The Maker Space + Design Lab at NYSCI is one of nine makerspaces that will open during the 12th Annual OHNY Weekend. (Photo: Andrew Kelly)

The Maker Space + Design Lab at NYSCI is one of nine makerspaces that will open during the 12th Annual OHNY Weekend. (Photo: Andrew Kelly)

Throughout 2014, Open House New York’s and New York City Economic Development Corporation’s Making it Here series has taken hundreds of New Yorkers into a wide variety of different manufacturing spaces to learn about how dynamic the city’s contemporary manufacturing sector is, and how it continues to impact the way our city looks and functions. During the 12th Annual OHNY Weekend next month, Making it Here will expand its reach through two very special programmatic series: Factory Friday, announced last week, and a track of makerspaces across the city that will all open their doors to the general public on Saturday and/or Sunday, October 11 & 12.

According to, “makerspaces are community centers with tools. Makerspaces combine manufacturing equipment, community, and education for the purposes of enabling community members to design, prototype and create manufactured works that wouldn’t be possible to create with the resources available to individuals working alone.”

These vibrant, creative places are the physical manifestation of the “Maker movement,” a growing social movement that encourages individuals to make things for themselves. For evidence of the Makers’ impact on New York’s economic and cultural landscape, look no further than the rise of artisanal Brooklyn and craft markets like the Brooklyn Flea, or the growth of businesses like Makerbot and Adafruit Industries, firms that started out tinkering in makerspaces before developing popular products and building their businesses into local tech success stories.

Makerspaces come in many different shapes, sizes, and forms, and can feature everything from woodworking and metalworking shops, to laser cutters, 3D printers, and other advanced manufacturing technologies. By giving more people access to these tools, these spaces encourage people to experiment, to try new things, and to build things with their own two hands. During OHNY Weekend, you’ll be able to visit nine participating makerspaces to learn about their different models, and how you can get involved and become a Maker, yourself!

For a full list of participating spaces, visit Each of the site will have its own open hours, which will be available on beginning on September 30th, 2014.

OHNY Weekend Cover (Photo: Mikiko Kikuyama)

OHNY Weekend Cover (Photo: Mikiko Kikuyama)


Every October, OHNY Weekend gives tens of thousands of people occasion to explore architectural and cultural treasures throughout all five boroughs. It is the sense of discovery that makes the Weekend so exciting: what might I see this year? What will I uncover around the next corner? One thing you might see in 2014 is the mural that was specially commissioned by OHNY to serve as the cover art for the OHNY Weekend Event Guide, due to hit newsstands on October 2 as an insert in Time Out New York.

But while you’ll need to wait a few weeks for the Guide, you can visit the OHNY Weekend mural right now! In fact, post of a photo of yourself in front of the mural on Instagram or Twitter with the hashtag #OHNYwknd by September 25, and you will be entered into a raffle to win two (2) tickets to an Advance Reservation tour of your choice! Three lucky winners will be announced on September 26.

Created through a collaborative effort by PS New York, OHNY’s graphic designers,  and Ad Hoc Art, the team behind the Welling Court Mural Project (WCMP), the OHNY Weekend mural is one of the newest artworks at WCMP, a five-year-old community initiative that has transformed an industrial and residential neighborhood along the East River in Astoria, Queens into a sprawling campus of street art, featuring more than 130 murals.

After approaching Ad Hoc’s Garrison Buxton about the possibility of doing a wall mural at the WCMP—which will participate as a site for the first time during this year’s OHNY Weekend on October 11 and 12—OHNY selected Chris Stain, a street artist that has done a number of large-scale murals, to work with Garrison to realize the project. Stain’s work makes extensive use of stencils; for the OHNY Weekend mural, he created a collage of iconic New York City buildings (can you identify them all?), from contemporary to historic, framed within the Open House New York logo. All of the intricate, large-scale stencils were created utilizing CNC machining as well as handwork.


