I AM OHNY is a campaign we began in late 2011 to highlight and celebrate OHNY’s diverse community of supporters. This week, we sat down with Eric Ball – OHNY member, OHNY Weekend District Coordinator, and 2011 Weekend Committee – to ask him about his view of OHNY and why he loves New York City.



Eric Ball

Lives in Chinatown
OHNY since 2011

Are you a native New Yorker? When and why did you move here?
No, I grew up in Tulsa, studied Architecture at USC in Los Angeles, and moved to New York almost 5 years ago looking for work.

What do you find most inspiring about New York City?
The diversity of a subway car

What is your favorite place/neighborhood in the city?
I love people watching around where I live in Chinatown on the Lower East Side of Manhattan.

What is New York’s best-kept secret?
Broadway rush tickets

When did you first become involved with OHNY?
In 2011 I sat on the weekend site committee

What is your most memorable OHNY site or program?
Going under the Hudson River on the SuperPier tour to see inside one of the floating caissons built to support Pier 57

If OHNY could grant you an all-access pass to any place in the city, where would you go?
The construction of the new Second Avenue subway tunnels

OHNY is important to New York City because…
Seeing inside what’s around you makes a place feel like home.


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From the Annual OHNY Weekend to its year-round public programs, OHNY offers you opportunities to see the city like you’ve never seen it. With your support, OHNY can continue to open the city to tens of thousands of people throughout the five boroughs, tying us closer to the places, people and stories that make New York the most extraordinary city in the world. Together, we are OHNY.