century industrial park. The program included 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 was part of Making it Here.  Click here to learn more about the series.

Missed the tour? Check out our recap on our blog here.
 

 

OHNY Gowanus Boat Tour
Sunday, June 1, 2014

What happens when one of New York City's most polluted waterways starts to transition from industrial zone to mixed-use neighborhood? David Briggs of Gowanus by Design and Hans Hesselein of the Gowanus Canal Conservancy led an OHNY boat tour up the Gowanus Canal - "Brooklyn's coolest SuperFund Site" – and showed how the challenges created by dirty industry in the 20th century are being addressed through 21st century urban design strategies.

 

Making it Here: Brooklyn Army Terminal
Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Participants joined 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 was part of Making it Here. Click here to learn more about the series.

Missed the tour? Check out our recap on our blog here.
 

 

Making it Here: Standard Motors Building
Friday, May 16, 2014

Touring a variety of niche manufacturing spaces, along with Brooklyn Grange’s expansive rooftop farm, with Vertical Urban Factory curator and project director Nina Rappaport, participants learned about how and why private developer Acumen Capital Partners LLC invested in the revitalization of New York’s industrial infrastructure. This tour was part of Making it Here. Click here to learn more about the series.

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Hidden in Plain Sight
The Art Deco Murals of Hildreth Meière

Sunday, May 18, 2014

Participants were invited to rediscover the work of Hildreth Meière (1892-1961), one of the most acclaimed American decorative artists of the 20th century, during a Sunday afternoon 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.
 
Organized by Open House New York and the International Hildreth Meière Association, this event coincided with the publication of The Art Deco Murals of Hildreth Meière (Andrea Monfried Editions).
 
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OHNY Preview: Edible Schoolyard at P.S. 216
Saturday, April 25, 2014

Sam Dufaux from WORKac and Kathryn Heaberg from Edible Schoolyard NYC led a members-only tour of New York City’s first Edible Schoolyard at P.S. 216, the Arturo Toscanini School in Gravesend, Brooklyn. Members explored the half-acre organic garden, kitchen classroom, and greenhouse, and learned 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.

 

Seaport Series: Historic Front Street
Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Rick Cook, principal of COOKFOX Architects, led 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. Participants went inside one of the apartments, toured the interior courtyards, and learned about how the neighborhood's rich history informs the architecture of its revitalization today, and how Historic Front Street's post-Sandy retrofit provided a model for post-disaster recovery in historic areas in the future.

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OHNY Preview: Sims Sunset Park Material Recovery Facility
Saturday, April 26, 2014

Tom Outerbridge, General Manager of Sims Municipal Recycling, and Annabelle Selldorf, Principal of Selldorf Architects, led 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 serves 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 arrive by barge, and an education center, where students learn about recycling.

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OHNY Preview: Brooklyn Bridge Park Piers 2 and 4
Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Regina Myer, President of the Brooklyn Bridge Park Corporation; Patricia Kirshner, VP of Capital Planning and Construction; and Leigh Trucks, Director of Capital Projects, led two back-to-back members-only previews of Pier 2 and Pier 4 Beach, the latest phase of Brooklyn Bridge Park. Pier 2 offers five-acres of recreational space, while Pier 4 Beach includes an accessible beach for launching kayaks and small water crafts. The tour highlighted the park's consistent commitment to waterfront access, sustainability and continuity of the industrial heritage of the site.

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openstudios Flatiron District
Saturday, April 12, 2014

Participants were invited 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. Participants visited the spaces where architects work, saw new projects in the design phase, and met the individuals who are helping to shape the city's future.

 
 
 
Seaport Series: Archaeology in the Seaport

March 31, 2014

Alyssa Loorya, president and principal investigator of Chrysalis Archaeological Consultants, led a unique 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 ended with a rare, hands-on survey of recent archaeological finds.

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Seaport Series: Repairing the Rift
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 partnered with WXY Architecture + Urban Design's Adam Lubinsky and artist and designer Yeju Choi for a walking tour that explored 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.

Open House New York's Seaport Series explored 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.

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OHNY Previews: New School University Center
March 1, 2014
 

OHNY members had an exclusive 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. The tour took participants through 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, they explored 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.

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Renee and Chaim Gross Foundation
February 27, 2014
 

Gross Foundation's executive director Dr. Susan Fisher took participants on a tour of the house-museum of American sculptor Chaim Gross (1904-91). 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 visited 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
February 20, 2014
 

OHNY members were taken on 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 explored the campus buildings' elaborate exterior ornamentation as well as interior spaces like Shepard Hall's Great Hall - marked 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 ended at the exhibition with remarks by Dean Ranalli, the exhibition's curator.

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OHNY Icons: Brooklyn Public Library
February 12, 2014
 

OHNY members were taken on 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 began 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.

