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Saturday, June 11, 2016
Williamsburg and Greenpoint
12:30 PM Check-in (Kinfolk 90, 90 Wythe Avenue)
1:00-5:00 PM Sites Open

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

The area of North Brooklyn occupied by Williamsburg and Greenpoint was once one of the busiest and most important industrial districts in the United States, home to oil refineries, ship builders, china and porcelain factories, sugar refineries, and iron foundries. Gentrification that started in the 1990s was further fueled through a major rezoning in 2005 that brought waves of luxury apartment buildings, restaurants, and retail shops. Today, high-end commercial and residential development co-exists with dozens of designers and fabricators that feed off of the area’s historic role as a center of production and activity, and an Industrial Business Zone that aims to preserve aspects of its industrial past.

Field Guide: North Brooklyn opens the doors to more than two dozen sites for an opportunity to explore one of New York City’s most dynamic neighborhoods at a transitional moment in its history. The event is organized as a self-guided walking tour, with individual sites offering tours, talks, and demonstrations. Each ticket holder will be given a detailed guide to the neighborhood at registration, and may visit the sites of their choosing in any order during their hours of participation. Check-in for the event will begin at 12:30 PM, and sites will be open between 1:00-5:00 PM.

Registration
$15 OHNY Members & Students
$25 General Admission

 

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER

 

Participating Sites (List in Formation)
590BC
AA Studio
A/D/O
ACME Studio
Brooklyn Art Library
Bureau V
C.Wall Architecture
City Reliquary
Crème
FACE Design & Fabrication
Joseph Vance Architects
Kin&Company
Kinfolk
Museum of Food and Drink
STREB Lab for Action Mechanics
Studio Tractor Architecture PLLC
Tacklebox Architecture
VAMOS Architects
UPCYCLES
Withers & Grain

Have a site in the neighborhood that you would like to open as part of Field Guide: North Brooklyn on June 11th? Email OHNY Program Director Brendan Crain at brendan@ohny.org.
Photo by Franck Michel via Flickr

Open House New York’s Monograph in Motion is an ongoing series of public tours celebrating the work of design firms that have had a significant impact on New York City’s built environment. Monograph in Motion tours illuminate how larger ideas about design and urbanism are expressed through a firm’s buildings and how those ideas evolve over time across multiple projects.

The next Monograph in Motion explores the work of Ennead Architects, a firm that creates new paradigms for how we live, learn, work and play. Tours of four projects will provide an overview of Ennead’s success in creating architectural identities for important cultural, civic and educational institutions and in enhancing the quality of civic space across the city. The studio—known around the world for their ability to transform complex programs and physical spaces into welcoming, memorable places through a highly collaborative design process—has left a marked imprint on the cultural landscape in New York City, their home base. From an iconic performance venue that represents the epitome of musical excellence to a defining landmark in the Meatpacking District and a media complex that becomes its own billboard along the highway, the firm creates highly expressive buildings that engage and inspire, while serving as anchors within their communities.

 

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Jazz at Lincoln Center

Thursday, March 10, 2016
9:00 AM

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

 

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER

 

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Carnegie Hall’s Zankel Hall & Stern Auditorium

Thursday, March 17, 2016
6:00 PM

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

 

RESERVATIONS OPEN ON MAR 3

 

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New York Times Printing Plant

Wednesday, March 23, 2016
6:30 PM (Shuttle) 7:00 PM (Tour)

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

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

 

RESERVATIONS OPEN ON MAR 9

 

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The Standard, High Line

Tuesday, March 29, 2016
4:00 PM

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

 

RESERVATIONS OPEN ON MAR 15

 

Image credits: Jazz at Lincoln Center © Lawrence Sumulong; All others © Jeff Goldberg/Esto

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If there is an architectural expression of New York’s current obsession with food, it is the food hall. Combining elements of the enclosed public markets of the 19th century with the food courts of the 1970s, today’s food halls constitute, as one writer observed, “the most significant development in restaurant real estate this decade.”

Open House New York invites you to explore the design of today’s food halls to consider what they can tell us about how we eat–and live–now. Food hall tours of Eataly, Berg’n, Le District and Gotham West this winter, will explore the design, function, and management of these spaces as part of OHNY’s year long series The Final Mile: Food Systems of New York.

Learn more on The Final Mile Blog.

 

I am OHNY is an annual campaign that celebrates OHNY’s community of supporters. Robert Balder is Executive Director of Cornell University’s College of Architecture, Art, and Planning (AAP) New York City program, and has been an OHNY supporter from it’s start.

