Archive for September, 2009

OHNY Weekend PSA’s on YouTube

Check out our Public Service Announcements on YouTube!  They are also running on WABC TV and WFUV 90.7 FM.

30 second PSA link on YouTube

10 second PSA link on YouTube

Editor: Edgar Vicioso of Spotco NYC
Music: “Funkyard” by John Bruschini
Voice Over: Mary Conway of Mary Conway Voice Overs
Thanks: Rachel Lederman-Melendez of
Television Sponsor: WABC7, NYC
Radio Sponsor: WFUV 90.7 FM, Bronx


Behind the Scenes at the Woolworth Raffle

Behind the Scenes at the Woolworth Raffle

Enter OHNY’s raffle with a donation of $20 or more. Ten winners will receive two tickets to an exclusive, behind the scenes tour of the Woolworth Building on Saturday, November 14 at 5 pm.

Join resident historian Roy Suskin and Gail Fenske, author of The Skyscraper and the City: The Woolworth Building and the Making of Modern New York for an intimate evening that ends with drinks on the terrace at sunset.

(Image courtesy of Jeffrey Donenfeld.)

OHNY Weekend Launch Party


Kick off the 7th Annual OHNY Weekend with
openhousenewyorkMetro New York and The Visionaire

OHNY Weekend Launch Party
Friday, October 9, 2009
7 – 9 pm

Join us for spectacular views of the New York harbor and lower Manhattan on three exposures from an expansive 3,655 sq ft condominium, highlighting architect Pelli Clark Pelli’s Platinum LEED certified residential design.

Purchase tickets today!
$30 in advance, $40 at the door

The Visionaire is at 70 Little West Street and 2nd Place

Sponsored by: Metro New York, the Visionaire, Streeteasy, Govino and 360 Vodka.

Visual Acoustics Trailer

visualacoustics_200909151506OHNY and The Architect’s Newspaper will be hosting the premiere of Visual Acoustics on Monday, October 5 at Cooper Union’s new academic building at 41 Cooper Square.  You can watch the trailer here. Eric Bricker will introduce his film and there will be drinks after the screening at the new Rose Auditorium space. Purchase tickets today!

Field Trip Friday: Ellis Island’s South Side and Ferry Building

After OHNY Weekend last year, the staff celebrated by taking a tour of Ellis Island‘s South Side.  Led by Dennis Mulligan, of the National Parks Service, we explored the abandoned buildings normally closed to the public and spent some time at the Immigration Museum and new Ferry Building, which reopened in 2007 as an education center for the site.

An entire hospital ward, occupying around half of the island’s total land area, occupies the south side. A variety of structures, including a 750-bed hospital, mortuary, measles wards, and hospital director’s house – 29 buildings in all – once bustled with activity. They were abandoned in 1954 and currently lie in a state of “controlled ruin,” deteriorating more with each passing day.

The site gives a haunting feeling of the past, now eerily bereft of the people who once filled its halls. Here, immigrants were put through legal checks and “six second” health inspections. The ten percent of immigrants who did not pass the health inspections were detained for treatments, further inspection, or, in some cases, quarantine. First- and second-class passengers in need of medical attention, who ordinarily would not have entered the United States through Ellis Island, used the facilities as well.

Future plans for the area range from renovations of the hospital lawn, laundry, and hospital outbuilding, to creating a bed & breakfast near a measles ward, or simply to leave the buildings in a permanent state of decay. The National Parks Service states that their preferred plan would be to create an “Ellis Island Institute with Overnight Accommodations.” Please see the National Park’s Development Concepts for Ellis Island for more information on the redevelopment plan.

The south side of Ellis Island

The south side of Ellis Island

Walking to the hospital

Walking to the hospital

Windows in the south side

Windows in the south side



Housing for patients

Housing for patients



OHNY Benefit – Visual Acoustics Premiere

Join openhousenewyork and The Architect’s Newspaper for an exclusive film premiere of VISUAL ACOUSTICS

a benefit event celebrating the upcoming 7th Annual OHNY Weekend

Monday, October 5, 2009
6:30 – 10 pm

Rose Auditorium, 41 Cooper Square

Introduction by Eric Bricker, Director of Visual Acoustics

Screening followed by a private reception

Purchase tickets here!

Narrated by Dustin Hoffman, VISUAL ACOUSTICS celebrates the life and career of Julius Shulman, the world’s greatest architectural photographer, whose images brought modern architecture to the American mainstream. Shulman, who passed away this year, captured the work of nearly every major modern and progressive architect since the 1930s including Frank Lloyd Wright, Richard Neutra, John Lautner, and Frank Gehry. His images epitomized the singular beauty of Southern California’s modernist movement and brought its iconic structures to the attention of the general public. This unique film is both a testament to the evolution of modern architecture and a joyful portrait of the magnetic, whip-smart gentleman who chronicled it with his unforgettable images.

VISUAL ACOUSTICS will open theatrically at Cinema Village on October 9.

Proceeds from this event benefit openhousenewyork and help keep the doors open for the Annual OHNY Weekend.

Co-sponsored by The Irwin S. Chanin School of Architecture of The Cooper Union.

(From left to right, images courtesy of Mario Morgado, The Cooper Union; J. Paul Getty Trust; Iwan Baan, The Cooper Union.)

Volunteer Registration Still Open!

With over 350 sites and programs throughout the five boroughs, we need a LOT of volunteers for the upcoming OHNY Weekend, October 10 & 11.

In exchange for the generous donation of your time and effort, you receive an official OHNY volunteer button which allows front-of-the-line access at non-reservation sites and programs throughout the OHNY Weekend. Since many of the sites are in high demand, being able to jump the lines is actually a great benefit, especially for those of you who plan on seeing several sites a day!

Bruce McDonald, a Volunteer Council member, says:

“Last year, I was assigned to help park rangers conduct tours of the non-renovated side of Ellis Island, through the abandoned hospitals, doctors’ residences, and other structures that are regularly strictly off limits to island visitors. It was an amazing experience, and there are hundreds of other sites that provide equally awesome volunteer opportunities!”

The deadline for registration has been extended until Monday, September 21, so please register today!  And please encourage friends, family and co-workers to help us out!