I am OHNY is a campaign we began in 2011 to highlight and celebrate Open House New York’s diverse community of supporters. Jessica Dailey is the Managing Editor of Curbed and has been a longtime supporter of OHNY. She first learned about OHNY when she was an editor at Inhabitat NYC in 2011, and has been covering OHNY ever since.

This year, Jessica participated in OHNY Weekend not only as a journalist, but also as a program partner! Of the 100+ new sites that opened their doors during OHNY Weekend, five private residences were handpicked by Curbed editors, a new collaboration spearheaded by Jessica.

“OHNY opens doors to so many restricted places, and that’s incredibly exciting for a journalist because the sites undoubtedly lead to new stories,” says Jessica. Thank you Jessica for sharing so many of OHNY’s stories, and helping us open up several lovely residences this year!

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What do you love most about New York City?
I really love New York’s parks. I grew up in a somewhat rural area, so proximity to green leafy things is a necessity. My two favorites–Brooklyn Bridge Park and Prospect Park–provide totally different experiences. Brooklyn Bridge Park is a stunning feat of modern engineering that weaves together pockets of green space to highlight the city around it, while Prospect Park’s forests, lakes, and waterfalls feel like they’ve existed for hundreds of years, far away from the city.

What is your most memorable Open House New York experience?
I always jump at the opportunity to go on behind-the-scenes construction tours of new parks, but by far the most memorable was a trip to the new section of Governors Island in 2013. The tour had to be rescheduled because of thunderstorms, and when the new date finally came, there was still a chance of thunderstorms. It seemed like we were in the clear, though, so the tour went on. But almost immediately after we walked through the Liggett Terrace arch, we heard thunder and saw dark clouds coming our way. It’s quite an experience being on a construction site in the middle of the harbor with a thunderstorm barreling at you! We all got a little soaked in the rain, and had a good laugh about Mother Nature not wanting us to take this tour.

If OHNY could grant you an all-access pass to any place in the city, where would you go and why?
I’ve always wanted to go inside the Grand Army Plaza arch at the entrance to Prospect Park. I know that this used to be possible, but it hasn’t been an option since I’ve lived in New York. I’ve read that there’s a theater inside, and I’m so curious to find out what it looks like.

OHNY is important to New York City because…
It grants access to so many places that are off-limits to the public. When you can go behind the scenes of new developments and parks, or peek inside private offices and homes, it’s like being let in on a secret and makes you feel more connected to your city.

Help Open House New York connect you to the city and share its best secrets.
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 2011 to highlight and celebrate Open House New York’s diverse community of supporters. Mark Luckie is an author, journalist, and social media strategist, and was the winner of the Time Out New York’s 2015 OHNY Weekend Scavenger Hunt. Over the course of Saturday and Sunday, October 17 and 18, Mark visited twelve of our most exciting Open Access sites for the Hunt, crisscrossing the five boroughs from the Gould Memorial Library at Bronx Community College to Battery Weed in Staten Island.

“I first heard of Open House New York via a tweet sent by Time Out New York, one of my favorite publications,” says Mark. “I’ve always had a sense of adventure, and the opportunity to see behind the walls of the New York locations I pass by every day was exciting!” Thank you Mark for taking advantage of OHNY Weekend in such a fun way and sharing your adventure!

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What do you love most about New York City?
The neighborhoods change block by block and so does the opportunity to experience something new. I can go to a world-class museum, find solitude in Central Park, have mofongo uptown, or go to one of the country’s hottest nightclubs, all in one day if I wanted to.

What is your most memorable Open House New York experience?
Climbing the tower to the top of the Jefferson Market Library for the breathtaking views was an incomparable experience. Making the journey to Battery Weed in Staten Island was a treat as well.

If OHNY could grant you an all-access pass to any place in the city, where would you go and why?
Definitely Rockefeller Center. From the luxe shopping on the ground floor to the Top of the Rock, and all the amazing television studios in between, I’d probably be overwhelmed with happiness.

OHNY is important to New York City because…
We all love New York City. Experiencing its rich history makes us love it even more.

To love New York City is to love Open House New York! Help us continue to share our city’s rich history.
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.

For this year’s OHNY Weekend, Open House New York partnered with Wikimedia NYC to present the Wikipedia @ OHNY Weekend Photo Competition. Weekend visitors were invited to submit photos via Wikimedia Commons for a chance to win prizes, and at the same time contribute to one one of the largest collaboratively compiled and edited media projects in history. 1,100 photos were submitted, all of which are now part of Wikimedia Commons, the online repository of free-use public domain images that are used across Wikipedia. A select number of photos taken during OHNY Weekend are already being used to illustrate Wikipedia articles! Click here to view a list of these photos and the articles in which they appear.

For the photo competition, submissions were grouped into three categories–Details, Exteriors, and Interiors–and judged by a panel of jurors including Pat Kiernan, Morning Anchor, NY1; Roy Kim, President, Open House New York Board of Directors; Alexandra Lange, Architecture Critic, Curbed; and Erica Stoller, Director, Esto. Winners were selected in each category, one of which was selected as the Grand Prize Winner. In addition, 3-4 photos in each category were recognized with an Honorable Mention, determined by the number of votes from the panel of jurors. Prizes awarded to the winners include an iPad Mini and $100 certificates for Photo Safaris, courtesy of New York City Photo Safari.

