The majority of sites participating in the 12th Annual OHNY Weekend will provide “open access” hours on Saturday, Oct. 11, and/or Sunday, Oct. 12, when visitors can explore at their own pace, on a drop-in basis.

Wondering what there is to see? Here are some fantastic Open Access sites where New Yorkers go to PLAY.

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Photo: Shahar Azran

Apollo Theater

Harlem’s Apollo Theater is one of New York City’s and America’s most iconic and enduring entertainment venues. Visitors are invited to arrive and explore the theater from 10:15-11am, and stay for a lecture on the building’s architecture and 100-year history from 11am-12:30pm on Saturday, Oct 11. Click here to read more!

 

Photo: Michael Moran

Photo: Michael Moran

Highbridge Park Recreation Center

This WPA era pool house reopened in 2014 after a three-year collaboration between faculty and students of the Design Workshop at Parsons the New School for Design, and the Capital Projects professionals at NYC Parks. Students designed and constructed changing pavilions that make it possible to keep the gym open in the summer, and converted the breezeway into a lobby, community space and computer room. The Rec Center will be open on both Saturday and Sunday. Click here to read more!

Photo: Durston Saylor

Photo: Durston Saylor

Weylin B. Seymour’s

The 1875 Williamsburgh Savings Bank building was instrumental in shaping the trends of architectural design throughout the nation. Experience the spectacular interior of this architectural treasure, which recently underwent a painstaking restoration to become Weylin B. Seymour’s, a vibrant center for gatherings, cultural, and social events, on Sunday, Oct. 12. Click here to read more!

Missed Reservation Day for the 12th Annual OHNY Weekend? Fear not! There are still dozens of fantastic tours with a few spots left—but act quickly, as reservations close on Thursday, October 9th, and time is running out!

Wondering what there is to see? Here are some fantastic tours of sites where New Yorkers go to PLAY.

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Photo: Paul Warchol

Bushwick Inlet Park

Kiss + Catchcart Architects and the NYC Department of Parks and Recreation will lead a behind-the-scenes tour of the new Bushwick Inlet Park district headquarters and community center, an amazing new green building literally tucked beneath a vibrant, elevated waterfront park designed by Starr Whitehouse Architects. Click here to reserve!

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Photo: c/o City of New York

Discover Freshkills Park

Hop on the bus to Freshkills Park to learn the story of the past, present and future of this unique site’s development. NYC Parks staff will discuss the planning and the design of Freshkills Park, from the master planning process with James Corner Field Operations to the in-house strategy for executing the final vision. Stops at the top of the park’s hills offer beautiful panoramic views of Staten Island. Click here to reserve!

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Photo: Larry Blumberg

Urban Landscapes Along the Water’s Edge in LIC

Join Robin Lynn and Francis Morrone, authors of the recently published Guide to New York City Urban Landscapes, on an exploration of Gantry Plaza State Park and Hunter’s Point South Park, adjacent open spaces along the water’s edge in Long Island City, to see creative landscape architecture at this former industrial site, now revitalized and green. Click here to reserve!

 

For a full list of tours for which you can still reserve slots, visit ohny.eventbrite.com before October 9th!

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Photo: Nicolas Lemery Nantel for OHNY

 

Each year since first participating in 2011, the iconic TWA Flight Center at JFK has been one of the most visited sites during OHNY Weekend, typically drawing up to four thousand people. Hosted by the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, which oversees the building and is managing its stunning restoration, the annual opening of TWA for the Weekend is one of the only times each year that you can experience this Modernist masterpiece, which is more thrilling in person that any photograph you have ever seen.

This year, the TWA Flight Center will again welcome OHNY visitors when it is open on Saturday, October 11, from 11:00 AM to 3:30 PM. As an Open Access site, visiting the TWA Flight Center requires no reservations and is free of charge. You can drop in at any time from 11 to 3:30 on Saturday! Keep in mind that the PANYNJ is actively seeking a developer to find a new life for the landmarked building, so this could be the last chance to see the Flight Center in its current state.

To get to the TWA Flight Center by public transportation, take a bus or train to Jamaica Center and hop on the AirTrain to the JetBlue Terminal (Terminal 5). Once inside, take the escalator or elevator down to the ground level and go to Carousel 6 in the baggage claim area, where you will see the glass doors that are the entrance to the TWA Terminal. When you find yourself walking down the spectacular, tunnel-like entrance passage in the photo above, you’ll know you’re in the right place!

Planning to visit TWA this year? Head out a bit earlier in the day for a special walking tour of Jamaica Center, organized by the Jamaica Center BID. If you’ve ever wondered about the neighborhood surrounding the transit hub where the subway and the AirTrain connect–first settled by the Dutch in 1656 and now the thriving commercial hub of southeastern Queens–this OHNY Weekend tour is your chance to learn more. Space is limited and reservations are required, but there are still a few spots left—click here to sign up today!

