Each year, Open House New York works with the talented designers at PS New York to create a special cover image for the Open House New York Weekend Event Guide that connects OHNY with the living city. This year’s cover is inspired by Getting to Zero, Open House New York’s yearlong series about New York City’s waste system, and by the principles of creative reuse, which uses creativity to transform what might otherwise be trash into works of art.

New York is lucky to have one of the leading creative reuse centers in the country at Materials for the Arts, a nonprofit organization in Queens run by the NYC Department of Cultural Affairs with support from the Departments of Sanitation and Education. MFTA collects a wide variety of unneeded, reusable items from businesses and individuals and then makes those items available for free to arts organizations, artists, and schools, diverting more than a million pounds of material from landfills each year.

For this year’s cover, OHNY collaborated with artist Juan Hinojosa, a recent artist-in-residence at MFTA who transforms trash, discarded items, and found objects into works of art. Using paper, objects, and other material found at MFTA, Juan created the work seen on this year’s cover, which was then captured in MFTA’s warehouse by photographer Mikiko Kikuyama. In the true spirit of reuse, much of what you see on the cover was returned to the shelves for future use by other organizations and artists.

For more information about MFTA, visit mfta.org. To see more of Juan’s work, visit his website juanhinojosa.com or follow him on Instagram at juan_hinojosa_.

Tour the cover! Want to see Juan’s artwork and explore the Materials for the Arts warehouse? Materials for the Arts will be open for tours during OHNY Weekend. Stay tuned for more information.

Mark your calendars. The 2017 OHNY Weekend Event Guide will be publicly available on October 4: As an insert in the October 4 issue of Time Out New York, available at all TONY street distribution locations; at all west elm stores in New York City; as a free download on www.ohny.org; and at select sites in all five boroughs. More details to be announced.

  
  
  
 

 

  

For this year’s OHNY Weekend, Open House New York is partnering with the New Practices Committee of the American Institute of Architects New York Chapter to present a curated series of projects by emerging practices that explore how a new generation of designers is transforming New York. New Practices is dedicated to serving as a forum for new and evolving models of architecture and design practice. With its emphasis on highlighting young firms and new ideas, New Practices offers a platform for thinking about the future of architecture and the city.

Among the participating sites are The Bridge Golf Learning Center (G TECTS), an indoor golf center owned by The Bridge Golf Foundation, which provides a high quality indoor golf experience and uses golf to improve life outcomes for young men of color; Gerken Residence (Young Projects), a private penthouse apartment in a historic cast-iron Tribeca building whose recent renovation explores the shifting relationships of solid and void; and Lisson Gallery (Studio Christian Wassman), housed in a building directly below the High Line with private viewing and work spaces. See the complete list of sites below. Some New Practices New York sites will have Open Access hours and may be visited free-of-charge on a drop-in basis; others require Advance Reservations. Full tour descriptions and information about how to visit these sites will be available on October 4.

  

New Practices New York Sites

The Bridge Golf Learning Center
G TECTS

Design Within Reach Flagship
Büro Koray Duman

Espasso Gallery
Architecture in Formation

Fool’s Gold Records
Family New York

Galerie Perrotin
Peterson Rich Office

Gerken Residence
Young Projects

Intro Extro Residence
Kalos Eidos

Kew Gardens Hills Library
WORKac

Lisson Gallery
Studio Christian Wassmann

Tina Kim Gallery
SO-IL

Van Alen Institute
PARA Project / Collective-LOK

Voyager Espresso
Only If—

  

After OHNY Weekend…

New Design Directions Panel

Join the New Practices Committee on Tuesday, October 17 at 6pm for a panel discussion with four emerging practices participating in the OHNY Weekend series to discuss new directions in architecture and design being taken for the future of NYC. The event will take place at the Design Within Reach Soho Studio at 110 Greene Street, New York City. Click here to register!

 

 

Images: Tina Kim Gallery by Jeremy Haik; Fool’s Gold courtesy of Family New York; Espasso Gallery by Tom Powell; The Bridge Golf Learning Center courtesy of The Bridge Golf Foundation; Gerken Residence by Naho Kubota; and Design Within Reach Flagship courtesy of Büro Koray Duman.

  
  

Since the first Open House New York Weekend took place in October 2003, more than 1,100 buildings and sites across the five boroughs have opened their doors for tours and talks visited by more than one million people from around the city and around the world. Open House New York expresses its deepest gratitude to all of those sites for being the true champions of an open city. In honor of OHNY Weekend’s special anniversary this year, Open House New York celebrates a very special group of almost fifty sites that have been opening their doors for a decade or more, including ten that have participated in every OHNY Weekend since the first! When you visit any of the sites listed here, please take a moment to thank the hosts for their commitment to keeping New York open!

