15th Anniversary

Open House New York’s annual urban scavenger hunt is one of our favorite events to organize each year, and this year’s event on Saturday, June 17th, did not disappoint! More than 75 teams participated, with 56 competing for points via Instagram over the course of the day. Participants braved a downpour earlier in the day, which made for some pretty entertaining photos. We were impressed with everyone’s tenacity—this was quite an intrepid group!

This year’s hunt looked back on how much New York City has changed in the 15 years since the very first OHNY Weekend took place back in 2003. Scavenger hunters solved 65 clues about the buildings and places that dominated the headlines during this period of enormous change in the city, and raced across the five boroughs to visit as many of the sites as possible before the clock ran out at 5pm.

Below, we’ve broken down how the day played out, by the numbers. Thanks to everyone who made it out this past weekend, and congratulations to this year’s winners: The Now York Rats and Team Fresh-Skillz, who tied for first place (!), The Bone Zoners, and The Unholy Trinity, which placed third and fourth, respectively. And thanks as well to our friends at A/D/O, which hosted our closing reception!

Total # of photos submitted: 788
Photos submitted per hour: 112.5
Photos submitted per minute: 1.9
Total points scored: 2623
Average points per team: 47

Teams that went to at least one outer borough: 34
Teams that went to 2-3 outer boroughs: 14

Most correctly-identified sites:

 1. Clue #42: World Trade Center Oculus (27 teams)
 2. Clue #22: 111 Eighth Avenue (26 teams)
 3. Clue #58: Eataly (26 teams)
 4. Clue #15: Bank of America Tower (25 teams)
 5. Clue #23: Hearst Tower (25 teams)
 6. Clue #34: High Line 10th Avenue Amphitheater (25 teams)
 7. Clue #38: Fulton Center Sky-Reflector Net (25 teams)

Clues most frequently answered incorrectly:

 1. Clue #55: MoMA QNS (7 teams, all of whom thought this clue referred to PS1)
 2. Clue #65: Apple Store SoHo (6 teams, all of which guessed the Apple Store on Grand Army Plaza,
 while the clue asked for the brand’s *first* NYC location)
 3. Clue #44: Citibike Station at The Plaza (5 teams)
 4. Clue #34: High Line 10th Avenue Amphitheater (4 teams)
 5. Clue #58: Eataly (4 teams)

Most popular outer borough sites:

 1. Clue #14: A/D/O (12 teams)
 2. Clue #11: 5Pointz Site (8 teams)
 3. Clue #39: St. George Ferry Terminal Fish Tanks (7 teams)
 4. Clue #59: TWA Flight Center (7 teams)
 5. Clue #4: The Brooklyner (6 teams)
 6. Clue #26: Citi Field (6 teams)
 7. Clue #30: Rockaway Boardwalk (6 teams)
 8. Clue #33: New York State Pavilion (6 teams)

Least-visited sites:

 1. Clue #16: The New Fulton Fish Market (0 teams – the only clue out of 65 that was not visited by any
 of the competing teams)
 2. Clue #6: Via Verde (1 team)
 3. Clue #31: Kings Theatre (1 team)
 4. Clue #46: Sims Sunset Park Material Recovery Facility (1 team)
 5. Clue #57: IKEA Park (1 team)
 6. Clue #35: Bayonne Bridge (While five teams got points for this clue, only one—Team Heart-Shaped
 Waffles—actually went and stood under the Bridge for a double-point bonus!)

