Archive for September, 2010


Sites and Tours that are fully booked:




AIA Guide to NYC Walking Tour

Angels and Accordions free performance

Atlantic Ave Tunnel

Brooklyn Museum Saturday tour

Brooklyn Navy Yard Tour

Central Park Walking Tour

Coney Island’s Talking Boardwalk

Control Group Offices/Woolworth Building

Diane Von Furstenberg Studio

Feasting on Flushing

Franklin D. Roosevelt Four Freedoms Park Hard Hat Tour

Governors Island

Gowanus Canal Canoe Tour

Grand Central

Jamaica Center Walking Tour

Japan Society

Kushner Residence

Lower Manhattan Waterfront Tour

Lucky Walk

Madison Square Park Walking Tour

Merchant’s House Museum

Midtown’s Modern Marvels

Moynihan Station

Murray’s Cheese

New Amsterdam Market

New Museum

New York University and Greenwich Village

Night Lighting Tour of The Bank of America Tower at One Bryant Park

Red Hook Walking Tour

The Highline

Sacred Havens of the East Village

The Standard New York

Tom Otterness Sunday tours

Upper West Side Stories

Victorian Flatbush Tour

The Visionaire
Walk the Wallabout: Proposed Landmark District

Check here for more updates!


OHNY Weekend Raffles

OHNY Weekend Raffles

Enter any of the OHNY Weekend Raffles with a donation of $20 or more! Raffle prizes include:

Purchase raffle tickets here. Raffles remain open until Monday, October 18. All winners will be announced on Friday, October 22.

(Image courtesy of Scott Costanzo, OLRdigital.)

OHNY Weekend on WFUV’s Cityscape

Tune in to the broadcast at 7:30 a.m. on Saturday, October 2 on WFUV 90.7 FM to hear more about OHNY Weekend!

If you miss the show Saturday morning, you can also find it as a WFUV podcast and through the website.

To listen to the podcast, please click on “Open House New York” after October 2.

Become a fan of Cityscape through Facebook or Twitter to keep updated on the latest shows:



Field Trip Friday: The Setai Fifth Avenue

Last Tuesday, Renee joined Bizzi & Partners Development and Gwathmey Siegel & Associates Architects for a preview tour of their new building, The Setai Fifth Avenue, at 400 Fifth Avenue and East 36th Street.

400 Fifth Avenue

Designed by Gwathmey Siegel & Associates Architects, the building’s 60 floors are home to 570,000 square feet of guestrooms and apartments, as well as a lobby, restaurant, bar, spa and health club. Located in midtown Manhattan, it will feature 157 guest rooms that will be among the largest in the city (the majority at 700 square feet or larger), plus 54 apartment suites and three penthouse apartments.

Checking out the space

Based on the success of The Setai in South Beach,  Miami, developer Bizzi & Partners wanted to open a sister hotel in New York. According to the architect, the building’s “expressed podium establishes a sympathetic response to its immediate context of three designated landmark structures, including the nearby Empire State Building, in terms of scale, rhythm and materiality.”

Faceted windows

The project’s window system was also pointed out as being a unique design feature. The windows are faceted or angulated and the outside corners at the condominium levels are all glass, which gives the residents views of Midtown Manhattan, as well as both the Hudson and East Rivers.

The hotel is slated to open November 1.

The Setai Fifth Avenue
400 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY

OHNY Weekend Launch Party

In celebration of the 8th Annual OHNY Weekend

openhousenewyork cordially invites you to the

OHNY Weekend Launch Party

Friday, October 8, 2010

7 – 9 pm

Join us and help kick off OHNY Weekend at the penthouse of The Centurion, located in Midtown and designed by Pei Partnership Architects with I.M. Pei, with drinks and light refreshments.

Purchase your tickets today and receive the latest edition of the AIA Guide to New York. Supplies are limited, so purchase your tickets now!

$50 in advance, $60 at the door

The Centurion is at 33 West 56th Street

hors d’oeuvres by: The Meatball Shop
cheese by: Sorrento Cheese
liquor by: Medea
and Tequila Avion
dessert by: Hot Blondies Bakery

(Images courtesy of Scott Costanzo, OLRdigital.)

