Upcoming Programs


Image courtesy of Thomas Halaczinsky
 

Archipelago New York Boat Tour
Wednesday, August 22, 2018
Departs from Pier 83 at Hudson River Park and West 43rd Street
Boarding closes at 6:20 PM
Boat tour 6:30-9:00 PM

From 2012 to 2016, photographer and filmmaker Thomas Halaczinsky retraced the 1614 route of Adriaen Block, the first European to sail and map the archipelago of New York, exploring the magical and mysterious island world that stretches from the harbor to the eastern tip of Long Island.

His 3,000 nautical mile expedition is documented as a mesmerizing photographic and literary logbook in the recently published Archipelago New York (Schiffer Books, 2018).

Open House New York invites you to take a sunset cruise of New York Harbor with Thomas Halaczinsky to learn about how this vast archipelago of seventy islands affects New York life to this day.

Registration
$30 General Admission
$40 General Admission
$75 Special Offer: General Admission + 1-Year Membership ($90 value)

AIA CES: 2 LU | HSW
 

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Recent Programs

 


Image courtesy The Fortune Society
 

Spaces of Justice: The Fortune Academy and Castle Gardens
Thursday, August 2, 2018
West Harlem, Manhattan
3:30-5:30 PM

The Fortune Society is one of the nation’s leading reentry service organizations, providing an array of services and programs for more than 7,000 formerly incarcerated individuals each year. In 2002, Fortune opened The Fortune Academy, also known as “The Castle,” a transitional supportive housing facility in what was formerly a convent in West Harlem that provides a safe, rehabilitative community for people coming home from incarceration who would otherwise be homeless. This was followed in 2010 by the opening of the adjacent Castle Gardens, a mixed-use, supportive, and affordable residential development in a LEED-gold, environmentally sustainable building.

Open House New York and The Fortune Society invite you to tour these two facilities to hear more about Fortune’s innovative programs and services, and learn how facilities like these are supporting efforts to reform New York’s criminal justice system.

Spaces ofJustice is a year-long series of tours, panel discussions, and other public programs that allow the public to examine firsthand the spaces with primary responsibility for producing safety and rendering justice in New York City. Major support has been provided by the National Endowment for the Arts and a grant from the Reba Judith Sandler Foundation.

AIA CES: 1.5 LU | HSW

 


Image: Ben Helmer
 

Brooklyn's Western Waterfront Boat Tour
Wednesday, July 18, 2018
Pier 83, Hudson River and West 43rd Street
6:30-8:30PM

Open House New York invites you on a sunset cruise of New York’s Upper Bay to learn more about the industrial future of Brooklyn’s western waterfront.

Historically, the area in Brooklyn stretching from Red Hook to Sunset Park was one of the most important industrial maritime hubs in the United States. Home to major complexes like the Brooklyn Army Terminal, Bush Terminal, and Industry City, Brooklyn’s waterfront was a vital center for manufacturing and a significant source of jobs for immigrants and working class New Yorkers.

Following several decades of decline, the City and the industrial business community has begun to significantly reinvest in the area to modernize its infrastructure, and upgrade its maritime and rail service, to reinvent it as a 21st century industrial waterfront.

Enjoy an evening sail and learn more about the area’s future, with an expert panel of guests including Karina Gilbert, Associate, and Graci Mills, Architectural and Urban Designer, WXY architecture + urban design; Jesse Solomon, Deputy Director, Southwest Brooklyn Industrial Development Corp.; and Julie Stein, Senior Vice President & Executive Director of Sunset Park, Asset Management, NYCEDC.

