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2011 OHNY Weekend Launch Party

In celebration of the 9th Annual OHNY Weekend openhousenewyork cordially invites you to the

2011 OHNY Weekend Launch Party

Friday, October 14, 2011

7 – 9pm

HOK Office – 1065 Avenue of the Americas, 6h Floor

Join us for a cocktail reception to kick off OHNY Weekend at HOK’s New York Office, a LEED® platinum design studio overlooking Bryant Park, with drinks and light refreshments.

Tickets are $50 in advance, $60 at the door.

Purchase tickets here.

About HOK New York Office:

Located at 1065 Avenue of the Americas, HOK New York Office represents the firm’s growing influence and commitment to the built environment in the New York metropolitan area. HOK relocated to Bryant Park and its new state-of-the-art LEED certified office space on the 6th floor. The project speaks of HOK New York philosophy on design and exemplifies both OHNY’s and HOK’s commitment to innovation, collaboration and design excellence.

Tickets to this event are non-refundable. Should you not be able to attend, the full price of unused tickets may be treated as a donation at openhousenewyork and is tax deductible to the extent allowed by law.


OHNY Sunset Boat Tour

Aerial photo © 2011 Jonathan Atkin

Monday, September 19, 2011
5:15 – 7:30pm

A Waterside View of the  Queen Elizabeth

Then Escort the Luxury Liner AIDAluna out of the Harbor and more

The Zephyr will depart from Pier 16 in the South Street Seaport at 5:15pm and will first take us to see a waterside view of the Queen Elizabeth. Bill Miller, renowned ocean liner expert, will talk about life on board the transatlantic ship and discuss the piers, docks, cargo and history of the ocean liners of the past.Then we will accompany the AIDAluna as she leaves the port and heads out to sea. Maritime photographer and licensed captain Jonathan Atkin will join us as we hear a special harbor salute horn blast for OHNY. Representatives from Sandy Hook Pilots will explain what takes place on the AIDAluna bridge as she maneuvers through the harbor into open waters.

The tour will then head to the Battery, past Governor’s Island and into the Erie Basin. We will learn from historian Betsy Haggerty, former editor of Offshore Magazine, about the history of the Basin and the Erie Canal while enjoying beautiful views of the New York City harbor bridges at sunset.

Confirmation emails with meeting location details and directions will be sent shortly after purchase of your ticket. If you have any further questions, please email:

Tickets to this event are non-refundable. Should you not be able to attend, the full price of unused tickets may be treated as a donation to openhousenewyork and is tax deductible to the extent allowed by law.

Purchase tickets here.

New Event – Place setting: Urban farming at its finest

Tuesday, September 13*

6:30 – 9:00 pm

Brooklyn Grange

37-18 Northern Blvd., Long Island City

Join openhousenewyork for cocktails and hors d’oeuvres at the most rural of urban settings, Brooklyn Grange. In anticipation of the 9th Annual OHNY Weekend and to celebrate the end of summer, OHNY has teamed up with the Consulate General of Israel to host a bon voyage summer soirée in true OHNY-style. Israeli chef Einat Admony of Balaboosta will prepare a special tasting menu with vegetables and herbs picked from the farm that day. The evening includes tours of the farm, live music, and spectacular views of the Manhattan skyline while sipping wine and the soirée signature cocktail, a fresh rose sangria with summer peaches, basil and thyme.

Brooklyn Grange is an organic farm is located on the rooftop of a 7-story building in Long Island City, Queens and was founded by Ben Flanner in 2010.  A full acre in size, the farm grows local produce and sells their produce to restaurants and markets throughout the city.

Purchase tickets here.

Please take note of the following:

-attendees are required to walk up two flights of stairs to get to the rooftop farm

-paths on the farm are made of gravel, choose your footwear accordingly

*Rain Date: September 15, 2011

In the event of rain, the event will be postponed to September 15, 2011. Please make sure your calendar is free for both dates before buying a ticket.

Tickets to this event are non-refundable. Should you not be able to attend, the full price of unused tickets may be treated as a donation to openhousenewyork and is tax deductible to the extent allowed by law.

Recap: OHNY Hidden Harbor Tour – Aug 16th, 2011

OHNY Volunteer Council member, Bob Moore, joined our volunteer crew last month for the Hidden Harbor Tour that was organized in partnership with the Working Harbor Committee. He recaps the evening and gives details about the harbor, landscapes and vistas that were seen during the two hour tour.

