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Open House New York challenges you to show how much you know about New York’s recent past!

A lot has changed in New York City since the first Open House New York Weekend took place on October 11 and 12, 2003. From the High Line and Hudson Yards to Citibike and the Second Avenue Subway, the city and our experience of it has changed dramatically over the past fifteen years. 40,000 new buildings were built, 450 miles of new bike lanes were laid, and more than a third of New York’s neighborhoods were rezoned.

Through it all, Open House New York was there, opening doors and giving New Yorkers access to the changing city. Now Open House New York invites you to test your knowledge about this vibrant and volatile period in New York’s history! To celebrate the 15th anniversary of OHNY Weekend, Open House New York has organized a citywide scavenger hunt of recent architecture, planning, and development. Travel the five boroughs while answering clues that send you to New York’s most breathtaking new buildings. Relive some of the city’s most heated preservation battles and uncover the policies and politics that shaped contemporary New York. Join us in celebrating a city that remains the greatest metropolis in the world!

Closing Reception Hosted by

 

How it Works:

  • Players must register in advance, as space is limited, and may play solo or in teams of up to 6 people. One person will register for your team and will be asked to submit a team name and the names of team members.
  • Each team will also be required to designate one Instagram account from which they will submit photos during the course of the scavenger hunt. Only photos submitted via this account will be counted toward your team’s total.
  • The person who registers your team will receive a follow-up email prompting them to send in any key info not provided on the registration form. If you don’t know your team name, all of the team members, or your preferred Instagram account when completing your registration, that info can be sent later, but must be confirmed prior to the event.
  • On June 17, check in at Open House New York (1133 Broadway, 2nd Floor) between 10 AM and 12 PM to receive clue pamphlets and New York Now Scavenger Hunt t-shirts, which will need to worn in each photo submitted in order to earn points.
  • From 10 AM – 5 PM, decipher clues and race across the city posting photos of you and your team in front of the key zoning sites hinted at in more than sixty clues. To level the playing field, teams can walk, run, or take public transportation between sites—the use of bikes, private cars, or taxis is not allowed.
  • At the end of the day, join us for a closing reception from 5:30-7:30 PM at A/D/O (29 Norman Avenue, Greenpoint, Brooklyn) where drinks and snacks will be served, winners announced, and prizes awarded!

 

Event Details
New York Now Scavenger Hunt
Saturday, June 17, 2017
Check-in: 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Hunt: 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Closing Reception: 5:30 – 7:30 PM
Tickets: $35 per team member

 

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Photo: Teri Tynes via Flickr

Landmark Dash participants will compete to win private tours of some of NYC's stunning landmarked interiors, from the New Amsterdam Theater to the Woolworth Building lobby (pictured here) / Photo: Nicolas Lemery Nantel for OHNY
Photo: Nicolas Lemery Nantel for OHNY

On Saturday, April 18th, 2015, Open House New York and the New York School of Interior Design invite you to participate in a day-long race that will take you and your friends through some of the most spectacular landmark interiors in the city, competing against the clock—and each other—to complete challenges, earn points, and win prizes. The Dash is being organized as a companion event to Rescued, Restored, Reimagined: New York’s Landmark Interiors, a featured exhibition of NYC Landmarks 50, a year-long celebration of the 50th anniversary of the New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission. Read on to learn how you can participate!

Get Ready for a Race

The Landmark Dash will take you through about a dozen landmark interiors (many of which are not normally open to the public) across three boroughs of New York City to complete challenges, solve puzzles, and learn about the architectural and historical significance of some of the city’s most important interiors. Players should be prepared to walk up to several miles over the course of the day, ride many more miles on the subway, and make extensive use of their smartphones. The sites are all surprises—you won’t know where you’re headed next until you complete a challenge at each location along the route. Please plan ahead and make sure that you and your team are ready for a race!

