OHNY Weekend

We would like to introduce Ashley Davis, our Volunteer Coordinator for the 2016 Open House New York Weekend. As Volunteer Coordinator, Ashley manages and coordinates Open House New York’s team of over 1,000 volunteers who donate their time and energy during Open House New York Weekend helping out at one of several hundred participating sites and tours.


Before joining Open House New York, Ashley worked as the Executive Assistant at the environmental advocacy organization Waterkeeper Alliance, where she also created and managed a volunteer internship program. Ashley grew up in Columbus, Ohio and received a BA in Communication from the University of Southern California in Los Angeles, along with minors in Managing Human Relations and Photography. Throughout her career, Ashley has always had a deep passion for philanthropy and volunteerism – or helping people help the world, as she likes to think of it. She loves New York and enjoys every opportunity to share this amazing city with others.

A few fun facts about Ashley:

  • She designed and led a custom tour of New York City based on the musical “Hamilton.” It involved 12 miles of walking and included a stop in Weehawken, New Jersey!
  • She makes her own (delicious) cold brew coffee.
  • She is one quarter Syrian.
  • She participated in Open House London in 2009.

You can contact Ashley at volunteer@ohny.org for more information about volunteering during Open House New York Weekend on October 15 and 16. Register to volunteer today by clicking here!

For this year’s OHNY Weekend, Open House New York partnered with Wikimedia NYC to present the Wikipedia @ OHNY Weekend Photo Competition. Weekend visitors were invited to submit photos via Wikimedia Commons for a chance to win prizes, and at the same time contribute to one one of the largest collaboratively compiled and edited media projects in history. 1,100 photos were submitted, all of which are now part of Wikimedia Commons, the online repository of free-use public domain images that are used across Wikipedia. A select number of photos taken during OHNY Weekend are already being used to illustrate Wikipedia articles! Click here to view a list of these photos and the articles in which they appear.

For the photo competition, submissions were grouped into three categories–Details, Exteriors, and Interiors–and judged by a panel of jurors including Pat Kiernan, Morning Anchor, NY1; Roy Kim, President, Open House New York Board of Directors; Alexandra Lange, Architecture Critic, Curbed; and Erica Stoller, Director, Esto. Winners were selected in each category, one of which was selected as the Grand Prize Winner. In addition, 3-4 photos in each category were recognized with an Honorable Mention, determined by the number of votes from the panel of jurors. Prizes awarded to the winners include an iPad Mini and $100 certificates for Photo Safaris, courtesy of New York City Photo Safari.

Many thanks to all entrants and congratulations to the winners!


Grand Prize



Winner: Meister Hall by Striped Architect





Winner: Newtown Creek Wastewater Treatment Plant by BronxAquarian


Winner: Brooklyn Army Terminal by Mark Funk

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Honorable Mentions (L-R): 111 Eighth Avenue by Ayzego; Marine Air Terminal by AtDisneyAgain; TWA Flight Center by Mark Funk; and Newtown Creek Wastewater Treatment Plant by Apic24





Winner: Meister Hall by Striped Architect


Winner: TWA Flight Center by Bitpixdigital

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Honorable Mentions (L-R): Woolworth Building and City Hall by Joe David; Tudor City Penthouse by cc2723; FDR Four Freedoms Park by Kenlarry





Winner: Ford Foundation by Moucheraud

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Honorable Mentions (L-R): The Four Seasons by Sarojini Seupersad; John Jay College of Criminal Justice by JZX422; New York State Pavilion by Erin Slonaker; General Grant National Memorial by Architecturalimagery


Open House New York gratefully acknowledges the generous support of New York City Photo Safari for this year’s competition prizes.



TWA Flight Center at JFK Airport on Sunday, October 18, 2015. Photo by Nicolas Lemery Nantel.


Tens of thousands of New Yorkers – along with visitors from across the country and around the world – came together this year for the 2015 Open House New York Weekend, crisscrossing the five boroughs in celebration of this extraordinary city and its architecture. From food production spaces to dazzling landmark interiors, the hills of Governors Island to a gilded Wonder Theater in Brooklyn, this year’s Weekend gave visitors unparalled access to the city, deepening our understanding of the complexities of design, construction, and preservation, and providing a visceral reminder of how thoughtful design can immeasurably enrich our day-to-day-lives.