Cutting the stencils. (Photo: Ad Hoc Art)

Cutting the stencils. (Photo: Ad Hoc Art)


Once the stencils were cut, they were taped up on a brick wall along 28th Avenue near Astoria Boulevard, where Ad Hoc had prepped the mural site by painting a roughly 12-foot by 12-foot section a bright, pop-art blue. Larger stencils were used first to create the letters of OHNY’s logo, followed by the more finely detailed stencils that would render the building silhouettes. The mural was then photographed for the cover on a brilliant sunny afternoon by photographer Mikiko Kikuyama. From conception to completion, the entire project took a couple of weeks, with the painting happening over the course of a single weekend.

The mural, shortly before the final layer was added. (Photo: Ad Hoc Art)

The mural, shortly before the final layer was added. (Photo: Ad Hoc Art)


OHNY thanks all of the talented, creative people who helped make the cover for this year’s OHNY Weekend Event Guide. We can’t wait for you all to see what’s inside! Check out the October 2 issue of Time Out New York—or become an OHNY Member today, and you’ll get an advance copy sent to you the week of September 22.





Ferra Designs (Photo: Brooklyn Navy Yard Development Corp.)

On Friday, October 10th, 2014, OHNY and the Pratt Center for Community Development present Factory Friday, a day of tours at eight factories across New York City in the lead-up to the 12th Annual OHNY Weekend. These tours will give participants access to eight factories within the Pratt Center’s Made in NYC network that are rarely—if ever—open to the general public to learn about how everything from silk flowers to vinyl records are manufactured right here in New York City.

The event is being organized as a companion program to Making it Here, a yearlong exploration of manufacturing spaces in the contemporary city organized by OHNY and New York City Economic Development Corporation (NYCEDC) over the course of 2014.

“In exploring an issue as important as manufacturing is for the future of the city, Making it Here has been a watershed series for Open House New York,” notes Gregory Wessner, director of OHNY. “By partnering with the Pratt Center and its Made in NYC initiative to open up factories during OHNY Weekend, our most important annual event, we’re thrilled to be able to expand the scope of the festival while giving people the chance to see for themselves how vital the city’s manufacturing sector is today.”

Factory Friday will not only provide opportunities for people to experience contemporary urban manufacturing first-hand, it will allow tour participants to hear, straight from the employees and proprietors of participating companies, about why manufacturing is still so important to New York City’s 21st century economy—a key objective of the Making it Here series.

“We at Worksman Cycles are proud to be a member and corporate advisor to” says Bruce Weinreb, the Director of Marketing, Design, New Markets, and Strategic Partnerships at Worksman Cycles, one of the manufacturers that will participate in Factory Friday. “Made in NYC is quietly driving the reemergence of manufacturing in the five boroughs; it’s an invaluable resource for New York City-based manufacturers as well as a tireless advocate for this critical sector of the city’s economy. Factory Friday is a perfect example of the creative programming Made in NYC uses to connect various segments of NYC’s business community and foster new partnerships based on education, awareness and mutual benefit for both manufacturers and consumers.”

All Factory Friday tours will require advance reservations and tour times vary by site. Listings of all OHNY Weekend sites and tours including Factory Friday, will go live on to the public on on September 30, and reservations can be made beginning at 11am on October 1, 2014. The following manufacturers will participate in the event by offering one or more tours on October 10th:


Adriatic Wood Products
East New York, Brooklyn
Custom moldings, trims, & woodwork

Sunset Park, Brooklyn
Vinyl records

Ferra Designs
Brooklyn Navy Yard
Precision metal fabrication

Kirschner Brushes
Mott Haven, Bronx
Paint brushes

M & S Schmalberg
Garment District, Manhattan
Fabric flowers

Long Island City, Queens
Custom design/production, rapid prototyping

Organic Food Incubator
Long Island City, Queens
Specialty food manufacturing

Worksman Cycles
Ozone Park, Queens
Industrial bicycles, tricycles, and mobile food vending systems


About Made in NYC

Made In NYC, an initiative of the Pratt Center for Community Development, was founded in 2001 and since that time has helped to strengthen the manufacturing eco-system in New York City by linking businesses and consumers to local manufacturers. More than 1,200 manufacturers located throughout the five boroughs currently engage with the Made In NYC network to increase their sales, create jobs, and generate public support for a healthy manufacturing sector. Pratt Center works for a more sustainable and equitable New York City in partnership with community-based organizations, small businesses and policymakers.

