Weekend Highlight


Who doesn’t love a good sneak peek? On Thursday, October 13, Open House New York and A/D/O invite you to preview the in-progress design center at the 2016 Open House New York Weekend Launch Party before it opens to the public later this year. Currently under construction, A/D/O is designed by nARCHITECTS and located in a 23,000 square-foot former warehouse in Greenpoint, at 29 Norman Avenue.

“Great design thrives in dynamic spaces,” says Nate Pinsley, Managing Director of A/D/O. “We set out to create an ideal environment for creative output – both through our physical space and through programming that prompts designers to explore new paths.”

Built for designers and open to all, A/D/O will offer resources and programs to advance the work of creative professionals, while creating opportunities for the broader public to engage with design thinking.


At the core of A/D/O’s program is a design lab that will explore the present and future role of design in urban life, as well as state-of-the-art workspace for a variety of design practices including industrial and product design, textile design, and architecture. Members will have access to digital fabrication and prototyping tools, as well as workshops. In addition, A/D/O will be home to Urban-X, an accelerator program by MINI and HAX for startups that that investigate solutions to improve urban life.

Also a leisure destination, A/D/O will include public venues for meeting and relaxing, including a design library, design store, exhibition space, and a Nordic-rooted restaurant, bar, and café by Fredrik Berselius and Claus Meyer. At the center of the space will be the “periscope,” a 16-foot skylight outfitted with massive mirrors that reflect and remix view of A/D/O’s surroundings with the buildings inner goings-on to create interplays of new and old, outside and inside, and work and play.


The principle of remixing is a guiding theme at A/D/O, reflecting its role as a site that actively encourages the cross-pollination of creative ideas. For example, its exterior remixes its existing brick into configurations that nARCHITECTS calls “reconstituted graffiti,” reincorporating the colorful remnants of murals from over the years. This idea was featured on the cover of this year’s event guide.


The 2016 OHNY Weekend Launch Party will be a chance for guests to preview one of Brooklyn’s most exciting new social hubs, before it opens to the public. Kick off your OHNY Weekend like a true urban explorer, partying on an active construction site!

Visitors will also be invited to get a personalized Weekend itinerary at the OHNY Weekend Concierge Desk; take a selfie with the 2016 OHNY Weekend Neon Sign, fabricated by Lite Brite Neon Studio and featured on the cover of this year’s event guide; and check out the OHNY Weekend Media Board, a folding timber billboard designed and fabricated by graduate students at the Princeton University School of Architecture; and help kick off the 14th Annual Open House New York Weekend.

Click here to learn more about the Launch Party and purchase tickets today!

Open House New York gratefully acknowledges the support of A/D/O for co-hosting this year’s Launch Party.


Image credits: A/D/O and Periscope courtesy of A/D/O. Cover image by Christopher Payne.

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They have been described as “the best idea we ever had. Absolutely American, absolutely democratic, they reflect us at our best.” They are our national parks, and this year marks the hundredth anniversary of the National Park Service, signed into law by President Woodrow Wilson in August 1916, to preserve our nation’s most spectacular scenery and its most sacred sites. Beginning with Yellowstone, the first national park, the National Park Service today oversees more than four hundred sites, encompassing 84 million acres and 21,000 buildings, including a dozen sites in New York City.

Open House New York is proud to partner with the National Park Service to present Celebrating a Centennial – National Park Service, a special 2016 OHNY Weekend celebration of the nation’s most treasured sites and to help kick-off a second century of preservation and stewardship.

Experiences include after-hours tours of Hamilton Grange National Memorial, the historic home of Alexander Hamilton, and the General Grant National Memorial, the final resting place of Ulysses S. Grant; NPS Ranger-led tours of the African Burial Ground National Monument, the hallowed ground where free and enslaved Africans were buried through the late 18th century, and the Stonewall National Monument, one of the National Park Service’s newest site.

Open House New York an the National Park Service are also presenting “Empty Ellis”, a special tour of Ellis Island that lands at sunrise before it opens the public. On Saturday, October 15, twenty lucky winners will have the opportunity to explore the Ellis Island National Museum of Immigration as the early morning sun bathes the Great Hall in a quiet stillness rarely experienced by the site’s four million visitors each year. Tickets to this tour are being raffled here. Entries will be accepted through 5pm on Tuesday, October 5. Winners will be randomly selected and announced that day.

