OHNY Weekend

Though New York’s energy is one of its greatest strengths, it is important to have places in the city that offer relief from the stresses and anxieties of contemporary life. During this year’s OHNY Weekend, Open House New York has curated a group of sites across the five boroughs that provide some serenity and respite from the chaos of the city, places where you can pause, rest, and gather your thoughts.

All sites are Open Access, and may be visited during the days and hours listed in this guide. Full tour descriptions and information about how to visit these sites will be available on October 4.


Alexander Hamilton U.S. Custom House
Financial District, Manhattan

Alice Austen House
Rosebank, Staten Island

Bartow-Pell Mansion Museum
Pelham Bay Park, Bronx

The Evergreens Cemetery
Bushwick, Brooklyn

General Society of Mechanics & Tradesmen
Midtown, Manhattan

Gould Memorial Library& Hall of Fame for Great Americans
University Heights, Bronx

Jacques Marchais Museum of Tibetan Art
Lighthouse Hill, Staten Island

Kingsland Wildflowers Green Roof
Greenpoint, Brooklyn

Mount Vernon Hotel Museum & Garden
Upper East Side, Manhattan

New York Marble Cemetery
East Village, Manhattan

The Renee & Chaim Gross Foundation
Greenwich Village, Manhattan

Socrates Sculpture Park
Astoria, Queens

Images: Alice Austen House, Floto and Warner; Jacques Marchais Museum, courtesy of site. 

This year, families will find special kid-friendly architectural programming at sites across all five boroughs. All OHNY Kids programs are Open Access and free of charge. The sites listed on this page will offer special tours, crafts, and fun activities geared specifically toward families with children.


Bartow-Pell Mansion Museum
Pelham Bay Park, Bronx

Blue School
Seaport, Manhattan

Brooklyn Grange
Long Island City, Queens

Cast Hall at the Institute of Classical Architecture & Art
Midtown, Manhattan

Center for Architecture
Greenwich Village, Manhattan

Church of the Transfiguration
Flatiron District, Manhattan

Federal Hall National Memorial
Financial District, Manhattan

Free Synagogue of Flushing
Flushing, Queens

GallopNYC Sunrise Stables
Ozone Park, Queens

Historic Ship MARY A. WHALEN
Red Hook, Brooklyn

Jacques Marchais Museum of Tibetan Art
Lighthouse Hill, Staten Island

King Manor Museum
Jamaica, Queens

Little Red Lighthouse
Washington Heights, Manhattan

Mount Vernon Hotel Museum & Garden
Upper East Side, Manhattan

Museum at Eldridge Street
Lower East Side, Manhattan

Old Stone House & Washington Park
Gowanus/Park Slope, Brooklyn

Queens Museum
Flushing Meadows, Queens

US Coast Guard Cutter LILAC
Tribeca, Manhattan

Welling Court Mural Project
Astoria, Queens


The growth of Open House New York Weekend over the past decade and a half has roughly paralleled that of a city initiative that has had an extraordinary impact on the quality of civic architecture in New York: the Design + Construction Excellence program of the New York City Department of Design and Construction (DDC). DDC is the city agency responsible for building many of the municipal facilities that New Yorkers use every day: buildings and interiors such as libraries, museums, and senior centers, as well as courthouses, fire stations, and even roadways and sewers.

With the creation of the Design + Construction Excellence (DCE) program in 2004, the city reasserted its commitment to giving New Yorkers public buildings worthy of the greatest city in the world. Working with some of New York’s best architects and designers, DCE has invested in design to elevate not just how a building looks, but the durability of its materials, the way it functions, and most importantly, how it enriches the lives of the New Yorkers who use it. It is in part because of DCE that New York City is now considered among the leading centers of architecture in the world.

Working in partnership with DDC, Open House New York is proud to open a small selection of the hundreds of projects that have been built through DCE, as a way to recognize and celebrate the importance of the civic realm to shaping the day-to-day lives of all New Yorkers. Some Civic Excellence 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.


Celebrating Civic Excellence Sites

Brooklyn Historical Society
Christoff : Finio Architecture

Elmhurst Library
Marpillero Pollak Architects

Kew Gardens Hills Library
Work Architecture Company (WORKac)

M1/2/5 Sanitation Garage & Salt Shed
Dattner Architects and WXY architecture + urban design

New York Hall of Science
Ennead Architects

Noguchi Museum
Sage and Coombe Architects

Ocean Breeze Track and Field Athletic Complex
Sage and Coombe Architects

The Public Theater
Ennead Architects

Queens Museum

Sims Sunset Park Material Recovery Facility
Selldorf Architects

The Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture
Marble Fairbanks

Staten Island Ferry Terminal + Peter Minuit Plaza
Frederic Schwartz Architects

Urban Post-Disaster Housing Prototype
Garrison Architects

West 215th Step Street
WXY architecture + urban design


Images: Sims Sunset Park Material Recovery Facility by Nikolas Koenig courtesy of Selldorf Architects; Public Theater courtesy of Ennead Architects;Ocean Breeze Track and Field Athletic Complex by Paul Warchol; Urban Post-Disaster Housing Prototype by Andrew Rugge / Archphoto; New York Hall of Science courtesy of the site; West 215th Step Street by Albert Vecerka/ESTO;The Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture courtesy of Marble Fairbanks; and Noguchi Museum by Nick Knight. 

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.