Landmark Dash participants will compete to win private tours of some of NYC's stunning landmarked interiors, from the New Amsterdam Theater to the Woolworth Building lobby (pictured here) / Photo: Nicolas Lemery Nantel for OHNY
Photo: Nicolas Lemery Nantel for OHNY

On Saturday, April 18th, 2015, Open House New York and the New York School of Interior Design invite you to participate in a day-long race that will take you and your friends through some of the most spectacular landmark interiors in the city, competing against the clock—and each other—to complete challenges, earn points, and win prizes. The Dash is being organized as a companion event to Rescued, Restored, Reimagined: New York’s Landmark Interiors, a featured exhibition of NYC Landmarks 50, a year-long celebration of the 50th anniversary of the New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission. Read on to learn how you can participate!

Get Ready for a Race

The Landmark Dash will take you through about a dozen landmark interiors (many of which are not normally open to the public) across three boroughs of New York City to complete challenges, solve puzzles, and learn about the architectural and historical significance of some of the city’s most important interiors. Players should be prepared to walk up to several miles over the course of the day, ride many more miles on the subway, and make extensive use of their smartphones. The sites are all surprises—you won’t know where you’re headed next until you complete a challenge at each location along the route. Please plan ahead and make sure that you and your team are ready for a race!

Register Your Team

Players must register and play in teams of 2-4; no solo racers are allowed. One person will register for your team, and will receive a follow-up email prompting them to send in a list of all team members and a team name. Please be sure to respond as soon as possible to ensure that your team’s registration is complete and your team’s materials are ready on the day of the Dash.

Read Up on Interior Landmarks

The Landmark Dash will begin at the NYSID Gallery, where  Rescued, Restored, Reimagined is currently on-view, but you are welcome to visit the exhibition in advance to learn more about New York City’s interior landmarks in preparation for game day.

Play to Win

Top-scoring teams will each win a private tour of one of New York City’s interior landmarks. Teams will choose their prizes in order of the total number of points, highest to lowest. The tours available include:

•  Appellate Division Courthouse of the State of New York
•  The Park Avenue Armory
•  New Amsterdam Theater (with Hugh Hardy)
•  The Rainbow Room (with Gabellini Sheppard)
•  Weylin B. Seymour’s in the Williamsburg Savings Bank Building
•  Woolworth Building Lobby (with Helen Post Curry) [pictured]

Event Details

Date: Saturday, April 18, 2015
Check-in: 10:00-11:00 AM
Dash time: 11:00 AM–6 PM
Closing Reception: 5:00-7:00 PM
Cost: $40 per person (teams of 2-4)

Please note: Participants must be able to walk a mile at a time; must have their own Metrocard; and each team must have at least one member with a smartphone.





Landmark Dash FAQs


What buildings will I visit during the Landmark Dash?
The participating sites are a secret; each site along the route will be revealed to you and your team once you have completed a challenge at the previous site.

Are the sites places that I could normally go on my own?
While there will be a few publicly accessible interiors on the route, most of the participating sites are not normally open to the public.

I’m not sure I want to pay to register for an event if I don’t know what buildings I’ll be getting into…
The Landmark Dash is being organized by Open House New York in partnership with the New York School of Interior Design—two organizations that have a pretty good idea of what an interesting interior looks like. So trust us when we say: you’re going to get into some really amazing spaces!

What will I be doing at these sites?
Each site will feature a challenge related to the landmark interior’s architecture and/or history. Challenges will be designed to take approximately 5-10 minutes each, so that participants can move quickly from site to site. While you’ll need to be able to walk quite a bit over the course of the day, the challenges themselves will not be physically intense, so don’t worry about lifting, running, etc.

What if I want to spend more time at one of the sites, or take a full tour?
Longer tours will not be available at sites on the day of the Landmark Dash, but information about how to return for a more in-depth tour will be on hand at any sites where tours are regularly offered. The Landmark Dash is intended to be a fast-paced game—you’ll see a lot of wonderful spaces, but you won’t be able to linger too long.

Can I play by myself?
No, everyone must participate as a member of a team. Teams can be comprised of 2-4 people. One person will register for the team, and will receive a follow-up email from OHNY staff prompting them to supply the names and email addresses for all team members, as well as a team name.

How far will I have to travel during this event?
The Landmark Dash will take participants to three of the five boroughs.

Is transportation between sites provided?
No. You’ll need to use your wits, your sense of direction, and your own Metrocard to travel between sites. It is estimated that participants will take at least 9-10 trips on the subway.