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Celebrating a Centennial – National Park Service Sites

African Burial Ground National Monument
Civic Center, Manhattan

Battery Weed
Rosebank, Staten Island

Castle Clinton National Monument
Financial District, Manhattan

Castle Williams & Fort Jay
Governors Island

Empty Ellis
Ellis Island

Federal Hall National Memorial Historic Site
Financial District, Manhattan

General Grant National Memorial
Morningside Heights, Manhattan

Hamilton Grange National Memorial
Harlem, Manhattan

Lower East Side Tenement Museum
Lower East Side, Manhattan

Ryan Visitor Center at Floyd Bennett Field
Marine Park, Brooklyn

Stonewall National Monument
Greenwich Village, Manhattan

Theodore Roosevelt Birthplace National
Gramercy, Manhattan

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Most Celebrating a Centennial – National Park Service sites are Open Access and may be visited free-of-charge on a drop-in basis. National Park Service Ranger-led tours and re-enactments will be performed at select sites. Full tour descriptions and information about how to visit these sites will be available on October 5.

The National Park Service preserves unimpaired the natural and cultural resources and values of the National Park System for the enjoyment, education, and inspiration of this and future generations. The Park Service cooperates with partners to extend the benefits of natural and cultural resource conservation and outdoor recreation throughout this country and the world.


Images: General Grant National Memorial by Don Stanko; Battery Weed courtesy of the National Park Service; Hamilton Grange National Memorial courtesy of the National Park Service; Floyd Bennet Field by Yi-Chin Lin; Ellis Island courtesy of the National Park Service; and African Burial Ground National Memorial courtesy of the National Park Service.

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For the second consecutive year, Open House New York has partnered with Curbed to present Curbed Curates: Residences. Tours at ten private residences and residential buildings around the city that celebrate the Curbed mantra, “love where you live” will be open to visit. From a model apartment in the recently converted Art Deco skyscraper 70 Pine to one of the first Passive House woodframe buildings in New York, Curbed Curates: Residences will let visitors see how New Yorkers live.

Sites include the Clifton Residence in Bedford Stuyvesant, Brooklyn, one of the first Passive House wood frame buildings in the city; a model apartment in 70 Pine, the recently converted Art Deco skyscraper in the Financial District; and Urby Staten Island, a new residential development on the North Shore in Staten Island.

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Curbed Curates: Residences
70 Pine
Stephen B. Jacobs Group

The Charles
Ismael Leyva Architects

Chinatown Loft
Buro Koray Duman

Clifton Residence
Paul A. Castrucci Architect

Kane Residence
id 810 design group

Minetta Lane Residence
KUSHNER studios

Modern Apartment in The Apthorp
Jennifer Post Design

Rafi Elbaz

Serge Drouin Residence
Serge Drouin Architect


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Most Curbed Curates: Residences require Advance Reservations, while others will be Open Access and may be visited free-of-charge on a drop-in basis. Full tour descriptions and information about how to visit these sites will be available on October 5.

Curbed delivers all the context you need to know about homes, neighborhoods, and cities–while serving up a constant source of inspiration and essential how-to knowledge. Through on-the-ground coverage in 14 American cities, Curbed covers all things home, from interior design and architecture to technology, renovations, and tiny houses to real estate, urban planning, and transportation.


Images: Urby by Ewout Huibers; Serge Drouin Residence courtesy of Serge Drouin; 70 Pine courtesy of Rose Associates; Modern Apartment in The Apthrop by Peter Krasowski; The Charles by Frances Katzen; SahoNYC by Carrie Buell.

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New York City’s history lives in its buildings. Far from passive fixtures, these architectural spaces act as precipitators of cultural exchange, which present endless opportunities for storytelling and transformation. From meeting halls to performance theaters, buildings act as vital points of intersection for the communities that inhabit them, carrying the soul of the neighborhood within their walls.

This year, Open House New York and ARTNOIR are collaborating to present ARTNOIR: City of Cultural Exchange. Ten locations throughout New York City will illustrate how the built environment serves as a catalyst for cultural exchange. Tours will help visitors understand how architectural form and function can reveal certain truths about the sociological climate from which these buildings were born. ARTNOIR and OHNY seek to uncover various narratives that reflect on the relationship between identity and place.

Sites include the Black Lady Theatre, a pillar in the Bedford Stuyvesant community that served as a think tank in the 1980s to fight civil rights inequalities, which will open its doors to the public for the first time in more than twenty years with a celebration of the Black woman and her authentic beauty; Marjorie Eliot’s Parlor Jazz, which will host two free and open-to-the-public parlor jazz performances that honor the legacy of African American music that bridge cultures and communities; and the Lewis H. Latimer House Museum, which will host tours during OHNY Weekend about the house’s bilingual approaches and other innovative strategies to cross-cultural conversations.