Register Your Team

Players must register and play in teams of 2-4; no solo racers are allowed. One person will register for your team, and will receive a follow-up email prompting them to send in a list of all team members and a team name. Please be sure to respond as soon as possible to ensure that your team’s registration is complete and your team’s materials are ready on the day of the Dash.

Read Up on Interior Landmarks

The Landmark Dash will begin at the NYSID Gallery, where  Rescued, Restored, Reimagined is currently on-view, but you are welcome to visit the exhibition in advance to learn more about New York City’s interior landmarks in preparation for game day.

Play to Win

Top-scoring teams will each win a private tour of one of New York City’s interior landmarks. Teams will choose their prizes in order of the total number of points, highest to lowest. The tours available include:

•  Appellate Division Courthouse of the State of New York
•  The Park Avenue Armory
•  New Amsterdam Theater (with Hugh Hardy)
•  The Rainbow Room (with Gabellini Sheppard)
•  Weylin B. Seymour’s in the Williamsburg Savings Bank Building
•  Woolworth Building Lobby (with Helen Post Curry) [pictured]

Event Details

Date: Saturday, April 18, 2015
Check-in: 10:00-11:00 AM
Dash time: 11:00 AM–6 PM
Closing Reception: 5:00-7:00 PM
Cost: $40 per person (teams of 2-4)

Please note: Participants must be able to walk a mile at a time; must have their own Metrocard; and each team must have at least one member with a smartphone.

 

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER

 

 

Landmark Dash FAQs

 

What buildings will I visit during the Landmark Dash?
The participating sites are a secret; each site along the route will be revealed to you and your team once you have completed a challenge at the previous site.

Are the sites places that I could normally go on my own?
While there will be a few publicly accessible interiors on the route, most of the participating sites are not normally open to the public.

I’m not sure I want to pay to register for an event if I don’t know what buildings I’ll be getting into…
The Landmark Dash is being organized by Open House New York in partnership with the New York School of Interior Design—two organizations that have a pretty good idea of what an interesting interior looks like. So trust us when we say: you’re going to get into some really amazing spaces!

What will I be doing at these sites?
Each site will feature a challenge related to the landmark interior’s architecture and/or history. Challenges will be designed to take approximately 5-10 minutes each, so that participants can move quickly from site to site. While you’ll need to be able to walk quite a bit over the course of the day, the challenges themselves will not be physically intense, so don’t worry about lifting, running, etc.

What if I want to spend more time at one of the sites, or take a full tour?
Longer tours will not be available at sites on the day of the Landmark Dash, but information about how to return for a more in-depth tour will be on hand at any sites where tours are regularly offered. The Landmark Dash is intended to be a fast-paced game—you’ll see a lot of wonderful spaces, but you won’t be able to linger too long.

Can I play by myself?
No, everyone must participate as a member of a team. Teams can be comprised of 2-4 people. One person will register for the team, and will receive a follow-up email from OHNY staff prompting them to supply the names and email addresses for all team members, as well as a team name.

How far will I have to travel during this event?
The Landmark Dash will take participants to three of the five boroughs.

Is transportation between sites provided?
No. You’ll need to use your wits, your sense of direction, and your own Metrocard to travel between sites. It is estimated that participants will take at least 9-10 trips on the subway.

How long will the Landmark Dash take?
The Dash will begin at 11:00 AM sharp; each team will finish at their own speed, but it is expected that people will generally wrap up between 5:00-6:00 PM.

Is this event handicapped accessible?
Unfortunately, due to the nature of this event, the Landmark Dash is not handicapped accessible.

Where will the Landmark Dash start and end?
The Dash will both start and end at the New York School of Interior Design on Manhattan’s Upper East Side.

Can I register on the day of the event?
No. All teams must register in advance in order to participate in the Landmark Dash.

What’s included in the cost of registration?
Registration will gain you entry to the opening and closing receptions (with light refreshments provided at both), as well as the Passport and Challenge Cards that you will need in order to participate.

