Current Programs

Photo courtesy of National Elevator Cab & Door
 
Making it Here: National Elevator Cab & Door Factory Tour
Friday, August 1, 2014
Tours at 9 and 11 am
 
In an old art deco factory building off the R-train in Queens, National Elevator Cab & Door Corporation builds the elevator cabs that carry millions of New Yorkers every day. Learn about how the city’s uniquely robust demand for vertical transportation has allowed this family-owned and operated manufacturing business to grow in place during its more than eighty-year history.
 
$15 OHNY Members 
$25 General Admission 
To purchase tickets, click here. SOLD OUT
 
 
OHNY East River Boat Tour, photo by Nicolas Lemery Nantel / salokin.com
 
East River Boat Tour with WXY and SHoP
Saturday, August 2, 2014
12:30 - 2:30 pm
 
Over the past two decades, the ecological restoration of New York's East River has helped open its waterfront to significant new development. Several major projects, proposed or now in construction, will further transform the East River into a bustling center of residential and commercial activity. Join Open House New York for its annual summer boat tour up the East River for a discussion about architecture and urban design along this revitalized waterway. 
 
Speakers include Claire Weisz, Principal of WXY Architecture + Urban Design; Angelica Trevino Baccon, Senior Design Associate, SHoP Architects; and Captain Pamela Hepburn, Founder and Director, Tug Pegasus Preservation Project. 
 
Rain or shine. 
 
$30 OHNY Members 
$40 General Admission 
$75 Special Offer: one ticket + membership for one
To purchase tickets, click here.
 
 
Photo by OHNY
 
Making it Here: Red Hook Neighborhood Tour
Friday, August 8, 2014 
3 pm
 
Walk the streets of Red Hook with urban manufacturing experts from the Pratt Center for Community Development and the Southwest Brooklyn Industrial Development Corporation to explore a unique mix of historic spaces and innovative businesses. This tour will focus on land use issues in an industrial neighborhood and the relationships between design and production. 
 
$15 OHNY Members 
$25 General Admission
To purchase tickets, click here.
 
 
Chrysler Building, © Wolfgang Hoyt/Esto
 
New York Art Deco Scavenger Hunt
Saturday, August 9, 2014
10:00 am - 5:00 pm
 
Join Open House New York and the Art Deco Society of New York for the first-ever citywide New York Art Deco Scavenger Hunt. Spend the day exploring the city and taking photographs of some of the most stunning Art Deco buildings that New York - the capital of the Art Deco movement - has to offer.
 
Hunt alone or as a team to decipher dozens of clues that will lead you on a Deco-themed adventure across the city. The hunt begins at Open House New York at 10:00 AM and concludes at 5:00 PM. Decipher more than 60 clues and post photos of you and your team in front of the Deco landmarks on Instagram. At the end of the day, points will be tallied, winners announced, and prizes awarded. 
 
Registration
$30 per person, includes a complimentary New York Art Deco Scavenger Hunt t-shirt.
Early registration is strongly encouraged.
For more information and to register, click here.
 
 
Port Morris, photo by Flickr user Dan DeLuca
 
Making it Here: Port Morris Neighborhood Tour
Friday, August 15, 2014 
12 pm
 
In response to increasing real estate speculation in industrial districts amidst the re-zonings of the mid-2000s, the Bloomberg Administration created sixteen Industrial Business Zones (IBZs) in the four outer boroughs that are preserved for industrial uses. Join Stephane Hyacinthe of SoBRO, the organization that manages all five Bronx IBZs, for a tour of several factories in the historic Port Morris area to learn more about how space for manufacturers is being safeguarded in the South Bronx.
 
$15 OHNY Members 
$25 General Admission 
Reservations begin August 1 at 10 am here
 
 
Martin Greenfield Clothiers, photo by Flickr user Tod Greenfield
 
Making it Here: Martin Greenfield Clothiers
Monday, August 18, 2014 
10 am
 
Martin Greenfield, a Brooklyn manufacturer of hand tailored men's clothing, founded Martin Greenfield Clothiers in 1977 when he bought the factory from his former employer, GGG Clothes, which had occupied the site since 1917. Tour the factory floor with Vice President Tod Greenfield to learn about how this family-owned and operated business has survived in New York by focusing on high-quality production, and how the company has worked with other local manufacturers to help protect industrial space in the neighborhood over the past several decades, despite mounting redevelopment pressures.
 
$15 OHNY Members 
$25 General Admission 
Reservations begin August 4 at 10 am here.
 
 
Green-Wood Cemetery, photo by Bohb Jasingh
 
OHNY Summer Reception: Green-Wood Cemetery
Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Please note: Due to inclement weather, this event has been postponed to August 13, 2014. If you had an existing reservation, it will be transferred to the new date.
 