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ARTNOIR: City of Cultural Exchange Sites

Andrew Freedman Home
Morrisania, Bronx

The Black Lady Theatre – Slave II
Crown Heights, Brooklyn

Lewis H. Latimer House Museum
Flushing, Queens

Louis Armstrong House Museum
Corona, Queens

Lower East Side Tenement Museum
Lower East Side, Manhattan

Marjorie Eliot’s Parlor Jazz
Sugar Hill/Washington Heights, Manhattan

Museum of Art and Origins
Sugar Hill/Washington Heights, Manhattan

Queens Museum
Flushing Meadows Corona Park, Queens

The Studio Museum in Harlem
Harlem, Manhattan

United Palace
Washington Heights, Manhattan

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Most ARTNOIR: City of Cultural Exchange sites are Open Access and may be visited free-of-charge on a drop-in basis. Full tour descriptions and information about how to visit these sites will be available on October 5.

ARTNOIR is a global collective of culturalists who design experiences aimed at engaging this generations dynamic and diverse creative class. The group offers an alternative perspective to the traditional arts narrative, supports the freedom of artistic expression for all, and provides a platform for bold acts of creativity and storytelling. To learn more and join the movement, visit artnoir.co




Images: United Palace courtesy of the site; Louis Armstrong House Museum courtesy of the site; Andrew Freedman Home courtesy of the site; Queens Museum by David Sundberg, ESTO; Tenement Museum courtesy of the site; Lewis H. Latimer House Museum by Joel Holub.

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Cities are more than just buildings and people. Open space is a key component to making any city livable. Not only does it offer beauty and areas for recreation and respite, but urban green space also offers valuable economic, health, community building, and ecosystem benefits.

Being a very dense city with an enormous population, the need for open space in New York is paramount. New York has been a leader in city park expansion, including transforming old rail lines into greenways and an old Army headquarters in the middle of the harbor into a popular oasis. Even buildings have become more conscious of providing green spaces, with many including green roofs that help curb greenhouse gas emissions or green plazas for tenants to enjoy.

For this year’s OHNY Weekend, Open House New York and the New York Chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA-NY) are partnering to present New Landscapes New York. Tours of seventeen of New York’s most exciting new open spaces and landscapes during the 2016 Open House New York Weekend on Saturday and Sunday, October 15 and 16, will give visitors a chance to meet the designers who push the boundaries of creativity, innovation and leadership in the planning, design, and development of our built environment.

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New Landscapes New York Sites

Concrete Plant Park
Bronx River Alliance

FDR Four Freedoms Park
Lois Sherr Dubin

Gil Hodges Community Garden
Stantec with New York Restoration Project

Hallett Nature Sanctuary
Central Park Conservancy

The High Bridge
NYC Parks and Recreation

High Line
James Corner Field Operations

Hunter’s Point South Waterfront Park
Thomas Balsley Associates with WEISS/MANFREDI Architecture/Landscape/Urbanism

Liberty Park

The Lowline Lab
Mathews Nielsen Landscape Architects

Naval Cemetery Landscape
Nelson Byrd Woltz Landscape Architects

New York Times Building Lobby Garden

Future Green Studio

Pier 5 Uplands at Brooklyn Bridge Park
Michael Van Valkenburgh Associates Inc. with Brooklyn Bridge Park

Pier 15
Ken Smith Workshop

DLANDstudio architecture + landscape architecture with The Trust For Public Land

Times Square Reconstruction

VIA 57 West
Starr Whitehouse Landscape Architects and Planners with Bjarke Ingels Group

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Most New Landscapes New York sites require Advance Reservations, while others will be Open Access and may be visited free-of-charge on a drop-in basis. Full tour descriptions and information about how to visit these sites will be available on October 5.

The American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA) is the national professional association for landscape architects. Founded in 1899, the association represents over 15,000 members. The New York Chapter encompasses the five boroughs of New York City, Nassau and Suffolk counties on Long Island, and Westchester, Putnam, Dutchess, Orange and Rockland counties. The Society’s mission is to lead in the planning, design and care of both our natural and built environments. While keeping pace with the ever-changing forces of nature and technology, landscape architects increasingly have a profound impact on the way people live, work and play.

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Images: VIA 57 West by Iwan Baan, Naval Cemetery Landscape courtesy of Nelson Byrd Woltz Landscape Architects, High Line by Iwan Baan, Concrete Plant Park by Malcom Pinckney, FDR Four Freedoms Park by Iwan Baan, and Times Square by Michael Grimm.