I AM OHNY is a campaign we began in late 2011 to highlight and celebrate OHNY’s community of supporters. This week, we sat down with Jacqueline Shaw – OHNY Weekend District Coordinator – to ask her about OHNY and why she loves New York City.
Lives in Fort Greene
OHNY since 2012
Are you a native New Yorker? When and why did you move here?
I’m from Southern California and I moved here in September 2011 after living in Michigan. I moved to New York when a job opportunity presented itself. I think at some point in my life I always knew I would slowly migrate east.
What do you find most inspiring about New York City?
Everyone in this city has so much ambition and ability to make things happen. I’ve met some of the most creative and talented people here and I am always amazed at what an individual can accomplish in a networked city like New York.
What is your favorite place/neighborhood in the city?
The last few months I’ve been spending most of my days in the Financial District and the South Street Seaport. I have to say, I absolutely love it.
What is New York’s best-kept secret?
Not so much a secret, but The Cloisters in Washington Heights is one of my favorite places to go to simultaneously get out of the city and stay in it.
What is your most memorable OHNY site or program?
Can I pick two? I was able to go on a private tour of Philip Johnson’s Glass House in New Canaan, CT because of the generosity and kindness of another long-time supporter of OHNY and previous I AM OHNY spotlight, Bob Baker. We had such a fantastic day and it’s something I will always remember. And I think everyone loves the opportunity to visit Eero Saarinen’s TWA Flight Terminal.
If OHNY could grant you an all-access pass to any place in the city, where would you go?
This changes for me constantly, but right now it would be Paul Rudolph’s residence at 23 Beekman Place. Or the new Whitney Museum between the High Line and Hudson River while under construction.
OHNY is important to New York City because…
In a city of so many people and opportunities, it’s really nice to share unforgettable moments and learn about unforgettable spaces with a few.
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.