OHNY Friends

OHNY is dedicated to engaging New York City’s residents and visitors with the City’s best architecture, design, culture and history in all corners of the city. So we were excited to form a partnership with MyBlockNYC, an online interactive video sharing site, for the 2012 OHNY Weekend. Brian Paccione, a film student at Columbia and Manager of Education Programs at MyBlockNYC is creating the public service announcement for the 2012 OHNY Weekend. This PSA will run on WABC-TV among other outlets and will capture the discovery, the insights and the fun of OHNY Weekend – we can’t wait to share it!

What is MyBlockNYC? It’s a crowd-sourced interactive on-line platform that allows visitors to explore the city through intimate, user-submitted videos corresponding to specific blocks in the city. MyBlockNYC asks members to upload what they see and how they experience New York City, and match the video to a particular block. Alex Kalman, Igal Nassima and Alex Rickard, who met while students at Bard College, founded MyBlockNYC and developed their idea for an interactive video map of New York City. As the manifesto states,

“The goal of MyBlockNYC is to unify and harness the creative potential of New York City’s occupants and visitors to give a better understanding of their own environment and then share this knowledge with others around the world.”

Videos range from tours of underground tunnels of the city, to interviews with only-in-New-York New Yorkers, to a video of Cookie Monster playing the xylophone in a Lexington Avenue subway station. Some of the uploaded videos are polished short films, others are short lively snippets filmed with a smart phone or a basic camera. Each video captures a unique moment and the distinctive personality of a New York City block.

The interface of the website allows anyone to easily explore and search for videos of the city based on filters such as location, subject matter, time of day, or season. In addition, visitors can search for videos based on traits of the filmmaker, such as their age or sex. Taken together, MyBlockNYC is a portrait of the city from the ground up, its immediacy and its diversity of points of view so emblematic of  New York itself.

Immerse yourself in the different perspectives of the city and, if you’re so inclined, ‘claim your block’ by becoming a member and uploading your own unique perspective to share with others!  We also hope to announce another collaboration with MyBlockNYC for our OHNY Weekend so stay tuned!

Visit MyBlockNYC and check out this video to learn how to share your content and become part of the MyBlockNYC community.


Join the Center for Architecture Foundation and openhousenewyork to explore Governors Island, a fabulous getaway just minutes from Manhattan by ferry. We’ll visit historic forts, Victorian houses and learn about past uses and future plans for the island. Bring a picnic or buy it there and stay for the afternoon to enjoy all the island has to offer: bike rentals, mini golf, beach bar-n-grill and an afternoon Jazz Age Lawn Party (separate tickets required).

When: 10:45 AM – 1:00 PM SATURDAY, AUGUST 20

Where: Governors Island Ferry Terminal
Battery Maritime Building Just up the East River a bit from the Staten Island Ferry Terminal
10 South Street
New York NY

Meet inside the Governors Island Ferry Terminal at 10:45 AM for the 11 AM ferry to Governors Island. Ferries depart promptly on the hour.
Pre-registration require: register your family here!

Raindate: August 21, 2011

Family Day Programs are designed for children ages 5 – 13 years old, accompanied by an adult. Admission is $20/family of 4; $10 for Center for Architecture Foundation Dual/Family Members; additional guests accompanying a Family Admission are $5 each.

Your registration includes acceptance of our photo release and consent policy.

For more information: (212) 358-6135 or cteegarden@cfafoundation.org

This spring, the Institute for Urban Design asked New Yorkers how they thought the city’s public realm could be improved, and they responded with more than 500 ideas across the five boroughs.

Now it’s your turn: We’re asking architects, designers, artists, and urbanists to respond to the challenge! From now through July 14th, you can visit the By the City / For the City website, define your site based on what you find most interesting from New Yorkers’ ideas, and then develop a brief proposal. Nothing too technical—our goal is to find great ideas that can capture the public imagination and start conversations, so even a single rendering qualifies. And, since we’re going to publish as many of the entries in An Atlas of Possibility for the Future of New York, we recommend keeping it light!

After submissions are in, the IfUD will convene a jury to select ten projects to receive $500 prizes: one for each borough, and five at the judges’ discretion. Together, all of these ideas will form a collective portrait of how we imagine the future, and will be the subject of an exhibition at the heart of the first-ever Urban Design Week festival in New York City this September 15-20. Don’t wait — get started on your proposal today at www.urbandesignweek.org!

Congrats Jen, who won the recent Room & Board Modern Life Concept House Raffle!

The Modern Life Concept House is ELLE DECOR’S first New York designer show house in Chelsea, featuring a Room & Board-furnished space designed by Jesse Carrier, one of ELLE DECOR’S A-List “Designers to Watch.”

Jen won the Louis chair, a modern interpretation of a European club chair, valued at $899.

Louis Chair

Thank you to Jen and the generous donation by Room & Board for supporting OHNY!

Enter the Room & Board The Modern Life Concept House Raffle with a donation of $20 or more. One winner will be selected and they get to choose one item from the three beautiful pieces listed below! (When you purchase a ticket, please select the item you would pick).

The Modern Life Concept House is ELLE DECOR’S first New York designer show house in Chelsea, featuring a Room & Board-furnished space designed by Jesse Carrier, one of ELLE DECOR’S A-List “Designers to Watch.”

Join us at the Room & Board + OHNY preview party Thursday, May 19 from 4 to 8 p.m. RSVP here.

You do not need to attend to enter the Raffle.

For The Modern Life Concept House Raffle, one winner gets to choose from:

Two Soren Dining Chairs

Contemporary, with a hint of tradition, Soren’s striking design offers amazing comfort. Handcrafted in Vermont from steam-bent solid wood, it’s a timeless dining chair you’ll love for decades.
choice of wood
value: $449 each

Basis desk, small

Hide your work away. When the pullout work surface is closed, Basis is the perfect console table. Or use Basis as a writing desk. Either way the interplay of materials and clean design creates a desk you’ll love. The deep drawer stores paperwork as well as your laptop.

choice of wood
value: $1,149

Louis chair

A dramatic shape meets deep-seated comfort in Louis. A modern interpretation of a European club chair, it grows more comfortable the longer you live with it.
(not leather)
value: $899

The Modern Life Concept House Raffle remains open until Thursday, May 19 at 8pm.

The winner will be announced on Friday, May 20.

Don’t forget to join us at the Modern Life Concept House on May 19!