AIA CES: 1.5 LU | HSW
 


Image courtesy of Greenhope Services for Women
 

Spaces of Justice: Greenhope Services for Women
Tuesday, July 17, 2018
East Harlem, Manhattan
9:30 AM

Established in 1975 in a convent that was transformed into a comprehensive residential treatment program for the formerly incarcerated, Greenhope Services for Women is one of the few woman-centered facilities in New York State that provides services and programs for women affected by substance abuse and the criminal justice system. In 2011, Greenhope opened Kandake House in East Harlem, a 43,000-square-foot facility designed by UAI that provides an array of treatment, counseling, educational and vocational programs, in addition to housing for 72 residents, 28 of whom are housed with their child.

Join Open House New York for a tour of Kandake House to hear more about the design of this project and how it helps Greenhope realize its mission to help women reclaim their lives, reunite with their families, and rebuild their communities.

Spaces ofJustice is a year-long series of tours, panel discussions, and other public programs that allow the public to examine firsthand the spaces with primary responsibility for producing safety and rendering justice in New York City. Major support has been provided by the National Endowment for the Arts and a grant from the Reba Judith Sandler Foundation.

 


Image: Crack is Wack, Keith Haring, 1986. Photo by Jonathan Kuhn
 

POSTPONED: Art & Antiquities in the Parks Scavenger Hunt
Please note that the Art & Antiquities in the Parks Scavenger Hunt, previously scheduled on Saturday, July 14 has been postponed. Registrants should have received an email from Open House New York about next steps. If you did not receive this email or have any questions, please email info@ohny.org. 

 


Image: Eric Laignel
 

Summer Members Reception: COOKFOX
Wednesday, July 11, 2018
250 West 57th Street
7:00 PM

Nestled among the skyscrapers of Midtown Manhattan, COOKFOX's new studio, perched on the 17th floor of Carrere & Hastings' Fisk Tire Building, explores the next generation of workplace. The studio, certified LEED Platinum and WELL Gold, joins three landscaped terraces in an expression of the firm's mission to connect people to nature within the built environment.

A garden and hydroponic towers on the east terrace are adjacent to an interior dining area and is designed to facilitate creative social communion and connection to nature. Across the studio, the west terrace, a landscape of native trees, wildflowers, sedums and grasses incorporates outdoor meeting areas. With a third viewing garden, the three terraces incorporate plants and soil transplanted from our former studio, continuing a decade of care for the former rooftop garden.

Join Open House New York to hear from COOKFOX about its new studio, as well as other projects the firm is designing throughout New York City.

 


Image: Rikers: An American Jail, Bill Moyers
 

Spaces of Justice: Rikers - An American Jail
Wednesday, June 27, 2018
SVA Theatre, 333 West 23rd Street
7:00 PM

Rikers Island, the complex of ten jails on a 400-acre island in the East River, has been called “a stain on our great city,” and a “19th century solution to a 21st century problem.” The closing of Rikers, in favor of a network of borough-based jails, is now official policy of New York City, with the potential to dramatically reshape New York’s justice system.

Open House New York invites you to a screening of excerpts from the documentary Rikers: An American Jail, an award-winning film by Bill Moyers that lets the men and women who have experienced Rikers tell their stories. The presentation will also include an excerpt from The Marshall Project's We Are Witnesses. Interspersed with the excerpts will be discussion by invited guests, including Barry Campbell, Special Assistant, The Fortune Society; Jill Harris, Policy and Strategy Counsel, Kings County District Attorney; Tina Luongo, Attorney-in-Charge of Criminal Practice, The Legal Aid Society; Johnny Perez , Director of U.S. Prisons Program, National Religious Campaign Against Torture; and moderated by Matthew Watkins, Senior Writer, Center for Court Innovation.

Spaces of Justice is a year-long series of tours, panel discussions, and other public programs that allow the public to examine firsthand the spaces with primary responsibility for producing safety and rendering justice in New York City. Major support has been provided by the National Endowment for the Arts and a grant from the Reba Judith Sandler Foundation.

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.

