5 Reasons to Get Excited for
Open House New York Weekend
October 12-14, 2018


1. Unlocking the City
More than 250 buildings and projects–from workspaces and cultural venues to private residences and infrastructure facilities–open up for tours and talks with architects, urban designers, historians, preservationists, and civic leaders.

2. A Brand-New Website
A new ohny.org launches in early September, offering a much-improved user experience, including customizable OHNY Weekend itineraries.

3. The Big Reveal
The full list of participating sites will be released earlier than ever this year on September 18, giving you more than three weeks to plan your Weekend.

4. Factory Friday
OHNY Weekend is now three days! On Friday, October 12, Open House New York is partnering with Made in NYC to open more than a dozen factories, giving you a glimpse of how New York City’s makers produce everything from silk flowers to structural steel to distilled spirits.

5. More Perks for Members
Members are mailed a copy of the OHNY Weekend Event Guide and are also invited to our popular members-only happy hour on Saturday, October 13. This fall, members will also receive additional perks like raffles and giveaways, to be revealed in the coming weeks.



Do you believe openness is a New York value? Chip in to support Open House New York Weekend. A contribution of $10, $50, $100 or any amount goes a long way.


Please note that the Art & Antiquities in the Parks Scavenger Hunt, previously scheduled on Saturday, July 14 has been postponed. Registrants should have received an email from Open House New York about next steps. If you did not receive this email or have any questions, please email info@ohny.org. 

What spaces in New York City most affect the safety of its residents and the justice they experience? As crime in New York falls to its lowest point in modern history, what should a 21
st-century justice system look like, and what kinds of architecture and infrastructure do we need to support it?

Open House New York announces the launch of Spaces of Justice, a yearlong series of tours, panel discussions, and other public programs that will allow the public to examine firsthand the spaces with primary responsibility for producing safety and rendering justice in New York City. The series will provide a platform for those who know the system from the inside—including judges, police and corrections officers, public health practitioners, housing advocates, activists, and people with lived experience of arrest and incarceration—to share their perspectives, and help broaden the public debate about what a twenty-first century justice system in New York looks like.

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Open House New York’s Monograph in Motion is an ongoing series of public tours celebrating the work of design firms that have had a significant impact on New York City’s built environment. Monograph in Motion tours illuminate how larger ideas about design and urbanism are expressed through a firm’s buildings and how those ideas evolve over time across multiple projects.

The next Monograph in Motion explores the work of Beyer Blinder Belle, a firm that is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year. Founded in the wake of the urban renewal movement of the 1960s, Beyer Blinder Belle pioneered and defined a different approach to the design of the built environment that focused on architecture empowering people–their interaction with each other on streets and in neighborhoods, their pleasure in moving through the city, and their connections to the surrounding physical fabric. The firm’s contributions to improving and enriching the built environment of New York City are immeasurable, through projects like the restoration of Grand Central Terminal, the vision plan and design guidelines that are helping to revitalize Coney Island, and the expansion and renovation of the Morgan Library & Museum (with Renzo Piano Building Workshop), to name just a few.

The breadth of the firm’s work is no more evident than in its participation in OHNY Weekend–with more than twenty projects over the past fifteen years, Beyer Blinder Belle has helped design or restore more OHNY Weekend sites than any other architecture firm in the city. With this Monograph in Motion series, Open House New York is privileged to help celebrate the 50th anniversary of Beyer Blinder Belle, a firm that continues to shape future of New York.

Scroll down to read more about the list of sites that you can tour with Beyer Blinder Belle as part of this series, or click the image below to visit BBB’s site to hear the partners reflect on the firm’s work.

Click the image above to watch a video about Beyer Blinder Belle. 




Met Breuer

Friday, May 18, 2018
6:00-7:00 PM

Marcel Breuer was at the height of his career when he designed the Whitney Museum in 1966. The integrity, beauty, and honesty of the building’s design, materials, and execution define it as one of the most distinguished examples of mid-century modern architecture in New York. Join Beyer Blinder Belle Senior Associates Brett Gaillard and Miriam Kelly for a tour and discussion of the immersive task of restoring the iconic building – including extensive research and an understanding of Breuer’s approach to design and materials – and transforming it into a space for the Metropolitan Museum of Art to exhibit modern and contemporary art.

$10 for OHNY Members, $20 for all others. OHNY Members may purchase tickets for themselves and a guest beginning on April 27 at 8 am. General admission sales begin on May 4 at 8am. To purchase tickets, click here.



