OHNY Weekend

Umbrella House Raaka Chocolate

The Final Mile: Food Systems of New York is a year-long series of public programs organized by Open House New York to explore the architecture of New York City’s uniquely multi-layered food system. In the midst of a resurgent interest in food that expresses itself in the proliferation of food halls and farmer’s markets, CSAs, and celebrity chefs, The Final Mile considers how the spaces of the production, distribution, and consumption of food shape the city at all scales and what choices we can make to design a better food system for the future.

During OHNY Weekend, Open House New York invites you to visit sites of food production and processing across all five boroughs. From rooftop farms to innovative incubators to factories that make everything from chocolate to baked goods, visitors will have the chance to learn about how New York City’s Food system works; the kinds of spaces it occupies; and what forces are at work in feeding our city.


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Food Factory Friday


On Friday, October 16, the day before OHNY Weekend officially begins, food and beverage manufacturers across the city will open their doors for public tours for Food Factory Friday. Discover one of New York City’s fastest-growing industries and learn about the people responsible for the unique products that define the city’s vibrant food culture.

Participating factories include:

Brooklyn Roasting Company
Dumbo, Brooklyn

Breuckelen Distilling
Gowanus, Brooklyn

Industry City (Multiple Factories)
Sunset Park, Brooklyn

Liddabit Sweets
Sunset Park, Brooklyn

Li-Lac Chocolates
Sunset Park, Brooklyn

Raaka Chocolate
Red Hook, Brooklyn

Tom Cat Bakery
Long Island City, Queens

Uncle Louie G’s
Tottenville, Staten Island

Tour times for participating factories vary, and Advance Reservations are required.

Food Factory Friday is organized by the urban manufacturing experts at the Pratt Center for Community Development. All of the participating factories are members of the Made in NYC network, a Pratt Center initiative that seeks to promote and strengthen the 6,500+ manufacturing businesses making products and creating jobs across New York City’s five boroughs.

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Production Spaces


A selection of urban farms and food business incubators will also open to the public during OHNY Weekend, a rare opportunity to talk to local food producers and farmers to learn about what they do and how their unique spatial needs are met in innovative ways in the city’s dense urban fabric.

Participating production spaces include:

Bronx CookSpace at Urban Horizons
Morrisania, Bronx

Brooklyn Grange
Long Island City, Queens

Entrepreneur Space
Long Island City, Queens

Farm on Kent
Williamsburg, Brooklyn

Hana Kitchens
Sunset Park, Brooklyn

Umbrella House Rooftop Garden
Lower East Side, Manhattan

All production spaces are Open Access. More information including dates and times will be released on October 6 at www.ohny.org.

The Final Mile: Food Systems of New York is made possible with generous support from the Reba Judith Sandler Foundation.

Images (from top): Umbrella House at Rooftop Farms/Antigona Gonzalez; Raaka Chocolate/Raaka Chocolate; Tom Cat Bakery/Vicki Wasick; Uncle Louie G’s/courtesy of the site; Brooklyn Grange/Anastasia Cole Plakias; Farm on Kent/Andrew Kluger.

Open House New York is excited to welcome back Mathilde Sanson to the team of volunteers involved in the 2015 OHNY Weekend. This year, her wife, Christine Cea, joins her in helping to make this Open House New York Weekend the best yet! Volunteers play a pivotal role on-site, greeting and managing lines and check-in. OHNY Weekend would not be possible without their support. Mathilde and Christine were asked about their experiences as both participants and volunteers during OHNY Weekend. Mathilde and Christine live in Chelsea with their son.


Christine: “Our favorite NYC neighborhood is our very own: Chelsea. Not only because it is our home. I love how it has evolved in so many great ways – the galleries, the High Line, the Greenway and waterfront — while retaining its architectural diversity.  And, its history as the estate of Clement Clarke Moore who wrote ‘A Visit From St. Nicholas’.

“I’m looking forward to the added bonus of learning and seeing more from a behind the scenes perspective as an OHNY Weekend volunteer.”

Mathilde: “I like getting to know a site in more detail than by just visiting. Last year I worked a four-hour shift at the Freemason’s Grand Lodge on 23rd Street – which I must have passed hundreds of times!  This is a male membership society and it was fascinating to learn about their closed-doors meetings from the actual members who gave the tours. Meanwhile, it was amusing that the volunteers were an all-female crew running the elevator and managing the visitor crowds.

“Last year, I loved visiting the Woolworth building. The lobby was fantastic but so were the views from the architectural office which participated.

“We have attended in years past both the weekend and architectural boat tours and loved the exposure to so many sights and history. Volunteering is a way to help such a great organization thrive and so that more people can enjoy the architectural wonders of NYC.

“Christine is a native New Yorker who was born in Brooklyn. I moved with my family to Manhattan as a teen and lived midtown. We met at Barnard College of Columbia University. Five other members of our family have graduated from or worked at Columbia. Our son is a native New Yorker and attends high school in the neighborhood and Ubers about town. We are a genuine New York City family.”

A huge thank you to the 1,200 individuals who registered to volunteer during the 2015 OHNY Weekend on October 17 and 18! Looking forward to another great year!