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OHNY Preview: Lakeside at Prospect Park
December 7, 2013
 
OHNY members previewed 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. Check our livetweet and photos from the tour here.
 
 
 
What is the South Street Seaport?
A talk and tour with Robert LaValva
November 24, 2013
 
Open House New York launched 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 gave a presentation and 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.
 
 
 
OHNY East River Boat Tour
August 28, 2013
 
In the second of it's two part summer boat tour series, OHNY cruised up the East River with guest commentators Justin Davidson, New York Magazine architecture critic; Robert Balder, executive director of Cornell University's Architecture Art and Planning program in New York City; Andrew Winters, Director of Capital Projects and Planning of Cornell NYC Tech; Deborah Marton, Senior Vice President of Programs for the New York Restoration Project, and Phillip Orton, research scientist at the Stevens Institute of Technology. In addition to learning about new architecture and development along the waterfront, this tour also considered the city's changing approaches to building along its edges in response to Hurricane Sandy and rising sea levels. Click here to view photos from the boat. 
 
 
NYC Department of Transportation Sign Shop
August 13, 2013
 
OHNY members got a first-hand look at the production and refurbishment process of NYC DOT's street signs at the NYC DOT's Sign Shop in Maspeth, Queens. Responsible for outfitting New York City's 6,000 miles of streets and roadways with the signs that point New Yorkers in the right direction, the Shop is responsible for traffic, whether on foot, bike, or motor vehicle. OHNY members learned how a a sign is made from start to finish, and how a crew of 22 employees fabricates 9,000-12,000 signs a month for all five boroughs. Click here for a glimpse of how NYC street signs are made. 
 
 
Governors Island Hard Hat Tour
August 8, 2013
 
OHNY and the Trust for Governors Island partnered for a special hardhat tour for OHNY members, allowing visitors to walk to through the construction site and leaner about the experience of collaborating on the design of the new park by West 8, directly from Ellen Cavanagh, Director of Planning at the Trust for Governors Island.  Beginning at Soisson's Landing by the ferry docks and concluding on the new viewing balcony, this tour allowed visitors to experience new views and landscape of the Island. 
 
 
 
An Architectural Tour Up the Hudson
July 30, 2013
 
In the first of its two-part summer boat tour series OHNY cruised up the majestic Hudson River with special guest commentators Tom Mellins, architectural historian and curator, and Bill Miller, maritime historian and author. On this architectural tour of Manhattan's West Side, participants viewed and heard the stories and histories behind two centuries of waterfront development along the Hudson. Click here to view photos from the boat. 
 
 
 
The Divine Climb
July 20, 2013
 
OHNY summer favorite, the Divine Climb at the Cathedral Church of St. John the Divine retuned. The tour allowed participants to climb the Guastavino spiral staircase at the eastern end to get to the closest possible view of the Cathedral's stained glass windows and descend into the normally off-limits unfinished crypt. At the western end, visitors experienced amazing views down the entire length of the world's largest cathedral. Click here to view photos from the tour. 
 
 
 
NYC Department of Transportation Traffic Management Center
July 16, 2013
 
OHNY members got to feel the pulse of the city up close at the NYC DOT's Traffic Management Center. Home to 12,500 traffic signals and 250 real-time traffic cameras, TMC operates 24/7 year-round to manage traffic, respond to incidents and adjust signal timing in real time. Visitors watched the cutting-edge technology that keeps New York moving in action, and learned about how the city's traffic control system is continuously maintained. Click here to view photos from the tour. 
 
 
 
Membership-Launch Reception at TWA Flight Center at JFK Airport
June 21, 2013
 
OHNY, in partnership with the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, once again opened up the Eero Saarinen's TWA Flight Center for a rare tour and reception to celebrate the launch of OHNY's new membership program. Click here to see photos of the event. 
 
 
 
Inside the Internet
June 3, 2013
 
Andrew Blum, journalist and author of Tubes: A Journey to the Center of the Internet, and John Gilbert, Chief Operating Officer and Executive Vice President of Rudin Management led an extremely rare tour of one of the Internet's major hubs, the historic AT&T Long Lines building at 32 Avenues of the Americas. 
 
 
 

openstudios Lower Manhattan
May 18, 2013

OHNY, in celebrating Lower Manhattan as a hub of design creativity and innovation, presented openstudios Lower Manhattan. Attendees visited the workspaces of architects, designers, and engineers in the neighborhood and talked to the people who are helping to shape the future of New York City. This event was organized as part of NYCxDESIGN, a new citywide event celebrating NYC as an international design capital.

