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June 16th, 2003, 05:21 AM
From Architectural Record:

New York City plans an open house

June 10, 2003

Plans are underway for an October weekend when the doors to numerous New York City buildings that are usually closed to the general public will be open for touring. The inaugural openhousenewyork weekend, October 11-12, 2003, will be a free event with hundreds of architectural and historically significant buildings open in all five boroughs.

Openhousenewyork describes the breadth of places that will be open to be “famous landmarks to insider favorites, subways to substations, tunnels to towers, boardrooms to bedrooms, mansions to markets, and radical new work to historic sites.” Educational handouts will be available at each site.

Organized by Executive Director Scott Lauer, an architect with New York’s Anderson Architects, openhousenewyork will be modeled on similar open house programs in London and Toronto. More than 360,000 visitors toured 500 sites during London Open House weekend in September 2002.

A benefit party earlier this spring at the West Village home of Dorothy Hom and Michael Strauss set the stage for openhousenewyork. The fundraising event featured a presentation of new photography by Stanley Greenberg, author and photographer of Invisible New York.

In supporting openhousenewyork, Terence Riley, chief curator, department of architecture and design at the Museum of Modern Art, said, “This important event will initiate a public discussion about New York’s urban environment and be instrumental in galvanizing an activist discourse and meaningful change.”

Visit www.openhousenewyork.org to support the program, to volunteer, or for more information.

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June 16th, 2003, 01:41 PM
That's gonna be cool. *Chrysler and 70 Pine Street would definitely be on my list. *And since I'll be going to NYU, both of them will be relatively close to me.

June 16th, 2003, 03:04 PM
I'll be there.

June 17th, 2003, 12:04 PM
Can't waste this opportunity. I wonder if they'll open the Cloud Room.

September 2nd, 2003, 08:46 AM
Bump...as a reminder.

September 26th, 2003, 09:00 PM
I've made this a sticky topic as the event is approaching. If you can, please take pictures.


September 26th, 2003, 09:54 PM
Thanks. I've already made a list.

October 10th, 2003, 02:56 AM
How To Get On The Tours

A good place to begin a New York architectural tour is the city's newest site. The Center for Architecture opened on Tuesday at 538 LaGuardia Place in Greenwich Village as a public information center operated by the American Institute of Architects. Over the weekend, it will be distributing free Openhousenewyork maps.

Andrew Berman, who designed the space, cut away the section of ground-level floor nearest the storefront windows, eliminating some precious square footage but letting daylight cascade into the basement, which doubles as a theater and exhibition space. The center opened with a showcase of architectural projects around the city, including the grand hopes for the 2012 Olympics. But perhaps the most unusual feature is the climate control unit -- a geothermal system that cools the rooms by circulating cold water pumped from 1,260 feet below ground, making air conditioning virtually free.

For more information on the Center for Architecture, call the temporary phone number, 212-358-0640, or go to www.aiany.org .

Some of the other sites will be open all day tomorrow and Sunday, but others will be open only during selected hours and may require reservations. Admission is free to all. The complete list of Openhousenewyork sites and their hours is available on the organization's Web site, www.ohny.org, or by calling the hotline, 917-583-2398.

Center for Architecture (http://forums.wirednewyork.com/viewtopic.php?t=1811)

Open Secrets: City Landmarks Welcome Visitors For First Time

By Justin Davidson
Staff Writer

October 9, 2003, 8:01 PM EDT

New York is a city of open secrets. Its urban and architectural history is recorded as much in dusty relics, unmarked doorways and forgotten feats of engineering as in grand commercial palaces and soaring monuments.

The city has its evocative ruins, from the blackened, twisted sculptures of the piers along the Hudson River to the crumbling ramparts of Fort Totten in Bayside. It has its vestiges of once awesomely modern, still functioning technology, like the late 19th century brass-and-iron power plant at Pratt Institute in Brooklyn. And all over town are pockets of evocatively recycled real estate, like the Pieter Claesen Wyckoff House in Flatbush, which was begun in 1652 and kept growing and changing for the next 200 years.

This weekend, more than 80 such landmarks and curiosities in all five boroughs will open their doors, which in some cases have literally been welded shut for years. As part of the first, hopefully annual weekend staged by Openhousenewyork, the Parks Department is prying padlocks off monuments, house-proud homeowners are plumping pillows and amateur tour guides are honing their spiels. The tiny organization, which boasts a staff of three, several dozen volunteers and pats on the back from an assortment of urbanistic and architectural institutions, has launched a Web site and printed an illustrated map, available at one of half a dozen "welcome centers." Creating an itinerary is up to the public. Admission is free to all sites.

The project is the brainchild of Scott Lauer, an architect with a passion for New York City's byways. "I lived in London for eight years," he said, "and during that time I watched London Open House grow from a small, grassroots organization with 30 sites to one of the largest public events on the London calendar, with 500 sites, engaging 360,000 people. When I came back, I assumed someone else would take it on in New York. I waited patiently for three or four years, but nothing seemed to be happening and my friends got tired of hearing me talk about it, but not doing anything about it. So I started making some phone calls."