 

 

On behalf of the staff of Open House New York, thanks to everyone who lived through OHNY Weekend Reservation Day with us yesterday. If there are ever any doubts about the level of public interest in architecture and urban design in New York City, Reservation Day at OHNY pretty much annihilates them. In the past four weeks, our website had more than 340,000 page views, with 140,000 of those happening yesterday alone (an increase in traffic of more than 30% over last year). By 5:00 pm yesterday, we had processed 7,034 reservations out of a total of approximately 9,500. 6,000 of those were placed within the first 60 minutes after reservations began. My favorite observation of the day came from a Bowery Boys tweet, pointing out that “only in New York would tickets for a Woolworth Bldg tour sell out faster than a One Direction concert.” (For the record, the pace of reservations last year was compared to a Lady Gaga concert, so make of that what you will.)

 

For those of you who got the tours you wanted, cherish those reservations–I can only guess at what their street value must be today. For those of you who did not get the tour(s) you wanted, we are deeply sorry. OHNY was founded to provide access and if it were up to us, you would get into everything you wanted to see. But for a number of fairly obvious reasons (space, security), that is not always possible. At the end of the day, we still believe that limited access is better than none at all, so we respectfully disagree with suggestions that we should radically increase the reservation fee, or eliminate tours altogether.

 

For those of you who had issues with Eventbrite, the third-party ticketing system that we use to manage reservations, we extend a special apology. We recognize that it is an imperfect ticketing system and that many of you had frustrations searching for tours and/or placing reservations. We empathize with your frustrations because we have had our own as an event organizer. All things considered, however, for the moment it is the best system we have found to manage the enormous demand; without it, we would simply not be able to offer such a rich and wide-ranging list of sites and tours.

 

Whether you did or did not get reservations for the tours that you wanted, please remember that the majority of sites that participate in OHNY Weekend are Open Access and require no reservations at all. This includes all the sites on pages 6-25 of the OHNY Weekend Event Guide, a phenomenal list that includes perennial favorites like the TWA Flight Center (open Saturday, 11am-3:30pm) and the Brooklyn Army Terminal (Saturday, 10am-4pm), as well as first-time sites like Weylin B. Seymour’s (Sunday, 12-6pm) and nearly the entire list of makerspaces presented as part of our Making it Here series (days and times vary; check out page 11 in the Event Guide for more information). And don’t forget that there are still plenty of sites with available reservations; you can check them out at ohny.eventbrite.com.

 

That OHNY Weekend exists at all still astonishes me. On a typically beautiful fall weekend, hundreds of people all over the city open their doors and a thousand more volunteer their time, so that tens of thousands of us get to experience for ourselves the architecture that makes New York the most remarkable city in the world. It demands an enormous amount of everyone’s time and energy–to say nothing of patience–and that it comes off as smoothly as it does is a testament to the commitment of all involved, from our sites to our volunteers to our audience.

 

We cannot thank all of you enough for your part in making this such an extraordinary event. We hope you have a fantastic OHNY Weekend!

 

Best,

Gregory Wessner
Executive Director

Frequently Asked Questions

 

Q: How do I make a reservation?
Reservations begin at 11 am on October 1 at ohny.eventbrite.com

Q: I have made a reservation. Where is the meeting location?
Once you make a reservation, meeting locations are emailed to you in the body of your email confirmation. Look under “Event Details.”

Q: I have made a reservation. Where is my ticket?
There are no physical tickets to this event, and you do not need to print your order confirmation as your name will be on a list at the door.

Q: Can I get a refund?
As indicated on all of our of Eventbrite ticketing pages, we do not have the capacity to issue refunds. If you made a reservation in error or one of your guests can no longer attend, we encourage you to bring a friend or have a friend who can attend in your place.

Q: Is there a wait list for advance reservation tours? Do you take walk-ins?
No. There are no waitlists and walk-ins are not accepted. For many of our sites, this is a security issue and only pre-registered visitors may attend.

Q: How quickly do advance reservation tours sell out?
There is enormous interest in many advance reservation tours and it is not unusual for tours to completely sell out within a minute or two. Even if the tour you wanted sells out, remember that well over half of all participating sites in OHNY Weekend are Open Access, which means they require no reservations at all. You can see the full list of participating sites at ohny.org.

Q: Where can I see the list of sites and tours for this year?
The full list of sites and tours for the 2014 Open House New York Weekend–with day, times, and descriptions–are also available on ohny.org. For a printed copy of the guide, click here for information on where you can get a copy.

Q: How can I make a reservation for TWA?
Advance reservations are not required for the TWA Flight Center. As an Open Access site, the TWA Flight Terminal is free and open to for public to visit on Saturday, October 11, from 11am – 3:30pm.

Q: I really wanted a site that is now sold out. Do you have any recommendations for places to visit?
Yes! The majority of our sites and tours, including our most popular sites, do not require reservations. We encourage you to visit our open access sites like the TWA Flight Terminal, Grand Lodge of Masons, Brooklyn Army Terminal, and Weylin B. Seymour’s (formerly the Williamsburgh Savings Bank). Be sure to visit our BlogFacebook and Instagram for highlights of participating sites.

 

If your question was not included above, you can email info@ohny.org. Due to the large volume of inquiries we receive leading up to the event, there may be a delay in response time, but we will be in touch with you as soon as we can.