Despite the fact that the day dawned overcast and rainy, the clouds rolled back as the afternoon wore on an we were more than happy to see the sun begin to shine just in time for the OHNY/Hidden Harbor Boat Tour that took place on August 16th.  OHNY staff and passengers assembled at the Pier 16 dock at the South Street Seaport, all keenly waiting to board the Zephyr, a large three-deck tour boat.  We made it smoothly on board; all of us, that is, with the exception of one passenger who was seen making a mad dash down the pier and crossing the gangway just as it was about to be withdrawn!

passengers aboard the Zephyr

The ship backed out of the pier and proceeded a short distance up the East River and under the Brooklyn Bridge.  Our “hosts” for the evening were Captain Doswell of the Working Harbor Committee and Ed Kelly of the NY Maritime Association.  Both provided us with a continuously fascinating commentary on each site we passed in addition to a number of nautical and maritime facts.

Ed Kelly of the NY Maritime Association

The Zephyr then set course southwards towards Buttermilk Channel, a narrow stretch of water bordered by Governor’s Island to the west and Red Hook to the east.  Apparently Buttermilk Channel received it’s name in the early 19th century, when farmers were able to drive their cattle across when the channel dried out at low tide.

a full ship

We sailed onwards past the Brooklyn Passenger Terminal to the end of the Red Hook peninsula, where a Fairway supermarket and some art studios are now housed in the old brick warehouses.  Zephyr then entered the Erie Basin ,which has been transformed by the advent of IKEA. The once thriving shipyard has now been closed and our captains called our attention to the remnants of the old graving dock.  The basin is occupied by a large fleet of barges which operate short distances up and down the coast carrying oil fuel, cement and other commodities. These are important links on the transport chain.

colorful tugboat

We then proceeded out into the Red Hook Channel, past the Gowanus waterfront and the immense Brooklyn Army Terminal, the site of Elvis Presley’s  (the anniversary of whose death this day was) departure for Germany to carry out his military service. The Terminal is an enormous building which provided a gateway for much military equipment to be transported overseas to the war efforts in Europe.

making our way into the Kill van Kull

Heading westward, Zephyr passed the Statue of Liberty on its starboard side and proceeded towards the entrance of the Kill van Kull, another narrow strip of water which separates Staten Island from New Jersey.  Zephyr then passed under the Bayonne Bridge, a very picturesque bridge redolent of the Sydney Harbor bridge in Australia.  It is listed a s a National Historic Monument.  However, the distinctive bridge, with its parabolic arch and lower road bed, is now unfortunately causing a botttleneck in the port.  The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey has plans to raise the bridge by raising the height of the roadbed by 60 feet,  a very difficult job that  is not due to be completed for several years.  This could have a severe economic impact on the port.

passing under the Bayonne Bridge

After passing under the bridge, Zephyr rounded Bergen Point and swung up to the north-right to enter Newark Bay, home to the huge Port Elizabeth and Port Newark container ports.  We passed the large ‘Arthur Maersk’ container vessel, owned by the largest container shipping company in the world, AP Moller of Denmark.  Much has changed in the shipping industry over the last 30 years or so.  So many of the goods which we take for granted stocked in local stores come from overseas, and Ed Kelly pointed out that were an accident to occur in the Kill van Kull, blocking entry to the port, dramatic consequences would quickly impact the tri-State area.

the "Arthur Maersk" container vessel

As Zephyr turned and headed for home, the sun was setting over New Jersey, casting the Bayonne Bridge into a beautiful silhouette.  Swinging leftwards down the harbor, we passed Robbins Reef light house, in which legendary lighthouse keeper Kate Walker once lived (rowing her children to school everyday in a row boat to Staten Island).  We passed the Statue of Liberty just as the sun was making its final exit.  Once we made our way back to South Street Seaport the reaction from all who disembarked Zephyr was universally positive.

gorgeous sunset at the end of the tour

(Images courtesy of Mitch Waxman)

The Opening of the Visitor Center at Newtown Creek

New York City Department of Environmental Protection presents the opening of the
Visitor Center at Newtown Creek Wastewater Treatment Plant

Saturday, April 24 and Sunday, April 25, 2010
12  – 4 pm
Newtown Creek Wastewater Treatment Plant
329 Greenpoint Avenue, Brooklyn

Directions to the Newtown Creek Visitors Center:
Subway: G train to Greenpoint Avenue Station
Bus: B24
• Take the Long Island Exp. I-495 W toward MIDTOWN TUNNEL (RT-25 W)
• Continue straight on BORDEN AVE
• Make a U-Turn at 31ST PL onto BORDEN AVE
• Turn Right on VAN DAM ST
• Bear Right on GREENPOINT AVE
• Go over JJ Byrne Memorial Bridge and continue on GREENPOINT AVENUE
• Entrance is on the right on GREENPOINT AVE & HUMBOLDT ST.
(Parking is not available on site)