On a blustery morning last week, two years after the first of those calls, Lauer was standing at the foot of High Bridge Tower, a formidable-looking hexagonal structure overlooking the Harlem River that once served as a way station for drinking water that flowed into Manhattan from the Croton River upstate. A parks ranger, Tony Fiore, had obligingly unlocked the door, and a few police officers wandered by to huff their way up the spiral iron stairs and peer out the begrimed windows at the top.

From there, Lauer led our urban safari downtown, to the Grand Lodge of Masons on West 23rd Street, where an official guide, Javier Camacho, cataloged the famous local members (they included Louis B. Mayer, Al Jolson and Theodore Roosevelt), and offered a sampling of the building's gaudy compendium of decorative styles. The Egyptian Room is covered in ersatz hieroglyphs. The ceiling of the Gothic Room, modeled on the Sainte Chapelle in Paris, glints with stars on a midnight-blue background. The Empire Room is a rhapsody in gilt.

A few blocks south and also on the Openhousenewyork roster is the Terrapin-Chelsea Art Gallery, the fantastical home of Pamela Harvey-Rath and Colin Rath, built into the ground floor and basement level of a town house on West 15th Street. The Raths are sea lovers who have modeled every surface of their house, from the undulating mesh railing along the upper-floor landing to the contoured plaster walls, on the movement of waves and the roundness of open sky. Live fish glide down a river flowing through the living room -- a scale model of the Yangtze. A miniature constellation of fiber-optic pinpoint lights twinkles in the ceiling, and their 2-year-old daughter sleeps in a windowless room beneath a reproduction of the sky from Van Gogh's "Starry Night," done not in paint but in marbles arranged on grates.

For now, Openhousenewyork is a scattershot collection of sites, packed with quirks and laced with obvious omissions. Lauer is already raking in ideas for future editions, but in the meantime, even in the event's inaugural year, a manic five-borough sprint would cover only a fraction of what's on view. The starting gun goes off tomorrow at 9 a.m.

Sneak Peek At Open House New York (http://www.nynewsday.com/nyc-openhouse-gallery,0,5876347.photogallery?coll=nyc-topheadlines-right)

Copyright © Newsday, Inc.

October 10th, 2003, 10:35 PM
I dont see the chrystler or woolworth in the website list. Anyone know if theyll be opened?

October 13th, 2003, 06:58 PM
This thread is no longer sticky; but feel free to post here.

October 14th, 2003, 09:42 AM
It was a nice event. The biggest problem for me was cramming in as much as possible in the short time frame.

I toured the New Victory Theater on 42nd Street, The General Society of Mechanics & Tradesmen on 44th Street, The Waldorf Astoria, City Hall and Tweed Courthouse (which was SPECTACULAR).

Hope others got out and enjoyed it as well.

October 21st, 2003, 07:21 PM
Brooklyn, From Top to Bottom (http://www.metropolismag.com/html/urbanjournal_1003/openhousenewyork.html)

November 19th, 2003, 08:57 PM

More Than 45,000 Visitors Take Part in Largest Celebration of Architecture and Design in New York City History

Second Annual openhousenewyork Scheduled for October 9 & 10, 2004

NEW YORK – November 14, 2003 – openhousenewyork (OHNY) announced today that its first annual open house was a resounding success. More than 45,000 New Yorkers and visitors participated in the free tours and programs that comprised the event, which took place the weekend of October 11 and 12, 2003. OHNY provided unprecedented access – free of charge – to 85 fascinating sites of architectural and design interest in neighborhoods throughout all five boroughs, and was the largest event of its kind in New York City history. The second annual OHNY is scheduled for the weekend of October 9 and 10, 2004, with an even broader and more diverse array of participating sites planned for the coming year.

"We are thrilled with the terrific attendance and site participation in our inaugural year,” said Scott Lauer, founder and executive director of OHNY, a private, non-profit organization dedicated to engaging the public and increasing awareness and appreciation of New York’s built environment. “It exceeded our expectations, and is a testament to both the public’s interest in architecture and design, and the willingness of our site sponsors to share the history and design inspiration behind some of the city’s most treasured spaces, both new and old.”

Participating sites ranged from historic landmark buildings such as Gracie Mansion, Tweed Courthouse and City Hall; to monuments such as the Sailor’s and Soldier’s Memorial at Grand Army Plaza and Washington Square Memorial Arch; to industrial landmarks such as the High Line, Pratt University Power Plant, and the High Bridge Water Tower; to tours of New York Harbor, the expansion of the Museum of Modern Art, and the Meatpacking District fashion boutiques; to cutting-edge private residences, art galleries, architectural studios and more. A full list of participating sites is available at www.ohny.org .

“Visitors to OHNY participating sites represented not only all five boroughs, but 32 states and 25 countries,” said Lauer. “Through OHNY, we were able to increase awareness, heighten visibility, and build new audiences for these significant spaces, including 50 arts, civic and educational institutions.”

