I AM OHNY is a campaign we began in late 2011 to highlight and celebrate Open House New York’s diverse community of supporters.

Architect Rob Rogers first experienced OHNY on a tour of the Newtown Creek Wastewater Treatment Plant during OHNY Weekend, and remembers the experience very fondly: “It’s a fabulous piece of infrastructure, architecture, and civic work. I love to learn about how this city has grown, I can never get enough.”

“I was lucky, young, optimistic and naïve when I came to New York right out of college,” he recalls, “and all those are still true except the young part. I came here to work with I.M.Pei, which I did for six years before starting my own practice.” Today, Rob helms the award-winning Rogers Partners Architects, and sits on OHNY’s Governing Board.

Thank you, Rob, for everything that you do for OHNY!

Rob

What do you love most about New York City?
This is where stuff happens.

What is your favorite building and/or neighborhood in the city?
In the mid-1980’s I lived on a house boat at the 79th Street boat basin. Though I’ve now lived on land for decades since, that was still one of the most compelling bunch of neighbors one could imagine. No one locked their doors and we shared everything.

What was your most memorable OHNY experience?
My OHNY inaugural visit – to the Newtown Creek sewage plant. The operating engineer who led the tour was able to give us all the history of sewage and wastewater in the city. He was incredibly proud of his facility, bragged about its capacity and performance; I think the several young kids on the tour came away with ambitions to be waste management engineers!

If OHNY could grant you an all-access pass to any place in the city, where would you go, and why?
I would love an all tunnel pass. One that enabled visits inside the Holland Tunnel tubes, the path connections, the Brooklyn Battery, the train tunnels to Penn and Grand Central; then into the new water tunnel and MTA connections. That would be a fabulous day.

OHNY is important to New York City because…
It’s about access and information. I believe deeply in an informed citizenry – the more people know about how the city works and why, the better we’ll all be at making decisions and policy. And we’ll make a smarter city.

Help us continue to connect people and the spaces that make our city.
Join OHNY as a Member
Gift an OHNY Membership
Support OHNY with a donation

From the Annual OHNY Weekend to its year-round public programs, OHNY offers you opportunities to see the city like you’ve never seen it. With your support, OHNY can continue to open the city to tens of thousands of people throughout the five boroughs, tying us closer to the places, people and stories that make New York the most extraordinary city in the world. Together, we are OHNY.

I AM OHNY is a campaign we began in late 2011 to highlight and celebrate Open House New York’s diverse community of supporters. Miquela Craytor first got involved with OHNY while a grad student at the Pratt Institute in 2004, only the second year of OHNY Weekend’s existence. This year, in her role as the Director of NYC Industrial and Income Mobility and Vice President of the Center for Economic Transformation at New York City Economic Development Corporation, she has served as the lead partner on Making it Here, OHNY’s first-ever yearlong thematic series, which has explored how manufacturing occupies space in the city today.

Miquela describes her relationship to New York as being “Like [that of] many—it’s a love/hate thing.” Born and raised in Oregon on a five-acre farm, she moved to the city in the summer of 2000. “In many respects, I loved that environment,” Miquela says, “but felt the missing energy of people and urbanity. I came here recognizing that I would be trading the natural beauty of Oregon for the man-made beauty of NYC.” Thanks to Miquela and her team at NYCEDC for all that they’ve done to make Making it here such a rousing success!

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What do you love most about New York City?
I love the diversity: both in the people and the built environment. There is such a spectrum of buildings, people, histories. There are gems that you can come across in any random day. You cannot get that in suburbia.

What is your favorite building and/or neighborhood in the city?
My favorite neighborhood is Fort Green/Clinton Hill, in Brooklyn. Its diversity of building and people makes it really special to me.

What was your most memorable OHNY experience?
Hosting a tour in the South Bronx on a green roof, sharing the story of the community and a unique project with many individuals who had never ever imagined such a beautiful effort could be in a neighborhood not known for such positive stories. Helping this audience to understand the struggles of a community, and to understand the role that each of them can play in driving change to prevent poor planning. It was a unique opportunity to open peoples’ minds through the direct experience of space/place.