Brooklyn Navy Yard, Building 77

Tuesday, May 22, 2018
4:00-5:00 PM

Tour Building 77, the largest structure on the Brooklyn Navy Yard’s 300-acre waterfront campus, with Beyer Blinder Belle Partner Elizabeth Leber and Associate Sherrill Moore, joined by Scott Demel, Director of Marvel Architects. Originally built in 1942 as a warehouse for the United States Navy’s operations during WWII, a top-to-bottom rehabilitation has transformed the building into a 21st-century commercial and light industrial hub, with a ground floor marketplace. Tour will include access to upper-floor raw spaces that feature spectacular NYC views, as well as the adjacent BLDG 92, a former 1857 Marine Commander’s house turned visitor center showcasing the Navy Yard’s history and innovations.

$10 for OHNY Members, $20 for all others. OHNY Members may purchase tickets for themselves and a guest beginning on May 1 at 8 am. General admission sales begin on May 8 at 8 am. To purchase tickets, click here.




New York City Hall

Tuesday, May 29, 2018
6:00-7:00 PM

New York City Hall, completed in 1812, is one of the nation’s oldest government buildings still serving its original purpose. Numerous ad-hoc renovations and modifications over the years had compromised the integrity of the landmarked building. A comprehensive and holistic rehabilitation – the first in more than 50 years – incorporated 21st century systems and technology with as light a touch as possible, preserving the historic fabric and spaces. Join Beyer Blinder Belle Partner Richard Southwick for a tour of the revitalized landmark, including the Rotunda, City Council Chamber, and new below-grade spaces.

$10 for OHNY Members, $20 for all others. OHNY Members may purchase tickets for themselves and a guest beginning on May 8 at 8 am. General admission sales begin on May 15 at 8 am. To purchase tickets, click here.



Photo credits: Met Breuer, Peter Aaron; Building 77 and City Hall, John Bartelstone. Courtesy of Beyer Blinder Belle. All rights reserved.

On February 7, 2018, National Endowment for the Arts Chairman Jane Chu approved more than $25 million in grants as part of the NEA’s first major funding announcement for fiscal year 2018. Included in this announcement is an Art Works grant of $40,000 to Open House New York for Spaces of Justice, a year-long series of tours and programs that will explore the relationship between architecture, urban design, and criminal justice in New York City. The Art Works category focuses on the creation of art that meets the highest standards of excellence, public engagement with diverse and excellent art, lifelong learning in the arts, and the strengthening of communities through the arts.

Spaces of Justice is the fourth installment of Open House New York’s Urban Systems Series, an ongoing project that explores how economic, environmental, and cultural shifts of the early 21st century are transforming the systems that will shape the future of New York. Previous series have explored the changing spaces of contemporary manufacturing; the network of production and distribution facilities that comprise the city’s food system; and, most recently, the possibilities for a zero waste New York.

Over the last two decades, New York City has seen its homicide rate fall 90 percent while its prison population has shrunk by more than half, transforming it into one of the safest big cities in the United States. In a moment of national support for new approaches to policing and incarceration, the City has a unique opportunity to radically rethink the design of its justice system at every level.

Scheduled to launch this spring, Spaces of Justice is a series of tours, lectures, and other public programs that will explore major questions about the architecture and infrastructure of the criminal justice system in New York City. What are the spaces of justice in New York today and how can they be better conceived to support a system that treats all who pass through them with dignity and respect? As the city considers a shift to smaller prisons, what improvements would this allow in incarceration and rehabilitation? How can urban design choices further reduce crime, especially in areas that continue to experience elevated rates of crime? By creating a public platform to examine these and other questions, Open House New York intends to open up the conversation about the relationship between the physical spaces in which justice is enacted and the outcomes they produce. 

“The choices we make about how to shape our justice system are fundamental to who we are as a community,” said Open House New York executive director Gregory Wessner. “This project invites New Yorkers to think more openly, and more critically, about the state of the city’s justice infrastructure, and to envision what a 21st-century criminal justice system might look like. We are enormously grateful to the National Endowment for the Arts for this grant, and for its support of Open House New York over the past fifteen years.”

For updates about Spaces of Justice, subscribe to Open House New York’s e-newsletter. For more information on projects included in the NEA grant announcement, visit arts.gov/news.



Photo: Jannis Werner/Alamy Stock Photo