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On December 13, 2016, National Endowment for the Arts Chairman Jane Chu approved more than $30 million in grants as part of the NEA’s first major funding announcement for fiscal year 2017. Included in this announcement is an Art Works grant of $40,000 to Open House New York for Getting to Zero: Cities and Waste, a year long series of tours and programs that will explore the architecture and infrastructure of New York City’s waste system. The Art Works category focuses on the creation of art that meets the highest standards of excellence, public engagement with diverse and excellent art, lifelong learning in the arts, and the strengthening of communities through the arts.

Getting to Zero: Cities and Waste is the third installment of Open House New York’s Urban Systems Series, which has previously explored issues such as contemporary manufacturing and the architecture of New York City’s food system. Launching in 2017, Getting to Zero takes its inspiration from New York City’s 0X30 campaign, which aims to eliminate the 3,000,000 tons of residential waste that New York City sends to landfills each year. The series will deepen public understanding about how our built environment has been shaped and reshaped over time in response to changing attitudes about garbage, and consider what possibilities a radical transformation in waste management could have for new forms of architecture and urbanism. Through tours of infrastructure facilities; lectures and conferences; and other programming, Getting to Zero will raise public awareness about the architecture and infrastructure of waste and about collaborative possibilities for designing a better, more sustainable future.

“In many ways, our waste management system was intentionally designed to keep our garbage out of sight,” said OHNY executive director Gregory Wessner. “But that invisibility also hides from public view the full consequences of the enormous amount of waste we generate each day. Through Getting to Zero, Open House New York will help the public better understand the complex challenges of how we manage waste in a city like New York and to open up the conversation about the future of these systems. We are very grateful for the NEA’s generous support of this project.”

For more information on projects included in the NEA grant announcement, visit arts.gov/news.

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Zoning Hunt Collage

On Saturday, July 9th, almost 300 people in 76 teams participated in the Zoning New York Scavenger Hunt, a day-long race across the city to visit as many zoning-related sites and landmarks as possible. The event was organized by Open House New York in partnership with the Museum of the City of New York in celebration of the 100th anniversary of the creation of New York City’s 1916 Zoning Resolution, the first such law passed by any city in the United States. The enthusiasm and excitement of the participants served as a vivid illustration of New Yorkers’ passion for learning about their city and how it is shaped.

Upon checking in, teams received booklets containing 60 clues (and three bonus clues) and were tasked with figuring out what site each clue was referring to, and then visiting and photographing their team at as many of those sites as possible before 5:00 PM. Clues were worth different amounts depending on their difficulty and their distance from the starting and ending locations in Manhattan. What follows is a breakdown of everything that happened over the course of the day.

 

Total # of photos submitted: 1,204
Photos submitted per hour: 172
Photos submitted per minute: 2.9

 

Teams that went to at least one outer borough: 54 (including the top 30 teams)
Teams that went to 2-3 outer boroughs: 40 (including the top 18 teams)
Teams that visited all five boroughs: 1 (Bored of Standards and Appeals)

 

Most popular outer borough sites:

  1. Clue #17: Verrazano Narrows Bridge, Brooklyn/Staten Island (32 teams—though most took their photo from afar)
  2. Clue #8: One Hanson Place, Brooklyn (24 teams)
  3. Clue #51: New York Wheel Construction Site, Staten Island (22 teams)
  4. Clue #36: Dino’s Wonder Wheel, Coney Island, Brooklyn (21 teams)
  5. Clue #26: Sheepshead Bay Bridge, Brooklyn (20 teams)

 

Most correctly-identified sites:

  1. Clue #1: Woolworth Building, Manhattan (46 teams)
  2. Clue #2: Equitable Building, Manhattan (46 teams)
  3. Clue #7: Empire State Building (39 teams)
  4. Clue #13: Seagram Building (37 teams)
  5. Clue #16: Zuccotti Park POPS (36 teams)

 

Clues most frequently answered incorrectly:

