Upcoming Programs

Image: Rendering courtesy of HOK and WSP

Projects in Planning: LaGuardia Airport Redevelopment
SVA Theatre, 333 West 23rd Street
Wednesday, April 4, 2018
7:00 PM

Open House New York invites you to an exclusive design presentation by HOK about the new LaGuardia Airport.

With more than two million total square feet of new terminal space being constructed, LaGuardia represents one of the most significant airport redevelopment projects in New York State in more than two decades. Working with the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey along with Delta Air Lines and other airport stakeholders, HOK developed a master plan to transform LaGuardia into a single, unified hub while ensuring high-quality design. HOK is also part of the LaGuardia Gateway Partners joint venture for the new 1.3-million-square foot Central Terminal B, a 35-gate terminal that will replace the existing 1964 building. The design provides a unique passenger experience that will meet New Yorkers' high expectations for quality and performance.

Join us for a presentation about how the airport master plan is guiding the entire project, along with a closer look at the ambitious design plans for Central Terminal B.

HOK presenters include Kenneth Drucker, Design Principal; Carl Galioto, President; and Peter Ruggiero, Design Principal.

Projects in Planning is an ongoing series of presentations that explore a single project in its early stages of development, to help deepen public understanding of how major projects in New York City are designed and built.

OHNY Members: Registration is now open for OHNY members and their guests only. Admission is free for members, $10 for member's guests. Not a member? Join today!
General Admission: Registration for the general public will begin on Mar 20. Tickets for the general public are $10.



SVA Theatre is ADA compliant and provides assisted listening devices for the hearing impaired. For more information, please contact info@ohny.org or 212-991-6470 at least 72 hours before the event.



Recent Programs


Image: Rendering courtesy of Beyer Blinder Belle

Projects in Planning: The New York Public Library Mid-Manhattan Library Renovation
SVA Theatre, 333 West 23rd Street
Tuesday, March 6, 2018
7:00 PM

Open House New York invites you to a presentation of the renovation plans for The New York Public Library’s Mid-Manhattan Library, with Iris Weinshall, Chief Operating Officer, The New York Public Library; and architects Francine Houben, Founding Partner/Creative Director, Mecanoo Architecten, and Elizabeth Leber, Partner, Beyer Blinder Belle.

The New York Public Library’s largest circulating branch, Mid-Manhattan Library, is currently undergoing a major renovation to create a state-of-the-art facility that will serve the public in transformative ways. The library, which will reopen in 2020 as the Stavros Niarchos Foundation Library, will create a modern library experience in the heart of Midtown Manhattan. Join OHNY to learn more about how this beacon of open access to knowledge and information is being reimagined for the 21st century.

Projects in Planning is an ongoing series of presentations that explore a single project in its early stages of development, to help deepen public understanding of how major projects in New York City are designed and built.



Photo: View from the Woolworth Building, 1913 by Irving Underhill, courtesy of the Library of Congress

Greater Gotham: A Talk by Mike Wallace
SVA Theatre, 333 West 23rd Street
Wednesday, February 21, 2018
7:00 PM

Open House New York invites you to a talk by Pulitzer Prize-winning author Mike Wallace about his recently published book, Greater Gotham: A History of New York City from 1898-1919 (Oxford University Press, 2017). A sequel to Gotham: A History of New York City to 1898 (co-written with Edwin G. Burrows), Greater Gotham picks up the story of New York on New Year’s Day 1898–when the cities of New York and Brooklyn merged with Queens, the Bronx, and Staten Island to become the second largest city on the planet–and follows it through to the end of World War I. The two decades in between were marked by massive economic, cultural, and technological transformations that in large part laid the foundations for the city that we inhabit today. From the subway to the skyline, and in buildings like the Woolworth, the New York Public Library, and Grand Central Terminal, Greater Gotham reveals a city in full ferment and one whose controversies and concerns still have resonance for contemporary New Yorkers.

Mike Wallace is Distinguished Professor of History at John Jay College of Criminal Justice and the Graduate Center of the City University of New York. He is the founder of the Gotham Center for New York City History. He is the co-author of Gotham: A History of New York City to1898, winner of the Pulitzer Prize for History in 1999. He is now working on the third volume in the Gotham series, which will carry the story to 1945.



Photo by Troy Jarrell

Getting to Zero: Zero Waste Design Guidelines
SVA Theatre, 333 West 23rd Street
Monday, December 4, 2017
7:00 PM

Over the course of the past year, through tours to waste-to-energy plants and recycling facilities and diversion centers, Getting to Zero: New York + Waste revealed the vast network of spaces that keep New York City clean, healthy, and functioning. But as the social, environmental, and economic costs of our waste continue to multiply, it is clear that if New York is to achieve its ambitious goal of sending zero waste to landfill by 2030, we need to fundamentally rethink they way we manage garbage in the city.

The release of the Zero Waste Design Guidelines is an important step in that direction. The Zero Waste Design Guidelines were developed in a collaborative process that lasted more than a year and involved over a hundred individuals and visits to more than forty buildings, following the path taken by waste from initial disposal to collection at the curb. The guidelines serve as inspiration and resource to help designers, developers, and building operators transform buildings to reduce the amount of waste generated, reconceive of waste as a resource, improve our streets, and help the city reach its zero waste goal.

Join us for a special evening to conclude Getting to Zero and learn about the Zero Waste Design Guidelines and the crucial role that the design of our built environment plays in ensuring a cleaner, more sustainable future for New York. Read More

Presentation of the guidelines by authors Clare Miflin, Kiss + Cathcart, Architects; Christina Grace, Foodprint Group; and Benjamin Miller and Juliette Spertus, ClosedLoops; followed by a panel discussion with Clare Miflin; Elizabeth Balkan, Director of Policy and Senior Advisor, Office of the Commissioner, NYC Department of Sanitation; Claudia Herasme, Chief Urban Designer / Director of Urban Design, NYC Department of City Planning; and Emily Kildow, Sustainability Manager, Taconic Management Company; moderated by Cole Rosengren, Staff Reporter, Waste Dive.