Many thanks to all entrants and congratulations to the winners!

 

Grand Prize

 

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Winner: Meister Hall by Striped Architect

 

Details

 

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Winner: Newtown Creek Wastewater Treatment Plant by BronxAquarian

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Winner: Brooklyn Army Terminal by Mark Funk

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Honorable Mentions (L-R): 111 Eighth Avenue by Ayzego; Marine Air Terminal by AtDisneyAgain; TWA Flight Center by Mark Funk; and Newtown Creek Wastewater Treatment Plant by Apic24

 

Exteriors

 

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Winner: Meister Hall by Striped Architect

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Winner: TWA Flight Center by Bitpixdigital

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Honorable Mentions (L-R): Woolworth Building and City Hall by Joe David; Tudor City Penthouse by cc2723; FDR Four Freedoms Park by Kenlarry

 

Interiors

 

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Winner: Ford Foundation by Moucheraud

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Honorable Mentions (L-R): The Four Seasons by Sarojini Seupersad; John Jay College of Criminal Justice by JZX422; New York State Pavilion by Erin Slonaker; General Grant National Memorial by Architecturalimagery

 

Open House New York gratefully acknowledges the generous support of New York City Photo Safari for this year’s competition prizes.

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Open House New York’s Monograph in Motion, which kicked off this past spring, is an ongoing series of public tours that celebrates the work of design firms that have had a significant impact on New York City’s built environment. Monograph in Motion tours look at how architects’ larger ideas about design and urbanism are expressed through their buildings, and how those ideas evolve over time across multiple projects.

The next installment of the Monograph in Motion series, to take place this November, will explore the work of Dattner Architects, a firm that has shown a deep commitment to democratizing great design since its earliest days. Tours of three selected projects will provide an overview of this firm’s extraordinarily broad range, and how its work has shaped the city at every level: from the creation of housing that is as beautiful as it is affordable, to the crafting of mass transit infrastructure that is both functional and attractive, to the design of educational facilities that uplift and inspire.

 

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Feirstein Graduate School of Cinema,
Brooklyn College at Steiner Studios

Tuesday, November 3, 2015
6:00 pm

Housed on the top floors of a recently restored former naval building and crowned with a “grand forum” featuring sweeping views over Wallabout Bay, Brooklyn College’s brand new Feirstein Graduate School of Cinema is a state-of-the-art facility at the Steiner Studios complex within the Brooklyn Navy Yard that contains full production and post production spaces, including sound-editing rooms, a foley studio, and sound stage. Join Dattner’s Daniel Heuberger, Mia Lee, and Maya Maxwell for a tour of New York City’s first public graduate film school, and the only school of its kind on a working film lot.

 

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CAMBA Housing Ventures’ 97 Crooke Avenue: Reverend Dan Ramm Residence

Tuesday, November 10, 2015
9:00 am

Join Dattner’s William Stein and Catherine Selby to learn about how they worked within a unique, long-vacant triangular lot along an MTA subway line in Flatbush, Brooklyn, to create a sustainable, nine-story building containing 53 units of affordable and supportive housing for lower-income community residents and formerly homeless individuals who are exiting the City’s shelter system. The award-winning project, developed by nonprofit CAMBA Housing Ventures, features on-site social services provided by CAMBA, a landscaped rear yard and roof terrace, and a robust art collection.

 

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER

 

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New 34th Street / Hudson Yards Subway Station

Tuesday, November 17, 2015
6:00 pm

The first new stop added to the New York City subway in more than a quarter-century sets a new standard for the system, and features a site-specific artwork by Xenobia Bailey, commissioned by MTA Arts & Design. Designed by Dattner Architects in collaboration with WSP | Parsons Brinckerhoff, the station opened on September 13, 2015. Hear from Dattner’s Beth Greenberg and Emily Kotsaftis about how abundant indirect light and column-free spaces were employed to engender a sense of safety and openness unusual in a deep underground station.

 

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Image credits: Dattner Architects; Vanni Archive Architectural Photography; David Sundberg/ESTO

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TWA Flight Center at JFK Airport on Sunday, October 18, 2015. Photo by Nicolas Lemery Nantel.

 

Tens of thousands of New Yorkers – along with visitors from across the country and around the world – came together this year for the 2015 Open House New York Weekend, crisscrossing the five boroughs in celebration of this extraordinary city and its architecture. From food production spaces to dazzling landmark interiors, the hills of Governors Island to a gilded Wonder Theater in Brooklyn, this year’s Weekend gave visitors unparalled access to the city, deepening our understanding of the complexities of design, construction, and preservation, and providing a visceral reminder of how thoughtful design can immeasurably enrich our day-to-day-lives.

Our deepest thanks to all of you who made it possible: all of our funders, including premier sponsor Porcelanosa, without whose support there would be no OHNY Weekend; our site hosts, intrepid individuals and organizations who opened their doors to welcome the public into their spaces; the record-breaking 1,200 volunteers who helped manage crowds with kindness and grace; and the tens of thousands of visitors who imbue this event with boundless energy and enthusiasm. It is truly a privilege to collaborate with all of you on this incredible festival.

View some of our favorite highlights here.