OHNY Weekend


Over the past fifteen years, Open House New York has opened more than 1,100 sites to more than a million people, who took more pictures than we could ever count! To celebrate the 15th anniversary of OHNY Weekend, Open House New York is launching a Kickstarter campaign to publish a book to share some the stunning pictures that have been submitted as part of the annual OHNY Weekend photo competition. 
Because OHNY Weekend takes place across all five boroughs; because the festival opens a diverse mix of sites, from infrastructure facilities to cultural spaces to workspaces and private homes; and because of the sheer number of submissions, the collection of photos offers a view of New York City that is unique in its breadth. It is a portrait of the greatest city in the world as seen by the people who love it the most–people like you!

But if this book is going to happen, we need your help! Kickstarter is a crowdfunding platform that connects people with creative projects that need support. But it is all or nothing–if a project matches or exceeds its goal, it receives funding; if it falls short, it gets nothing. This book can only be published with your support. Visit our Kickstarter campaign today–with a pledge of $35 or more, you can reserve a copy of the book and help make it a reality. Learn more in the video above, or check out a small sample of some of the amazing photos OHNY Weekend visitors have taken below.

Seeing the City: Open House New York Weekend in Photos
Harcover, 96 pages
100 photos (minimum)
Full color
8.5″ x 10.5″

Sample Photos

TWA Flight Center, Queens. Mark Funk/Wikimedia Commons/CC BY-SA 4.

 

Battery Weed, Staten Island. Jesse Vega/Wikimedia Commons/CC BY-SA 4.0

 

Brooklyn Navy Yard. Alex Fortney/Wikimedia Commons/CC BY-SA 4.0

 

Ford Foundation, Manhattan. Bitpixdigital/Wikimedia Commons/CC BY-SA 4.0

 

Brooklyn Army Terminal. Zlatishe/Wikimedia Commons/CC BY-SA 4.0

 

GBX Terminal, Brooklyn. Oliver Kienzi/Wikimedia Commons/CC BY-SA 4.0

 

Union Theological, Manhattan. NYlandmarks/Wikimedia Commons/CC BY-SA 4.0

Welling Court, Queens. Sleepy.nyc/Wikimedia Commons/CC BY-SA 4.0

 

Each year, Open House New York works with the talented designers at PS New York to create a special cover image for the Open House New York Weekend Event Guide that connects OHNY with the living city. This year’s cover is inspired by Getting to Zero, Open House New York’s yearlong series about New York City’s waste system, and by the principles of creative reuse, which uses creativity to transform what might otherwise be trash into works of art.

New York is lucky to have one of the leading creative reuse centers in the country at Materials for the Arts, a nonprofit organization in Queens run by the NYC Department of Cultural Affairs with support from the Departments of Sanitation and Education. MFTA collects a wide variety of unneeded, reusable items from businesses and individuals and then makes those items available for free to arts organizations, artists, and schools, diverting more than a million pounds of material from landfills each year.

For this year’s cover, OHNY collaborated with artist Juan Hinojosa, a recent artist-in-residence at MFTA who transforms trash, discarded items, and found objects into works of art. Using paper, objects, and other material found at MFTA, Juan created the work seen on this year’s cover, which was then captured in MFTA’s warehouse by photographer Mikiko Kikuyama. In the true spirit of reuse, much of what you see on the cover was returned to the shelves for future use by other organizations and artists.

For more information about MFTA, visit mfta.org. To see more of Juan’s work, visit his website juanhinojosa.com or follow him on Instagram at juan_hinojosa_.

Tour the cover! Want to see Juan’s artwork and explore the Materials for the Arts warehouse? Materials for the Arts will be open for tours during OHNY Weekend. Stay tuned for more information.

Mark your calendars. The 2017 OHNY Weekend Event Guide will be publicly available on October 4: As an insert in the October 4 issue of Time Out New York, available at all TONY street distribution locations; at all west elm stores in New York City; as a free download on www.ohny.org; and at select sites in all five boroughs. More details to be announced.

  
  
  
 

 

  

For this year’s OHNY Weekend, Open House New York is partnering with the New Practices Committee of the American Institute of Architects New York Chapter to present a curated series of projects by emerging practices that explore how a new generation of designers is transforming New York. New Practices is dedicated to serving as a forum for new and evolving models of architecture and design practice. With its emphasis on highlighting young firms and new ideas, New Practices offers a platform for thinking about the future of architecture and the city.