AIA CES: 1.5 LU | HSW
 


Image: See-Ming Lee CC BY-SA 2.0
 

Making Place: Downtown Brooklyn
Saturday, June 23, 2018
Panel Discussion: 10:30 am
Open Houses and Tours: 12-4 pm
Happy Hour Reception: 4-6 pm

A wave of new development is dramatically reshaping Downtown Brooklyn. On June 23, Open House New York will open more than a dozen buildings and sites to give you a chance to explore the dynamic change now underway in the neighborhood. 

A hyper-local version of OHNY Weekend, Making Place: Downtown Brooklyn will kick-off with a panel discussion about the past and future of the neighborhood, followed by open houses and tours at a mix of sites that will include residential, commercial, and cultural spaces, as well as design studios and offices. The day will end with a closing reception and happy hour.

Panelists
Zev Greenfield, Executive Director, ISSUE Project Room
Regina Myer, President, Downtown Brooklyn Partnership
Timothy Quinlan, Principal, Quinlan Development
Gustavo Rodriguez, Design Director, FXCollaborative 
Paul Travis, Founder and Managing Partner, Washington Square Partners

Participating Sites and Tours (list in formation):
300 Ashland
The Ashland
Bade Stageberg Cox Architecture
Bernheimer Architecture 
BRIC 
Brooklyn Academy of Music 
Brooklyn Point Sales + Design Gallery 
Brooklyn Strand Action Plan
Caesura 
City Point
Dime Savings Bank of Brooklyn/9 DeKalb 
Hub 
ISSUE Project Room 
New York Transit Museum 
Polonsky Shakespeare Center 
The Schermerhorn 
State Street Townhouses*
Think! Architecture 
UrbanGlass 
W Architecture and Landscape Architecture

Please Note: Due to limited space, some sites may only be visited with a tour and spots will be filled on a first-come-first-served basis. 
*Exterior only

Making Place: Downtown Brooklyn is presented in partnership with

Downtown Brooklyn Partnership 

AIA CES: 5 LU | HSW

 


Image: Jeff Goldberg
 

Spaces of Justice: Staten Island Courthouse
Thursday, June 14, 2018
3:00 PMCompleted in 2015, the Staten Island Courthouse designed by Ennead Architects houses the New York State Supreme Civil and Criminal Courts, lower Criminal Court, and related agencies. The building--with fourteen courtrooms, judges' chambers, administrative offices, and a law library--sits on a hill overlooking New York harbor in St. George, a short walk from the ferry terminal, and projects a 21st-century vision of the justice system. Four cooper-clad "towers of justice" create a beacon on the skyline, and extensive use of transparency allows for sweeping views of the water while symbolizing fairness, openness, and democracy of law. Tour the building with the project's design team-Susan T. Rodriguez, design partner, and Christopher Halloran, project architect, Ennead Architects.

Spaces of Justice is a new year-long series of tours, panel discussions, and other public programs organized by Open House New York that will allow the public to examine firsthand the spaces with primary responsibility for producing safety and rendering justice in New York City. Major support has been provided by the National Endowment for the Arts. Free admission is made possible by a grant from the Reba Judith Sandler Foundation.

AIA CES: 1 LU | HSW

 


Image: AP/Seth Wenig

Spaces of Justice: Redefining Safety and Justice for the 21st Century City
Wednesday, May 30, 2018
The Great Hall at The Cooper Union, 7 East 7th Street
7:00 PM

Over the last three decades, New York City has seen a dramatic reduction in crime that has transformed it into one of the safest big cities in the United States. The proposal to replace Rikers Island with a network of borough-based jails–and the fundamental rethinking about past strategies of policing, prosecution, and detention–have brought New York’s criminal justice system to an inflection point. What criminal justice system do we want for our city for the 21st century and what kinds of spaces do we need to support it? Join us for this wide-ranging conversation about the future of justice in New York.

With Elizabeth Glazer, Director of the NYC Mayor’s Office of Criminal Justice; Tina Luongo, Chief Defender, Criminal Defense Practice, The Legal Aid Society; and Stanley Richards, Executive Vice President, The Fortune Society. Moderated by Rosalie Genevro, Executive Director, The Architectural League.

