Open House New York and LinkNYC are thrilled to announce a new partnership to highlight some of your favorite OHNY Weekend sites on select LinkNYC kiosks across all five boroughs! Curated by Open House New York, in partnership with LinkNYC, the Inside NYC campaign celebrates the extraordinary architecture of New York. As you explore the city this fall, be sure to check out Links for a rotating series of images culled from this year’s list of participating OHNY Weekend sites. Images are programmed to appear on Links within a short walking distance from their respective sites, offering passers-by a glimpse inside some of the city’s most interesting spaces in the neighborhoods where they live, work, and play.

If you’ve found your way to the Open House New York website after spotting an Inside NYC image, welcome! You can learn more about the 15th Anniversary Open House New York Weekend, on October 14 and 15, by clicking here. The full OHNY Weekend schedule will go live here at on Wednesday, October 4.

Most of the sites featured in the Inside NYC campaign are “Open Access,” meaning they can be visited during OHNY Weekend without making Advance Reservations; some sites do require visitors to sign up in advance.

The Inside NYC campaign will kick off featuring fifteen selected sites around the city. More sites may be added in the coming weeks, and we’ll be updating this list as they come online. Keep your eyes peeled!

Inside NYC Featured Sites

Battery Weed
Rosebank, Staten Island

Brooklyn Glass
Gowanus, Brooklyn

The Cathedral Church of St. John the Divine
Morningside Heights, Manhattan

Congregation Emanu-El of the City of New York
Upper East Side, Manhattan

The General Society of Mechanics and Tradesmen
Midtown, Manhattan

Gould Memorial Library
University Heights, The Bronx

ISSUE Project Room [Reservations Required]
Downtown Brooklyn

Kingsland Wildflowers Green Roof
Greenpoint, Brooklyn

Masonic Hall [Reservations Required]
Flatiron District, Manhattan

Civic Center/Chinatown, Manhattan

Museum at Eldridge Street
Lower East Side, Manhattan

The National Arts Club [Reservations Required]
Gramercy, Manhattan

The Neustadt Collection of Tiffany Glass [Reservations Required]
Long Island City, Queens

Urban Post-Disaster Housing Prototype [Reservations Required]
Downtown Brooklyn

Van Alen Institute
Flatiron District, Manhattan

Photos: Issue Project Room by Joe Holmes, courtesy of ISSUE Project Room; Mmuseumm, courtesy of the site; Battery Weed by Jesse Vega / Wikimedia Commons / CC BY-SA 4.0.


On December 13, 2016, National Endowment for the Arts Chairman Jane Chu approved more than $30 million in grants as part of the NEA’s first major funding announcement for fiscal year 2017. Included in this announcement is an Art Works grant of $40,000 to Open House New York for Getting to Zero: Cities and Waste, a year long series of tours and programs that will explore the architecture and infrastructure of New York City’s waste system. The Art Works category focuses on the creation of art that meets the highest standards of excellence, public engagement with diverse and excellent art, lifelong learning in the arts, and the strengthening of communities through the arts.

Getting to Zero: Cities and Waste is the third installment of Open House New York’s Urban Systems Series, which has previously explored issues such as contemporary manufacturing and the architecture of New York City’s food system. Launching in 2017, Getting to Zero takes its inspiration from New York City’s 0X30 campaign, which aims to eliminate the 3,000,000 tons of residential waste that New York City sends to landfills each year. The series will deepen public understanding about how our built environment has been shaped and reshaped over time in response to changing attitudes about garbage, and consider what possibilities a radical transformation in waste management could have for new forms of architecture and urbanism. Through tours of infrastructure facilities; lectures and conferences; and other programming, Getting to Zero will raise public awareness about the architecture and infrastructure of waste and about collaborative possibilities for designing a better, more sustainable future.

“In many ways, our waste management system was intentionally designed to keep our garbage out of sight,” said OHNY executive director Gregory Wessner. “But that invisibility also hides from public view the full consequences of the enormous amount of waste we generate each day. Through Getting to Zero, Open House New York will help the public better understand the complex challenges of how we manage waste in a city like New York and to open up the conversation about the future of these systems. We are very grateful for the NEA’s generous support of this project.”