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Open House New York is partnering with dsgnfix to help you navigate the city this OHNY Weekend!

dsgnfix is a free, location-based iOS app that enables you to search, discover and share design destinations. Beginning on October 6 and during OHNY Weekend, all Open Access sites will be listed on dsgnfix, with information about location and what times you can visit. You can use dsgnfix to find out where to go next–dsgnfix uses geolocation, so the sites closest to you will appear on the top of the list, no matter where your travels take you! Tap the map pin and you will see every destination on a map in relation to your current location.

You can also use dsgnfix to post and share what you discover along the way during your adventures: a building, a park, a unique view. Share what inspires you! Take a picture, write a description, and post to share with other OHNY Weekend explorers and the larger dsgnfix community. After OHNY Weekend is over, you can use dsgnfix to continue navigating the world through the lens of design.

Visit the App Store on your iPhone and search for “dsgnfix” to download the app today, or visit



Please note: dsgnfix is available only for iPhone users at this time.

Each year, an amazing group of more than one thousand people–from around New York and around the world–volunteer to help make OHNY Weekend possible. Volunteers play a pivotal role on-site, greeting visitors and managing lines and check-in. Kathryn Yu is a User Experience Designer living in the West Village. She has generously donated her time and talent for nearly ten years as a volunteer photographer for OHNY Weekend, taking many of the photographs that you see on our website, Facebook page, and elsewhere.


“It’s extremely difficult to pick a favorite OHNY site, as I’ve been attending and photographing spaces during OHNY since 2006. Obviously, the iconic TWA Flight Center at JFK designed by Eero Saarinen comes to mind. I encourage everyone to make the trek out to JFK at least once in their lives. I love photographing all of the curves there and observing the way people interact with the space. I also really enjoyed seeing all of the little details at Paul Rudolph’s Modulightor Building–the entire place is filled with knick-knacks, plants, small pieces of art, and more, all organized very neatly. The Woolworth Building lobby is always stunning and a reminder that New Yorkers miss a lot of beauty that’s up above us on the ceiling. There are a lot of great buildings that we walk through every day, so take a moment to look up at the ceiling; you never know what you might see. And last year, I really loved seeing the High Line at night from the perspective of an architect at L’Observatoire International, who designed a lot of the lighting to be subtle and not ruin one’s night vision.

“I started volunteering for OHNY because I had already been posting my photographs to Twitter and Flickr for a while. Someone from OHNY saw them and reached out to me. I’ve been volunteering as a photographer ever since! I always like to try to change my perspective when photographing OHNY spaces. Sometimes you notice a lot more if you spend a little extra time looking up, or by getting down on the ground…

“The funniest OHNY experience I had was several years ago, when I took a ‘Peeling Back the Neon’ tour of Times Square. The docent lead the group around Times Square to the remaining XXX shops and peep shows in the area. We must have been a strange sight, a bunch of ‘tourists’ taking photos, huddled around different ‘adult’ businesses.”

Watch for Kathryn this OHNY Weekend, as she’ll be back again taking photos! A huge thank you to Kathryn and to the 1,200 individuals who registered to volunteer during the 2015 OHNY Weekend on October 17th and 18th! Looking forward to another great year!


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New York has always been a city of engineering feats, home to historically important projects–from the Brooklyn Bridge to the subway system to the Empire State Building– that pushed the boundaries of structural possibility. Over the past decade, architects and engineers have continued this long tradition of structural innovation, using new materials and technologies to design and build a new generation of New York icons that advance the art of engineering while enriching the city’s built environment.

During this year’s OHNY Weekend, on Saturday and Sunday, October 17-18, 2015, Open House New York and the Structural Engineers Association of New York (SEAoNY) are partnering to open a selection of recent projects that illustrate the state of the art of structural engineering in New York City. Tours will help visitors to understand these projects from the perspective of the structural engineers who helped transform them from idea to reality.

Full tour descriptions and more information about how to visit these sites will be available in early October.

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Engineering New York Tours and Talks
Apple Cube – 5th Ave
Eckersley O’Callaghan Engineers

Brookfield Place
Thornton Tomasetti

Brooklyn Navy Yard Center at BLDG92

Drawing Center
BuroHappold Engineering

High Line
BuroHappold Engineering

Hudson Yards
Thornton Tomasetti

John Jay College of Criminal Justice
LERA Consulting Structural Engineers

Gilsanz Murray Steficek

Stapleton Library
Gilsanz Murray Steficek

The New School: University Center
Desimone Consulting Engineers

Whitney Museum of American Art

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The Structural Engineers Association of New York (SEAoNY) is a member organization of the National Council of Structural Engineers Associations. The association sponsors workshops, panel discussions, lectures and seminars with the aim of addressing topics of interest and concern to structural engineers. Our membership, which is over 500 members, includes individuals from most major structural engineering design firms in New York State, and affiliate members who come from a variety of disciplines such as geotechnical, civil, construction management and architecture. The purpose of SEAoNY is to advance the art of structural engineering in New York by improving the flow of ideas and building the community of colleagues.


Image credits (from top): Whitney Museum of American Art/Ed Lederman; Brookfield Place/Bess Adler, Thornton Tomasetti; Stapleton Library/Naho Kubota; John Jay College of Criminal Justice/Eduard Huber; Apple Cube/Apple, Inc.; Brooklyn Navy Yard/Chuck Choi Architectural Photography