15 YEAR SITES

The Cathedral Church of St. John the Divine

Center for Architecture

Church of the Transfiguration

The Hindu Temple Society of North America

King Manor Museum

Masonic Hall

New York Marble Cemetery

Ukrainian Institute of America

The Woodlawn Cemetery

The Wyckoff House Museum

 

  
  

10+ YEAR SITES

Alexander Hamilton U.S. Custom House

Alice Austen House

Austrian Cultural Forum

Bartow-Pell Mansion Museum

Brooklyn Army Terminal

Brooklyn Bridge Park

Brooklyn Historical Society

Brooklyn Navy Yard

Central Park

Church of St. Luke and St. Matthew

Edgar Allan Poe Cottage

Freshkills Park

General Grant National Memorial

General Society of Mechanics and Tradesmen of the City of New York

Governors Island

Grace Church in New York

Grand Central Terminal

Jefferson Market Library

Little Red Lighthouse

Modulightor Building

Mount Vernon Hotel Museum and Garden

Museum at Eldridge Street

Museum of Bronx History at the Valentine-Varian House

Museum of the City of New York

The New York Botanical Garden

New York City Marble Cemetery

New York University

The Noguchi Museum

Old Stone House & Washington Park

Prison Ship Martyrs’ Monument

Prospect Park

Scandinavia House

Temple Emanu-El

Theodore Roosevelt Birthplace National Historic Site

Times Square Arts

US Coast Guard Cutter LILAC

Van Alen Institute

Voelker Orth Museum, Bird Sanctuary, and Victorian Garden

The Waterfront Museum

 

  

  

Most 10 and 15 Year sites are Open Access and may be visited free-of-charge on a drop-in basis. Tours or access to areas not usually open to the public will be offered at all of these sites. Full tour descriptions and information about how to visit these sites will be available on October 4.

 

Photos: Collector’s Suite at the Alexander Hamilton U.S. Custom House by Nicolas Lemery Nantel; Grand Central Terminal Peter Aaron/OTTO; The Hindu Temple Society of North America by Benniken CC BY-SA 4.0; The Cathedral Church of St. John the Divine by Jesse Vega; Eldridge Street Synagogue by Peter Aaron/OTTO; Alice Austen House by Floto and Warner; Austrian Cultural Forum by David Plakke; Little Red Lighthouse by Jessica Bruah; Temple Emanu-El by Christian Grattan; Brooklyn Army Terminal by Nicolas Lemery Nantel; General Society of Mechanics and Tradesmen Library by Bernard Moucheraud; and Masonic Hall courtesy of the site. 

Open House New York’s annual urban scavenger hunt is one of our favorite events to organize each year, and this year’s event on Saturday, June 17th, did not disappoint! More than 75 teams participated, with 56 competing for points via Instagram over the course of the day. Participants braved a downpour earlier in the day, which made for some pretty entertaining photos. We were impressed with everyone’s tenacity—this was quite an intrepid group!

This year’s hunt looked back on how much New York City has changed in the 15 years since the very first OHNY Weekend took place back in 2003. Scavenger hunters solved 65 clues about the buildings and places that dominated the headlines during this period of enormous change in the city, and raced across the five boroughs to visit as many of the sites as possible before the clock ran out at 5pm.

Below, we’ve broken down how the day played out, by the numbers. Thanks to everyone who made it out this past weekend, and congratulations to this year’s winners: The Now York Rats and Team Fresh-Skillz, who tied for first place (!), The Bone Zoners, and The Unholy Trinity, which placed third and fourth, respectively. And thanks as well to our friends at A/D/O, which hosted our closing reception!

Total # of photos submitted: 788
Photos submitted per hour: 112.5
Photos submitted per minute: 1.9
Total points scored: 2623
Average points per team: 47

Teams that went to at least one outer borough: 34
Teams that went to 2-3 outer boroughs: 14

Most correctly-identified sites:

 1. Clue #42: World Trade Center Oculus (27 teams)
 2. Clue #22: 111 Eighth Avenue (26 teams)
 3. Clue #58: Eataly (26 teams)
 4. Clue #15: Bank of America Tower (25 teams)
 5. Clue #23: Hearst Tower (25 teams)
 6. Clue #34: High Line 10th Avenue Amphitheater (25 teams)
 7. Clue #38: Fulton Center Sky-Reflector Net (25 teams)

Clues most frequently answered incorrectly:

 1. Clue #55: MoMA QNS (7 teams, all of whom thought this clue referred to PS1)
 2. Clue #65: Apple Store SoHo (6 teams, all of which guessed the Apple Store on Grand Army Plaza,
 while the clue asked for the brand’s *first* NYC location)
 3. Clue #44: Citibike Station at The Plaza (5 teams)
 4. Clue #34: High Line 10th Avenue Amphitheater (4 teams)
 5. Clue #58: Eataly (4 teams)