According to OHNY estimates, the most visited sites included:
· Grand Lodge of the Masons: 2,100 visitors – the lavishly decorated headquarters
of the New York City freemasons
· New York Marble Cemetery – 2,000 visitors – the city’s oldest non-sectarian burial ground
· City Hall and Tweed Courthouse – 1,800 visitors – a tour of one of the great American public interiors, City Hall, and the recently restored Tweed Courthouse, one of New York’s most ornate structures.
· Terrapin Chelsea Art Gallery – 1,600 visitors – a private gallery and home that features a scale-model of the Yangtze River running through its interior.
· Green-Wood Cemetery – 1,600 visitors – tours included public access to the cemetery catacombs for the first time in its 165-year history
· Gracie Mansion – 1,570 visitors – the recently restored official mayoral residence

OHNY was inspired by the success of similar events that have taken place over the past decade in London, Toronto and other cities around the world. The first annual OHNY was launched as part of New York City’s first Architecture Week. A guide and map highlighting all participating sites was created by renowned graphic designer Seymour Chwast, as was a special children’s map and guide containing activity sheets about each site’s history, architecture and design.

Through an annual open house weekend and other public programs throughout the year, OHNY enables a diverse audience to learn about New York’s rich architectural, urban and historical development by providing access to innovative and inspiring sites of architectural, engineering and design significance. Supporters of OHNY include many of the city’s leading arts institutions, civic groups and government representatives, including: Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg; City Council Speaker Gifford Miller; council members Gale Brewer, Alan Gerson, Margarita Lopez, Eva Moskowitz, James Oddo, Bill Perkins, Christine Quinn, Jose Serrano Jr., and David Weprin; Deputy Mayor Patricia E. Harris; Parks Commissioner Adrian Benepe; Cultural Affairs Commissioner Kate D. Levin; the J.M. Kaplan Fund; the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs; the New York Council for the Humanities; the Isaac and Bertha Liberman Foundation; and NYC & Company.

Major funding for openhousenewyork kids project has been provided by Mellon Financial Corporation Foundation. Additional funding has been provided by Scholastic Inc.

Press Contact:
Sonja Lee, openhousenewyork
Phone: 917.626.6869
Email: sonja@ohny.org

November 19th, 2003, 09:23 PM
I can't wait til next year...

October 7th, 2004, 10:41 AM
FROM www.OHNY.org

Bronx | Brooklyn | Manhattan | Queens | Staten Island

second annual openhousenewyork weekend, presented by Target
October 9 & 10, 2004

The Second Annual OHNY weekend is scheduled for Saturday & Sunday, October 9 & 10, 2004. 100 fascinating spaces and places in all five boroughs will be open for tours - free of charge. Each site will offer different experiences, including guided and self-guided tours, informal talks and conversations with the designers. Complete site information, opening times, and travel directions are available for each borough. Please review the listings, check the hours and day(s) of participation, and whether advance reservations are required. Site opening hours and security arrangements are controlled by the site's owners and vary at each site. openhousenewyork cannot accept responsibility for changes made by site owners. We recommend that you bring a street map with more detailed information and wear comfortable shoes. Look for open doors and a warm welcome!

IMPORTANT: Click here for site updates and special events

architecture week
New York City’s Second Annual Architecture Week kicks off at the Center for Architecture, 536 LaGuardia Place at Bleecker Street.
Monday, October 4: Exhibition Opening of Design Awards AIA New York
Tuesday, October 5: Design-In Marathon: A 12-hour, 60-speaker showcase of current thinking in the building profession
Wednesday, October 6: Students’ Day Workshop
Saturday & Sunday, October 9 & 10: openhousenewyork, the Center for Architecture will serve as an Information and Welcome Center during the weekend.

Event guides are currently available at the following locations:
The Center for Architecture, 536 LaGuardia Place at Bleecker Street
Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum, 2 91st Street at Fifth Avenue
Grand Central Partnership, Information Booth, Grand Central Terminal
Municipal Art Society, 457 Madison Avenue between 50th & 51st Streets
NYC & Company Visitors' Center, 810 Seventh Avenue between 52nd & 53rd Streets
Wall Street Rising, 25 Broad Street at Exchange Place

October 10th, 2004, 06:35 PM
Thanks. We went to the High Line... as soon as we turned the corner, there was a line a block long stretching around its corner. We got on the end of the line to see what the pace was and luckily a guy in front of us told us that it wasn't actually walking the Line... just seeing it out a window.

October 10th, 2004, 11:54 PM
We went to the highline too, saw the line, realized you couldn't get up there and moved on to the Masonic Hall, which was also closed. All in all a bit of a bust. :lol:

October 10th, 2004, 11:59 PM
The second thing we were supposed to do today was the Roosevelt Island Smallpox Hospital, but we missed that too. I didn't know the V doesn't run on weekends.

Yesterday, however, I toured The Grand Prospect Hall in the morning and Greenwood Cemetery in the afternoon. That... was an experience.

October 11th, 2004, 01:37 AM
Went to the Austrian Cultural Institute, Little Sisters of the Assumption Family Health Service Building, St. John's, and the Wardorf Astoria.

Little Sisters of the Assumption Family Health Service Building
It was pretty cool and they did it on a really low budget, showing that quality architecture doesn't have to be costly.

August 29th, 2005, 09:07 AM
The third annual Open House New York will be held on the weekend of
October 08 and 09, 2005.


August 29th, 2005, 10:33 PM
This is great! Ill actually be able to go to this stuff!

October 7th, 2005, 08:45 AM
Open House New York (http://www.ohny.org/ohny_website/programs.html) sites announced.