If I don’t want to race, can I volunteer?
We are actively seeking volunteers to help out throughout the day in 2-3 hour shifts at various sites. If you are interested in volunteering, please email volunteer@ohny.org. All volunteers are invited to join us for the closing reception at the NYSID Gallery from 5-7pm.

Still have questions about the event? Email us at info@ohny.org

A talk and tour with Robert LaValva

 

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Photo: amerune/Flickr

 

Sunday, November 24, 2013
3 pm

openhousenewyork launches 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 will give a presentation and lead a 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. The tour will coincide with the monthly market, which on November 24 celebrates the Third Annual New York State Cider Revival.

Robert LaValva studied urban planning and architecture and worked for ten years as a planner for the City of New York, where he helped establish one of the country’s largest urban composting programs. He organized the first New Amsterdam Market in 2005, which has since grown into a non-profit organization whose mission is to establish a public market to promote and sustain a thriving society of small businesses; responsible agriculture, fisheries, and food production; and equitable access to real food.

Admission $15 OHNY and Market members; $25 non-members.
Purchase tickets here.

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OHNY is delighted to unveil this year’s event guide cover! In a nod to how OHNY unlocks the doors to the city, New York-based graphic designer Oliver Munday offers his interpretations of a cross-section of the entryways that this year’s OHNY Weekend will open. Can you name all of the buildings in his illustration?

This year’s event guide will be an insert in the October 3rd issue of Time Out New York. Make sure to pick up a copy when it comes out! The guide will also be available in various locations throughout the five boroughs. Check back on our website to see a list of these locations that will be announced soon.

 

MTA Arts for Transit

 

Photo credit Rob Wilson

 

Take the subway and learn about the artwork in NYC’s subway stations! Since 1985, MTA Arts for Transit & Urban Design has been commissioning artwork to enhance and improve the subway experience. Within the stations of Times Square and Midtown, riders now enjoy works by Roy Lichtenstein, Jacob Lawrence, Jane Dickson, and Eric Fischl. Join Assistant Director Amy Hausmann and artists of works commissioned for the Bronx, to learn about the process of designing artwork for the mass transit system that moves 8.5 million riders every day. Bring your own MetroCard!

Download the free Meridian app for full listings, turn-by-turn direction to artworks and more.

 

Peace Bike Ride

 

 

A great ride for everyone, from cyclists new to group rides to seasoned veterans. Join Nadette Stasa of the Peace Museum and Times’s Up! on a ride of some of downtown Manhattan’s peace sites including, Tibet House US, the former residence of John Lennon and Yoko Ono, Point Thank You, Teardrop Park, The Labyrinth for Contemplation, and many more! BYOB&H – bring your own bike and helmet!

Watch a promo of Peace Bike Rides on YouTube.

 

New York City Photo Safaris

 

Are you an aspiring photographer? Take advantage of this unique opportunity to study the art of architecture photography with a professional photographer on a New York Photo Safari. Enjoy special one-hour photo safaris all Weekend long at Times Square and the Park Avenue Armory. Pleased with your handiwork? Submit your favorite snapshot to OHNY’s Focus on Architecture Photo Contest!

Follow New York City Photo Safari’s blog, for insider tips of professional quality photographing.

 

Fading Ads of New York City

 

 Photo credit Frank Jump

 

For over 20 years, author and photographer Frank Jump has been documenting fading advertisements of New York City. Visible, but less often seen, these ads cling to brick facades like forgotten relics of a bygone era. For Jump, fading ads are metaphors for survival and outliving expected lifetimes, a topic that is very personal to him. Don’t miss this chance to reposition your perspective to these ads hidden-in-plain-sight!

Listen to a podcast of Jump’s conversation with Leonard Lopate from WNYC.

 

All of these tours will be featured as part of the 2012 OHNY Weekend, October 6 & 7, 2012. All listing details for the Weekend will go live on our website in late September. Please check back then for specific dates, times and information about advance reservations, if required.