 

2nd Annual Modern Architecture & Design Scavenger Hunt
March 9, 2013

OHNY and Docomomo US teamed up again for the second year in a row to present this exciting scavenger hunt. Teams spent the day exploring the city and taking photographs of the best examples of modern architecture and design in New York City. Starting at Room & Board Soho and ending at Trespa Design Center, the hunt went across all of Manhattan and into the outer boroughs. Read a recap of the event on our blog.

 

Woolwoth Building Tour
January 29, 2013

OHNY celebrated the 100th anniversary of the Woolworth Building by presenting a special tour of the building's lobby and lower levels. The tour concluded with a champagne reception in the 21st floor-offices of Control Group.

 

Andrew Moore: Images of Governors Island
September 15, 2012

OHNY and the Trust for Governors Island presented an illustrated talk by the renowned photographer Andrew Moore. In 2003-2004, Moore was commissioned by the Public Art Fund, the Municipal Art Society, and the Governors Island Preservation and Education Corporation (the predecessor to the Trust for Governors Island) to document the abandoned buildings of Governors Island to show how the military and their families lived on the island for centuries.

 

Christopher Payne: North Brother Island & One Steinway Place
September 13, 2012

Photographer Christopher Payne presented an illustrated talk about his current work. North Brother Island: The Last Unknown Place in New York City, and One Steinway Place. In the past decade, Payne has become a leading photographer of forgotten places, and with these projects he continues his exploration by offering rare glimpses into two places few New Yorkers have ever seen.

 

OHNY Other Islands Boat Tour

August 22, 2012


OHNY teamed up with journalists Sharon Seitz and Stuart Miller, co-authors of The Other Islands of New York City: A History and Guide, on a boat tour up the East River. The tour focused on the many "other islands" of New York City from the forgotten islands, like Mill Rock, to the infamous, like Rikers, from Roosevelt, an island with a flourishing community, to North Brother, an island that is now populated only by birds.

 

openstudios Red Hook
July 28, 2012

The fourth event in the openstudios series took place in Red Hook, Brooklyn. Participants explored the diverse businesses and studios found on the historic, cobble stone streets and buildings. The studios included creative display builders, upholsterers, metal workers, industrial designers, furniture designers, glassblowers and more. A reception was held at Botanica sponsored by the Red Hook Winery.

 

The Divine Climb - a special tour of St. John the Divine
June 16, 2012

OHNY and the Cathedral Church of St. John the Divine collaborated to present a behind-the-scenes tour designed specially for Open House New York led by experienced docents. Participants experienced the normally inaccessible spaces of the world's largest cathedral. The guided tour discussed the history and design of the cathedral during the ascent of both the eastern and western ends. The tour included scaling Rafael Guastavino’s beautiful spiral staircase and finished with a view of the unfinished crypt.

 

openstudios Brooklyn Navy Yard
May 12, 2012

The third event in the openstudios series was in the Brooklyn Navy Yard. Organized in conjunction with the Architect's Newspaper and the Brooklyn Navy Yard Center at BLDG 92, the gates to the Yard were opened to introduce visitors to the studios, galleries and shops of the artists and artisans for one special afternoon. Visitors enjoyed a self-guided tour of the studios while taking in the historic Navy ship building facility that is now a model urban industrial park. Afterward, a reception was held at BLDG 92.

 

openstudios Hudson Square
March 31, 2012

The second event in the openstudios series was held in Hudson Square. Organized in conjunction with the Architect's Newspaper and the Hudson Square BID, architecture & design studios opened their doors. Participants learned about each firms projects, inspirations and working methods during a self-guided afternoon tour. Following the event, a reception was hosted by SUPERSTRUCTURES Engineers+Architects.

 

Long Island City Factory Tour: Edison Price
March 9, 2012

OHNY and curator, architectural critic and educator, Nina Rappaport organized a tour of Edison Price Lighting factory in Long Island City. Nina's research explores how architectural and urban design can address manufacturing issues in cities. Representatives and lighting engineers from Edison Price provided a behind-the-scenes look at the lighting design company and factory. Read more on our blog.

 

openstudios DUMBO
February 25, 2012

OHNY kicked off its new openstudios series in DUMBO, Brooklyn. Organized in conjunction with The Architect's Newspaper, Two Trees Development and the DUMBO Improvement District, over twenty-five architecture & design studios opened their doors. Participants learned about each firms projects, inspirations and working methods during a self-guided afternoon tour. A reception was hosted by Garrison Architects in the evening. Read more on our blog.

 

EverGreene Architectural Arts Conservation & Restoration Tour
February 21, 2012

OHNY and EverGreene Architectural Arts teamed up to present a tour of the studio’s design, mural and conservation space. Participants saw work in progress including studies, drawings, color boards, renderings, models, samples, attachment system design and mockups. EverGreene employees provided an in-depth look at how the conservation, restoration and design of new architectural elements is a balancing act between 21st century needs and a commitment to historical authenticity.