October 7th, 2005, 10:11 AM
I picked up the guide. It is VERY extensive. The sites listed are very ecclectic.

October 9th, 2005, 11:27 PM
Go here (http://www.wirednewyork.com/forum/showthread.php?p=68454#post68454) for Chrysler lobby photos.

October 11th, 2005, 12:48 AM
I didn't get to do much or really enjoy it this time due to schoolwork and crappy weather but I went to the Brooklyn Army Terminal on Saturday and the High Bridge Water Tower on Sunday. the former was more interesting... a lot of cool facts and spaces. Especially the atrium in building B.

October 15th, 2005, 08:16 PM
No one seized the occasion to take some pictures of stuff we won't see again for a thousand years?

November 28th, 2005, 11:24 PM
Prince George Hotel

Architect: Howard Greenly, 1904-1911; restoration Beyer Blinder Belle Architects and Planners LLP, interior by Jamie Drake Design Associates, gallery by Parsons The New School for Design, design/build project, 2005

Once one of midtown Manhattan's grand gathering spaces, the newly-restored gallery and Neo-Renaissance Ballroom offer a glimpse into New York City's past.


November 28th, 2005, 11:54 PM
New York City Marble Cemetery (http://www.wirednewyork.com/manhattan/marble_cemetery/). 9 October 2005.

http://www.wirednewyork.com/manhattan/marble_cemetery/new_york_city_marble_cemetery.jpg (http://www.wirednewyork.com/manhattan/marble_cemetery/)

http://www.wirednewyork.com/manhattan/marble_cemetery/new_york_marble_cemetery.jpg (http://www.wirednewyork.com/manhattan/marble_cemetery/)

August 11th, 2006, 03:17 PM
openhousenewyork: Call for Volunteers!
Dear friends of openhousenewyork,

Save the date! The 4th Annual openhousenewyork Weekend, presented by Target, will be held on October 7 & 8, 2006.

We are looking for volunteers to staff each of the 200 participating openhousenewyork (OHNY) sites to ensure that each individual open house runs smoothly. We ask a time commitment of +/- 4 hours on either Saturday, October 7, or Sunday, October 8. Perks include an OHNY t-shirt & hat, a volunteer button that will allow you to jump the lines at other OHNY sites, and an invitation to our volunteer party immediately following the event.

Site volunteers must attend a mandatory training session at 10am on Saturday, September 30th, at Grace Church, located at 802 Broadway.

If you’re interested in becoming an OHNY Site Volunteer, please click here to review our volunteer FAQ's and to sign up. We will need plenty of volunteers in Queens, The Bronx, and Staten Island, so if you are interested in staffing these areas please indicate it on your form.

The deadline to sign up is Friday, September 15th.

Thanks and we look forward to seeing you in October!

elizabeth solomon, program manager
openhousenewyork inc.
149 West 12th Street
New York, NY 10011

For more information, please contact:
email: volunteer@ohny.org
web: http://www.ohny.org

August 20th, 2006, 08:59 AM
Is this usually held on the first weekend in October? I would love to go to this but I have to book vacation time in March. So too late for this year but maybe 2007.

August 20th, 2006, 09:35 AM
^ Send them an e-mail.

October 6th, 2006, 04:56 PM
A sample of sites

Astoria Pool (http://www.nyc.gov/parks)
19th Street & 23rd Avenue, Astoria
neighborhood: Astoria
Meet at pool entrance at 19th Street and 24th Avenue. Tours at 10 am, 11 am & 12 pm.
Maximum people: 30
building date: 1936
architect: NYC Department of Parks & Recreation

Tour this 330-ft Art Deco pool's underground infrastructure with its innovative filtration system, orginal details and spectacular East River views.

subway: N to Astoria Blvd
bus: Q19A

High Bridge Water Tower (http://www.nyc.gov/)
174th Street & Amsterdam Avenue, New York
neighborhood: Washington Heights
Regular tours at Highbridge Water Tower, 174th Street and Tower Terrace
Maximum people: 30
building date: 1872
architect: John B. Jervis

Enjoy panoramic views from this neo-Gothic tower, once a water-pressure equalizing structure.

subway: 1 to 168th St.; C to 163rd St.
bus: M101

Rockefeller Center Rooftop Garden, The (http://www.rockefellercenter.com/)
620 Fifth Avenue (at 50th Street), New York
neighborhood: Midtown
Continuous open access, first come basis, lining up if necessary
Maximum people: 50
building date: unknown
architect: unknown

Take this rare opportunity to visit the famed garden atop the British Empire Building at Rockefeller Center.

subway: B, D, F, V to 47-50th Sts./Rockefeller Center
bus: M1, M2, M3, M4, M27, M50
other transportation: Waterway Ferry Bus

P.S. 1 Contemporary Art Center (http://www.ps1.org/)
22-25 Jackson Avenue at 46th Avenue, Long Island City
neighborhood: Long Island City
Continuous open access, first come basis, lining up if necessary
opendialogue Tour BEATFUSE! with the architects, Sat & Sun at 3 pm.
Reserved tours, advance reservations required
Maximum people: 50
building date: June 22 through October
architect: Obra Architects, Principals Pablo Castro and Jennifer Lee

