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 sustainable sites you shouldn’t miss this year! 


PS 41 – The Greenwich Village School Green Roof 


M-PS 41

photo credit Barbara Norman


The students of PS 41 in Greenwich Village get to have class outside, and not just as a treat. As a NYC Greenroof Environmental Literacy Laboratory (GELL), PS 41’s green roof functions as an outdoor observation learning space that aims to introduce students to green technologies.  It features gardens where students can grow sedum, herbs, and other native plants; a wind turbine; three solar panels; and a solar-powered fountain, creating a space where children are able to experience an immediate hands-on connection with nature without having to leave their school.  Teachers of all subjects are encouraged to use the roof for their lessons, whether it be science, math, or art.


Green roofs implemented in NYC schools are on the rise! Check out this article from the New York Times to lean more.


Urban Post-Disaster Housing Prototype


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image credit American Manufactured Structures and Services


What would you do if you lost your home in a catastrophic coastal storm?  Through the Urban Post-Disaster Housing Prototype Program, New York City is developing multi-story, multi-family interim housing for urban areas across the country, to be used as post-disaster housing.  Developed by the Office of Emergency Management (OEM) and the Department of Design and Construction (DDC), this housing prototype is an alternative to living in a trailer or other single-household homes. Better suited for New York City’s high population density, it will allow for higher-density living, and for families to resettle in their own neighborhoods after a natural disaster.  During OHNY Weekend, visitors will be able to visit the site’s gallery and view renderings of the project while it is still under construction.


View the What If New York City guide for post-disaster site selection, which incorporates design principles for keeping residents in the community and allowing them to live and work in their neighborhood.


Citi Bike Warehouse


BK-Citi Bike Warehouse_credit Aaron Naparstek

photo credit Aaron Naparstek


Citi Bikes seem to be everywhere these days, but do you ever wonder where they come from?  Peek into the inner workings of the Citi Bike Warehouse in Sunset Park to see where the bikes go when they need a little TLC.  Go behind the scenes of New York’s new bike share program and visit the Citi Bike repair shop, warehouse, call center, and main offices.


Download the Citi Bike app on your iPhone or Android to plan your Citi Bike route and to find a bike station near you.


Bronx Library Center


Bronx Library Center New York Public Library Dattner Architects

photo credit Jeff Goldberg/ESTO


The Bronx Library Center is more than just a building full of books – this LEED Silver building uses a resourceful design to lower its environmental footprint, while providing the community with a quiet place to read and study.  Glass curtainwalls allow natural light to be the primary lighting source for the building, while photosensors and occupancy sensors ensure lights are turned off when not needed.  The library also employs roofing that reflects solar heat to reduce the internal cooling loads, and allow outside air for cooling when the weather allows it.  Many of the materials used to construct the library were from recycled content, and more than half of the building materials were manufactured within 500 miles of the site.


Watch a video on “What Green Means…at the Bronx Library Center,” to learn how daylight affects the building’s lighting system.




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photo credit thread collective

TroutHouse showcases thread collective‘s philosophy of integrating a broad range of sustainable strategies with modern design. Home to the architecture firm’s office with residential space for the partners, this four story building is Energy Star rated and is seeking LEED Gold with a 5kW solar array, a rain water harvesting system, green roof of native planting, sustainable materials, and energy efficiency.


Want to learn more about TroutHouse’s Energy Star rating experience? Check out this blog post.



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.