Factory Friday is organized by Open House New York in partnership with:

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OHNY at Night


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For so many people around the world, the image of New York is synonymous with its dazzling nighttime skyline. Open House New York is excited to announce that this year, the first official “OHNY at Night” series will extend the excitement of OHNY Weekend past sundown to consider how the art of lighting the urban environment shapes our experience of the city. OHNY at Night is organized in collaboration with the Illuminating Engineering Society New York City Section, and highlights Lumen Award-winning lighting projects and projects by Lumen Award-winning lighting designers.

Tours of ten significant exterior lighting design projects will explore how lighting designers and engineers envision, plan, and execute the illumination of the city’s buildings. Join in to better understand how light is used to keep New York looking its best after dark!

All OHNY at Night tours require reservations. Tour descriptions will be released on September 30 at and reservations begin on October 1.


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OHNY at Night lighting tours and talks:

Bank of America Night Lighting Tour
Cline Bettridge Bernstein Lighting Design

Battery Park City and Statue of Liberty Lighting Tour
Howard M. Brandston

Brooklyn Public Library Central Branch Lighting Tour
Arup Lighting

The Metropolitan Museum of Art New Lighting Design Tour
L’Observatoire International

The National September 11 Memorial Lighting Tour
Fisher Marantz Stone

“Postcards” Staten Island 9/11 Memorial Lighting Tour
Fisher Marantz Stone

Samuel J. and Ethel LeFrak Center Lighting Tour
Renfro Design Group, Inc.

TKTS Booth Times Square Lighting Tour
Fisher Marantz Stone

Waldorf Astoria Lighting Tour
Cooley Monato Studio

Walking Above Light: High Line Lighting Tour
L’Observatoire International


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Lumen Awards, which recognize excellence, professionalism, ingenuity and originality in lighting design, are awarded annually by the IESNYC, the local section of the Illuminating Engineering Society, the renowned, go-to technical authority on illumination who cater to all lighting professionals. OHNY thanks the IESNYC for their help in organizing this new series for the 12th Annual OHNY Weekend. To learn more, about IESNYC and the Lumen Awards, visit


Artwork by Chris Stain & Garrison Buxton (Ad Hoc Art). Photography by Mikiko Kukuyama


This year’s OHNY Weekend Event Guide-available at the end of September-will feature on its cover a wall mural specially commissioned by Open House New York.

Here’s your challenge:
Be the first person to find the mural and post a photo of yourself in front of it on Instagram or Twitter with the hashtag #OHNYwknd and you will win two (2) tickets to an Advance Reservation tour of your choice and an OHNY Weekend Passport for this year’s festival. Passports let you and a guest skip to the front of the line at all Open Access sites during the Weekend.

And if you’re not the first, there are still chances to win! Once the location is public, anyone who posts a photo of themselves in front of the OHNY Weekend mural on Instagram or Twitter with the hashtag #OHNYwknd by September 25 will be entered into a raffle to win two (2) tickets to an Advance Reservation tour of their choice. Three lucky raffle winners will be announced on September 26.

Here’s a hint to get you started: The OHNY Weekend mural joins a group of more than a hundred pieces that have transformed an area of the city into a open-air museum of street art.

So what are you waiting for? Get out there and get searching! Happy hunting!

Post a photo of yourself in front of the OHNY Weekend mural on Instagram or Twitter. Make sure that:
– The photo includes the whole mural;
– The caption includes the #OHNYwknd hashtag;
– Your account/profile is public so that OHNY is able to view it;
– The photo is posted by 11:59pm on September 25, 2014.

Only one photo per account is eligible to win two (2) tickets to the Advance Reservation tour of your choice, via raffle. Winners will be contacted on Friday, September 26, via OHNY’s Instagram handle @openhousenewyork or Twitter @ohny depending on the account used to submit the photo.


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Congrats to Instagram users @b.baerwolf and @seanrisley on being the first to find and document the 2014 OHNY Weekend mural! Go check it out at the Welling Court Mural Project near 14-14 28th Avenue, near Astoria Boulevard. Post a photograph yourself by the mural with the hashtag #OHNYwknd following the above rules for a chance to win prizes. Happy Hunting!