If OHNY could grant you an all-access pass to any place in the city, where would you go, and why?
I would go to the hidden parts of Grand Central Station—I’ve heard that you can go into the area above the main concourse.

OHNY is important to New York City because…
It connects New Yorkers to places and to each other in a most unique way that reminds us of the connections we all have through our built environment.

Help us continue to connect people and the spaces that make our city.
Join OHNY as a Member
Gift an OHNY Membership
Support OHNY with a donation

From the Annual OHNY Weekend to its year-round public programs, OHNY offers you opportunities to see the city like you’ve never seen it. With your support, OHNY can continue to open the city to tens of thousands of people throughout the five boroughs, tying us closer to the places, people and stories that make New York the most extraordinary city in the world. Together, we are OHNY.

I AM OHNY is a campaign we began in late 2011 to highlight and celebrate Open House New York’s diverse community of supporters. We’re kicking off this year’s campaign with Enrique García Carrera, an Associate Principal with Flatiron District-based lighting design firm Fisher Marantz Stone. “I grew up in Mexico City,” Enrique explains, “so I was already predisposed to love the chaos of New York. I was fascinated by the city from the first time I visited when I was seven years old.”

Enrique first got involved with OHNY through FMS’s participation in OHNY Weekend several years ago, and this year led a tour of his Lumen-award winning lighting of Staten Island’s September 11th Memorial “Postcards,” as part of OHNY at Night. Thanks to Enrique for serving as an OHNY Weekend Tour Sponsor and helping New Yorkers to better understand how lighting designers shape the way that the city is experienced after dark!

Enrique

What do you love most about New York City?
There are so many things to love about New York City. On my first visit to the city, I recall being amazed by the skyscrapers–especially the Empire State Building and the Twin Towers of the World Trade Center–and I very clearly remember watching the Disney cartoon version of Robin Hood at Radio City Music Hall, which immediately became my favorite movie (it has not stood the test of time, but Radio City has). We visited again when I was 11, and I decided this was my favorite city in the world. I am still thrilled on a daily basis by the convergence of the different design and art disciplines, the hectic pace, and all the people from different cultures and corners of the world coexisting and creating something new and exciting. And the food is not bad.

What is your favorite building and/or neighborhood in the city?
I love the Chrysler Building. To me, it’s the crown jewel of the New York City skyline. As for neighborhoods, having worked in the Flatiron District for some 23 years I am partial to this neighborhood and all it has to offer, from the amazing restaurants to the beautiful buildings, Madison Square Park, and Union Square and its farmers market.

What was your most memorable OHNY experience?
My best experience was giving the guided tour of the Staten Island 9/11 Memorial, “Postcards”. It is such a beautiful and touching response which speaks to the human spirit and resilience of the City. Having the opportunity to describe how the project came about, to such a receptive audience that braved the cold weather to see the memorial and hear its story, made for an evening I will remember for years to come.

If OHNY could grant you an all-access pass to any place in the city, where would you go, and why?
I read somewhere that there is an indoor tennis court right inside Grand Central Terminal, somewhere above the Main Concourse. Having worked on the restoration of the station, and knowing how difficult it is to get play time in the City, I was surprised to learn of this secret court. I would love to be able to play a match there some day.

OHNY is important to New York City because…
It’s like receiving the real keys to the City, not the useless ones given to visiting dignitaries.

 

Help us continue to connect people and the spaces that make our city.
Join OHNY as a Member
Gift an OHNY Membership
Support OHNY with a donation

 

From the Annual OHNY Weekend to its year-round public programs, OHNY offers you opportunities to see the city like you’ve never seen it. With your support, OHNY can continue to open the city to tens of thousands of people throughout the five boroughs, tying us closer to the places, people and stories that make New York the most extraordinary city in the world. Together, we are OHNY.

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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.

Update

Every year, changes, cancellations, and updates take place up to and throughout OHNY Weekend. Since the Event Guide went to print, several sites and tours have been added. Changes so far are detailed below, with links to the related web listings. For the most up-to-date info before and during the festival, follow us on Twitter and Facebook

 

CHANGES

NEW ADDITIONS (OPEN ACCESS)

 

NEW ADDITIONS (ADVANCED RESERVATION TOURS)

 

CANCELED