 

Architecture & Design Scavenger Hunt
February 11, 2012

OHNY and Docomomo US teamed up to present a scavenger hunt across Manhattan and beyond. Hunters spent the day exploring the city and taking photographs in front of examples of modern architecture and design. They learned about the historical buildings, spaces and found out about the architects and designers that have made major contributions to the cityscape. Each team competed to get the most points to win exciting prizes. The hunt started at Room & Board in SoHo and ended at Spring Natural Kitchen on the Upper West Side. Read mroe on our blog.

 

Battery Park City Green Tour
January 21, 2012

OHNY and licensed tour guide, Bob Gelber, hosted a walk in Battery Park City, the first mandated "green" neighborhood in New York City. Participants learned about LEED certification rules and levels. The highlight of the tour was a behind-the-scenes tour of Riverhouse, a luxury, Gold LEED certified building. The tour ended at the Irish Hunger Memorial, the only "living memorial” in New York City.

 

Marriott Marquis Tour
January 19, 2012

OHNY, Portman and the New York Marriott Marquis hosted a behind-the-scenes tour of the New York Marriott Marquis led by Mickey Steinberg, Development Director of the hotel during its construction. Visitors saw the monumental atrium, hotel kitchens, the Broadway Ballroom and the exclusive JW Marriott Suite. The tour concentrated on the design and development of the building that helped to ignite the revitalization of Times Square. Read more on our blog.

 

Woolworth Building Tour
November 16, 2011

OHNY and Control Group were proud to present an exclusive behind-the-scenes tour of the Woolworth Building led by resident historian Roy Suskin. Tour stops included Frank Woolworth’s original office, the 43rd floor observation deck, the vault and the indoor swimming pool, among others. The tour concluded with a complimentary drink at The Wooly. Read more on our blog.

 

The Standard New York Tour
October 28, 2011

The eighteen-story, concrete and glass structure defines the identity of the Standard Hotel and engages its urban context through contrast. The building straddles the High Line, an abandoned section of a 75-year-old elevated railroad line, which passes over the Meatpacking District and today is the city’s newest linear public park. The tour, led by Ennead Architects, featured the lounge on the 18th floor, pool, rooftop and other areas of the hotel not accessible to the public.

The program was organized by Open House New York in affiliation with Archtober.

 

Lower East Side Walking Tour featuring the Switch Building 
October 17, 2011

The 2009 AIA Merit award Switch Building by nArchitects was the first in a wave of outstanding architect designed residential buildings built on the Lower East Side. In the vicinity, 115 Norfolk Street by Grzywinkski+Pons and Bernard Tschumi's big Blue glass building make Norfolk street an innovative design hub of lower Manhattan.  The Lower East Side has long been a place of housing experimentation. This tour examined new housing prototypes in the area with nArchitects. 

The program was organized by Open House New York in affiliation with Archtober.

 

7 World Trade Center Tour
October 3, 2011

7 World Trade Center is NYC's first LEED certified office building. The tour focused on the design features of the building and included a visit to the WTC Marketing Center on the 10th floor, which has large-scale models and interactive videos about the project and the surrounding buildings. The tour ended on the 48th floor, one of the high raw floors of 7 WTC with exceptional, sweeping views of the city. Read more on our blog.

The program was organized by Open House New York in affiliation with Archtober.

 

OHNY Sunset Boat Tour
September 19, 2011

Highlighting on the cruise ship industry in NYC, the tour featured a waterside view of the Queen Elizabeth. Bill Miller, renowned ocean liner expert, discussed life on board the transatlantic ship and the history of the ocean liners of the past. Maritime photographer and licensed captain Jonathan Atkin joined us as a special harbor salute horn blast for OHNY was heard. Representatives from Sandy Hook Pilots explained how the cruise ship maneuvered through the harbor into open waters. The tour ended in the Erie Basin where Betsy Haggerty, former editor of Offshore Magazine, discussed the history of the Basin and the Erie Canal.

 

Place setting: Urban farming at its finest
September 13, 2011

The event was an evening of cocktails and hors d’oeuvres at the most rural of urban settings: Brooklyn Grange in Long Island City. In anticipation of the 9th Annual OHNY Weekend and to celebrate the end of summer, OHNY teamed up with the Consulate General of Israel to host a bon voyage summer soirée in true OHNY-style. Israeli chef Einat Admony of Balaboosta prepared a special tasting menu with vegetables and herbs picked from the farm that day. The event included tours of the farm, live music, and spectacular views of the Manhattan skyline. Read our Field Trip Friday post of Brooklyn Grange.