How long will the Landmark Dash take?
The Dash will begin at 11:00 AM sharp; each team will finish at their own speed, but it is expected that people will generally wrap up between 5:00-6:00 PM.

Is this event handicapped accessible?
Unfortunately, due to the nature of this event, the Landmark Dash is not handicapped accessible.

Where will the Landmark Dash start and end?
The Dash will both start and end at the New York School of Interior Design on Manhattan’s Upper East Side.

Can I register on the day of the event?
No. All teams must register in advance in order to participate in the Landmark Dash.

What’s included in the cost of registration?
Registration will gain you entry to the opening and closing receptions (with light refreshments provided at both), as well as the Passport and Challenge Cards that you will need in order to participate.

If I don’t want to race, can I volunteer?
We are actively seeking volunteers to help out throughout the day in 2-3 hour shifts at various sites. If you are interested in volunteering, please email All volunteers are invited to join us for the closing reception at the NYSID Gallery from 5-7pm.

Still have questions about the event? Email us at

A talk and tour with Robert LaValva



Photo: amerune/Flickr


Sunday, November 24, 2013
3 pm

openhousenewyork launches a new series of tours and programs exploring the past, present, and future of the South Street Seaport. Home to the largest concentration of early 19th century buildings in New York, and a site of trade and commerce since the city’s earliest days, the Seaport is transforming itself from a tourist destination into one of the most architecturally and culturally vibrant neighborhoods in the city. Over the next several months, OHNY will explore the Seaport’s most important buildings and sites, plans for its future, and how it is rebounding following Sandy.

In the first program of the series, New Amsterdam Market founder Robert LaValva will give a presentation and lead a tour about the evolution of the Fulton Market District (the area now known as the South Street Seaport); the uniqueness and great value of its urban fabric; and its potential to emerge as New York City’s next great public space. The tour will coincide with the monthly market, which on November 24 celebrates the Third Annual New York State Cider Revival.

Robert LaValva studied urban planning and architecture and worked for ten years as a planner for the City of New York, where he helped establish one of the country’s largest urban composting programs. He organized the first New Amsterdam Market in 2005, which has since grown into a non-profit organization whose mission is to establish a public market to promote and sustain a thriving society of small businesses; responsible agriculture, fisheries, and food production; and equitable access to real food.

Admission $15 OHNY and Market members; $25 non-members.
Purchase tickets here.



OHNY is delighted to unveil this year’s event guide cover! In a nod to how OHNY unlocks the doors to the city, New York-based graphic designer Oliver Munday offers his interpretations of a cross-section of the entryways that this year’s OHNY Weekend will open. Can you name all of the buildings in his illustration?

This year’s event guide will be an insert in the October 3rd issue of Time Out New York. Make sure to pick up a copy when it comes out! The guide will also be available in various locations throughout the five boroughs. Check back on our website to see a list of these locations that will be announced soon.


MTA Arts for Transit


Photo credit Rob Wilson


Take the subway and learn about the artwork in NYC’s subway stations! Since 1985, MTA Arts for Transit & Urban Design has been commissioning artwork to enhance and improve the subway experience. Within the stations of Times Square and Midtown, riders now enjoy works by Roy Lichtenstein, Jacob Lawrence, Jane Dickson, and Eric Fischl. Join Assistant Director Amy Hausmann and artists of works commissioned for the Bronx, to learn about the process of designing artwork for the mass transit system that moves 8.5 million riders every day. Bring your own MetroCard!

Download the free Meridian app for full listings, turn-by-turn direction to artworks and more.


Peace Bike Ride



A great ride for everyone, from cyclists new to group rides to seasoned veterans. Join Nadette Stasa of the Peace Museum and Times’s Up! on a ride of some of downtown Manhattan’s peace sites including, Tibet House US, the former residence of John Lennon and Yoko Ono, Point Thank You, Teardrop Park, The Labyrinth for Contemplation, and many more! BYOB&H – bring your own bike and helmet!

Watch a promo of Peace Bike Rides on YouTube.


New York City Photo Safaris


Are you an aspiring photographer? Take advantage of this unique opportunity to study the art of architecture photography with a professional photographer on a New York Photo Safari. Enjoy special one-hour photo safaris all Weekend long at Times Square and the Park Avenue Armory. Pleased with your handiwork? Submit your favorite snapshot to OHNY’s Focus on Architecture Photo Contest!

Follow New York City Photo Safari’s blog, for insider tips of professional quality photographing.