Reception, 6-8:30 pm
Tours, 6:00, 6:15, and 6:30
 
Join Open House New York for its annual Summer Reception, a special event for OHNY members, at the rarely opened catacombs in Green-Wood Cemetery. Tour the verdant grounds to learn about the rich history of the site, its remarkable architecture, and the fascinating figures in New York culture who are buried there. Afterwards, enjoy light refreshments while exploring the candlelit catacombs. 
 
The event is open to OHNY members only. Admission is free but reservations are required. Members may make reservations for themselves by clicking here
 
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Recent Programs

 

Photo by OHNY
 
Making it Here: Edison Price Factory Tour
Wednesday, July 16, 2014
2:00 pm
 
Edison Price Lighting has designed and manufactured innovative, energy-efficient architectural lighting fixtures since 1952. Join Vertical Urban Factory curator and project director Nina Rappaport for a tour of the Edison Price factory to learn about how the company adapted its business model over time, working directly with architects and designers and specializing in highly customized lighting fixtures. This tour is part of Making it Here. Click here to learn more about the series.
 
 
221 McKibben Street, courtesy of GMDC
 
Making it Here: Greenpoint Manufacturing & Design Center
Friday, June 20, 2014
12:00 pm
 
When a factory in East Williamsburg closed in 2007—taking a hundred local manufacturing jobs with it—the Greenpoint Manufacturing & Design Center, a mission-driven non-profit industrial developer, purchased the historic building and brought it back to life as a hive of industrial activity. Join GMDC staff for a tour of a selection of the dozen businesses that have located at the McKibbin Street facility, home once again to nearly a hundred industrial jobs. This tour is part of Making it Here. Click here to learn more about the series.
 
 

Brooklyn Navy Yard, courtesy of Brooklyn Navy Yard

 
Making it Here: Brooklyn Navy Yard
Friday, June 6, 2014
10:00 am to 12:00 pm
 

Spend the morning exploring the sprawling Brooklyn Navy Yard campus, considered a model 21st-century industrial park. The program will include stops at cutting edge manufacturing spaces, including the BetaLab and Situ Studio's production facility, as well as the new Making it in NYC exhibition at BLDG 92. This tour is part of Making it Here.  Click here to learn more about the series.

 

Gowanus Canal by Andrew Nicholas, courtesy of Gowanus Canal Conservancy
 
OHNY Gowanus Boat Tour
Sunday, June 1, 2014
12:00 and 2:00 pm
 
What happens when one of New York City's most polluted waterways starts to transition from industrial zone to mixed use neighborhood? Join David Briggs of Gowanus by Design and Hans Hesselein of the Gowanus Canal Conservancy for an OHNY boat tour up the Gowanus Canal - "Brooklyn's coolest SuperFund Site" - to learn how the challenges created by dirty industry in the 20th century are being addressed through 21st century urban design strategies. 
 
 
Brooklyn Navy Yard by Nicolas Lemery Nantel / salokin.com
 
Making it Here: Brooklyn Army Terminal 
Tuesday, May 20, 2014
3:00 pm
 
Join representatives from New York City Economic Development Corporation’s Industrial Desk to see how Cass Gilbert’s massive BAT complex, with its iconic atrium, has been incrementally re-imagined as a mixed-use hub for manufacturing, commerce, and cultural activity over the past three decades. This tour is part of Making it Here.  Click here to learn more about the series.
 
 
Standard Motos Building courtesy of Nina Rapapport
 
Making it Here: Standard Motors Building
Friday, May 16, 2014
3:00 pm
 
Tour a variety of niche manufacturing spaces, along with Brooklyn Grange’s expansive rooftop farm, with Vertical Urban Factory curator and project director Nina Rappaport, and learn about how and why private developer Acumen Capital Partners LLC is investing in the revitalization of New York’s industrial infrastructure. This tour is part of Making it Here.  Click here to learn more about the series.
 
Missed the tour? Check out our event recap on our Blog
 
 
Temple Emanu-El by Hildreth Meière Dunn
 
Hidden in Plain Sight
The Art Deco Murals of Hildreth Meière
Sunday, May 18, 2014
Self guided tours 2-5 pm 
 
Open House New York invites you to rediscover the work of Hildreth Meière (1892-1961), one of the most acclaimed American decorative artists of the 20th century, during a Sundayafternoon open house of the artist’s most spectacular mosaic murals, wall sculptures, stained glass windows, and other unique works. 
 
Often hidden in plain sight, Meière’s monumental works - completed over the course of a forty-year career - can be found throughout the city and around the country. Largely forgotten today, Meière was once considered the most famous muralist of the Art Deco period, and the most prolific in the country at a time when few female artists achieved such renown. 
 
This event is organized as a self-guided walking tour. Each ticket holder will be given a map of featured sites at the start of the event, which they may visit in any order. Guest speakers will be at select sites to discuss the artist’s work and answer questions. 
 