Our deepest thanks to all of you who made it possible: all of our funders, including premier sponsor Porcelanosa, without whose support there would be no OHNY Weekend; our site hosts, intrepid individuals and organizations who opened their doors to welcome the public into their spaces; the record-breaking 1,200 volunteers who helped manage crowds with kindness and grace; and the tens of thousands of visitors who imbue this event with boundless energy and enthusiasm. It is truly a privilege to collaborate with all of you on this incredible festival.

View some of our favorite highlights here.



Tomorrow, on the Saturday of OHNY Weekend (Oct. 17), urban wonks will have an extraordinary opportunity to visit two of the most important buildings in New York City government: City Hall and the Manhattan Municipal Building. Open Access to City Hall has been organized by the Public Design Commission, the official design review agency that advocates for excellence and innovation in the city’s public realm. PDC officials will be on-site throughout speaking about the building’s stunning landmark interiors. And before or after you visit the seat of city government, don’t miss the Manhattan Borough President’s Map Display, just across Centre Street, for a truly historic display of the 1820 Randel Farm Maps, the first to plot the grid established by the Commissioners’ Plan of 1811.


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City Hall

12:00 pm4:00 pm.

Completed in 1812, New York’s City Hall is one of the oldest City Halls in the nation still serving its original purpose. It is the third home of New York’s government, but the first to be built specifically as a municipal seat. It is a National Historic Landmark and an NYC Landmark, and the rotunda, lit by a central oculus and graced by a “floating” staircase, is an NYC interior landmark. The plaza, rotunda, City Council chamber, and Governor’s Room will be open during OHNY Weekend, and visitors will be able to chat with staff from the Public Design Commission and Richard Southwick, Director of Preservation with Beyer Blinder Belle. Long lines are expected, so arrive early!


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Manhattan Borough President’s Map Display

10:00 am4:00 pm.

NYC Borough Presidents are responsible for maintaining the official maps for their borough. On OHNY Weekend, the Manhattan BP Gale Brewer’s office will display an historically essential map in the development of Manhattan—executed by John Randel in 1820—that has never been displayed in full. This map is the first that plotted the 1811 “Commissioner’s Plan” which established the Manhattan street grid—from Houston St. to 155th Street—and also encompasses the rest of the island, from The Battery to Inwood. The MBP’s Topographical Bureau is the sole repository for these 92 individually hand-drawn and hand-colored panels— which will be assembled into a room-size display, roughly 16 feet by 60 feet.

For true map geeks, there’s a special incentive to arrive at the 10:00 am Saturday opening of the display: Hilary Ballon, curator of The Greatest Grid: The Master Plan of Manhattan at Museum of the City of New York (and Professor of Urban Studies at NYU) will be available to answer visitors’ questions, but only from 10:00 am11:00 am.

Anthony Quintano via Flickr

Dear Friends:

It is a great pleasure to send greetings to everyone attending the 13th Annual Open House New York Weekend.

As a hub of innovation and the arts, New York has a long and storied architectural history, and our city has always been at the forefront of advancements in the field of urban planning and design. The five boroughs attract some of the world’s leading architects, and their groundbreaking projects that range from the classic to the contemporary have become some of the most famous and widely recognized public spaces, skyscrapers, and cultural landmarks ever created.

With its ongoing mission to foster greater appreciation for our city’s distinct architectural landscape, OHNY has showcased the buildings and structures that have come to define New York, offering visitors and longtime residents alike the opportunity to see our urban environment in new and inspiring ways. As part of the annual OHNY Weekend, workshops, exclusive tours, and discussions will bring together engineers, architectural enthusiasts, and the public to celebrate achievements in construction. The event will also offer a chance to plan for the future with attention to the latest sustainable developments and projects that are helping move our city forward.

On behalf of the City of New York, I thank OHNY staff and volunteers for opening the doors of our buildings to inspire the next generation of urban designers and for paying tribute to the architectural legacy of the five boroughs. Please accept my best wishes for a memorable and enjoyable weekend.



Bill de Blasio


Photo: Anthony Quintano via Flickr