Experience the outdoor installation BEATFUSE! which invokes a sense of interior space via curved, interconnected shells. Made of plywood and polypropylene mesh, they ripple across the courtyard. And, walk through the everchanging landscape of wooden tidal pools, water misters and car materials.

subway: 7 to 45th Rd/Courthouse Sq.
bus: Q67, B61

Floyd Bennett Field (http://www.nps.gov/gate)
Ryan Visitor Center, Brooklyn
neighborhood: Southeast Brooklyn
Guided tour Saturday at 10am.
building date: 1931
architect: Hugh McLaughlin
other architects/consultants: Clarence Chamberlain

Crowds used to gather at NYC's first airport to cheer pioneer aviators such as Howard Hughes. Take the rare opportunity to visit the site's historic control tower and the underground access tunnel that led to the runways.

subway: 2 to Flatbush Ave.
bus: Q35
other transportation: car: Belt Parkway to Exit 11S; take Flatbush Ave. south to the main entrance of Floyd Bennett Field, make a left to enter the Field, follow signs to the Ryan Visitor Center (RVC)

MAP (http://javascript%3Cb%3E%3C/b%3E:poptastic%28%27map.cfm?id=1396%27%29;)

Mary A. Whalen, The - NEW LOCATION & TIME (http://www.portsidenewyork.org/)
Pier 9B, Red Hook Container Terminal, Brooklyn
neighborhood: Red Hook
opendialogue: Restoration architect & project manager lead tours both days from 10am-4pm, every hour on the hour
Maximum people: 3 tours of 10-12 = 36: boat limit is 50
building date: 1938
architect: Tim Ventimiglia, Architect/Museum

Tour a former 172-ft vintage tanker housed in the Red Hook Container Terminal that used to deliver fuel to ships in NY Harbor. It was once responsible for overturning an 1854 maritime law. View its cargo tanks and learn about its new public life. Waiver and flat shoes required to enter.

subway: F,G to Smith & 9th Street
bus: B61, B77
other transportation: Water Taxi to Red Hook

MAP (http://javascript%3Cb%3E%3C/b%3E:poptastic%28%27map.cfm?id=1858%27%29;)

One Hanson Place (http://www.onehanson.com/)
One Hanson Place, Brooklyn
neighborhood: Fort Greene
Continuous open access, first come basis, lining up if necessary
building date: 1929
architect: Halsey, McCormick & Helmer

Explore this landmark skyscraper's ground floor main banking room, which features ornate Romanesque Revival design and magnificent 40-ft arches.

subway: D, M, N, Q, R, 2, 3, 4, 5 Atlantic Ave./Pacific St.; C to Lafayette Ave./Fulton St.
bus: B25, B26, B41, B45, B52, B63, B67
other transportation: LIRR to Flatbush/Atlantic Ave

MAP (http://javascript%3Cb%3E%3C/b%3E:poptastic%28%27map.cfm?id=1829%27%29;)

Dance Theatre of Harlem (http://www.dancetheatreofharlem.org/)
466 West 152nd Street , New York
neighborhood: Harlem
Tours on the hour Sat 12-3 pm & Sun 12-2 pm, reservations 212.690.2800.
Maximum people: 20
building date: 1992
architect: Hardy Holzman and Pfeiffer Associates
other architects/consultants: Jack Freeman

Visit these contemporary dance studios, located in Harlem's newly designated landmark district, Hamilton Heights/Sugar Hill Northwest in Harlem.

subway: 1 to 145th St. or 157th St.
bus: M100, M101

MAP (http://javascript%3Cb%3E%3C/b%3E:poptastic%28%27map.cfm?id=1369%27%29;)

October 6th, 2006, 05:18 PM
Grand Lodge of Masons
71 West 23rd Street, New York
neighborhood: Chelsea

building date: 1910
architect: Bro. Harry Percy Knowles

View the lavishly decorated rooms of the Freemasons meeting place, which reflect this ancient organization's unique history and mission.

subway: F, V to 23rd St.
bus: M5

New York City Marble Cemetery, The (http://www.nycmc.org/)
52-74 East 2nd Street (between 1st and 2nd Avenues), New York
neighborhood: East Village
Maximum people: no maximum
building date: 1831
architect: Perkins Nichols

Learn about the city's second-oldest burial ground, which includes vaults for members of 258 of the nation's most distinguished families, including President James Monroe.

subway: F, V to 2nd Ave.; D to Broadway/Lafayette; 6 to Bleecker St.
bus: M15, M21

Russian Orthodox Cathedral of the Holy Virgin Protection (http://www.nycathedral.org/)
59 East 2nd Street, New York
neighborhood: East Village

Reserved tours, advance reservations required
Maximum people: 100
building date: 1867
architect: Josiah Cady

View this historic limestone building, transformed into a Russian Orthodox Church in 1943. Its newly installed mahagony icon screen features locally painted icons by the Prosopon School of Iconology.