Organized by Open House New York and the International Hildreth Meière Association, this event coincides with the publication of The Art Deco Murals of Hildreth Meière (Andrea Monfried Editions).
 
Featured Sites
32 Avenue of the Americas*
Radio City Music Hall
St. Bartholomew’s Church**
St. Patrick’s Cathedral
St. Thomas Church Fifth Avenue*
Temple Emanu-El*
 
*Guest speakers onsite
**Authors of The Art Deco Murals of Hildreth Meière will be onsite
 
This event is made possible with the generous support of  
 
Missed the program? Check out photos from the event on our Facebook page.
 
 
Edible Schoolyard at P.S. 216 courtesy of WORKac
 
OHNY Preview: Edible Schoolyard at P.S. 216
Saturday, April 25, 2014
1 pm
 
Sam Dufaux from WORKac and Kathryn Heaberg from Edible Schoolyard NYC will lead a members-only tour of New York City’s first Edible Schoolyard at P.S. 216, the Arturo Toscanini School in Gravesend, Brooklyn. Join us for a chance to explore the half-acre organic garden, kitchen classroom, and greenhouse, and learn about Edible Schoolyard NYC, which partners with public schools to build organic gardens and kitchen classrooms for children to engage in hands-on learning in disadvantaged areas throughout New York City. Edible Schoolyard NYC is a founding affiliate of the innovative Edible Schoolyard Project created by chef Alice Waters in 1995. 
 
 
Historic Front Street courtesy of COOKFOX Architects
 
Seaport Series: Historic Front Street
Tuesday, April 29, 2014
5 pm
 
Rick Cook, principal of COOKFOX Architects, leads a tour of Historic Front Street, a dynamic mixed-use complex of shops and apartments that thoughtfully fuses contemporary design with a block of formerly neglected historic brick warehouses from the Seaport's heyday. Get inside one of the apartments, tour the interior courtyards, and learn about how the neighborhood's rich history is informing the architecture of its revitalization today, and how Historic Front Street's post-Sandy retrofit could provide a model for post-disaster recovery in historic areas in the future.
 
Missed the tour? Check out photos from the event on our Facebook page.
 
 
Sims Sunset Park Material Recovering Facility by Nikolas Koening
 
OHNY Preview: Sims Sunset Park Material Recovery Facility
Saturday, April 26, 2014
1 pm
 
Tom Outerbridge, General Manager of Sims Municipal Recycling, and Annabelle Selldorf, Principal of Selldorf Architects, will lead a members-only preview of the Sunset Park Material Recovery Facility. Located on an 11-acre pier on Sunset Park’s waterfront, and built of 98% recycled steel, the facility will serve as the principal processing center for all of New York City’s curbside metal, glass, and plastic recyclables. The 140,000 sf complex includes the Tipping Building, where recyclables will arrive by barge, and an education center, where will students learn about recycling.
 
Missed the tour? Check out photos from the event on our Facebook page.
 
 
Pier 4 Beach rendering by Michael Van Valkenburg Associates
 
OHNY Preview: Brooklyn Bridge Park Piers 2 and 4
Tuesday, April 22, 2014
4:30 and 6:30 pm
 
Regina Myer, President of the Brooklyn Bridge Park Corporation; Patricia Kirshner, VP of Capital Planning and Construction; and Leigh Trucks, Director of Capital Projects, will lead two back-to-back members-only previews of Pier 2 and Pier 4 Beach, the latest phase of Brooklyn Bridge Park. Once completed, Pier 2 will offer five-acres of recreational space, while Pier 4 Beach will include an accessible beach for launching kayaks and small water craft. The tour will highlight the park's consistent commitment to waterfront access, sustainability and continuity of the industrial heritage of the site.
 
Missed the tour? Check out photos from the event on our Facebook page.
 
 
openstudios Flatiron District
Saturday, April 12, 2014
Studio tours, 1-5 pm 
Reception 5-7 pm 
 
Open House New York invites you inside the studios and offices of some of the city’s leading architects, designers, and engineers during openstudios Flatiron District, a Saturday afternoon open house celebrating the neighborhood as a thriving center of architecture and design. Visit the spaces where architects work, see new projects in the design phase, and meet the individuals who are helping to shape the city's future.
 
openstudios Flatiron District is a self-guided walking tour; each ticket holder will be given a map of all participating studios at the start of the event, which they may visit in any order. Architects and engineers will be on hand at each studio to answer questions and discuss the firm's work. A reception will follow the studio tours.
 
Participating studios
Reception generously sponsored by    
 
 
Wooden waterpipe courtesy of Chrysallis Archaeological Consultants
 
Seaport Series: Archaeology in the Seaport
Monday, March 31, 2014
6 pm
 
Alyssa Loorya, president and principal investigator of Chrysalis Archaeological Consultants, leads a tour of the South Street Seaport highlighting archaeological discoveries unearthed from beneath this storied commercial district's streets during its redevelopment and revitalization. The tour will end with a rare, hands-on survey of recent archaeological finds.
 