  1. Clue #29: Sidewalk Cafes (59.4% of teams who attempted this one thought the clue referred to the city’s street plazas—but these are managed and created by the Department of Transportation, not City Planning)
  2. Clue #39: Todt Hill Communications Tower (56.25% of teams who tried for this 15-pointer guessed the wrong tower, a mere 600 yards away from the correct answer)
  3. Clue #3: The O’Neill Building on the Ladies’ Mile (25.8% of the teams who went for this clue mistook the nearby building at 170 Fifth Avenue—which has one gold dome, not two as indicated in the clue—for the correct answer)

 

Least-visited sites:

  1. Clue #18: Newtown Creek Wastewater Treatment Plant, Brooklyn (1 team)
  2. Clue #47: 207th Street MTA Rail Yard, Manhattan (2 teams attempted, but just one got it right)
  3. Clue #49: The Edge, Brooklyn (3 teams attempted, 2 got it right)
  4. Bonus #3: Congregation Shearith Israel, Manhattan (3 teams attempted, 2 got it right)
  5. Clue #27: Mixed-Use Development site at 44th Drive at the East River, Queens (4 teams)

 

Farthest distance between two sites: As the crow flies, 24.25 miles separate Clue #37 (City Island) and Clue #39 (Todt Hill)
Shortest distance between two sites: Clue #2 (the Equitable Building) and Clue #16 (Zuccotti Park POPS) are a scant 75 feet apart

 

Total points scored: 3,730
Average points per team: 49
Median score (by request!): 47

 

Top 10 teams (by total points scored):

  1. Bored of Standards and Appeals (143)
  2. The Royal Counties (132)
  3. 421-Heyyy (112)
  4. The Broncks (96)
  5. Let’s Boogie! (94)
  6. Permitted Obstructionists (92)
  7. The Seven-Acre Shadow (90)
  8. ABNY Off the Gridders (89)
  9. Shabbas Hunters (88)
  10. Mies’s Pieces (85)

Congrats to the winners, and thank you to all of the participants who made this such a fun event!

Click here to see event highlights. 

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In July 1916, New York became the first American city to adopt a radical zoning resolution to control the height, bulk, and use of its buildings, an act so unprecedented that its authors were not even sure it was legal. In the century since, zoning has become the city’s most potent instrument for shaping its future.

Open House New York and the Museum of the City of New York invite you to celebrate the centennial anniversary of New York City’s zoning resolution with a citywide scavenger hunt to uncover how the invisible forces of zoning have shaped the city around us, from the dramatic setbacks of Jazz Age skyscrapers to the vast open plazas of mid-century Modernism.

The Zoning New York Scavenger hunt is co-presented with Open House New York and the Museum of the City of New York in anticipation of a major exhibition celebrating the centennial of New York City’s zoning resolution, Mastering the Metropolis: New York and Zoning 1916-2016, opening at the Museum of the City of New York on November 9, 2016.

 

How it Works:

  • Players must register in advance, as space is limited, and may play solo or in teams of up to 6 people. One person will register for your team and will be asked to submit a team name and the names of team members.
  • Each team will also be required to designate one Instagram account from which they will submit photos during the course of the scavenger hunt. Only photos submitted via this account will be counted toward your team’s total.

  • The person who registers your team will receive a follow-up email prompting them to send in any key info not provided on the registration form. If you don’t know your team name, all of the team members, or your preferred Instagram account when completing your registration, that info can be sent later, but must be confirmed prior to the event.

  • On July 9, check in at Open House New York (1133 Broadway, 2nd Floor) between 10 AM and 12 PM to receive clue pamphlets and Zoning New York Scavenger Hunt t-shirts, which will need to worn in each photo submitted in order to earn points.

  • From 10 AM – 5 PM, decipher clues and race across the city posting photos of you and your team in front of the key zoning sites hinted at in more than sixty clues.

  • At the end of the day, join us for a closing reception from 5:30-7:30 PM at the Museum of the City of New York (1220 Fifth Avenue between 104th and 103rd Street) where drinks and snacks will be served, winners announced, and prizes awarded!

 

Event Details
Zoning New York Scavenger Hunt
Saturday, July 9th, 2016
Check-in: 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Hunt: 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Closing Reception: 5:30 – 7:30 PM
Tickets: $30 per team member

 

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This Saturday, June 11th, Open House New York’s Field Guide: North Brooklyn will open more than twenty sites across central Williamsburg and Greenpoint. From design studios to cultural spaces to working factories and fabrication shops, the line-up of participating sites represents the dynamic mix of uses made possible by the area’s finely grained urban fabric, the result of a series of successive waves of economic growth and decline, as well as shifting ideologies in urban planning.

