An amazing group of more than 1,400 people from across New York and around the world have signed up to volunteer and help make the 2016 Open House New York Weekend possible. They all share a love of New York City, and make up a vibrant mix of new and returning volunteers.

This week, meet Tiffanie Green, one of district coordinators, and David Roder, an international volunteer!



District Coordinators are a special team of individuals who volunteer their entire weekend to make sure everything runs smoothly across the city. They are assigned specific neighborhoods and help manage all volunteers and sites in the area.


Name: Tiffanie Green
Occupation: Communications and Marketing Coordinator, Mount Sinai Health System
Neighborhood: Teaneck, NJ

Favorite spot in New York City?
Incredibly cliche, but I love Central Park. Taking a walk along the paths never fails to cheer me up.

Best Open House New York memory?
Last year, volunteers were invited to an incredible lecture by the NYC Department of Sanitation’s anthropologist-in-residence Robin Nagle. Not only did I not know NYC Sanitation had its own anthropologist, I also was clueless about the amazing role that trash has played in the shaping of the city. Besides opening the doors of incredible spaces to the masses, I enjoy OHNY’s imaginative and informative lectures. I have learned so much about the city through them.

Why are you volunteering for OHNY Weekend?
I started volunteering immediately after graduating college when I was broke and underemployed. As a lifelong New Yorker, I’ve always admired the city’s rich architecture. Volunteering presented a free means of taking a backstage tour of these amazing spaces… plus it was a great way to take my mind off being broke and underemployed. : )

Why did you decide to be a District Coordinator this year?
I jumped at the opportunity to take a more active role in the Weekend. I have lived and/or worked in New York City for my entire life and yet there is always some part of the city that is newly amazing and inspiring. Being a District Coordinator seemed a great way to take an intimate tour of a neighborhood.

If you were a New York City landmark, what would you be?
Central Park is my favorite spot in New York City. Bethesda Fountain is my favorite piece of public art within the park. I’ve visited the fountain in the early mornings, before tourists descend, and I can find such a sense of calm. It’s a piece of serenity in this hectic city. I’d like to think I am too!

Fun fact?
My first word was Batman. I’m pretty sure this had something to do with Prince’s Batdance.



People from across the city and around the world travel to New York to give back to Open House New York and participate as volunteers each year.


Name: David Roder
Occupation: Architect working as the city engineer of a rural regional municipality near Lake Kinneret (Sea of Galilee)
Neighborhood: Nesher, a town next to Haifa, in the northern part of Israel

Favorite spot in New York City?
Sadly, it’s only a memory of something that is no longer there…the twin towers. For many reasons. I like very much Central Park as a public oasis for all. It’s been awhile since my last visit to New York, but I do remember very well all the fantastic museums and exhibitions I saw – that had a great impact on me for years.

Why are you volunteering for OHNY Weekend?
These Open House Weekends are important and interesting. They are held in major cities where we can learn and get to see those sometimes small projects which make our cities what they are, year after year. I have volunteered for the past five or six Open House Weekends in Tel Aviv and once in Jerusalem as well. Since I am planning on coming to New York during OHNY Weekend, I am very excited to volunteer. I want to take part in something I find not only important, but a big celebration of the energy of a city that is free for all.

What is your favorite site during Open House Tel Aviv?
It was an old Telephone Exchange building that was renovated and now it’s a hostel/hotel.


A huge thank you to Tiffanie and David and to the 1,400 individuals who registered to volunteer during the 2016 OHNY Weekend on October 15 and 16! 


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, one that connects OHNY with the living city.


This year, we took inspiration from the classic neon signs that animate shop fronts and store windows across New York. To fabricate our very own neon sign, we turned to the masters at Lite Brite Neon, a collective in Gowanus specializing in the production of neon art, display, and architectural lighting. Described as “the darlings of artists and designers,” Lite Brite has worked with an impressive range of collaborators, from artists such as Agnes Denes, Glenn Ligon, and Assume Vivid Astro Focus, to companies like Apple, Bergdorf Goodman, and DKNY.

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Once we had a sign, we needed somewhere to hang it, and our new friends at A/D/O were kind enough to play host. Set to open later this year in a 23,000 square-foot Greenpoint warehouse, A/D/O is a new design center in North Brooklyn’s Industrial Business Zone. Renovated by nARCHITECTS, A/D/O will create a new environment tailored for design professionals — yet open to all — that will stimulate and inspire interdisciplinary collaboration while offering resources and a platform for developing talent.

All we needed then was the brilliant eye of photographer Christopher Payne, who captured the photo featured on this year’s cover.




Tour the cover! A/D/O and Lite Brite Neon will both open to the public during this year’s OHNY Weekend. Information about dates and times will be available with the release of the OHNY Weekend Event Guide.

