Private Garden Courtyard Tour on the Upper West Side

This month, visit the private garden courtyard of The Belnord, a palatial, Renaissance-style apartment building occupying a full city block in the heart of the Upper West Side. At 22,000 square feet, the courtyard was touted as the world’s largest when The Belnord was completed in 1908.

To attract upper-class tenants, architect H. Hobart Weeks designed the building around the courtyard to guarantee pleasant garden views for most of the building’s approximately 200 apartments. Functional as well as beautiful, the courtyard is encircled by a driveway loop linked to the street by barrel-vaulted passageways painted with neoclassical frescos.

Self-guided tours of the courtyard are available weekday afternoons, free-of-charge, now through December 16th, and are managed by the Trust for Architectural Easements. For more information, email rsvp@architecturaltrust.org or visit their website.

Belnord Courtyard Facing West

Archway Frescos

Breaking Ground – A Public Charrette organized by Dancing in the Streets is a site-specific choreography workshop that will be held in one of New York City’s most intriguing sites – Federal Hall National Memorial. Led by nationally acclaimed choreographer Joanna Haigood, the workshop offers participants a unique opportunity to work across disciplines to explore movement composition within the context of architecture, history, and public spaces.   Haigood offers tools to interact with this historic landmark and guides participants to create short studies in response to Federal Hall’s history and architecture. Participants will discuss architecture as object, its function and design, and its role as metaphor, as a stage, and as container of history. This is a 4-hour workshop to be held on November 12th, 10 am – 2 pm OR November 13th, 10 am – 2 pm.


  • A guided tour of Federal Hall with focus on its history and architecture
  • An overview of site-specific work
  • Choreographers, dancers, and architects work together in small teams to create short movement studies in response to the site


The workshop is free, but advance registration is required.

  • Each workshop is limited to 25 participants
  • Slots will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis
  • To register, go to: nycharities.org*
  • Please specify which day you would like to take the workshop – November 12th OR November 13th.

*Registration for Thursday’s workshop has been extended until all 5 remaining slots are filled.

If registration for your preferred day is sold out, you can join the waiting list by emailing: events@dancinginthestreets.org

Please include the following information with your email;

* First & Last Name

* Email Address

* Home/Cell phone

* Which workshop you would like to attend—Thursday, Nov. 12th or Friday, Nov. 13th.

Dancing in the Streets will notify you if and when a slot becomes available.

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82 DECIBELS by Larry Keigwin for Breaking Ground – A Dance Charrette produced by Dancing in the Streets. Photo courtesy of Julie Lemberger.

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Ann Carlson in Breaking Ground – A Dance Charrette produced by Dancing in the Streets. Photo courtesy of Julie Lemberger.

Cunard Building, Joseph Barretto

Cunard Building, Joseph Barretto

Enter the 2009 focus on architecture competition!

Enter your OHNY Weekend photos into the 2009 focus on architecture competition! Load your photos into the 2009 OHNY Weekend flickr pool for all to see, and then select your favorites to submit to the competition. Deadline for the competition is Friday, October 23 – learn more about the rules and regulations here.  Mail in your waiver to the OHNY office, at 555 West 25th Street, 6th floor, New York, NY 10001 and email your statement to admin@ohny.org.

Photos will be reviewed by our award winning judges in four categories: building interiors, exteriors, details, people.

In addition, place your Weekend photos in the 2009 OHNY Weekend flickr pool for everyone to enjoy!

UPDATE: The 2009 OHNY Weekend event guide will also be inserted in Friday’s Metro New York at Grand Central, Penn Station and Union Square locations!

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OHNY Weekend updates
List of fully booked sites and programs, as well as a description of added programs and new sites that did not make it into our printed event guide.

Also, click here for a map of OHNY site and program listings, including eating-out recommendations from SeriousEats.com.

Please make note of service advisories from the MTA for this weekend.


7 World Trade Center

Apollo Theater

The Atlantic Avenue Tunnel

Carnegie Hill Walking Tour

Central Park Walking Tour

Coney Island Talking Boardwalk

Control Group Offices/ Woolworth Building


Engineering New York

Explore the GWB

Fresh Kills by Bus

Garden City Walking Tour

GreenHomeNYC: East Village Walk

GreenHomeNYC: Williamsburg Walk

Illumination of 7WTC

Japanese Architecture for Kids

The Lilac Dances

Litchfield Villa and Prospect Park

Madison Square Park Walking Tour

Manhattan Bridge Walk

Midtown Modern

Morgan Library & Museum: Thaw Conservation Center

Murray’s Cheese

New Museum

Old Croton Aqueduct Walking Tour, Bronx

Old Croton Aqueduct Walking Tour, Manhattan

Red Hook Walking Tour

Riverside Drive Apartment

Slot House

The Standard

Tom Otterness Studio

Upper West Side Stories

Walk the Wallabout: Proposed Landmark District

Writers & Religion in Old Brooklyn Heights

Added Programs

Brooklyn Makes

Videos projected onto the facades of three industrial manufacturing buildings bring North Brooklyn’s hidden labor onto the public streets.

Harlem: The Capital of Black America

Visit the world famous Schomburg Library and the site of Marcus Garvey’s Liberty Hall.

Where Washington Rode; Where Obama Slept

Tour of the Upper West Side, including St. Michael’s Church, the AYH International Hostel, and the former NY Cancer Hospital.

New Sites

Arthur Ross Architecture Gallery

This site, founded in 1913, currently features the work of New York artist Martin Beck.

Betances Community Center

A dramatic light-filled boxing arena forms the centerpiece of the Betances Community Center, an inventive reuse of two existing structures.

Church of St. Paul & St. Andrew

This church’s eclectic mix of styles features a 108-ft octagonal tower and a 1000 seat sanctuary.

Hostelling International New York

This hostel, the largest in North America, was originally built as a residence for the Association for the Relief of Respectable Aged Indigent Females.

Riverhouse, One Rockefeller Park

A “green” luxury condominium striving for LEED Platinum status that utilizes environmentally responsible materials, green roofs, solar power, co-generation, progressive filtration and recycling technologies.

St. Ignatius of Antioch Episcopal Church

This English Gothic style church has stained-glass windows from England ca. 1900’s, Roman brick interior, and Gustavino ceiling tiles.