 

FamilyDay@theCenter: Exploring Governors Island
August 20, 2011

Organized by OHNY and the Center for Architecture Foundation, the Family Day took families to Governors Island, a fabulous getaway just minutes from Manhattan by ferry. The day included visits to historic forts and Victorian houses. The tour discussed the past uses and future plans for the island.

 

Hidden Harbor Tour® with the Working Harbor Committee
August 16, 2011

OHNY in collaboration The Working Harbor Committee explored the Brooklyn waterfront and New York Harbor – places that are normally hidden from the eyes of most residents and visitors. The tour explored the Brooklyn waterfront down to Sunset Park, over to Kill Van Kull and Howland Hook, back to Military Ocean and Global Marine Terminals and finally, past the Statue of Liberty on a two hour cruise. Narrated by Captain John Doswell, the tour focused on the built environment of the New York harbor and waterways and the maritime industry, both past and present. A final swing past the State of Liberty at sunset created a wonderful end to the tour. Read more on our blog.

 

Exploring Harlem’s Black and Jewish Music Culture
August 11, 2011

Organized by OHNY and Harlem One Stop and led by John Reddick, this tour explored sites associated with Harlem’s Black and Jewish music culture in Sugar Hill-Hamilton Heights and Central Harlem. For many, the prevailing music history associated with Harlem revolves around the Apollo Theater, beginning with Frank Schiffman and Leo Brecher taking over the Apollo in 1935. However, beginning in the early 1900's Harlem’s 125th Street hosted several theaters, including Oscar Hammerstein’s, Harlem Opera House, Hurtig & Seamon’s Burlesque, Weber & Fields’, West End Theatre and the Alhambra Theater. The tour ended with an evening of live music at the Tian at the Riverbank Restaurant. Read more on our blog.

 

Evening at Newtown Creek Raffle
July 28, 2011

The largest of New York City’s 14 wastewater treatment plants, Newtown Creek is in the midst of a technological and aesthetic transformation. Its stainless steel digester “eggs” dominate the local skyline to demonstrate that with care, even the most utilitarian infrastructure can be an elegant combination of engineering and art. With the cooperation of Ennead Architects and OHNY, the Department of Environmental Protection opened up one of our city’s unexpected architectural gems, offering a tour to the top of Newtown’s digester eggs at dusk, to experience the dramatic lighting design of the Plant and of the New York City skyline.

 

Explore NYC’s Naturally Occurring Cultural Districts Series
El Puente, South Williamsburg/Los Sures

June 18, 2011

El Puente is a community human rights institution that promotes leadership for peace and justice through the engagement of youth and adult members in the arts, education, scientific research, wellness & environmental action. As a place-based organization with deep roots in the neighborhood, El Puente’s six sites have grown into hubs of community action in multiple areas—in line with El Puente’s principle of holistic learning. The tour went through Los Sures, or the Southside of Williamsburg, and highlighted the rich history of indigenous arts and culture that springs forth from self-determination including the beautiful outdoor murals of Los Muralsitas, local community garden Espiritu Tierra, and the favorite haunts of El Puente CADRE (Community Artists’ Development & Resource Exchange) members.

 

Five Year Volunteers Recognition Reception
June 14, 2011

This event was a special reception to honor the contributions of OHNY’s Five-Year Volunteers, who received a tour of the Central Park Arsenal with Gary Rozman and a special commemorative pin. Read a recap of the event here.

 

Explore NYC’s Naturally Occurring Cultural Districts Series
Greenpoint Manufacturing and Design Center, Greenpoint

May 21, 2011

The Greenpoint Manufacturing and Design Center’s (GMDC) flagship project is a 300,000 square foot complex of buildings built between 1868 and 1910 for the textile industry. When the City wanted to close the building in the 1980's after taking it in tax foreclosure, a group of industrial business and artist tenants came together with community organizations and elected officials to shape a redevelopment plan that would convert the property into an arts and industry center, managed by the non-profit GMDC. Today, the Manhattan Avenue complex has 75 small business and artisan tenants, and 350 employees from adjacent communities working here. The tour included a walk through the building and meeting some of the artisanal businesses that call GMDC home. Read more on our blog.

 

OHNY Annual Benefit
May 18, 2011

 

An evening of cocktails, hors d’oeuvres and auction at the DiMenna Center for Classical Music, designed by H3 Hardy Collaboration Architecture in the Baryshnikov Arts Center. Honoring acclaimed architect Hugh Hardy, renowned artist Red Grooms and Leslie Koch, President of The Trust for Governors Island. Together, they represent the architectural and artistic creativity that exemplifies OHNY and New York City. The gala included a live auction featuring works by contemporary artists and designers as well as private tours of several New York iconic landmarks. A special performance by world-renowned violinist Anne Akiko Meyers  as well as music by Project Trio were two highlights of the evening.