Farthest distance between two sites: As the crow flies, the Rockaway Boardwalk (Clue #30) and the Bayonne Bridge (Clue #35) are roughly equidistant from the Kingsbridge Armory (Clue #32), just over 20 miles away
Shortest distance between two sites: 2 Columbus Circle (Clue #49) and the Time Warner Center (Clue #63) stand about 97 feet apart across Eighth Avenue

Leaderboard (by total points scored):

 1. The Now York Rats (130)
 1. Team Fresh-Skillz (130)
 3. The Bone Zoners (108)
 4. The Unholy Trinity (91)
 5. Heart-Shaped Waffles (89)
 6. Doobs (85)
 7. Jay Jideliov (84)
 8. The Spuyten Duyvils (79)
 9. Olmsted’s Homestead (78)
 10. IND Second System (74)
 11. TimEd (73)
 12. Chugga (69)
 13. SicK (66)
 14. Golden Empire State Bears (63)
 15. Escape to the Country (60)
 15. The Yabaton Twins (60)

When we think of Open House New York, we rightfully think about buildings and the thrill of getting access to the otherwise inaccessible. But this summer, in celebration of the 15th anniversary of Open House New York Weekend, we invite you to join us as we explore some of the deeper values and ideas that make the experience of architecture and cities so powerful, values and ideas that Open House New York itself champions in its programs.

Open House New York has invited a group of leading thinkers from design, art, science, and media for open-ended conversations about life in the contemporary city. In different but compelling ways, the work of each of these individuals helps us better understand the pleasures and frustrations of living an urban life, and asks questions that challenge the way we see and think about the city. Each conversation is structured around a broad theme but all will explore how fundamental values like openness and access help shape our experience of New York and give cities everywhere their vitality and meaning.

All of the talks in this series will take place at 7pm on select Thursday evenings from June through September at LMHQ in the Financial District (150 Broadway, 20th Floor).

Registration
Admission is free but reservations are required as space is limited. Each talk will last approximately one hour, and will be followed by a reception with wine and snacks.

 

Justin Davidson: On Exploration
On June 8, architecture and music critic Justin Davidson will join us for a conversation about exploration to celebrate the publication of his new book, Magnetic City: A Walking Companion to New York

Justin Davidson is the architecture and classical music critic at New York magazine, where he writes about a broad range of urban, civic, and design issues. He grew up in Rome, graduated from Harvard, and later earned a doctoral degree in music composition at Columbia University. As a classical music and cultural critic at Newsday, he won a Pulitzer Prize for criticism in 2002. His new book, Magnetic City: A Walking Companion to New York, is a portrait of New York told through art, music, history, literature, and architecture.

 

 

 

Miquela Craytor: On Inclusion
On July 13, Miquela Craytor, a planner and Executive Director of Industrial Partnerships at the NYC Department of Small Business Services, will speak about her work advocating for the use of sustainable development to address reinvestment in under-served communities

Miquela Craytor is the Executive Director of Industrial Partnerships at the NYC Department of Small Business Services.  Her work has consisted of overseeing the city’s revived industrial policy efforts. Projects include the city-wide Industrial Action Plan and overseeing the Futureworks NYC initiatives, a $13 million suite of investments in advanced manufacturing services. She was formerly the executive director at Sustainable South Bronx for over three years. She also served as the Senior Planner for Economic Development in the economic arm of the Bronx Borough President’s office. She received a BA in planning, public policy, & management from the Honors College at the University of Oregon and her MS in city & regional planning from Pratt Institute. She is a 2010 Catto Fellow of the Aspen Institute, a 2010 BMW Transatlantic Fellow, and a board member of the NYC Workforce Development Corporation.

 

Alexandra Horowitz: On Observation
On July 27, scientist Alexandra Horowitz, author of On Looking: A Walker’s Guide to the Art of Observation, will discuss her work on cognition and the ways in which we perceive the world around us
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Alexandra Horowitz is the author of the New York Times best-seller Inside of a Dog: What Dogs See, Smell, and Know (2009), On Looking: A Walker’s Guide to the Art of Observation (2013), and Being a Dog: Following the Dog into a World of Smell (2016). She is an adjunct Associate Professor at Barnard College, Columbia University, where she teaches seminars in creative non-fiction and canine cognition, and performs research at the Dog Cognition Lab. She lives and walks in New York City with her husband, young son, and two large, sniffy dogs.