For more information on projects included in the NEA grant announcement, visit



Open House New York is pleased to announce the election of four new members to its Governing Board.

Joining the board are Sherlen Archibald, Robert Herrick, Abby Jo Sigal, and Saundra Thomas. “Their expertise with art, design, and community engagement, as well as their passion for New York City, will be invaluable contributions to Open House New York as it continues to expand its programming throughout the five boroughs of New York,” says Gregory Wessner, executive director of Open House New York. “We are thrilled to welcome them to OHNY’s governing board.”


Sherlen Archibald

Sherlen Archibald is Co-Founder and Partner of AGW Group, a cultural marketing and communications firm that offers a suite of services including digital communications, content strategy and creative partnerships to art, music, fashion, and tech companies. AGW’s clients include Red Bull, ’47 Brand and Mother New York among others.

A classically trained pianist and singer, Sherlen first began working in the entertainment industry at Universal Classics and MTV, then Sony BMG where he handled communications for international artists such as Usher, Jamie Foxx and Ciara. He then left to help start The Chamber Group, a boutique firm that allowed him to guide the careers of iconic artists such as OutKast and Toni Braxton, as well as brands such as Versace, Belvedere and Under Armour.

Sherlen speaks regularly across media, entertainment and innovation panels for SXSW, Syracuse University’s Bander Program for Music and Entertainment Industries, and is also a member of the Ad Color Awards Executive Council.


Robert Herrick 2

Robert Herrick, CEO & Founder of the Thompson House Group and Managing Director of Visualhouse, started his career as an architect, working for a highly regarded practice in London. From there Robert focused his career on architectural visualisation, founding Visualhouse, his first business, in 2006 and working with practices in London, New York, and the Middle East. Since then, Robert has grown the business into a full “creative ideas” agency with international offices in London, New York, Los Angeles, Miami and Hong Kong that produce 360-degree campaigns with commercial film, rendering, and creative and branding divisions. Over the past seven years, Robert has built renowned visual brand stories for landmark buildings and iconic designers such as Zaha Hadid, Norman Foster, Richard Rogers, Kohn Pedersen Fox, Daniel Libeskind, Rafael Vinoly, and Thomas Heatherwick.

In 2013 Robert established the Thompson House Group along with a small group of tastemakers and collaborators in New York. With the core focus of delivering exceptional private member experiences across a growing group of international House’s, Workspaces, Restaurants and Hotels.



Abby Jo Sigal is Executive Director of The James and Judith K. Dimon Foundation, a family foundation supporting career pathways for youth from low-income neighborhoods. She has extensive experience in community development, real estate finance, and impact investing.

Prior to the Dimon Foundation, Abby was the Senior Vice President of Innovation at Enterprise Community Partners, and provided leadership across the organization for strategy, new product development, knowledge management and impact investing. Prior to that role, she ran the Enterprise NY program, deploying $200 million annually in equity, debt, and grants, implementing programs, and advocating for policy. Early in her career, she oversaw the design and development of the West Side’s Hudson River Park and launched its first Summer Youth Program.

A New York resident since age 13, Abby holds a Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy from Yale University and Masters in Business Administration and City & Regional Planning from University of California, Berkeley.



Saundra Thomas, Vice-President of Community Affairs at WABC-TV, has made community service the center of her life. Saundra celebrates nearly three decades at Channel 7, several as promotion writer/producer and editor for Eyewitness News and award-winning ABC7 special programs. In 2001 she transitioned into her current role where she oversees all on-air public service announcements, community outreach and station community partnerships and projects for the tri-state.

Saundra was a candidate for New York City Council in 2013. An active board member, Saundra is the current Board Chair for Council for Unity; Chair Emeritus for Dancewave; and sits on the boards of the New York Women in Communications Foundation, NYC Young Men’s Initiative, advisory boards of The Grace Institute and Services for the Underserved and the Communications Committee for the YMCA of Greater New York, in addition to Open House New York.

Saundra is a recent recipient of an honorary doctorate from St. Francis College, holds a B.A. in Journalism from Rutgers University and an M.A. in Media Studies from the New School. She is a proud and enthusiastic resident of Ditmas Park, Brooklyn, where she lives with her family.

