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OHNY is pleased to announce a special collaboration with the Designers & Books Online Book Fair, which allows OHNY Members to receive up to 50% off on new, rare and out-of-print books about architecture, art, design and photography. Books from major publishers are currently part of this program, with new publishers and books added to the Online Book Fair each month. Current discounts, which vary by publisher, are listed below.

As an OHNY member, you can begin using this special discount today. Simply visit the Online Book Fair here, and use our unique partner code when checking out on the website of each publisher. If you are a current member, check your inboxes for an email from membership@ohny.org with the OHNY code. If are joining for the the first time, a code will be sent to you via email in your membership confirmation email.

Over 800 books are currently part of the fair. Available discounts include:

AMMO Books: 50%
Applied Research + Design: 50%
Carnegie Hill Books: 10% (rare and out-of-print)
DoppelHouse Press: 40%
F.A. Bernett: 10% (rare and out-of-print)
Gestalten: 35%
Goff Books: 50%
Interior Design Books: 80%
Lars Muller Publishers: 35%
Laurence King Publishing: 50%
MIT Press: 40%
Modernism 101 (rare and out-of-print): 10%
Optos Books: 10% (rare and out-of-print)
ORO Editions: 50%
Paintbox Press: 20%
Prestel Publishing: 35%
Princeton Architectural Press: 50%
RIT Press: 80%
Schiffer Publishing: 35%
Wolfsonian-Florida International University: 40%

The Online Book Fair is a Designers & Books project. Those involved in organizing the Fair hope you will find it to be an enjoyable place to browse and discover books, and to buy new additions for your library.

This benefit is available to OHNY members. To learn more about membership, click here.

The majority of sites participating in the 12th Annual OHNY Weekend will provide “open access” hours on Saturday, Oct. 11, and/or Sunday, Oct. 12, when visitors can explore at their own pace, on a drop-in basis.

Wondering what there is to see? Here are some fantastic Open Access sites where New Yorkers go to LEARN.


Photo: Albert Vecerka/Esto

Photo: Albert Vecerka/Esto

Blue School

Once the Seamen’s Church Institute, the space was completely re-designed by the Rockwell Group in 2010, and now holds the Blue School’s 18 classrooms and many shared and flexible learning spaces. The Blue School will be open to visitors on both Saturday and Sunday, with free guided tours at 10am and 1pm both days. Click here to read more!

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Photo: Jeff Goldberg/Esto

The New York Hall of Science

Included in this sprawling science center campus is the Great Hall, a 100-foot-high space with no corners or straight segments that was originally designed for the 1964-65 Worlds Fair. The Hall has been under renovation since 2008, and will open for a special “sneak peek” with Ennead Architects during OHNY Weekend! Right downtstairs, don’t miss the Maker Space + Design Lab, designed by Situ Studio, who will also be on-site! Both spaces will be open on Saturday and Sunday. Click here to read more!

Photo: Jeff Goldberg/Esto

Photo: Jeff Goldberg/Esto

The Rockefeller University

On Saturday, tour the 14-acre riverfront campus of this world-renowned center for research and graduate education in the biomedical sciences, rarely open to the general public, with a rich architectural legacy that includes historic Modernist buildings; landscape by Dan Kiley; and the 125,000-square-foot Collaborative Research Center, with its dramatic conical atrium. Click here to read more!


The explosive growth of manufacturing in the late 19th and early 20th centuries left an indelible mark on the five boroughs. While New York is now known for its dominance in fields like finance, media, and design, it grew up as a city of industrial districts. Back when the manufacturing sector was one of the primary forces driving the city’s economy, residential and commercial development often followed the factories. This was a time when neighborhoods were known as much for what they produced as for who lived there.

As shown in the infographic above [NYPL], which is exhibited in Vertical Urban Factory, the city’s core circa 1919 was a melange of crosshatched manufacturing clusters. Not only did many of these clusters overlap with each other, they mixed right in with the city’s residential and commercial sectors. In 1919, New York City was home to 32,590 factories in neighborhoods across the city, employing a total of 825,056 people. But while this meant that many New Yorkers were able to walk to work, the soot, smells, and clamorous sounds of the factory also followed them home. The city’s earliest zoning regulation, in part, was intended to create more distance between noxious industrial sites and the places where people lived. “Until the early twentieth century most urban areas had unrestricted uses,” explains Vertical Urban Factory‘s Nina Rappaport. “The first zoning regulations in New York were put in place in 1916 to separate noxious uses from residential areas, to provide for healthier living. This gradually placed noxious uses in low income areas, or the industrial areas that developed became sequestered. This separated industry and workers from the everyday, removing diversity from city life.”

Continue reading “Learning from New York’s Industrial Legacy” on the Making it Here website

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


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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


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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.