 

 

 

Vishaan Chakrabarti: On Opportunity
On August 3, architect Vishaan Chakrabarti, the Founding Principal of Practice for Architecture and Urbanism, will speak about the city as a platform for a shared, vibrant and diverse culture that fosters opportunity
Reservations for this talk will begin at 10am on 7/20

Vishaan Chakrabarti is the Founder of Practice for Architecture and Urbanism (PAU). Simultaneously, Vishaan is an Associate Professor of Practice at Columbia University’s Graduate School of Architecture, Planning & Preservation (GSAPP), where he teaches architectural design studios and seminars on urbanism. His highly acclaimed book, A Country of Cities: A Manifesto for an Urban America (Metropolis Books, 2013), argues that a more urban United States would result in a more prosperous, sustainable, joyous, and socially mobile nation. He has been a guest on the Charlie Rose show, MSNBC’s The Cycle, NY1, NPR, WNYC, and has been profiled in the New York Times and the Financial Times.

 

Jorge Otero-Pailos: On Transitions
On August 17, artist and architect Jorge Otero-Pailos, the Director of Historic Preservation at Columbia University’s Graduate School of Architecture, Planning, and Preservation, will discuss his work exploring transitions from one historical period to the next, and how cultures use monuments to remember, to celebrate, and to come together
Reservations for this talk will begin at 10am on 8/3

Jorge Otero-Pailos works at the intersection of art, architecture and preservation. He is Director and Professor of Historic Preservation at Columbia University’s Graduate School of Architecture in New York. His work has been commissioned and exhibited by major museums, foundations and biennials notably, the Artangel Trust, the 53rd Venice Art Biennial, Victoria and Albert Museum, Louis Vuitton Museum La Galerie, Thyssen-Bornemisza Art Contemporary, and the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts. He is the founder and editor of Future Anterior, co-editor of Experimental Preservation (2016), author of Architecture’s Historical Turn (2010) and contributor to scholarly journals and books including the Oxford Encyclopedia of Aesthetics and Rem Koolhaas’ Preservation Is Overtaking Us (2014). He studied architecture at Cornell University and holds a PhD from MIT, and was a founding faculty member of the School of Architecture at the Polytechnic University of Puerto Rico.  

 

Prerana Reddy: On Engagement
On August 24, activist Prerana Reddy, who serves as Director of Public Programs & Community Engagement at the Queens Museum, will speak about the museum’s efforts to engage with the surrounding communities in the most diverse place in the country
Reservations for this talk will begin at 10am on 8/10

Prerana Reddy has been the Director of Public Programs & Community Engagement for the Queens Museum since 2005.  She organizes screening, talks, festivals, visual art exhibitions, artist residencies and performances, many of which are developed in collaboration with diverse local community organizations and cultural producers.  She is also in charge of the museum’s community engagement initiatives that combine arts and culture with social development goals in nearby neighborhoods predominately comprised of new immigrants such as museum’s offsite immigrant arts & education center Immigrant Movement International, and the design and ongoing programming of Corona Plaza. She holds an MA in Cinema Studies, with a focus on documentary and visual anthropology, from New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts.

 

Charlie Todd: On Delight
On September 7, director and comedian Charlie Todd, the founder of Improv Everywhere, will talk about his mission to surprise and delight through the unconventional use of public space
Reservations for this talk will begin at 10am on 8/24

Charlie Todd is the founder of Improv Everywhere, producing and directing the group’s work for over fifteen years. Improv Everywhere is a New York City-based comedy collective that stages unexpected performances in public places. Charlie also works as a television producer, serving as creator and executive producer for Improv Everywhere’s television pilot for NBC, and more recently as executive producer for MTV’s late night comedy, The Middle of the Night Show. He is a long-time performer at the Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre in New York City. He is also the author of Causing a Scene (2009), a book about Improv Everywhere published by Harper Collins.

 

 

 

 

This series is organized in partnership with LMHQ. Created by The Alliance for Downtown New York, LMHQ is a collaboration space for Lower Manhattan’s creatives and creators. Companies can come together at LMHQ to collaborate, activate, and accelerate their growth.

 

Photo: spikedhalo via Flickr

 

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!

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 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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