“I first learned about OHNY shortly after it was founded in 2001. The goal of promoting awareness and improving access to New York City’s architectural and cultural heritage has long been one of my passions,” says Bob. “In fact, many of my academic pursuits at Cornell University’s College of Architecture, Art and Planning (AAP) parallel OHNY’s interests and programming. As OHNY has grown and expanded over the years, I’ve shared it with my colleagues and all of my students that study in New York City.”

This year, Bob brought together more than eighty Cornell students to participate in the 2015 OHNY Weekend. Over the course of two days, they crisscrossed the five boroughs, visiting many of the sites we had the opportunity to open up this year, to deepen their understanding of the city. Thank you Bob for sharing our programming with so many of your students and introducing them to the city’s many architectural and cultural treasures through us!

What do you love most about New York City?
It’s a tough question as there are so many aspects of New York City that I truly love, but I’d have to say it’s the city’s architecture (my favorite building is the Chrysler Building).

What is your most memorable Open House New York experience?
It was a special East River Boat Tour of the New York Harbor, in the summer of 2012. I was asked to speak about Cornell’s recent plans for its new Tech Campus under development at Roosevelt Island. Upon boarding the vessel I was impressed by the size of the group assembled and the intense interest in the topics we discussed that day. It truly demonstrated for me the importance of OHNY’s mission and the need to expand its offerings on a more frequent and consistent basis.

If OHNY could grant you an all-access pass to any place in the city, where would you go and why?
It would have to be the American Museum of Natural History, which contains over 32 million specimens of plants, animals, fossils, minerals, as well as cultural artifacts, all contained in 27 interconnected buildings totaling 2 million square feet of space. I would need many lifetimes to begin to understand even a small portion of it.

OHNY is important to New York City because…
OHNY provides our students (really all New Yorkers) with compelling and unique experiences that connect them to New York City in ways that classroom learning can’t. It stimulates their study of the city and inspires them to think deeply about our past, present, and future. I wish OHNY could be part of every course!

Help OHNY continue to expand its programming and stimulate all New Yorkers’ studies of the city, inspiring us to think deeply about our past, present and future.
Join OHNY as a Member
Gift an OHNY Membership
Support OHNY with a donation

From the Annual OHNY Weekend to its year-round public programs, OHNY offers you opportunities to see the city like you’ve never seen it. With your support, OHNY can continue to open the city to tens of thousands of people throughout the five boroughs, tying us closer to the places, people and stories that make New York the most extraordinary city in the world. Together, we are OHNY.

I am OHNY is an annual campaign that celebrates OHNY’s community of supporters. Saundra Thomas is Vice President of Community Affairs at WABC-TV, a longtime media sponsor of OHNY Weekend. She first heard about Open House New York in its early years, when OHNY founder Scott Lauer reached out to WABC-TV for promotional support for OHNY Weekend, and has been involved ever since!

Dedicated to community service, Saundra was a candidate for New York City Council in 2013 and is an active board member of a number of nonprofit organizations in the city. This November, she also joined OHNY’s governing board. We’re excited to welcome her aboard!

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What do you love most about New York City?
The diversity of the people, food and culture, the freedom it gives you to find your place, and that it is surrounded by water!

What is your most memorable Open House New York experience?
This year, my wife and I had the opportunity to visit the Coffey Street residence. The best thing about it was the friendliness of architect and owner Thomas Warnke; the pride he took in showing us his home; the attention to detail he clearly took in designing it; and most of all, how much the space made us feel as if we wanted to live in it!

If OHNY could grant you an all-access pass to any place in the city, where would you go and why?
I would love to be backstage from start to finish for a big concert. I’ve been fortunate to see lots of concerts at various performing arts spaces, but as a non-musician, I’d love to go backstage at Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, Madison Square Garden or Barclays Center, not only to experience the physical space, but also to experience the energy of those places before a big show. I’d love to be in the wings at Alvin Ailey in City Center. After the show, I’d love to see how everything is broken down and brought back to its “bare” form. I’m fascinated by how these spaces seem “come to life!”

OHNY is important to New York City because…
It creates access to places and spaces that make New York great and connects people in the process.

Help OHNY continue connect New Yorkers to each other and to the places and spaces that it make it a great city.
Join OHNY as a Member
Gift an OHNY Membership
Support OHNY with a donation

From the Annual OHNY Weekend to its year-round public programs, OHNY offers you opportunities to see the city like you’ve never seen it. With your support, OHNY can continue to open the city to tens of thousands of people throughout the five boroughs, tying us closer to the places, people and stories that make New York the most extraordinary city in the world. Together, we are OHNY.