Most popular outer borough sites:

 1. Clue #14: A/D/O (12 teams)
 2. Clue #11: 5Pointz Site (8 teams)
 3. Clue #39: St. George Ferry Terminal Fish Tanks (7 teams)
 4. Clue #59: TWA Flight Center (7 teams)
 5. Clue #4: The Brooklyner (6 teams)
 6. Clue #26: Citi Field (6 teams)
 7. Clue #30: Rockaway Boardwalk (6 teams)
 8. Clue #33: New York State Pavilion (6 teams)

Least-visited sites:

 1. Clue #16: The New Fulton Fish Market (0 teams – the only clue out of 65 that was not visited by any
 of the competing teams)
 2. Clue #6: Via Verde (1 team)
 3. Clue #31: Kings Theatre (1 team)
 4. Clue #46: Sims Sunset Park Material Recovery Facility (1 team)
 5. Clue #57: IKEA Park (1 team)
 6. Clue #35: Bayonne Bridge (While five teams got points for this clue, only one—Team Heart-Shaped
 Waffles—actually went and stood under the Bridge for a double-point bonus!)

Farthest distance between two sites: As the crow flies, the Rockaway Boardwalk (Clue #30) and the Bayonne Bridge (Clue #35) are roughly equidistant from the Kingsbridge Armory (Clue #32), just over 20 miles away
Shortest distance between two sites: 2 Columbus Circle (Clue #49) and the Time Warner Center (Clue #63) stand about 97 feet apart across Eighth Avenue

Leaderboard (by total points scored):

 1. The Now York Rats (130)
 1. Team Fresh-Skillz (130)
 3. The Bone Zoners (108)
 4. The Unholy Trinity (91)
 5. Heart-Shaped Waffles (89)
 6. Doobs (85)
 7. Jay Jideliov (84)
 8. The Spuyten Duyvils (79)
 9. Olmsted’s Homestead (78)
 10. IND Second System (74)
 11. TimEd (73)
 12. Chugga (69)
 13. SicK (66)
 14. Golden Empire State Bears (63)
 15. Escape to the Country (60)
 15. The Yabaton Twins (60)

When we think of Open House New York, we rightfully think about buildings and the thrill of getting access to the otherwise inaccessible. But this summer, in celebration of the 15th anniversary of Open House New York Weekend, we invite you to join us as we explore some of the deeper values and ideas that make the experience of architecture and cities so powerful, values and ideas that Open House New York itself champions in its programs.

Open House New York has invited a group of leading thinkers from design, art, science, and media for open-ended conversations about life in the contemporary city. In different but compelling ways, the work of each of these individuals helps us better understand the pleasures and frustrations of living an urban life, and asks questions that challenge the way we see and think about the city. Each conversation is structured around a broad theme but all will explore how fundamental values like openness and access help shape our experience of New York and give cities everywhere their vitality and meaning.

All of the talks in this series will take place at 7pm on select Thursday evenings from June through September at LMHQ in the Financial District (150 Broadway, 20th Floor).

Registration
Admission is free but reservations are required as space is limited. Each talk will last approximately one hour, and will be followed by a reception with wine and snacks.

 

Justin Davidson: On Exploration
On June 8, architecture and music critic Justin Davidson will join us for a conversation about exploration to celebrate the publication of his new book, Magnetic City: A Walking Companion to New York

Justin Davidson is the architecture and classical music critic at New York magazine, where he writes about a broad range of urban, civic, and design issues. He grew up in Rome, graduated from Harvard, and later earned a doctoral degree in music composition at Columbia University. As a classical music and cultural critic at Newsday, he won a Pulitzer Prize for criticism in 2002. His new book, Magnetic City: A Walking Companion to New York, is a portrait of New York told through art, music, history, literature, and architecture.

 

 

 

Miquela Craytor: On Inclusion
On July 13, Miquela Craytor, a planner and Executive Director of Industrial Partnerships at the NYC Department of Small Business Services, will speak about her work advocating for the use of sustainable development to address reinvestment in under-served communities

Miquela Craytor is the Executive Director of Industrial Partnerships at the NYC Department of Small Business Services.  Her work has consisted of overseeing the city’s revived industrial policy efforts. Projects include the city-wide Industrial Action Plan and overseeing the Futureworks NYC initiatives, a $13 million suite of investments in advanced manufacturing services. She was formerly the executive director at Sustainable South Bronx for over three years. She also served as the Senior Planner for Economic Development in the economic arm of the Bronx Borough President’s office. She received a BA in planning, public policy, & management from the Honors College at the University of Oregon and her MS in city & regional planning from Pratt Institute. She is a 2010 Catto Fellow of the Aspen Institute, a 2010 BMW Transatlantic Fellow, and a board member of the NYC Workforce Development Corporation.

