Bronx

The Bronx Museum of Arts, 2006
Join WQXR’s Jeff Spurgeon as he explores the rich artistic past of the Bronx and the exciting new face of its premier art institution.
Edgar Allan Poe Cottage, 2007
Listen to historian Barry Lewis contrast the life and literature of Edgar Allen Poe and his quaint country cottage, and the transition of Poe’s home to beloved museum.
The Grand Concourse, 2008
Walk along this historic thoroughfare, with its characteristic Art Deco and Art Nouveau apartment buildings, guided by Bronx Borough Historian Lloyd Ultan.
Hall of Fame of Great Americans, Bronx Community College, 2006
Barry Bergdoll, Chief Curator of Architecture and Design at MoMA and Columbia University Architectural Historian, describes the significance of this monument to key historical figures in American history.
Van Cortlandt House Museum, 2007
openhousenewyork’s Executive Director Joy Villalino discusses the history of the oldest building in the Bronx.  Learn more about the Georgian-style home, and the history of the Van Cortlandts, one of Dutch New York’s most prominent families.
Woodlawn Cemetery, 2006
Annie Bergen of WQXR describes this bucolic urban sanctuary, as much a retreat from the stress of city life as the resting place of several prominent figures in American history.

Brooklyn

Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM), 2008
BAM renovation architect Hugh Hardy describes the renowned cultural center, from its Neo-Renaissance origins in the early 20th century to the recent renovations by H3 Hardy Collaboration Architecture.
Brooklyn Historical Society, 2008
Architectural Historian Barry Lewis describes the Brooklyn Historical Society and its context within the architecture of Brooklyn Heights.  Learn how the Queen Anne elements of the Historical Society set it apart from the neighborhood’s brownstones.
Brooklyn Navy Yard, 2006
Historian Barry Lewis follows the Navy Yard’s history from its origins as a Civil War shipyard, to its heyday as a ship manufacturer in World War II, to its current state as an industrial park housing offices, dry docks, film studios, and a 200-year old, landmarked naval hospital.
Coney Island, 2008
Actor Janet Sarno discusses the history of Coney Island, and the redevelopment plan that will change the neighborhood forever.
Litchfield Villa, 2007
Adrian Benepe, New York City Parks Commissioner, discusses the history of this unusually decorated Italianate villa, former a private residence and now the borough headquarters for the NYC Department of Parks & Recreation and the Prospect Park Alliance.
The Montauk Club, 2007
Megan Considine of the New York Times describes the history and architecture of one of the most prominent symbols of Brooklyn’s affluent past.
Pratt Institute: Higgins Hall, 2006
Discover how this thought-provoking structure for Pratt’s School of Architecture has become an integral and inspiring part of the institution and campus life with WQXR’s Jeff Spurgeon.
One Hanson Place, 2006
Architectural historian Barry Lewis discusses the tallest building in Brooklyn.  Learn about the striking architecture of this tower, its history as the Williamsburg Bank, and its most recent residential conversion.
Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Arch at Grand Army Plaza, 2006
Annie Bergen of WQXR describes this monument to Union victory in the Civil War and its integral role in the history of Prospect Park.
Weeksville Heritage Center, 2007
Parsons’ Assistant Professor Sarah Lichtman describes the history of Weeksville, a town founded by free black Americans escaping growing racial tensions in New York in the years preceding the Civil War, and the role the heritage center plays in the community today.