Among the participating sites are The Bridge Golf Learning Center (G TECTS), an indoor golf center owned by The Bridge Golf Foundation, which provides a high quality indoor golf experience and uses golf to improve life outcomes for young men of color; Gerken Residence (Young Projects), a private penthouse apartment in a historic cast-iron Tribeca building whose recent renovation explores the shifting relationships of solid and void; and Lisson Gallery (Studio Christian Wassman), housed in a building directly below the High Line with private viewing and work spaces. See the complete list of sites below. Some New Practices New York sites will have Open Access hours and may be visited free-of-charge on a drop-in basis; others require Advance Reservations. Full tour descriptions and information about how to visit these sites will be available on October 4.

  

New Practices New York Sites

The Bridge Golf Learning Center
G TECTS

Design Within Reach Flagship
Büro Koray Duman

Espasso Gallery
Architecture in Formation

Fool’s Gold Records
Family New York

Galerie Perrotin
Peterson Rich Office

Gerken Residence
Young Projects

Intro Extro Residence
Kalos Eidos

Kew Gardens Hills Library
WORKac

Lisson Gallery
Studio Christian Wassmann

Tina Kim Gallery
SO-IL

Van Alen Institute
PARA Project / Collective-LOK

Voyager Espresso
Only If—

  


New Design Directions

After OHNY Weekend, join the New Practices Committee on Tuesday, October 17 at 6pm for a panel discussion on NPNY at the Design Within Reach Soho Studio at
110 Greene Street, New York City.

Images: Tina Kim Gallery by Jeremy Haik; Fool’s Gold courtesy of Family New York; Espasso Gallery by Tom Powell; The Bridge Golf Learning Center courtesy of The Bridge Golf Foundation; Gerken Residence by Naho Kubota; and Design Within Reach Flagship courtesy of Büro Koray Duman.

  
  

Since the first Open House New York Weekend took place in October 2003, more than 1,100 buildings and sites across the five boroughs have opened their doors for tours and talks visited by more than one million people from around the city and around the world. Open House New York expresses its deepest gratitude to all of those sites for being the true champions of an open city. In honor of OHNY Weekend’s special anniversary this year, Open House New York celebrates a very special group of almost fifty sites that have been opening their doors for a decade or more, including ten that have participated in every OHNY Weekend since the first! When you visit any of the sites listed here, please take a moment to thank the hosts for their commitment to keeping New York open!

15 YEAR SITES

The Cathedral Church of St. John the Divine

Center for Architecture

Church of the Transfiguration

The Hindu Temple Society of North America

King Manor Museum

Masonic Hall

New York Marble Cemetery

Ukrainian Institute of America

The Woodlawn Cemetery

The Wyckoff House Museum

 

  
  

10+ YEAR SITES

Alexander Hamilton U.S. Custom House

Alice Austen House

Austrian Cultural Forum

Bartow-Pell Mansion Museum

Brooklyn Army Terminal

Brooklyn Bridge Park

Brooklyn Historical Society

Brooklyn Navy Yard

Central Park

Church of St. Luke and St. Matthew

Edgar Allan Poe Cottage

Freshkills Park

General Grant National Memorial

General Society of Mechanics and Tradesmen of the City of New York

Governors Island

Grace Church in New York

Grand Central Terminal

Jefferson Market Library

Little Red Lighthouse

Mount Vernon Hotel Museum and Garden

Museum at Eldridge Street

Museum of Bronx History at the Valentine-Varian House

Museum of the City of New York

The New York Botanical Garden

New York University

The Noguchi Museum

Old Stone House & Washington Park

Modulightor Building

Scandinavia House

Temple Emanu-El

Theodore Roosevelt Birthplace National Historic Site

Times Square Arts

US Coast Guard Cutter LILAC

Van Alen Institute

Voelker Orth Museum, Bird Sanctuary, and Victorian Garden

The Waterfront Museum

 

  

  

Most 10 and 15 Year sites are Open Access and may be visited free-of-charge on a drop-in basis. Tours or access to areas not usually open to the public will be offered at all of these sites. Full tour descriptions and information about how to visit these sites will be available on October 4.

 

Photos: Collector’s Suite at the Alexander Hamilton U.S. Custom House by Nicolas Lemery Nantel; Grand Central Terminal Peter Aaron/OTTO; The Hindu Temple Society of North America by Benniken CC BY-SA 4.0; The Cathedral Church of St. John the Divine by Jesse Vega; Eldridge Street Synagogue by Peter Aaron/OTTO; Alice Austen House by Floto and Warner; Austrian Cultural Forum by David Plakke; Little Red Lighthouse by Jessica Bruah; Temple Emanu-El by Christian Grattan; Brooklyn Army Terminal by Nicolas Lemery Nantel; General Society of Mechanics and Tradesmen Library by Bernard Moucheraud; and Masonic Hall courtesy of the site. 