 

Explore NYC’s Naturally Occurring Cultural Districts Series
Fourth Arts Block, East Village

April 30, 2011

Fourth Arts Block (FAB) is rooted in the Lower East Side’s long history of hosting community and cultural spaces that served marginalized immigrants, artists, and activists. In the 1960's and 70's, East 4th Street coalesced as a center for experimental theater and film. Four decades later, the block’s cultural groups founded FAB to preserve and develop these historic arts spaces. The tour went through East 4th Street theaters and discussed how FAB weaves the arts with neighboring small businesses to strengthen a distinctive East Village cultural and community identity.

 

The Setai Fifth Avenue with Gwathmey Siegel
March 2, 2011

Designed by Gwathmey Siegel & Associates Architects, the Setai Fifth Avenue Hotel and Residences is a Capella Managed Hotel and is a project of Bizzi & Partners Development, who has created a luxurious addition to the historic Fifth Avenue commercial corridor. The 570,000 square foot 60-story building has 214 hotel rooms, including 157 guestrooms and 57 hotel suites. The tour included the light-filled lobby, restaurant as well as a bar and spa, and the uppermost floors of the tower, which houses 184 residential condominiums with sweeping vistas of the city and beyond.Principal, Robert Siegel and Senior Associate Greg Karn of Gwathmey Siegel & Associates Architects with Giuseppe Rossi, executive vice president of Bizzi & Partners, led the tour, explaining the multiple scale approach of the design. The tour concluded with drinks in the Residents’ Lounge. Read our Field Trip Friday post of the Setai Fifth Avenue.

 

Fifth Avenue with Andre Kikoski
February 23, 2011

Andre Kikoski Architect an award-winning Manhattan architecture firm, designed the interiors and four model homes of 1280 Fifth Avenue, the residential tower over the Museum for African Art authored by Robert A.M. Stern. Andre Kikoski Architect is recognized for the internationally acclaimed The Wright at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum. The interiors and model homes reflect the four seasons in Central Park, the building’s neighbor, and feature a unified palette of natural, renewable materials including teak wood, limestone, abalone shell tile, American black walnut and cypress wood.

Sculptural elements within are inspired by natural geometries and organic textures. The model homes feature furniture from the extensive collections of the venerated French manufacturer Ligne Roset, who provided assistance on the model home furniture. The twenty one-story 165,000 square-foot building is developed by Brickman. Andre Kikoski will lead the tour of the building’s interior, beginning at 6:30pm, followed by drinks.

 

Restoration and Renovation of St. Francis Xavier
February 5, 2011

Explore the restoration and renovation of the Church of Saint Francis Xavier, designed in an elaborate neo-Baroque style. The church, whose parish dates back to 1847, was designed by the noted architect Patrick Keely in 1878. The campaign for the restoration and preservation of the Church of St. Francis Xavier began in 2001. EverGreene Architectural Arts and Thomas A. Fenniman Architect completed this extensive restoration project in 2010. Fenniman was recently internationally honored byFaith & Form: The Interfaith Journal on Religion, Art and Architecture, whose jurors commented: “This is a colossal restoration, an incredible undertaking. It is ambitious yet respectful. Every detail has been lavished with attention.”

Tour the church with the restoration architect and artists and hear about the techniques involved in the conservation of the church’s 47 murals, the restoration of its 35 plaster statues of saints, the extensive stone and marble cleaning and repair, and on-site architectural paint conservation and decorative painting. Learn more about the rich history of the parish community with the capital campaign director whose documentary about the entire process will premier in April 2011.

 

69th Regiment Armory Tour
January 25, 2011

The 69th Regiment Armory is a National Historic Landmark that is home to the legendary “Fighting 69th” Infantry and houses numerous artifacts from its storied past. Tour this three-story brick fortress, designed by Hunt & Hunt in 1904, with the Regimental Historian, as well as members of the active battalion, veteran corps and historical roundtable. Learn about the 69th Regiment’s lineage, history, honors and traditions, including their ties to New York’s Irish community and the legendary Father Francis Patrick Duffy, and see a hand-written letter from President Lincoln and colorful WPA murals of scenes from the history of American warfare, among other displays. The tour will end at the Garryowen Club, ‘NYC’s most well-armed speakeasy’ according to Curbed, which will be open with live music.

 

OHNY Weekend Launch Party at the Centurion
October 8, 2010

The OHNY Weekend Launch Party kicked off the 8th Annual OHNY Weekend at the penthouse of The Centurion, located in Midtown and designed by Pei Partnership Architects with I.M. Pei, with drinks and light refreshments.