The 2016 OHNY Weekend Event Guide will be available beginning October 5 as a free download on, and as a free insert in Time Out New York, available at all TONY street distribution locations and at select distribution sites in all five boroughs. More details to be announced.


Photos: cover by Christopher Payne; neon bending photos courtesy of Lite Brite; A/D/O courtesy of the site; and process photos courtesy of PS New York.

An amazing group of more than 1,400 people from across New York and around the world have signed up to volunteer and help make the 2016 Open House New York Weekend possible. They all share a love of New York City, and make up a vibrant mix of new and returning volunteers.

This week, meet Julia Xiao, one of our volunteer photographers, and Iván Huerta, a first time Open House New York volunteer!



A special team of photographers volunteer their time and expertise during OHNY Weekend to help us document the festival each year. 


Name: Julia Xiao
Occupation: Architect
Neighborhood: Upper West Side

Favorite spot in New York City?
I love stumbling upon hidden gems like the Elizabeth Street Garden. It’s a quiet green space in the middle of a bustling downtown that instantly transports one to a place of tranquility and peace. I love coming here on a weekend afternoon to read or just enjoy a respite from Soho.

Best OHNY memory?
​I recently participated in the OHNY zoning scavenger hunt and though my team did not win, we visited so many sites in four boroughs in one whirlwind day!

Why are you volunteering for OHNY Weekend?
I love photographing buildings and wanted to put my photography passion to good use. Excited to see new interiors I would otherwise never be able to access and the tours led by industry experts are always super educational.

If you were a New York City landmark, what would you be?
I would want to be the Flatiron Building because it is timeless.​

Fun fact?
I ran my first Brooklyn half marathon this May!

What was your favorite photograph that you took during last year’s OHNY Weekend and why?
​I enjoyed photographing for OHNY. Last year, I had the pleasure of photographing Woodlawn Cemetery in the Bronx. It reminded me of Père Lachaise in Paris.



All volunteers play a pivotal role at participating sites around the city. Volunteers are assigned to one site during OHNY Weekend, typically for a four hour shift, and are tasked with welcoming visitors, assisting with check-in, managing lines, and representing Open House New York. 


Name: Iván Huerta
Occupation: Art Director
Neighborhood: Harlem

Favorite spot in New York City?
Central Park. It’s right across my building! I love all the nature, the gardens, lakes and how peaceful it can be. It’s my sanctuary when I seek relaxation. I also go jogging regularly. Everyday in Central Park is different and it can certainly be an adventure! Sledding on its hills during winter is so much fun too!

Best Open House New York memory?
Last year when my sister was in town we attended some OHNY events. We went to a site in Brooklyn and one in Manhattan. It was a great bonding experience since we both love architecture and New York City. She is an architect and seeing everything from her perspective was very interesting and it surely added more excitement to the tours.

Why are you volunteering for OHNY Weekend?
I’m excited to be part of a project that promotes and celebrates the architecture of the greatest city in the world. I feel honored to be part of an organization that brings unprecedented access to historical and contemporary architectural jewels.

If you were a New York City landmark, what would you be?
I would probably be the 432 Park Avenue building. To date, this building is the tallest in Midtown East. Being that tall and in the middle of the island, the views from it must be astonishing! You can see Midtown, the Empire State Building, 1 WTC, and to the north, Central Park, the Upper West Side and the Upper East Side. This building is very close to the Chrysler Building, which is my favorite building, therefore I would be able to contemplate its beauty every day! Plus, I love the minimal design of 432 Park Avenue.

Fun fact?
I have watched all six seasons of Sex and the City over eight times to the point that I have memorized some of the dialogues.

Favorite architectural detail in New York City?
My favorite architectural detail would be the crown of the Chrysler Building. I love how it reflects the rays of the sun during the day, providing a beautiful spectrum of colors as the sun goes down. Also, at night, the stunning V-shaped lighting reminds me of the vibrant energy of this city.


A huge thank you to Julia and Ivan and to the 1,400 individuals who registered to volunteer during the 2016 OHNY Weekend on October 15 and 16! 

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New York City’s history lives in its buildings. Far from passive fixtures, these architectural spaces act as precipitators of cultural exchange, which present endless opportunities for storytelling and transformation. From meeting halls to performance theaters, buildings act as vital points of intersection for the communities that inhabit them, carrying the soul of the neighborhood within their walls.

This year, Open House New York and ARTNOIR are collaborating to present ARTNOIR: City of Cultural Exchange. Ten locations throughout New York City will illustrate how the built environment serves as a catalyst for cultural exchange. Tours will help visitors understand how architectural form and function can reveal certain truths about the sociological climate from which these buildings were born. ARTNOIR and OHNY seek to uncover various narratives that reflect on the relationship between identity and place.