Open House New York

Governing Board

Roy Kim,Chief Creative Officer, Douglas Elliman New Development
Stephan Jaklitsch, Principal, Jaklitsch/Gardner Architects
Vice President
Michael Samuelian, Vice President, Related Companies
Katie Dixon, Executive Director, Powerhouse Workshop

Sherlen Archibald, Partner, AGW Group
Cristobal Correa, Associate Principal, Buro Happold
Kenneth Drucker, Director of Design, HOK
Dorothy Dunn, Dorothy Dunn and Associates
Jonathan L. Geballe, Esq., Attorney
David Gruber, President, David Gruber Real Estate
Louise Harpman, Principal, Specht Harpman Architects
Robert Herrick, Managing Director, Visualhouse and CEO, Thompson House Group
Elizabeth Kubany, President, Kubany Judlowe
Adam Kushner, Principal, KUSHNER studios
Caroline Otto, Senior Associate, anderson architects
Timothy Quinlan, Principal, Quinlan Development Group
Anne Rieselbach, Program Director, The Architectural League of New York
Rob Rogers, Principal, Rogers Partners
Abby Jo Sigal, Executive Director, James and Judith K. Dimon Foundation
Karen Stonely, Principal, SPAN Architecture
Margaret Sullivan, Principal, Margaret Sullivan Studio
Shawn Sullivan, Partner and Studio Leader, Rockwell Group
Saundra Thomas, Vice President of Community Affairs, WABC-TV
Claire Weisz, Principal, WXY architecture + urban design


Open House New York is delighted to announce that at its November 2014 board meeting, the OHNY Governing Board elected Roy Kim, Head of New Development of Compass, as its new board president. Roy succeeds Margaret Sullivan, principal of Margaret Sullivan Studio, who served as board president since 2010 and who will continue to serve as a member of the board.

For the past decade, Roy has worked on over $10 billion worth of new development in Manhattan, including such high profile projects as One57, the Carlton House, One Riverside Park, and the Park Hyatt. Prior to joining Compass, he was a Senior Vice President at Extell Development Company, and helped inaugurate the predevelopment group at Corcoran Sunshine.

Roy, who holds a Masters of Architecture from the University of British Columbia and has taught in the Masters of Real Estate program at Columbia University, attended the first OHNY Weekend in 2003 as a visitor from Seattle. He became more involved in the organization after moving to New York in 2006, eventually joining the governing board in 2011. As a board member, Roy has served on a number of committees, including the executive and development committees, and most recently finished a term as treasurer. As a co-chair of OHNY’s Spring Benefit for the past several years, Roy helped grow the event into OHNY’s single largest source of annual support, which has played a decisive role in making possible OHNY’s expanded schedule of year-round programs.

“OHNY is a very special organization at a pivotal moment in its young history,” Roy said following his election. “The possibilities for bringing people together to learn about New York, about the importance of thoughtful design to improving our day-to-day experience of the city, are limitless. I feel very privileged to have the opportunity to lead OHNY forward into its next chapter, working with an inspiring group of fellow board members and and an incredible staff.”

“OHNY would not be where it is today without the dedicated, thoughtful, and supportive leadership of Margaret Sullivan,” said Gregory Wessner, OHNY’s executive director. “In electing Roy Kim to succeed her, the governing board could not have chosen a better candidate. Roy’s experience working at the intersection of design and development, and his abiding passion for the city, make him uniquely qualified to lead OHNY as it plays a more active role in the civic life of New York.”

Roy will lead a new slate of board officers that includes Vice President Stephan Jaklitsch (Principal, Jaklitsch/Gardner Architects); Secretary Michael Samuelian (Vice President, Related Companies); and Treasurer Katie Dixon (Executive Director, Powerhouse Workshop).

The Governing Board also elected two new members to join the board. They are Marilynn Davis, Partner, K2S Advisors, and Elizabeth Kubany, President, Kubany Judlowe Public Relations.

