11th Annual OHNY Weekend Photos


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Photo: Nicolas Lemery Nantel / salokin.com


Check out photos from this year’s OHNY Weekend, including exciting new sites like 4 World Trade Center, the Neustadt Collection of Tiffany Glass, and the new Whitney Museum and returning favorites like Brooklyn Army Terminal and the High Line at the Rail Yards.

Click here to view photos from the Weekend.
Click here  to view photos from the Launch Party.



A Big Shout Out to our Sponsors


High Line at the Rail Yards_credit Nicolas Lemery Nantel:Salokin.com1

Photo: Nicolas Lemery Nantel / salokin.com


As a non-profit organization, OHNY depends on the generous support of so many to keep the Weekend free and affordable. The 2013 OHNY Weekend was supported by public funds from the National Endowment for the Arts; the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature; New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the New York City Council; New York City Council Speaker Christine Quinn; Hon. Daniel Garodnick; and Hon. Gale Brewer.

Additional support was provided by the Architecture and Design Film Festival; the Lily Auchincloss Foundation; Design Within Reach; Eastern Millwork; New York University; Silverstein Properties; StreetEasy; TPG Architecture; Visualhouse; and Youngwoo & Associates.

OHNY Weekend media sponsors included Architizer; The Architect’s Newspaper; Interior Design Magazine; Time Out New York; WABC; and WFUV.



Focus on Architecture Competition


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Photo: Roisin Collins


Over 300 photos have been submitted to the 2013 Focus on Architecture Competition by budding and experienced photographers looking to share their OHNY Weekend experience. Photos will be juried by an esteemed group that includes Stanley Greenberg, Sean Hemmerle, Elliott Kaufman, Erica Stoller and Gregory Wessner. Watch for an announcement in November about the winning submissions. And thanks to New York City Photo Safari for their support of the Focus on Architecture competition.

Click here to check out the submissions!



OHNY Weekend in the Media


Renee and Chaim Gross Foundation_credit Nicolas Lemery Nantel:Salokin.com1

Photo: Nicolas Lemery Nantel / salokin.com


New York Times
New Yorker
Time Out New York
Conde Nast Traveler
Interior Design Magazine
Fox 5




And now for the big reveal: This year’s Mystery Tour is a behind-the-scenes look at the Criminal Court Building at 100 Centre Street. Sometimes called The Tombs, in reference to the prison buildings known by that name that preceded it, the late 1930s, Art Deco 100 Centre Street was designed by Charles B. Meyers and Harvey Wiley Corbett; Corbett was also one of the architects involved in the planning of Rockefeller Center and the north building of Metropolitan Life on Madison Square. Congratulations to winner Carrie Driscoll, who will have this special opportunity and thanks to Diana Heller for making it possible.


Congratulations also to Erana Kratounis, winner of a Tour of the Construction Site of Hudson Yards; Alena Lehrer, winner of a Tour of the New Jacob K. Javits Center; and Charles McKinnon and Bob Cuk, winners of a Bird’s Eye View of the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade.


Open House New York 2013

Gowanus Canal SuperFun(d) Canoe Tours / David Mark Erickson


Glorious weather, hundreds of inspiring sites and tours, and tens of thousands of people made the 11th Annual openhousenewyork Weekend one of our best ever! From canoe tours on the Gowanus to previews of 4 World Trade Center, the 2013 OHNY Weekend was an unparalleled celebration of architecture, design, and New York City, drawing record-breaking crowds of visitors from throughout the five boroughs, across the country, and around the globe.

Our deepest thanks to all of you who made it possible: the funders without whose support there would be no OHNY Weekend; the site and program sponsors who opened their doors to invite the public in to visit their homes and workspaces; the nearly 900 volunteers who welcomed visitors and helped manage the crowds with kindness and grace; and the tens of thousands of visitors who traversed the city in the true spirit of urban exploration and waited patiently in hours-long lines. Stay tuned for pictures from OHNY Weekend in the coming week. And thank you again!

Dear OHNY Friends:

The federal government shutdown on October 1 affects a limited number of federally-operated sites that are scheduled to be open during OHNY Weekend. On behalf of all of us at OHNY, I apologize for any confusion or inconvenience this may cause. A list of affected sites is below.

For OHNY, the most significant impact of the shutdown is that the Weekend Information Hub was scheduled to be located at the Alexander Hamilton US Custom House/Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian at Bowling Green, a federal museum that will be closed until the federal government reopens. If the shutdown continues into next week, an announcement will be made about a relocated Information Hub.