 

Ennead Architects: New York Designers Design New York – The Standard, New York
September 8, 2010

Ennead Architects (formerly Polshek Partnership) lead intimate tours of buildings throughout New York City that showcase the diversity of the firm’s acclaimed portfolio. Named the #1 best building of the decade by Curbed NY, The Standard, New York is an eighteen-story, concrete and glass structure that provides a sleek, modern counterpoint to the historic Meatpacking district. Already a landmark in the newly re-activated city fabric of the West Village, it has been heralded as “the kind of straightforward, thoughtfully conceived building that is all too rare in the City today.” Todd Schliemann, Partner in Ennead Architects and designer of the building, led the tour.

 

Ennead Architects: New York Designers Design New York – The Frederick Phineas and Sandra Priest Rose Center for Earth and Space
August 25, 2010

Ennead Architects (formerly Polshek Partnership) led intimate tours of buildings throughout New York City that showcase the diversity of the firm’s acclaimed portfolio. Celebrating its tenth anniversary, the Rose Center for Earth and Space redefined the American Museum of Natural History for the 21st century. The 87-foot in diameter sphere within a glass cube is an immediately recognizable icon of the institution and New York City. Within, an articulated spatial experience inspires visitors with an understanding of the wonders of the universe and the power of scientific inquiry.

 

Hidden Harbor Tour® with the Working Harbor Committee
August 10, 2010

Partnering with the  Working Harbor Committee, OHNY offered a boat tour of the Brooklyn waterfront and New York Harbor — places that are normally hidden from the eyes of most area residents and visitors. The tour explored the Brooklyn waterfront down to Sunset Park, over to Kill Van Kull and Howland Hook, back to Military Ocean and Global Marine Terminals and finally, past the Statue of Liberty on its way back to Pier 17. Narrated by Captain John Doswell, the tour will focused on the built environment of the New York harbor and waterways and the maritime industry, both past and present.

 

Family Day: Scavenger Hunt
July 17, 2010

OHNY and the Center for Architecture Foundation explored the neighborhood around the Center on an architectural scavenger hunt. Participants returned to the Center to create a treasure map of their discoveries.

 

Family Day: Exploring Governors Island
June 12, 2010

OHNY and the Center for Architecture Foundation explored Governor’s Island, visiting historic forts, Victorian houses and learning about past uses and future plans for the island. Families were encouraged to bring a picnic and stay on the island for the afternoon to enjoy the weekend-long art and cultural celebration FIGMENT.

 

Five Year Volunteers Recognition Event
May 18, 2010

A reception to honor the contributions of OHNY’s Five-Year Volunteers, who enjoyed a tour of the Central Park Arsenal with Bob Gelber and received a special commemorative pin.

 

Atlantic Avenue Tunnel Tours
April 17 & 18, 2010

OHNY and the Brooklyn Historic Railway Association offered special guided tours of the world’s oldest subway tunnel, built in 1844 and constructed in seven months using only hand tools and primitive equipment. Bob Diamond, who rediscovered the tunnel in 1980, led two tours through the half-mile long underground space.

 

FDR’s Funeral Train: a slide lecture and presentation by historian Robert Klara
April 7, 2010

Historian and author Robert Klara presented on one of the most overlooked events in American 20th-century history: the mysterious journey of Franklin D. Roosevelt’s funeral train. Klara, who provides the popular talks in the lobby of the Chrysler Building during the Annual OHNY Weekend, is the author of FDR’s Funeral Train: A Betrayed Widow, A Soviet Spy, and a Presidency in the Balance – a groundbreaking, inside look at the top-secret train that carried FDR’s body a thousand miles from Warm Springs, Georgia to Hyde Park, New York, in the spring of 1945.

 

Annual Benefit
March 23, 2010

OHNY hosts its 2010 Spring Benefit at the American Academy of Arts and Letters on March 23. The event was a rare opportunity to visit and tour the Academy’s grand beaux-arts buildings, with special access to the founding members’ room, the portrait gallery, the private library, its large terrace-level exhibition space, and a truly breath-taking 730-seat auditorium designed by Cass Gilbert. The gala included a silent auction featuring works by contemporary artists and designers as well as private tours of several New York iconic landmarks.

 

Place Setting: At Home with Donald Judd
March 11, 2010

This unique event was an opportunity to experience Judd’s astute sensibility, his vision for living and his manner of entertaining family, friends and fellow artists. Months before the building’s major restoration efforts begin, the Judd Foundation and chefs Nils Norén and Christina Wang of the French Culinary Institute co-hosted the evening at Donald Judd’s home and studio in SoHo with signature cocktails and a fusion of Mexican and Swedish hors d’oeuvres, reflecting Judd’s favorite cuisines.

