A weekly preview of participating sites and programs in the 11th Annual OHNY Weekend on October 12 & 13, 2013. This week, check out some of the nighttime tours you shouldn’t miss this year! 


Urban Stargazing at Woodlawn Cemetery


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Photo credit: Woodlawn Conservancy


Spend your night viewing a spectacle that most of us never get to see when in New York City – the stars!  The Woodlawn Conservancy and the Amateur Astronomers Association of New York partner to bring OHNY visitors the unique opportunity for urban stargazing at the Woodlawn Cemetery, a U.S. National Historic Landmark in the Bronx. Begin the night with an overview of what to spot in the sky that night, followed by a hike to the crest of the Webb family plot, where telescopes and high-powered binoculars will be provided, as well as guided instructions on where to look and what to look for.

For a preview, check out the cemetery’s photo gallery.


Newtown Creek Wastewater Treatment Plant



Photo credit: Jeff Goldberg/Esto

Go on a guided tour of the Newtown Creek Wastewater Treatment Plant at sunset for a unique, up-close view of the plant’s highly-recognizable futuristic, stainless steel-clad digester eggs. At night, the eggs, which play a critical role in processing sludge, are dramatically lit for functional reasons – blue light is used to identify the water treatment plant and set it apart from the rest of the city; bright white defines the various functional areas of the plant, such as the loading docks; and shimmering lights, some yellow, are used to mark off the pedestrian walkways.

To see more, take a look at Ennead Architects’ photos of the plant.


General Grant National Memorial


M-General Grant National Memorial cred. Maureen Green

Photo credit: Maureen Green


Did you know the General Grant National Memorial in Morningside Heights once attracted more visitors than the Statue of Liberty? This memorial is the final resting place of President Ulysses S. Grant and his wife Julia. Normally only opened to the public only during the day, access to the interior of the memorial will be available to visitors at night during OHNY Weekend, with a National Park Ranger!

Watch a video by the National Parks Service about the building of Grant’s Tomb.


@rtifacts illuminated


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Photo credit: CDR Studio


Join CDR Studio Architects at Arts@Renaissance (A@R), an emerging art space in the basement of the former Greenpoint Hospital, for the opening of @rtifacts Illuminated, a large-scale installation developed by CDR Studio in collaboration with A@R’s North Brooklyn artists and members of the community. Comprised of  plastic bottles repurposed to hold drawings collected from neighborhood children and strung together with luminous wire, the reused bottles create a canopy marquee for A@R.  The collaboration illuminates what art can mean when created collectively. During OHNY Weekend, visit the installation’s opening party and  tours.


Full listings with details about times and locations of all sites and programs will go live on our website in early October. Please check back then for specific dates, times and information about advance reservations, if required.