On the morning of the event, we invite you to join us for the Field Guide Foreword, a panel discussion about the neighborhood and its future. Before spending the afternoon visiting sites, hear from experts about the area’s past, how a major rezoning in 2005 shifted development patterns, and what we might expect to see in the years to come. Panelists include:

Douglas Adams, Chief Operating Officer, Waterfront Alliance
Leah Archibald, Executive Director, Evergreen
Peter Zuspan, Principal, Bureau V
Gregory Wessner, Executive Director, Open House New York (moderator)

Admission to this panel is free to individuals registered for Field Guide: North Brooklyn, but space is limited and RSVP is required.

  • If you have already purchased tickets to Field Guide and would like to reserve seats at the Foreword panel, email Ben Pardee at ben@ohny.org.
  • If you would like to purchase tickets to Field Guide, click here to be redirected to Eventbrite. You will also have the option to also register for the Foreword panel on the checkout page.

Field Guide Foreword
11:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Saturday, June 11, 2016
Williamsburg, Brooklyn
(Exact location to be sent upon registration)

 

PLEASE NOTE: As of 2pm on Friday, June 10, seats at the panel discussion are no longer available. Tickets are still available for Field Guide. Click the link below to purchase tickets and visit the more than 20 participating sites from 1-5pm on Saturday, June 11th!

 

REGISTER FOR FIELD GUIDE

 

 

 

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Saturday, June 11, 2016
Williamsburg and Greenpoint
12:30 PM Check-in (Kinfolk 90, 90 Wythe Avenue)
1:00-5:00 PM Sites Open

Open House New York invites you to Field Guide, a one-day event that explores a single neighborhood through its buildings. Field Guide opens the doors to a wide cross-section of sites–from design studios and fabrication shops to cultural facilities and local landmarks–to consider the mix of spaces, large and small, that work in concert to create a great neighborhood.

The area of North Brooklyn occupied by Williamsburg and Greenpoint was once one of the busiest and most important industrial districts in the United States, home to oil refineries, ship builders, china and porcelain factories, sugar refineries, and iron foundries. Gentrification that started in the 1990s was further fueled through a major rezoning in 2005 that brought waves of luxury apartment buildings, restaurants, and retail shops. Today, high-end commercial and residential development co-exists with dozens of designers and fabricators that feed off of the area’s historic role as a center of production and activity, and an Industrial Business Zone that aims to preserve aspects of its industrial past.

Field Guide: North Brooklyn opens the doors to more than two dozen sites for an opportunity to explore one of New York City’s most dynamic neighborhoods at a transitional moment in its history. The event is organized as a self-guided walking tour, with individual sites offering tours, talks, and demonstrations. Each ticket holder will be given a detailed guide to the neighborhood at registration, and may visit the sites of their choosing in any order during their hours of participation. Check-in for the event will begin at 12:30 PM, and sites will be open between 1:00-5:00 PM.

New: At 11:00 AM on the morning of the event, join us for the Field Guide Foreword, a panel discussion about the neighborhood and its future. (Please note: seats at the morning’s panel discussion are no longer available.)

Registration
$15 OHNY Members & Students
$25 General Admission

 

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Participating Sites
590BC
AA Studio
A/D/O (with nARCHITECTS)
ACME Studio
Brooklyn Art Library
Bureau V
C.Wall Architecture
City Reliquary
Church of the Annunciation
Crème
Dobbin St
FACE Design & Fabrication
Joseph Vance Architects
Kin&Company
Kinfolk (with Berg Design Architecture)
Museum of Food and Drink
STREB Lab for Action Mechanics
Studio Tractor Architecture PLLC
Tacklebox Architecture
The Lot Radio
VAMOS Architects
UPCYCLES
Williamsburg Art and Historical Center

Have a site in the neighborhood that you would like to open as part of Field Guide: North Brooklyn on June 11th? Email OHNY Program Director Brendan Crain at brendan@ohny.org.

Photo by Franck Michel via Flickr