 

Gangsters: Birth of Organized Crime in America
March 7 & 28, 2010

In collaboration with the Lower East Side History Project, OHNY offered a unique walking tour covering 150 years of crime and vice in NYC. Led by Eric Ferrara, executive director of the Lower East Side History Project and the East Village Visitors Center and author of A Guide to Gangsters, Murderers and Weirdos of New York City’s Lower East Side.

 

Atlantic Avenue Tunnel Tours
January 23, 24 & 30, 2010

OHNY and the Brooklyn Historic Railway Association offered special guided tours of the world’s oldest subway tunnel, built in 1844 and constructed in seven months using only hand tools and primitive equipment. Bob Diamond, who rediscovered the tunnel in 1980, led two tours through the half-mile long underground space.
 

 

2009 Events and Year Round Programs

For a list of past events prior to 2009, please see our archives.

 

Atlantic Avenue Tunnel Tours
November 21 & 22, 2009

OHNY and the Brooklyn Historic Railway Association offered special guided tours of the world’s oldest subway tunnel, built in 1844 and constructed in seven months using only hand tools and primitive equipment. Bob Diamond, who rediscovered the tunnel in 1980, led two tours through the half-mile long underground space.

 

OHNY Weekend Launch Party at the Visionaire
October 9, 2009

Kick off party for OHNY Weekend with spectacular views of the New York harbor and lower Manhattan from an expansive 3,655 sq ft condominium in the Visionaire, highlighting architect Pelli Clark Pelli’s Platinum LEED certified residential design.

 

Visual Acoustics Film Premiere at Cooper Union
October 5, 2009

Exclusive film premiere of Visual Acoustics, which celebrates the life and career of Julius Shulman, the world’s greatest architectural photographer, whose images brought modern architecture to the American mainstream. Held at the newest academic building of The Cooper Union, with an introduction by Director Eric Bricker.

 

John Johansen’s 93rd Birthday
June 27, 2009

For the architect’s 93rd birthday party, OHNY invited the public to visit and tour Johansen’s unique country house, a truncated and translucent fiberglass pyramid in Dutchess County. Johansen spoke about the house and his career and gave small group tours of the residence.

 

Five Year Volunteers Recognition Event
June 23, 2009

A reception to honor the contributions of OHNY’s Five-Year Volunteers, who enjoyed a tour of the Central Park Arsenal with Bob Gelber and received a special commemorative pin.

 

Tudor City: At a Turning Point of Finance & Design
June 13, 2009

Tour guide and historian Brian Thompson discussed the history and design of Tudor City within the context of housing crises, economic depressions, and the relationship between architecture, finance and government.

 

CFA Family Day on Governors Island
June 13, 2009

In collaboration with the Center for Architecture, OHNY hosted an off-site Family Day on Governors Island, exploring historical structures using an interactive activity guide.

 

Benefit Series
May 28, 2009 – June 25, 2009

Drinks and dialogues at some of New York City’s extraordinary townhouses, penthouses, historic homes and newly opened spaces over five weeks beginning May 28.

 

Construction Tour of 450 West 14th Street, the Highline Building
May 17, 2009

In collaboration with the Meatpacking District Initiative, OHNY offered a private hard-hat tour of a historic art-deco building with views of the much-anticipated Highline on the 6th floor of this former meatpacking facility being reborn into a 15-story LEED-Certified office/retail tower. During the Meatpacking District Design Week, the building was open for free tours, followed by a ticketed talk with architect, Morris Adjmi.

 

Morningside Heights Walking Tour
May 16, 2009

Michelle & James Nevius, authors of Inside the Apple: A Streetwise History of New York City, led a walking tour of Morningside Heights, highlighting the development and growth of the neighborhood.

 

Center for Architecture Family Day – Rooftop Hats
May 9, 2009

In collaboration with the Center for Architecture, families took part in a walking tour, looking for interesting roofs in the neighborhood, then designed their own rooftop hats to show off different architectural styles.

 

Central Park Walking Tour
May 2, 2009

Bob Gelber, founder of Walkin’ NY led a tour of Central Park, including “Literary Walk,” Bethesda Terrace and Belvedere Castle, exploring the history and geology of this beautiful park that spans over 843 acres of Manhattan.

 

Rescuing Eldridge Street Artisans Roundtable
May 25, 2009

Museum Deputy Director Amy Milford moderated a roundtable discussion with the artisans who worked on the restoration: Ray Clagnan of The Gil Studio (stained glass), Jeff Greene of EverGreene Studios (decorative paint), and Dawn Ladd of Aurora Lampwork (lighting).

 

Radio City Music Hall Tour
March 7, 2009

Tour with Hugh Hardy, who led the 1999 restoration of the iconic structure. Mr. Hardy discussed the extensive restoration effort aimed at updating the infrastructure and returning the theater to its original glory.