Fading Ads of New York City


 Photo credit Frank Jump


For over 20 years, author and photographer Frank Jump has been documenting fading advertisements of New York City. Visible, but less often seen, these ads cling to brick facades like forgotten relics of a bygone era. For Jump, fading ads are metaphors for survival and outliving expected lifetimes, a topic that is very personal to him. Don’t miss this chance to reposition your perspective to these ads hidden-in-plain-sight!

Listen to a podcast of Jump’s conversation with Leonard Lopate from WNYC.


All of these tours will be featured as part of the 2012 OHNY Weekend, October 6 & 7, 2012. All listing details for the Weekend will go live on our website in late September. Please check back then for specific dates, times and information about advance reservations, if required.



GrowNYC – Union Square Greenmarket


 photo credit David Hughes, GrowNYC


GrowNYC is a hands-on non-profit organization which improves New York City’s quality of life through community based environmental programs. It empowers New Yorkers to create clean and healthy environments for themselves and for future generations with a number of programs like training for immigrant farmers, recycling, building school and community gardens, teaching programs in schools about conservation and healthy eating, and much more. GrowNYC is best known for its Greenmarket Farmers Market network, which began in 1976 with just 12 farmers on a small parking lot. It has since then grown exponentially, and now involves over 230 farmers and fishermen who supply GrowNYC’s 54 farmers markets, making it the largest urban farmers market network in the United States.

Listen to Feet in Two World’s audio postcards of immigrant sellers and growers in the Union Square Greenmarket.


Bell Book and Candle



More than 60 percent of the fruits and vegetables used to prepare seasonal dishes at restaurant Bell, Book & Candle, are grown with aeroponic growing technology. Energy-efficient and more productive than traditional farming, aeroponics involves soil-free towers that protect roots and feeds them nutrient-enriched water. On the roof of Bell, Book & Candle, 60 of these towers grow 70 varieties of herbs and vegetables. Don’t miss the opportunity to tour this rooftop garden with Bell, Book & Candle chef and owner John Mooney.

Watch a video of this “roof-to-table” concept and technology from ABC News.


Via Verde


photo credit David Sundberg/Esto


Via Verde is without a doubt the perfect marriage of design, sustainability, and affordable housing. Standing tall in South Bronx, Via Verde is an exemplary sustainable site. A former brownfield now a vibrant subsidized housing development, Via Verde features 3-story townhouses that step up to a 20-story tower, a series of green roofs, solar panels, and a central garden. Via Verde was developed by Phipps Houses and Jonathan Rose Companies and designed by Dattner Architects and Grimshaw. The innovative and award winning design was inspired by the integration of nature and city, and it represents the future of high quality, affordable, and sustainable housing.

See our Field Trip Friday post written earlier this year with additional photos.


Lakeside at Prospect Park Construction Tour


photo credit dbox

Once completed, Lakeside at Prospect Park will be a 25,000-sq-ft facility designed to blend seamlessly into its surrounding parkland. A landscape restoration project, it will replace the winter only ice rink into a four season facility, and reclaim parkland previously destroyed in 1960 for the construction of the ice rink into a wildlife sanctuary. It will also restore Frederick Law Olmstead and Calvert Vaux’s original landscape and vision for a lakeshore retreat in Brooklyn, creating a beautiful and exciting lakeside environment. Come tour this construction site with Christian Zimmerman, Lakeside’s landscape designer and Vice President of Design & Construction of the Prospect Park Alliance.

Take a look at the latest behind the fence update of the construction.


NY Sun Works – The Sun Works Center at the Manhattan School for Children


photo credit Ari Burling

NY Sun Works is a non-profit organization that builds innovative science laboratories in urban schools. Through their Greenhouse Project initiative, NY Sun Works uses hydroponic farming technology to educate students and teachers year-round, about the science of sustainable local food production. Join in on this hands-on educational lab with a tour of the two-year-old Sun Works Center for Environmental Studies at Manhattan School for Children (PS 333) designed by Kiss+Cathcart, Architects. Born from a vision to create environmental science labs on existing and vacant roofs of NYC schools, The Sun Works Center was built from a public-private partnership between the school, parents, and outside funding.

See a slideshow with more photos of the greenhouse from Inhabitat

All of these sites will be featured as part of the 2012 OHNY Weekend, October 6 & 7, 2012. All listing details for the Weekend will go live on our website in late September. Please check back then for specific dates, times and information about advance reservations, if required.