Open House New York's Seaport Series explores the past, present, and future of the South Street Seaport as it transforms itself into one of the most architecturally and culturally vibrant neighborhoods in the city.
 
Missed the tour? Check out photos from the event on our Facebook page.
 
 
East River Esplanade rendering courtesy of WXY Architecture + Urban Design
 
Seaport Series: Repairing the Rift
Saturday, March 15, 2014
11am
 
When the elevated highway now known as the FDR cut through the South Street Seaport in 1954, it had a profound impact on the feel and flow of the area. OHNY invites you to join WXY Architecture + Urban Design's Adam Lubinsky and artist and designer Yeju Choi on a walking tour that will explore the proposed site of the Brooklyn Bridge Beach, part of the East River Blueway Plan, and the pop-up participatory installation Catch — & — Release, part of the Design/Relief initiative by AIGA New York, to understand how social and infrastructural strategies for addressing the void created by the FDR can work hand-in-hand to reconnect the neighborhood with its waterfront.
 
Open House New York's Seaport Series explores the past, present, and future of the South Street Seaport as it transforms itself into one of the most architecturally and culturally vibrant neighborhoods in the city.
 
Missed the tour? Check out photos from the event on our Facebook page.
 
 
University Center by Martin Seck, 2014
 
OHNY Previews: New School University Center
Saturday, March 1, 2014
10am
 
Get an exclusive OHNY members-only preview of the New School's new University Center, a 16-story campus hub, with Colin Koop, AIA of Skidmore, Owings & Merrill, and Lia Gartner, AIA LEED AP, the New School's Vice President for Design, Construction and Facilities Management. Tour state-of-the-art classrooms, the two-story library and study space, the 800-seat Tishman Auditorium, and the Center's many open collaborative spaces. In addition, explore the University's Center's signature "communicating stair" system, and the innovative sustainability features of this projected LEED Gold building, including a green roof, and strategic lighting and climate systems.
 
Missed the tour? Check out photos from the event on our Facebook page.
 
 
Chaim Gross Studio by Nicolas Lemery Nantel / salokin.com
 
Renee and Chaim Gross Foundation
Thursday, February 27, 2014
6 pm
 
Tour the house-museum of American sculptor Chaim Gross (1904-91) with the Gross Foundation's executive director Dr. Susan Fisher. One of the 2013 OHNY Weekend's most popular sites, the Gross Foundation is a hidden treasure located in a four-story 1830s Greenwich Village townhouse, home to the artist's sculpture studio, art gallery, and living quarters. The tour will visit all four floors of this unique building, portions of which are not open to the public, while also highlighting Gross' extensive art collection of over 7,000 objects, almost 2,000 of which are on view. 
 
 
City College of New York by Paul Lowry /Flickr
 
Campus Tour: George B. Post at City College of New York
OHNY members only
Thursday, February 20, 2014
4 pm
 
Take a special tour of George B. Post's neo-Gothic masterpiece with George Ranalli, Dean of the Bernard and Anne Spitzer School of Architecture. The tour - which explores the campus buildings' elaborate exterior ornamentation as well as interior spaces like Shepard Hall's Great Hall - marks the opening of "Building the Modern Gothic: George Post at City College," a new exhibition featuring 45 full-scale digital reproductions of Post's original drawings for the campus buildings. The tour of the campus will end at the exhibition with remarks by Dean Ranalli, the exhibition's curator.
 
Missed the tour? The exhibition is open to the public through May 9th at the Spitzer School of Architecture. To learn more, click here.
Also, check out photos from the event on our Facebook page.
 
 
Brooklyn Public Library Main Branch Entrance Detail courtesy of Brooklyn Public Library
 
OHNY Icons: Brooklyn Public Library
OHNY members only
Wednesday, February 12, 2014
6pm
 
Join Open House New York for a tour of the Brooklyn Public Library's Central Library with Chief Librarian Richard Reyes-Gavilan. Opened in 1941, the Art Moderne building occupies one of Brooklyn’s most prominent sites, its concave entrance façade, with stunning reliefs, reflecting the ellipse of Grand Army Plaza. The tour will begin with the majestic public spaces before visiting the underground stacks; the Hunt Collection of Children’s Literature, with rare materials dating back to the 1740s; and The Brooklyn Daily Eagle Morgue, which houses clippings of this historic local newspaper from 1903 to 1955.
 
OHNY Icons is a new members-only series that provides behind-the-scenes access to some of the city’s most treasured buildings.
 
Missed the tour? Check out photos from the event on our Facebook page, our live tweets, and Instagram photos