Past Programs

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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

 

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.

Click here to view the photos from the event on our Facebook page and our live tweets

 
 
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.