subway: F to 2nd Ave.
bus: M15

World Trade Center Memorial Foundation, The Presents: 9/11 and the American Landscape NEW SITE ADDITION (http://www.buildthememorial.org/)
7 World Trade Center, 250 Greenwich Street, 45th Floor, New York
neighborhood: Lower Manhattan
Continuous open access, first come basis, lining up if necessary
View the "9/11 and the American Landscape" exhibition by photographer Jonathan Hyman.
building date: 2006
architect: Building design by Skidmore, Owings, and Merrill; developer Silverstein Properties

Visit the 45th floor of 7 WTC the photography exhibition, "9/11 and the American Landscape" featuring 63 photographs selected from 15,000 images of the outpouring of personal tributes which were seen in every corner of the country in response to September 11th.

subway: E to World Trade Center; A, C, J, M, Z, 2, 3, 4 & 5 to Fulton St/Broadway-Nassau
bus: M1, M6
other transportation: PATH to World Trade Center

High Line Viewing, The (http://www.thehighline.org/)
820 Washington Street, New York
neighborhood: Meatpacking District
opendialogue: Project design presentations, 1-4 pm on the hour.
Maximum people: 15
building date: 1930s
architect: unknown

This disused, elevated rail viaduct is being converted to public open space. View the progress from the platform of a former meatpacking building.

subway: A, C, E to 14th St.; L to 8th Ave.
bus: M11, M14D

October 10th, 2006, 01:26 AM
Angels and Accordions - Greenwood Cemetery. See more pictures on Flicrk (http://www.flickr.com/photos/sudentas/sets/72157594320898684/).

http://static.flickr.com/106/265667930_46f4624eb3_o.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/sudentas/sets/72157594320898684/)

August 29th, 2007, 04:17 PM
In 2007, the 5th Annual openhousenewyork Weekend will be held October 6 & 7.

August 29th, 2007, 05:09 PM
From Architectural Record:

New York City plans an open house

In supporting openhousenewyork, Terence Riley, chief curator, department of architecture and design at the Museum of Modern Art, said, “This important event will initiate a public discussion about New York’s urban environment and be instrumental in galvanizing an activist discourse and meaningful change.”

Visit www.openhousenewyork.org to support the program, to volunteer, or for more information.

Great news: thanks. At this point I do not know which places are open for public viewing (I have not yet read the program) but I would be interested in hearing which venues would be TOP ON THE LIST of WiredNY members; it would be good to get some ideas which places might be best to vist. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.

August 29th, 2007, 05:28 PM
In my experience, it's a combination of the site and the tour guide that makes a place OHNY-tastic.

Two years ago, or was it three, we had a great time at the Chrysler building (even though they wouldn't let us up past the lobby) because the historian doing the lectures was fabulous.

I think the private spaces are always the worst, because I never find someone else's office that interesting. Also, be warned that sometimes brokers try to attach to OHNY, so you think you're going to see a cool site, and you just end up in a random $3 million apartment that you could see on any given Sunday.

September 28th, 2007, 11:13 AM
Angels & Accordions (http://www.green-wood.com/)
500 25th St/ 5th Ave, New York
program name: architecturemoves
borough: Brooklyn
neighborhood: Sunset Park
Sat 6 Oct 2007, 12, 3:30 pm Sun rain date 12, 3:30 pm

The cemetery’s rolling hills and woods come to life in this site-specific tour/performance by choreographer Martha Bowers and Dance Theatre Etcetera. Original music by Guy Klucevsek and Bob Goldberg, visual installations designed by Alexander Heilner. Organized by historian Jeff Richman and The Green-Wood Historic Fund.

capacity: Unlimited
program status: available

subway: R to 25th St.
bus: B63.

New York Restoration Project - The Peter Jay Sharp Boathouse at Swindler Cove Park on the Harlem River (http://www.nyrp.org/)
3769 Harlem River Dr/ Dyckman St
neighborhood: Washington Heights
Sat: 9am-5pm
Sun: 9am-5pm
opendialogue Sat & Sun 12, 3 pm, tours with architect, Armand LeGardeur.
building date: 2004
architect: Robert A.M. Stern
other architects/consultants: Armand LeGardeur

This two-story, 5,000 sq ft, floating structure features a hipped roof and painted-mahogany board-and-batten siding, evoking classic park architecture of the 19th century. It contains complex electrical and plumbing connections (most below water) and specialized pipes, submarine cables and other fittings fabricated from scratch.

Astoria Pool (http://www.nyc.gov/parks)
19th St/ 24th Ave
neighborhood: Astoria
Sat: 10am-4pm
Sun: Closed
Tours on the hour, last entry at 3 pm.
Maximum people: 30 per tour
building date: 1936
architect: NYC Department of Parks & Recreation

This 330-ft-long Art Deco pool’s underground infrastructure features an innovative filtration system, original details and spectacular East River views.

September 28th, 2007, 11:33 AM
Is anyone else going to the volunteer orientation on Saturday? This will be my second time in OHNY. Hopefully I will get a better assignment than the first time, which was the Harvey Fire Boat.

September 28th, 2007, 06:04 PM
Is anyone else going to the volunteer orientation on Saturday? This will be my second time in OHNY. Hopefully I will get a better assignment than the first time, which was the Harvey Fire Boat.

