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

Pia Yasay is one of the thirty District Coordinators who volunteer their entire weekend every year during OHNY Weekend to make sure that everything runs smoothly for visitors, volunteers, and site and tour sponsors.  Pia became a DC in 2013, returning again in 2014 to coordinate West Midtown. “At the time, I was working in the same office as the OHNY staff–so I am pretty sure that had a lot to do with it!” she recalls. [OHNY shared space with Jaklitsch / Gardner Architects until 2013 before moving into our own space.] “It seemed like it would be a great fit, and the experience has been very enjoyable.”

Thank you, Pia, for giving so much of your time to make OHNY Weekend such a fantastic event!

Pia

What do you love most about New York City?
The people. Their diversity and energy drives and shapes this city, and New York just wouldn’t be what it is without them. I feel that the diversity of the people translates directly into how diverse the neighborhoods and places are here in New York.

What is your favorite building and/or neighborhood in the city?
The Guggenheim. I think I was 12 the first time I visited. Back then I didn’t know anything about the museum, about architecture—I hadn’t even heard of Frank Lloyd Wright! It was so different from any place I’d been, and I could feel that it was someplace special. I suppose that was my first experience with architecture that really stuck with me. Now, every time I visit I make it a point to stand in the center of the rotunda and take a moment to look around.

What was your most memorable OHNY experience?
One of my favorite OHNY sites is Eero Sarrinen’s TWA Flight Center. I am glad I had the chance to see it before it gets turned into a hotel. Another favorite tour was Grand Central Terminal, where I was able to look down from the fifth floor catwalk.

If OHNY could grant you an all-access pass to any place in the city, where would you go, and why?
I’d want to see the construction site of the Hudson Yards development. The project will completely transform Manhattan’s west side and the infrastructure that is being built and implemented for that project is extensive. It will be like a mini-city within Manhattan that is seemingly semi-autonomous, with its own power grid and a system of pneumatic tubes that will collect trash below street level.  I think those systems are pretty impressive, and haven’t been done in New York before, or at least not at this scale. It would be cool to see those inner workings before they’re hidden away.

OHNY is important to New York City because…
…it provides an opportunity to discover a place or space that you might not have the chance to experience otherwise. It is valuable to me because a lot of the sites I’ve visited are on streets I’ve walked down many times before and in buildings I’ve never given a second thought, but OHNY gives me the chance to experience those unassuming places and uncover something new about New York.

 

Help us continue to connect people and the spaces that make our city.
Join OHNY as a Member
Gift an OHNY Membership
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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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Open House New York is delighted to announce that at its November 2014 board meeting, the OHNY Governing Board elected Roy Kim, Head of New Development of Compass, as its new board president. Roy succeeds Margaret Sullivan, principal of Margaret Sullivan Studio, who served as board president since 2010 and who will continue to serve as a member of the board.

For the past decade, Roy has worked on over $10 billion worth of new development in Manhattan, including such high profile projects as One57, the Carlton House, One Riverside Park, and the Park Hyatt. Prior to joining Compass, he was a Senior Vice President at Extell Development Company, and helped inaugurate the predevelopment group at Corcoran Sunshine.

Roy, who holds a Masters of Architecture from the University of British Columbia and has taught in the Masters of Real Estate program at Columbia University, attended the first OHNY Weekend in 2003 as a visitor from Seattle. He became more involved in the organization after moving to New York in 2006, eventually joining the governing board in 2011. As a board member, Roy has served on a number of committees, including the executive and development committees, and most recently finished a term as treasurer. As a co-chair of OHNY’s Spring Benefit for the past several years, Roy helped grow the event into OHNY’s single largest source of annual support, which has played a decisive role in making possible OHNY’s expanded schedule of year-round programs.

“OHNY is a very special organization at a pivotal moment in its young history,” Roy said following his election. “The possibilities for bringing people together to learn about New York, about the importance of thoughtful design to improving our day-to-day experience of the city, are limitless. I feel very privileged to have the opportunity to lead OHNY forward into its next chapter, working with an inspiring group of fellow board members and and an incredible staff.”

“OHNY would not be where it is today without the dedicated, thoughtful, and supportive leadership of Margaret Sullivan,” said Gregory Wessner, OHNY’s executive director. “In electing Roy Kim to succeed her, the governing board could not have chosen a better candidate. Roy’s experience working at the intersection of design and development, and his abiding passion for the city, make him uniquely qualified to lead OHNY as it plays a more active role in the civic life of New York.”

Roy will lead a new slate of board officers that includes Vice President Stephan Jaklitsch (Principal, Jaklitsch/Gardner Architects); Secretary Michael Samuelian (Vice President, Related Companies); and Treasurer Katie Dixon (Executive Director, Powerhouse Workshop).

The Governing Board also elected two new members to join the board. They are Marilynn Davis, Partner, K2S Advisors, and Elizabeth Kubany, President, Kubany Judlowe Public Relations.

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Governing Board
2014-2015

Roy Kim (President), Head of New Development, Compass
Stephan Jaklitsch (Vice President), Principal, Jaklitsch/Gardner Architects
Michael Samuelian (Secretary), Vice President, Related Companies and
Katie Dixon (Treasurer), Executive Director of Powerhouse Workshop

Morris Adjmi, Principal, Morris Adjmi Architects
Amy R. Churgin, Publisher, Traditional Home Magazine
Cristobal Correa, Associate Principal, Buro Happold
Marilynn Davis, Partner, K2S Advisors
Kenneth Drucker, Director of Design, HOK
Dorothy Dunn, Dorothy Dunn Consulting
Jonathan L. Geballe, Esq., Attorney
David Gruber, President, David Gruber Real Estate
Louise Harpman, Principal, Specht Harpman Architects
Elizabeth Kubany, President, Kubany Judlowe
Adam Kushner, Principal, KUSHNER studios
Caroline Otto, Senior Associate, anderson architects
Timothy Quinlan, Principal, Quinlan Development Group
Anne Rieselbach, Program Director, The Architectural League of New York
Robert Rogers, Principal, Rogers Partners
Karen Stonely, Principal, SPAN Architecture
Margaret Sullivan, Principal, Margaret Sullivan Studio
Shawn Sullivan, Partner and Studio Leader, Rockwell Group
Claire Weisz, Principal, WXY architecture + urban design

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.