 

Alexandra Horowitz: On Observation
On July 27, scientist Alexandra Horowitz, author of On Looking: A Walker’s Guide to the Art of Observation, will discuss her work on cognition and the ways in which we perceive the world around us

 

Alexandra Horowitz is the author of the New York Times best-seller Inside of a Dog: What Dogs See, Smell, and Know (2009), On Looking: A Walker’s Guide to the Art of Observation (2013), and Being a Dog: Following the Dog into a World of Smell (2016). She is an adjunct Associate Professor at Barnard College, Columbia University, where she teaches seminars in creative non-fiction and canine cognition, and performs research at the Dog Cognition Lab. She lives and walks in New York City with her husband, young son, and two large, sniffy dogs.

 

 

 

Vishaan Chakrabarti: On Opportunity
On August 3, architect Vishaan Chakrabarti, the Founding Principal of Practice for Architecture and Urbanism, will speak about the city as a platform for a shared, vibrant and diverse culture that fosters opportunity

Vishaan Chakrabarti is the Founder of Practice for Architecture and Urbanism (PAU). Simultaneously, Vishaan is an Associate Professor of Practice at Columbia University’s Graduate School of Architecture, Planning & Preservation (GSAPP), where he teaches architectural design studios and seminars on urbanism. His highly acclaimed book, A Country of Cities: A Manifesto for an Urban America (Metropolis Books, 2013), argues that a more urban United States would result in a more prosperous, sustainable, joyous, and socially mobile nation. He has been a guest on the Charlie Rose show, MSNBC’s The Cycle, NY1, NPR, WNYC, and has been profiled in the New York Times and the Financial Times.

 

Jorge Otero-Pailos: On Transitions
On August 17, artist and architect Jorge Otero-Pailos, the Director of Historic Preservation at Columbia University’s Graduate School of Architecture, Planning, and Preservation, will discuss his work exploring transitions from one historical period to the next, and how cultures use monuments to remember, to celebrate, and to come together

Jorge Otero-Pailos works at the intersection of art, architecture and preservation. He is Director and Professor of Historic Preservation at Columbia University’s Graduate School of Architecture in New York. His work has been commissioned and exhibited by major museums, foundations and biennials notably, the Artangel Trust, the 53rd Venice Art Biennial, Victoria and Albert Museum, Louis Vuitton Museum La Galerie, Thyssen-Bornemisza Art Contemporary, and the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts. He is the founder and editor of Future Anterior, co-editor of Experimental Preservation (2016), author of Architecture’s Historical Turn (2010) and contributor to scholarly journals and books including the Oxford Encyclopedia of Aesthetics and Rem Koolhaas’ Preservation Is Overtaking Us (2014). He studied architecture at Cornell University and holds a PhD from MIT, and was a founding faculty member of the School of Architecture at the Polytechnic University of Puerto Rico.  

 

Prerana Reddy: On Engagement
On August 24, activist Prerana Reddy, who serves as Director of Public Programs & Community Engagement at the Queens Museum, will speak about the museum’s efforts to engage with the surrounding communities in the most diverse place in the country

Prerana Reddy has been the Director of Public Programs & Community Engagement for the Queens Museum since 2005.  She organizes screenings, talks, festivals, visual art exhibitions, artist residencies and performances, many of which are developed in collaboration with diverse local community organizations and cultural producers.  She is also in charge of the museum’s community engagement initiatives that combine arts and culture with social development goals in nearby neighborhoods predominantly comprised of new immigrants such as museum’s offsite immigrant arts & education center Immigrant Movement International, and the design and ongoing programming of Corona Plaza. She holds an MA in Cinema Studies, with a focus on documentary and visual anthropology, from New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts.

 

Charlie Todd: On Delight
On September 7, director and comedian Charlie Todd, the founder of Improv Everywhere, will talk about his mission to surprise and delight through the unconventional use of public space
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Charlie Todd is the founder of Improv Everywhere, producing and directing the group’s work for over fifteen years. Improv Everywhere is a New York City-based comedy collective that stages unexpected performances in public places. Charlie also works as a television producer, serving as creator and executive producer for Improv Everywhere’s television pilot for NBC, and more recently as executive producer for MTV’s late night comedy, The Middle of the Night Show. He is a long-time performer at the Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre in New York City. He is also the author of Causing a Scene (2009), a book about Improv Everywhere published by Harper Collins.

 

 

 

 

This series is organized in partnership with LMHQ. Created by The Alliance for Downtown New York, LMHQ is a collaboration space for Lower Manhattan’s creatives and creators. Companies can come together at LMHQ to collaborate, activate, and accelerate their growth.

 

Photo: spikedhalo via Flickr