Redefining Safety and Justice for the 21st Century City is co-sponsored by Open House New York, The Architectural League/Urban Omnibus, and The Irwin S. Chanin School of Architecture of the Cooper Union.

Spaces of Justice is a new year-long series of tours, panel discussions, and other public programs organized by Open House New York that will allow the public to examine firsthand the spaces with primary responsibility for producing safety and rendering justice in New York City. Major support has been provided by the National Endowment for the Arts. Free admission is made possible by a grant from the Reba Judith Sandler Foundation.

AIA CES: 1.5 LU | HSW

 


Image: John Bartelstone
 

Monograph in Motion: Beyer Blinder Belle | New York City Hall
Tuesday, May 29, 2018
6:00 PM

New York City Hall, completed in 1812, is one of the nation’s oldest government buildings still serving its original purpose. Numerous ad-hoc renovations and modifications over the years had compromised the integrity of the landmarked building. A comprehensive and holistic rehabilitation – the first in more than 50 years – incorporated 21st century systems and technology with as light a touch as possible, preserving the historic fabric and spaces. Join Beyer Blinder Belle Partner Richard Southwick for a tour of the revitalized landmark, including the Rotunda, City Council Chamber, and new below-grade spaces. 

Monograph in Motion is an ongoing series of public tours organized by Open House New York that celebrates the work of design firms that have had a significant impact on New York City’s built environment. To learn more about the Beyer Blinder Belle edition, click here.

AIA CES: 1 LU | HSW

 


Image: John Bartelstone
 

Monograph in Motion: Beyer Blinder Belle | Brooklyn Navy Yard: Building 77
Tuesday, May 22, 2018
4:00 PM

Tour Building 77, the largest structure on the Brooklyn Navy Yard’s 300-acre waterfront campus, with Beyer Blinder Belle Partner Elizabeth Leber and Associate Sherrill Moore, joined by Scott Demel, Director of Marvel Architects. Originally built in 1942 as a warehouse for the United States Navy’s operations during WWII, a top-to-bottom rehabilitation has transformed the building into a 21st-century commercial and light industrial hub, with a ground floor marketplace. Tour will include access to upper-floor raw spaces that feature spectacular NYC views, as well as the adjacent BLDG 92, a former 1857 Marine Commander’s house turned visitor center showcasing the Navy Yard’s history and innovations.

Monograph in Motion is an ongoing series of public tours organized by Open House New York that celebrates the work of design firms that have had a significant impact on New York City’s built environment. To learn more about the Beyer Blinder Belle edition, click here.

AIA CES: 1 LU | HSW

 


Image: Peter Aaron
 

Monograph in Motion: Beyer Blinder Belle | Met Breuer 
Friday, May 18, 2018
6:00 PM

Marcel Breuer was at the height of his career when he designed the Whitney Museum in 1966. The integrity, beauty, and honesty of the building’s design, materials, and execution define it as one of the most distinguished examples of mid-century modern architecture in New York. Join Beyer Blinder Belle Senior Associates Brett Gaillard and Miriam Kelly for a tour and discussion of the immersive task of restoring the iconic building – including extensive research and an understanding of Breuer’s approach to design and materials – and transforming it into a space for the Metropolitan Museum of Art to exhibit modern and contemporary art.

Monograph in Motion is an ongoing series of public tours organized by Open House New York that celebrates the work of design firms that have had a significant impact on New York City’s built environment. To learn more about the Beyer Blinder Belle edition, click here

AIA CES: 1 LU | HSW

 


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, in joint venture with WSP, is part of the LaGuardia Gateway Partners team 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.

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.

AIA CES: 1.5 LU | HSW

 


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.

AIA CES: 1.5 LU | HSW

 


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.

AIA CES: 1 LU

 


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

Speakers
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.

AIA CES: 1.5 LU | HSW