Where is the volunteer orientation being held. Maybe some members of WNY will show-up. Also, let us know what assignment you end up getting: hope it's on land this year.:D

September 29th, 2007, 01:22 PM
Where is the volunteer orientation being held. Maybe some members of WNY will show-up. Also, let us know what assignment you end up getting: hope it's on land this year.:D

I just saw this, the orientation was at Wash. Irving High. My location this years is the St. George theatre on Staten Island. Looks like I'm taking a boat whether I like it or not. :)

June 13th, 2009, 09:16 AM
June 12, 2009

Victorian Flatbush House Tour 2009


After almost being cancelled, the annual Victorian Flatbush House Tour (http://fdconline.org/housetour.html) is a go on Sunday! In the end, the organizers were able to pull together an impressive list of ten houses. The tour starts at Temple Beth Emeth at 83 Marlborough Road; you can buy tickets in advance here (https://www.paypal.com/us/cgi-bin/webscr?cmd=_flow&SESSION=CR4E6WPr4iC8B0TxqzRGAafKD0uJsfDe-zORckKnZ-3mPvPhaI6BXp2B6Ae&dispatch=5885d80a13c0db1fb6947b0aeae66fdbfb2119927 117e3a6330c6c20bf2d0f8e). The houses are open from 1 to 6 pm, which should give you plenty of time to come to opening day at the new Brooklyn Flea underneath the Brooklyn Bridge!


June 22nd, 2009, 01:55 PM
from ohny 2008, this photo thread was from a harlem infill apt tour:



and this one was of combined carriage houses in the village:



July 2nd, 2009, 01:33 AM
The work of my spring studio (we worked on designs for a performing arts center on 125th St.) will be on display in the Apollo during this year's OHNY. I'm kinda nervous about that...

October 2nd, 2009, 05:55 AM
Trust for Architectural Easements Leads Tours of New York City Architecture for OHNY Weekend

For the second year in a row, the Trust for Architectural Easements, one of the nation’s largest non-profit preservation organizations, is sponsoring and hosting architectural tours during the annual Open House New York Weekend, Oct. 10 and 11.

The event opens the doors of more than 300 buildings from all five boroughs of New York City to the public, free-of-charge, and also offers many other architectural tours and activities.

The Trust for Architectural Easements gave openhousenewyork a grant in 2007 to help develop an educational curriculum for school children. In 2008, the Trust organized a tour of SoHo for children and sponsored a tour of Wall Street, led by architectural historian Tony Robins. This year the Trust for Architectural Easements will be sponsoring two tours led by Francis Morrone of the Italianate Litchfield Villa in Prospect Park, and two tours led by Daniel Karatzas of the garden-city neighborhoods of Jackson Heights. One of the Trust’s historic preservationists, Lindsey Wallace, will lead two tours of the SoHo Cast-Iron Historic District in downtown Manhattan for children and their families.

The tours of Jackson Heights will take place at noon on Sat., Oct. 10 and Sun., Oct. 11. The tours will begin at the Community United Methodist Church at 81-10 35th Ave. in Jackson Heights, and will be 60-90 minutes in length.

The tours of Litchfield Villa in Prospect Park will take place on Sun., Oct. 11, at 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. The tours will begin at the entrance to Litchfield Villa, at 95 Prospect Park West, in Brooklyn, and will be 60-90 minutes in length.

The tours of SoHo will take place at 10 a.m. and at noon on Sat., Oct. 10. The tours will meet in the parking lot across the street from 8-18 Greene St., and will last 90 minutes.


September 28th, 2010, 11:58 PM
Open House New York 2010 (http://www.ohny.org/weekend/listings.cfm)

OHNY 2010 GUIDE (http://www.ohny.org/_pdfs/OHNY_Guide_2010.pdf) [BIG pdf]

Sites and programs taking advance reservations will begin taking requests on
Wednesday, September 29, 2010 at 9 am and will be on first come first serve basis.


OHNY Welcome Center

Sat & Sun ‣ 10am–4pm.

536 LaGuardia Pl/W 3rd St, Greenwich Village
Andrew Berman Architect, 2003.

Featuring 1,250-ft-deep geothermal wells for heating and cooling, OHNY’s Welcome Center keeps visitors comfortable while in the city’s liveliest venue for architecture and design exhibits, performances and children’s programs.

October 4th, 2011, 09:13 AM
Open House New York Weekend to Unlock Architectural Gems

By Amy Zimmer

Art Deco murals at 99 John Street

MANHATTAN — It’s time to get ready for Open House New York Weekend (http://www.ohny.org/), which will give an all-access pass into often-closed architectural and historical gems across the city on Oct. 15 and 16.
The listing of private homes, architecture studios and other sites on this year’s roster goes live on Tuesday.

One of the Upper East Side's historic buildings with an interesting backstory featured on the list of behind-the-scenes tours is the Roosevelt House (http://roosevelthouse.hunter.cuny.edu/), at 47-49 E 65th St. at Park Avenue. Now housing the Public Policy Institute of Hunter College, it had been built in 1906, commissioned by Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s mother as a wedding present for him and Eleanor — which she promptly moved into along with the new couple.

Besides a house where FDR once lived and many other landmark buildings that will be part of the Ninth Annual Open House New York Weekend, the event will also give a glimpse of what’s in the works for the city’s future landscape, like the construction site of a park rising at the southern tip of Roosevelt Island in honor of the late president.