Sites include the Black Lady Theatre, a pillar in the Bedford Stuyvesant community that served as a think tank in the 1980s to fight civil rights inequalities, which will open its doors to the public for the first time in more than twenty years with a celebration of the Black woman and her authentic beauty; Marjorie Eliot’s Parlor Jazz, which will host two free and open-to-the-public parlor jazz performances that honor the legacy of African American music that bridge cultures and communities; and the Lewis H. Latimer House Museum, which will host tours during OHNY Weekend about the house’s bilingual approaches and other innovative strategies to cross-cultural conversations.

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ARTNOIR: City of Cultural Exchange Sites

Andrew Freedman Home
Morrisania, Bronx

The Black Lady Theatre – Slave II
Crown Heights, Brooklyn

Lewis H. Latimer House Museum
Flushing, Queens

Louis Armstrong House Museum
Corona, Queens

Lower East Side Tenement Museum
Lower East Side, Manhattan

Marjorie Eliot’s Parlor Jazz
Sugar Hill/Washington Heights, Manhattan

Museum of Art and Origins
Sugar Hill/Washington Heights, Manhattan

Queens Museum
Flushing Meadows Corona Park, Queens

The Studio Museum in Harlem
Harlem, Manhattan

United Palace
Washington Heights, Manhattan

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Most ARTNOIR: City of Cultural Exchange sites are Open Access and may be visited free-of-charge on a drop-in basis. Full tour descriptions and information about how to visit these sites will be available on October 5.

ARTNOIR is a global collective of culturalists who design experiences aimed at engaging this generations dynamic and diverse creative class. The group offers an alternative perspective to the traditional arts narrative, supports the freedom of artistic expression for all, and provides a platform for bold acts of creativity and storytelling. To learn more and join the movement, visit




Images: United Palace courtesy of the site; Louis Armstrong House Museum courtesy of the site; Andrew Freedman Home courtesy of the site; Queens Museum by David Sundberg, ESTO; Tenement Museum courtesy of the site; Lewis H. Latimer House Museum by Joel Holub.

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Cities are more than just buildings and people. Open space is a key component to making any city livable. Not only does it offer beauty and areas for recreation and respite, but urban green space also offers valuable economic, health, community building, and ecosystem benefits.

Being a very dense city with an enormous population, the need for open space in New York is paramount. New York has been a leader in city park expansion, including transforming old rail lines into greenways and an old Army headquarters in the middle of the harbor into a popular oasis. Even buildings have become more conscious of providing green spaces, with many including green roofs that help curb greenhouse gas emissions or green plazas for tenants to enjoy.

For this year’s OHNY Weekend, Open House New York and the New York Chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA-NY) are partnering to present New Landscapes New York. Tours of seventeen of New York’s most exciting new open spaces and landscapes during the 2016 Open House New York Weekend on Saturday and Sunday, October 15 and 16, will give visitors a chance to meet the designers who push the boundaries of creativity, innovation and leadership in the planning, design, and development of our built environment.

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New Landscapes New York Sites

Concrete Plant Park
Bronx River Alliance

FDR Four Freedoms Park
Lois Sherr Dubin

Gil Hodges Community Garden
Stantec with New York Restoration Project

Hallett Nature Sanctuary
Central Park Conservancy

The High Bridge
NYC Parks and Recreation

High Line
James Corner Field Operations

Hunter’s Point South Waterfront Park
Thomas Balsley Associates with WEISS/MANFREDI Architecture/Landscape/Urbanism

Liberty Park

The Lowline Lab
Mathews Nielsen Landscape Architects

Naval Cemetery Landscape
Nelson Byrd Woltz Landscape Architects

New York Times Building Lobby Garden

Future Green Studio

Pier 5 Uplands at Brooklyn Bridge Park
Michael Van Valkenburgh Associates Inc. with Brooklyn Bridge Park

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Ken Smith Workshop

DLANDstudio architecture + landscape architecture with The Trust For Public Land

Times Square Reconstruction

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Starr Whitehouse Landscape Architects and Planners with Bjarke Ingels Group

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Most New Landscapes New York sites require Advance Reservations, while others will be Open Access and may be visited free-of-charge on a drop-in basis. Full tour descriptions and information about how to visit these sites will be available on October 5.

The American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA) is the national professional association for landscape architects. Founded in 1899, the association represents over 15,000 members. The New York Chapter encompasses the five boroughs of New York City, Nassau and Suffolk counties on Long Island, and Westchester, Putnam, Dutchess, Orange and Rockland counties. The Society’s mission is to lead in the planning, design and care of both our natural and built environments. While keeping pace with the ever-changing forces of nature and technology, landscape architects increasingly have a profound impact on the way people live, work and play.

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Images: VIA 57 West by Iwan Baan, Naval Cemetery Landscape courtesy of Nelson Byrd Woltz Landscape Architects, High Line by Iwan Baan, Concrete Plant Park by Malcom Pinckney, FDR Four Freedoms Park by Iwan Baan, and Times Square by Michael Grimm.