This fall, Open House New York partnered with StreetEasy to create “NYC Uncovered,” a nine-part video series that celebrates our city’s incredible architecture and urban design. Each video highlights a single Open House New York Weekend site, giving viewers a behind-the-scenes look at some of the most popular OHNY Weekend destinations – some that New Yorkers know and love, and others that they may not have had access to before.

Each image below links to a post on the StreetEasy blog with more information about the site and a short video. Enjoy!

 

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Eldridge Street Synagogue

“Built in 1887, the Eldridge Street Synagogue was one of the first temples built in the United States by Ashkenazi Jews. As such, it served has major center for Jewish life and prayer on the Lower East Side. Seamlessly blending understated beauty and historical significance, the site to this day remains an active place of worship as well as museum.” Watch Here

 

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Lowline Lab

“Located at 140 Essex Street just off of Stanton Street, the Lowline Lab is a technical laboratory that mimics the environment of Lowline Park, a proposed underground community space built in a former trolley station. The concept behind the park is to create a green public space in one of the city’s least green and most dense neighborhoods – the Lower East Side.” Watch Here

 

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New York State Pavilion 

“The New York State Pavilion is one of the only remaining structures built for the 1964 World’s Fair. The Fair, organized by Robert Moses, was held in Flushing Meadows-Corona Park, Queens where the 1939 World’s Fair also took place. The New York Pavilion, designed by the renowned modernist Philip Johnson, was one of the Fair’s main attractions and stood as a symbol of the Space Age and the promise of the future, two of the fair’s central themes.” Watch Here

 

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VIA 57 West

“Architects and engineers refer to Via 57 West as a tetrahedron, a more technical term for describing a triangular pyramid. Due to its carved-out core, the building forms a saddle-like structure, which [Danish architect Bjarke] Ingels has also referred to as a hyperbolic paraboloid. The 709-unit luxury tower is the newest addition to the residential superblock along West 57th Street developed by the Durst Organization.” Watch Here

 

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Masonic Hall

“Since the 19th century, an unassuming office building in Flatiron has been home to the largest Masonic Lodge in New York state. Formally known as the Grand Lodge of Free and Accepted Masons of the State of New York, the lodge is still active today and regularly hosts more than 60 other lodges. The hall was built by Harry P. Knowles, a master mason and architect, and spans two office buildings on 23rd Street and rises 19 floors.” Watch Here

 

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General Grant National Memorial

“When [Ulysses S.] Grant died in 1885, he was enormously popular, recognized as both the savior of the Union and a role model of rare political diplomacy, military strategy and masculine brawn. Upon his death, New Yorkers immediately rallied to design and build a memorial commensurate with his impact and legacy.” Watch Here

 

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Apollo Theater

“Few other points of interest are as deeply entwined in a neighborhood’s character and history as Harlem‘s Apollo Theater. Equal parts neighborhood institution and international attraction, the Apollo and its famous marquee are recognized across the city and across the world as symbols of black music and culture.” Watch Here

 

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Brooklyn Army Terminal

“Spanning 95 acres across the waterfront in Sunset Park, the Brooklyn Army Terminal was built in 1919, serving as an important military and supply base. It was designed by Cass Gilbert, the renowned architect of the Woolworth Building and was completed just 17 months after construction began. The complex encompasses 4 million square feet.” Watch Here

 

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Kings County Distillery

“The Brooklyn Navy Yard is home to New York City’s oldest operating distillery, Kings County Distillery, which was just founded in 2010. In 2009, New York state loosened laws that had been restricting local production of alcohol since the time of prohibition. Colin Spoelman, a Williamsburg resident born and bred in Kentucky, and David Haskell, an editor at New York Magazine, immediately saw a business opportunity.  Shortly thereafter, Brooklyn’s first micro-distillery was born.” Watch Here

 

“NYC Uncovered” is presented by StreetEasy in partnership with Open House New York. To learn more about StreetEasy, visit www.streeteasy.com.

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Images: Eldridge Street Synagogue by Peter Aaron/OTTO; Lowline Lab courtesy of Raad Studio; New York State Pavilion by Daniel Avila/NYC Parks; VIA 57 West by Iwaan Baan; Masonic Lodge by Nicolas Lemery Nantel; General Grant National Memorial by D. Stanko/NPS; Apollo Theater courtesy of the Apollo Theater Foundation; Brooklyn Army Terminal by Nicolas Lemery Nantel; and Kings County Distillery courtesy of the site.