Manhattan

The Arsenal, 2008
Parks and Recreation Commissioner, Adrian Benepe, explores one of Central’s Parks most magnificent structures.  Follow the history of the Arsenal from its origins as an armory to its present use as the headquarters of the NYC Parks Department.
Castle Clinton, 2007
New York State Senator Tom Duane follows the history of Castle Clinton, from its 19th century origins as a defense against the British Navy, through its many diverse uses to its current use as a unique public space.
Chrysler Building, 2007
The rise of the iconic Chrysler building as symbol of the Jazz Age and darling of Gotham is described by writer and historian Robert Klara.
The Eldridge Street Synagogue,2008
Join Jeff Greene of EverGreene Studios as he describes the process and the challenges faced by his team in restoring the interior of this historic synagogue.
Governors Island, 2008
Join Leslie Koch, President of the Governors Island Preservation and Education Corporation, as she describes the history of Governors Island, and plans for its extensive redevelopment, led by Dutch architecture firm West 8.
Grand Central Terminal, 2008
Learn about one of New York City’s great landmarks – its history, restoration, and role in the birth of landmark preservation – with architectural historian Barry Lewis.
High Bridge Water Tower, 2006
Discover the history of one of the earliest and grandest municipal structures in New York City with Adrian Benepe, NYC Parks Commissioner.
The High Line, 2007
Print out a walking map and join Friends of the High Line supporter Kevin Bacon for a tour of the High Line, one of Manhattan’s most promising new green spaces.  Find out more about the railway-turned-park, as well as the neighborhoods it runs through.
Japan Society, 2007
Japan Society’s rich 100-year history is represented by this elegant structure in Turtle Bay.  Explore the delicate details of this cultural center with the Director of Japan Society Gallery, Joe Earle.
Little Red Lighthouse, 2006
Join former OHNY staff member Elizabeth Solomon as she explores the only lighthouse ever built in Manhattan, and the storybook it inspired.
Morgan Library / New York Times Building, 2008
The groundbreaking new architecture of these two historic New York City institutions by world-renowned architect Renzo Piano is described by actor and designer Mary Conway.
Mount Morris Park, 2007
Historian Barry Lewis describes the Mount Morris Park Historical District, an area with a rich history ranging from its Native American and Dutch origins to the thriving historic and cultural center of 21st century Harlem.
Morris-Jumel Mansion, 2007
Megan Considine of the New York Times relates the stormy history of one of the finest American examples of Georgian architecture and the oldest building in Manhattan.
Museum of Arts and Design, 2008
Explore the new home of this museum, dedicated to exploring the work of contemporary artists and designers from around the world, with museum Director Holly Hotchner.
The Museum of Modern Art, 2007
Follow the building history of the Museum of Modern Art from its inception to its recent renovation. Barry Bergdoll, Chief Curator of Architecture and Design at MoMA and Columbia University Architectural Historian, explains how the museum’s architecture and collection are inextricably linked.
The New School, Tishman Auditorium, 2008
Join Sarah Lichtman, Assistant Professor of Design History at Parsons, The New School for Design, as she explores the design of Tishman Auditorium, and describes its influences on American modernism and theater design.
Paul Rudolph Foundation/Modulightor Building, 2006
Explore the intricacies of the last building of the American Modernist architect, Paul Rudolph, with Barry Bergdoll, Chief Curator of Architectural Design at MoMA and Columbia University Architectural Historian.
Radio City Music Hall, 2008
This iconic theater is one of New York City’s most recognizable landmarks. Learn about its history and restoration with Tony award winning actor and singer Brian Stokes Mitchell and actor, singer and former Rockette Allyson Tucker Mitchell.
Rockefeller Center Roof Gardens, 2006
Learn about the role of these beautiful gardens as a part of the integrated city within a city plan for New York City as described by architectural historian Barry Lewis.
Soldiers and Sailors Monument at Riverside Park, 2006
Explore Civil War memorial, one of the finest examples of City Beautiful architecture in New York, with former OHNY staff member Elizabeth Solomon.
United Nations, 2007
The international collaboration of architects brought together in 1947 to create the United Nations Complex represented the goals and beliefs of the newly founded organization.  Learn more about the ideas behind the design of this architecturally, culturally and politically seminal building with New York City Council Member Dan Garodnick.

Queens

Astoria Pool, 2006
Astoria Pool, built in the heart of the Great Depression, is also a living landmark, still catering to New Yorkers since its Art Deco beginnings.  Join NYC Parks and Commissioner Adrian Benepe as he relates the history of this prominent recreational center in Queens.
Flushing Meadows, 2006
Discover the architecture of two Worlds’ Fairs and the beauty of adjacent Queens Botanical Garden with architectural historian John Kriskiewicz.
King Manor Museum, 2007
Architect and openhousenewyork board member Caroline Otto relates the story of the country home of one of America’s founding fathers, Rufus King.  An amalgamation of styles from its Dutch origins to neo-classical additions, the museum houses a collection of period furnishings.
Historic Richmond Hill, 2007
Nancy Cataldi, president of the Richmond Hill Historical Society, discusses the rich past of this 19th century Queens neighborhood.
Jamaica Estates, 2008
Explore this picturesque, historic neighborhood, known for its Tudor and colonial style homes, with actor and designer Mary Conway.
Queens Botanical Garden, 2008
Learn about the history and exciting future of the Queens Botanical Garden with Joan Krevlin of BKSK Architects. BKSK has recently completed the LEED Platinum Visitor and Administration Center at the Garden.

Staten Island

Alice Austen House Museum, 2008
Join Alice Austen House Museum executive director Carl Rutberg as he describes the transformation of Clear Comfort from beloved home of photographer Alice Austen to treasured Staten Island landmark.
Fort Wadsworth, 2006
Jeff Spurgeon of WQXR discusses the history of the former Naval Base, one of America’s oldest military institutions and current home of the United States Coast Guard.
Historic Richmond Town, 2007
Architect and openhousenewyork board member Margaret Sullivan describes the architectural timeline of this unique community composed of homes, commercial and civic buildings from the 17th to 19th centuries.
The Noble Maritime Collection, 2006
Snug Harbor Cultural Center, originally a haven for retired sailors, is now a scenic center of historic buildings and cultural resources.  Join Barry Bergdoll, Chief Curator of Architectural Design at MoMA and Columbia University Architectural Historian, as he explores this remarkable site.