Even though the well-known architect Louis Kahn created the plans for Franklin D. Roosevelt Four Freedoms Park (http://www.fdrfourfreedomspark.org/about) just before he died in 1974, the designs were shelved until recently. The park is expected to open next year.

“We open sites and offer programs that span the history of architecture and design in New York City — past, present and future," Renee Schacht, executive director of OHNY, said in a statement.
More than 200,000 people are expected to participate in the events, organizers said.

They include a peek into several other stately Upper East Side institutions, such as Temple Emanu-El (http://www.emanuelnyc.org/simple.php/about_tour_sanctuary) at 1 East 65th St. at Fifth Avenue, an ornate Romanesque Revival structure famous for its mosaics; the Park Avenue Christian Church (http://parkavenuechristian.com/) at 1010 Park Ave. at East 85th Street, a French Gothic building inspired by Sainte-Chapelle in Paris; and the American Irish Historical Society, a townhouse at 991 Fifth Ave. across from the Metropolitan Museum of Art, whose library contains rare books like the famous Bedell Bible published in the 17th century.

Other tours that are bound to fill up fast include a rare look at what the one-day home of Moynihan Station by Skidmore Owings and Merrill will look like after the transformation of Midtown’s James A. Farley Post Office into a new train station, and a walk on the High Line’s third — and as of yet, undeveloped — section of the elevated rail that has become a popular park.


October 8th, 2011, 09:58 PM
The fact that they now charge for reservations troubles me. Still, I bought 4 tickets.

October 9th, 2011, 12:37 AM
Before you know it they'll be charging us to cross the street in this town.

October 9th, 2011, 05:23 AM
^ That would raise oodles in no time, then...;). Shhhh, don't tell Bloomie.

October 10th, 2011, 10:37 AM
The fact that they now charge for reservations troubles me. Still, I bought 4 tickets.That's sound odd - is that for all buildings that require reservations or just a select few (ie tourist hot spots)?

In London (where the Open House event originated from), there are quite a few buildings that have restrictions for various reasons (some require photo ID), but none charge. For the likes of the BT Tower, successful applicants are decided by lottery.

September 23rd, 2014, 01:27 AM
Anyone going this year?

OHNY 2014 Includes TWA Terminal, World's Fair Hall of Science

by Jessica Dailey

Top photo by Andrea Marpillero-Colomina (http://ny.curbed.com/archives/2011/10/17/a_retrofuturistic_field_trip_to_jfks_twa_terminal. php)

The full list of sites and tours for the 2014 Open House New York (http://www.ohny.org/) weekend won't be released for another week, but today, OHNY revealed a few more events and attractions, including Eero Saarinen's iconic TWA Flight Center at JFK Airport. The terminal rarely opens to the public, and for the last four years, it has been OHNY's most visited site. This year, it will be hosting tours on Saturday, October 11. Many of the newly revealed locations (http://www.ohny.org/weekend/event-guide) need advanced reservations, as do the new events, which include an East River Esplanade walking tour with CIVITAS and Mathews Nielsen Landscape Architects and a tour of remediation efforts in Newtown Creek with ExxonMobil.

Other reservation-needed events include a tour of Harlem's new Sugar Hill Project (http://ny.curbed.com/archives/2014/06/10/previewing_harlems_controversial_cantilevered_gray _building.php) lead by architect David Adjaye; a tour of PS109 (http://ny.curbed.com/tags/ps-109), recently converted into El Barrio's Artspace; the under-renovation United Nations campus; and the rarely-open-to-the-public Woolworth Building lobby (http://ny.curbed.com/archives/2014/05/12/ogle_the_woolworth_buildings_stunning_rarely_open_ lobby.php).

But for those who can't be bothered to make advanced plans, half of the sites and tours have complete open access. Of these, one of the most popular will certainly be the Great Hall of the New York Hall of Science, built in Flushing-Meadows Corona Park for the 1964-65 World's Fair. The 100-foot-tall space has "no corners or straight segments" and has spent the last few years being restored by Ennead Architects. Less famous, but equally intriguing is the Spitzer School of Architecture's Solar Roofpod, an ecotastic micro-dwelling designed by students for the 2011 Solar Decathlon.

For the first time, OHNY is also hosting "Factory Friday (http://blog.ohny.org/ohny-pratt-centers-made-in-nyc-network-present-factory-friday/)" this year. On Friday, October 10, eight factories across the city will be open for tours, giving the public a behind the scenes glimpse (http://madeinnyc.org/) of goods that are manufactured in the five boroughs. Sites include the Organic Food Incubator in Long Island City, the metal fabricators Ferra Designs in the Brooklyn Navy Yard, and silk flower makers M & S Schmalberg in the Garment District.

Also for the first time, OHNY is hosting nighttime tours to show "how the art of lighting the urban environment shapes our experience of the city." Ten "significant exterior lighting design projects" will be toured, including the 9/11 Memorial, Times Square, and the High Line.
OHNY Event Guide (http://www.ohny.org/weekend/event-guide) [official]

http://ny.curbed.com/archives/2014/09/22/ohny_2014_includes_twa_terminal_worlds_fair_hall_o f_science.php