Open House New York
Governing Board

Roy Kim (President), Head of New Development, Compass
Stephan Jaklitsch (Vice President), Principal, Jaklitsch/Gardner Architects
Michael Samuelian (Secretary), Vice President, Related Companies and
Katie Dixon (Treasurer), Executive Director of Powerhouse Workshop

Morris Adjmi, Principal, Morris Adjmi Architects
Amy R. Churgin, Publisher, Traditional Home Magazine
Cristobal Correa, Associate Principal, Buro Happold
Marilynn Davis, Partner, K2S Advisors
Kenneth Drucker, Director of Design, HOK
Dorothy Dunn, Dorothy Dunn Consulting
Jonathan L. Geballe, Esq., Attorney
David Gruber, President, David Gruber Real Estate
Louise Harpman, Principal, Specht Harpman Architects
Elizabeth Kubany, President, Kubany Judlowe
Adam Kushner, Principal, KUSHNER studios
Caroline Otto, Senior Associate, anderson architects
Timothy Quinlan, Principal, Quinlan Development Group
Anne Rieselbach, Program Director, The Architectural League of New York
Robert Rogers, Principal, Rogers Partners
Karen Stonely, Principal, SPAN Architecture
Margaret Sullivan, Principal, Margaret Sullivan Studio
Shawn Sullivan, Partner and Studio Leader, Rockwell Group
Claire Weisz, Principal, WXY architecture + urban design

openhousenewyork is thrilled to announce Brendan Crain will join as Program Director beginning in January 2014. Brendan is a writer and urbanist who comes to OHNY from Project for Public Spaces. Prior to PPS he was Program Coordinator at the Institute for Urban Design, where he helped organize Urban Design Week in 2011 and the crowdsourced design competition By the City / For the City. Brendan’s writing on urbanism has appeared in Architect, Dwell, MAS Context, and Next American City, among others. We are excited to have Brendan join us and look forward to an expanded schedule of year-round programs in 2014!



Brendan Crain

Program Director, openhousenewyork
Lives in Astoria
OHNY in 2014

Are you a native New Yorker? If not, when and why did you move here?
I moved here about 4 years ago to take a job with the Institute for Urban Design. I had always wanted to move here but told myself that I wouldn’t until my thirties because I knew once I moved here, I would never want to live somewhere else.

What do you find most inspiring about New York City?
I like to walk around a lot and of all the places that I’ve been, New York is the most engaging and diverse environment for that. Especially my own borough, Queens–every neighborhood is uniquely its own place. Within the span of a one-hour walk you can experience dozens of completely different physical environments. And the social environments of those neighborhoods reflect that diversity too. New York is the kind of city that inspires you to keep going out and exploring it further.

What is your favorite place/neighborhood in the city?
I love my neighborhood, Astoria. When I moved to New York I had to move very quickly and stayed with a friend who was living there, and when it came time to find my own place there was no question that I would stay in the neighborhood. There’s something incredible about its local economy. There is very little chain store activity and there are these great commercial streets that all have their own feel–Broadway, 30th Avenue, Steinway Street. I go to each one for different reasons. And then as you get closer to the East River, the context changes even more; there are lots of older industrial buildings; it’s a mix of working factories and newer arts and cultural uses. It’s a really fantastically diverse place, both in terms of the physical environment and the people who live there.

What is a memorable building that you have had access to?
The Woolworth Building, which OHNY has opened many times over the years. It’s a place that I had seen when I was young, and then to have access to it after it had been closed to the public felt very special. It’s really fantastic and inspiring because the story of how Woolworth conceived of and financed that project really shows how architecture reflects society’s values. It was such an important building for its time and you can sense how much that building meant.

If OHNY could grant you an all-access pass to any place in the city, where would you go?
The New York State Pavilion in Flushing Meadows Corona Park. Hands down. I’m worried that it won’t be around for long; it looks increasingly likely it will be torn down. It’s such a kooky thing and such a symbol of Queens. Every time I walk by it, it is just so arresting that I can’t help but want to go inside it.

OHNY is important to New York City because…
I think for every obvious place that you see and say, I have to get in there–the Second Avenue Subway Tunnel or the Chrysler Building or New York State Pavilion–there are hundreds of spaces that aren’t so obvious from the outside. OHNY gives people a chance to explore those places that they didn’t even know existed or to learn surprising things about places that they think know well. And New Yorkers love to know their city in a way that I think is very unique to this town. New Yorkers love New York in a really distinct and strong way. And OHNY makes a social activity out of it, allowing us to explore the city and learn about it together.


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