Our hope is that the shutdown will end quickly and that we will be able to add these venues back to the list of participating Weekend sites. Follow us on Facebook and Twitter for the most updated information. Announcements will also be available here on our blog, www.blog.ohny.org.

Despite these unexpected changes, we have another incredible Weekend planned, with hundreds of sites open for tours and talks throughout all five boroughs, from the TWA Flight Center at JFK Airport to the Brooklyn Army Terminal to the many private residences open as part of Interior Design Magazine’s Designers’ Own Homes Series.

I hope you have a fantastic OHNY Weekend and thank you for your ongoing support of openhousenewyork.

Best regards,

Gregory Wessner
Executive Director


The following are federally-operated sites that were scheduled to participate in OHNY Weekend and will be closed for the duration of the federal government shutdown. Please follow us on Facebook and Twitter for updated information about their participation.

Alexander Hamilton US Custom House/Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian
Sat & Sun 10 am – 9pm
Please note: This site was designated as the Weekend Information Hub. An announcement about a substitute information hub, if necessary, will be made by Wednesday, October 9.

26 Federal Plaza
Sat & Sun 9 am – 5 pm

African Burial Ground
Open access Sat & Sun 9 am – 5 pm
Advance reservations: Sat 1 pm; 6 pm tours

General Grant National Memorial “Tomb at Night Tour”
Advance reservations: Sun 6:30, 7:30 pm tours

Theodore Roosevelt Birthplace
Advance reservations 6:30, 7:30 tours

An Evening at Hamilton Grange National Memorial
Open access Sun 6-8 pm

A weekly preview of participating sites and programs in the 11th Annual OHNY Weekend on October 12 & 13, 2013.  This week, check out a preview of some of the residences that are part of Designers’ Open House,OHNY’s collaboration with Interior Design Magazine.  For the second year in a row, the editors of Interior Design Magazine have curated a selection of private residences of some of the city’s best designers and architects for OHNY Weekend allowing visitors the rare chance to see how these designers live at home!  


Brad Zizmor Residence



photo credit Garrett Rowland 


Once a dark and cramped apartment previously occupied by the building’s superintendent, the family residence of Brad Zizmor of Architecture + Information has been renovated to seamlessly integrate indoor and outdoor space.  The outdoor living room and dining area is visually connected to each room, and at the same time, exterior materials also pass indoors, connecting the two environments.



Desai Chia Architecture Loft



photo credit Garrett Rowland


Architects Arjun Desai and Katherine Chia of Desai/Chia Architecture have created a contemporary space that serves as both a residential loft for a family of four, as well as a laboratory for the design ideas that they implement in many of their projects.



Gwathmey Siegel Architects Apartment



photo credit Garrett Rowland


Located along the Hudson River, the modernist apartment of Robert Siegel of Gwathmey Siegel Architects combines two adjacent apartments in a high-rise condominium filled with Bauhaus furniture and large-scale murals.



Suchi Reddy Apartment



photo credit Garrett Rowland


Formerly a dentist’s office and now the home of  Suchi Reddy of Reddymade Design, this 375-square foot apartment maximizes every inch to create a super-functional space.  Renovations play with the illusion of space, from a queen-size sleeping alcove to recessed walls that hold bookshelves. A dining room for 8 can be converted into a living room by lifting the table into the air and out of the way using cables.



Kathryn Scott Design Studio Brownstone



photo credit Garrett Rowland


This Italianate brownstone is the home of interior designer Kathryn Scott and artist Wenda Gu, as well as the office of Kathryn Scott Design Studio.  The product of a 13-year renovation, the residence combines the owners’ own heirlooms and style with the restoration of much of the brownstone’s original architectural elements.


Don’t miss the other architects and interior designers participating in OHNY Weekend as part of Interior Design’s Designer’s Open House:

Berman Horn Studio; Steve E. Blatz Architect; Laura Bohn Design Associates; CCS Architecture; Yoshimi Kono; Kushner Studios; David Ling Architect; David Mann of MR Architecture + Décor; Marpillero Pollak Architects; Antonio Pio Saracino; Slade Architecture; TWB Design; Yabu Pushelberg; and Lori Weitzner.


For a preview, check out this slideshow on Interior Design Magazine.



Full listings with details about times and locations of all sites and programs will go live on our website in early October. Please check back then for specific dates, times and information about advance reservations, if required.