Field Trip Friday: Liberty State Park

A few weekends ago, Hae-In took a trip to Liberty State Park in Jersey City, just across the river. Less than 2,000 feet from the Statue of Liberty, most of the park’s area is on landfill created by the Central Railroad of New Jersey (CRRNJ) and the Lehigh Valley Railroad, whose lines once terminated there– both are now defunct.

It was originally part of the territory of the Hackensack Indians, who called the area Communipaw (in the Algonquian language Lenape, it means ‘big landing place at the side of a river’), and during the 17th century it became part of the colonial province of New Netherland and eventual ferry port for Bergen and Hudson County.

CRRNJ Terminal, historic transportation building

Liberty Walkway stretches from the CRRNJ along the waterfront and south to the Statue of Liberty overlook. Part of the longer Hudson River Waterfront Walkway, the southeastern corner of the park also has picnic facilities, a playground, the U.S. Flag Plaza and Liberation Monument, the Public Administration Building, and a memorial to the Black Tom explosions. Freedom Way goes through the center and separates the area closed to the public from the public bike paths, walkways, and fields.

Waterfront with a ferry to Ellis Island and the Statue of Liberty

Towards the end of the 19th century, the area became major shipping, manufacturing, and transportation hub within New York Harbor. The Communipaw Terminal was constructed in 1864 and it was through this ferry and train station that many immigrants arriving at Ellis Island dispersed throughout the US. It is estimated that around 10.5 million people entered the country through the station.

Inside Communipaw Terminal

In 1916, the Black Tom explosion killed several people, causing $20 million in property damage to what is now the southeastern corner of the park. Construction of the North River Tunnels, Interstate Highway System and the decline of industry and railways eventually made the area obsolete. Although there was still some manufacturing and recreational use of the area, it became mostly abandoned after the mid-twentieth century.

Train inside

In the 1950’s, influential environmentalists and historians Audrey Zapp, Theodore Conrad, Morris Pesin and J. Owen Grundy began pushing for the development Liberty State Park. The decaying buildings, overgrown tracks and debris were eventually transformed into the urban state park and was officially opened on Flag Day, June 14, 1976.


Liberty State Park spans 1,212 acres in the middle of Jersey City and offers beautiful views of the Manhattan skyline, Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island as well as recreational areas and Communipaw Cove, part of the 36-acre state nature preserve in the park and one of the few remaining tidal salt marshes along the Husdon River estuary. The Interpretive Center, designed by architect Michael Graves, is part of this preserve and the Liberty Science Center, an interactive science museum and learning center, is also located in the northwest part of the park.

Liberty State Park
Morris Pesin Drive, Jersey City, NJ
Get subway directions via HopStop

Focus on Architecture Competition 2010

2005 Focus winner in Interiors: The Octogon, Stephanie Goralnick

Grab your camera and focus on your favorite sites during the OHNY Weekend!

Post digital images of your OHNY Weekend adventure on OHNY’s flickr page and submit your best to be judged by award-winning professional photographers in four competitive categories: interiors, exteriors, details, people.

Some sites have restrictions on interior photography, so please ask first.

Parents or legal guardians must fill out and sign a waiver form for entrants under the age of 18 in order to be eligible and mail to openhousenewyork, 115 West 27th Street, 9th Floor, New York, NY 10001 or fax to 212.620.5299.

Download the rules and waiver form here.

Submission Details:

  • Photographs should be uploaded to OHNY’s flickr group between Saturday, October 9th and, Friday, October 22nd. Please note you will need to join flickr, then join the group above to load photos.
  • Please limit your submissions to two photos per category.
  • Submit your image/s with titles in this format: SITENAME-CATEGORY-creditYOURNAME
  • Example: USCustomHouse-Interiors-creditReneeSchacht
  • Parents or legal guardians must fill out and sign a waiver form for entrants under the age of 18 in order to be eligible and mail to openhousenewyork, 115 West 27th Street, 9th Floor, New York, NY 10001 or fax to 212.620.5299. Download the waiver form here.
  • Adult entrants must copy the following onto the email and ‘sign’ by adding their full name below: “I have read the competition rules posted on as of October 9, 2010 and accept and agree to abide by them and the decisions of openhousenewyork inc. which shall be final and binding in all respects.”

Your image/s will be removed if a waiver is not received by October 22nd.

The minimum dimensions of each image must be at a 180 pixels wide in JPEG format only.



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