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!

New York Art Deco Scavenger Hunt

By the Numbers




On Saturday, August 9th, Open House New York and the Art Deco Society of New York (ADSNY) co-hosted the first-ever citywide New York Art Deco Scavenger Hunt, which turned out to be a memorable adventure for more than 200 Deco fans. Members of the 75 participating teams were tasked with deciphering 60 clues (along with several bonus challenges) while racing around the five boroughs to snap and post photos of themselves in front of as many Deco landmarks as possible before the clock ran out at 5pm. The following is a breakdown of the day’s activities:

Total # of photos submitted: 1,437
Photos submitted per hour: 210
Photos submitted per minute: 3.5

Teams that went to at least one outer borough: 32
Teams that went to more than one outer borough: Only 4 out of 70
Most visited outer borough: 20 teams ventured to the Bronx (including all three winning teams!)
Most (correctly) visited site: Though the Chrysler Building (Clue 22) entrance and the Waldorf-Astoria (Clue 52) tied for most visited site, because some teams mis-guessed Clue 52, the Waldorf-Astoria was the most correctly guessed site.

Total points scored: 2,831

Top three teams:
Deco Raters, 99 points
Setbackz, 77 points
Art Deco You Kidding Me? Committee, 74 points

Average score: 40

Congratulations to the three winning teams, and thank you to everyone who participated in this event! View highlights from the event on our Facebook page.



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


While many of New York City’s waterfront neighborhoods have undergone dramatic change over the past decade, Sunset Park, Brooklyn, still looks and feels like a solid, working class industrial neighborhood. The streets are lined with simple but attractive rowhouses, alternately framing views of ships passing by on the harbor, or the towering facades of industrial complexes like Industry City and the gargantuan Brooklyn Army Terminal (BAT).

At BAT, New York City Economic Development Corporation (NYCEDC) has spent the past three decades on a multi-phased renovation, re-activating more than three million square feet of once mothballed industrial space. Today, the usable space is 100% leased, to a mix of commercial and industrial tenants. On May 20th, Open House New York organized a tour of BAT as part of the Making it Here series on contemporary manufacturing spaces in New York City. The tour served as an opportunity to learn about how NYCEDC, OHNY’s lead partner on MIH, has leveraged this unique public asset to provide dedicated space for industrial and manufacturing businesses at a prime location.

Continue reading “Tour Recap: Brooklyn Army Terminal” on the Making it Here website


The Standard Motors Products Building on Northern Blvd. in Long Island City, Queens (Photo: Nina Rappaport)


When the 300,000-square-foot Standard Motors Products Building was completed in 1919, it was at the heart of one of the most important manufacturing hubs in the world. Situated on an ideal site with direct access to the sprawling Sunnyside Railroad Yard, the building was and remains a dominant presence on the Long Island City skyline, serving as a reminder of the area’s past role as an industrial powerhouse. But today, while Standard Motors leases space here for its corporate offices, the manufacturing of automotive parts has been moved off-site.

That’s not to say that manufacturing has left the building entirely. In fact, the opposite is true: since purchasing the building from Standard Motors in 2008, Acumen Capital Partners LLC has renovated the structure and worked to integrate a mix of light manufacturing spaces into a multi-use hive of activity, a virtual city-within-a-city. On Friday, May 16th, Open House New York toured the building with Vertical Urban Factory curator and project director Nina Rappaport, who explained how the factory’s adaptation over time reflects the larger trends that have been re-shaping urban manufacturing for the past few decades.

The tour, which kicked off OHNY’s and the New York City Economic Development Corporation’s Making it Here series on manufacturing in New York, started in the building’s lobby, an attractive space designed by Bromley Caldari Architects in 2010 that features rotating exhibits. Nina began by outlining some of the themes of her Vertical Urban Factory project, through which she has spent the past few years researching the history of urban factory architecture as well as exploring how the evolution of manufacturing into “smaller, cleaner, and greener” processes has impacted cities. Rather than being thought of as dirty and undesirable, Nina believes that factories can and should be places that enhance the communities in which they are located. “Cities,” argued Nina, “still need labor. So it’s important that we consider how we can make factories places of pride for workers.”

Continue reading “Tour recap: Standard Motors Products Building” on the Making it Here website.