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Field Trip Friday: 5 Beekman Street

The staff at OHNY got a lucky treat yesterday afternoon. They were given special access to 5 Beekman Street near City Hall. Rushed through the space, they only had about 10 minutes to explore the space inside. But, what they found was amazing!

Abandoned for years, this building was built originally to house law offices.

The view when you first step in is of a wide open public space leading to the elevators. A huge amount of natural light fills the space and when you walk in further and look up you see why.

The building has a 9-story atrium with delicate iron work along each of the floor balconies.

Through the glass ceiling, you get great view of of the surrounding buildings.

Here is a gorgeous view of the Woolworth Building and on the other side, you can get a peak of Frank Gehry’s new residential tower.

It is impressive how well the atrium and building details have be preserved over the years since parts of it were shuttered back in the 1940s.

From the eighth floor down, you find more ornate details with iron work and ceiling panels that line the walkways around the atrium balconies.

The tile in the building is all original and in some parts it so well preserved that it has been covered in order to protect it for later use.

OHNY originally learned about this building from the blog Scouting New York. You can see the original blog post from November 2010 here.

OHNY is proud to have 5 Beekman Street as part of this year’s  OHNY Weekend that takes place this October 15 & 16. It will be a reservation only site and a lucky group of people will also be given access to this amazing abandoned treasure. Stay tuned for more details. Hopefully, this tour will last a little longer than 10 minutes!

5 Beekman Street


2011 OHNY Weeekend

illustration by Ingo Fast

Saturday and Sunday, October 15 & 16, 2011
OHNY once again unlocks the city, offering rare access to hundreds sites, tours, talks and special performances that exemplify the city’s diverse and culturally rich built environment. This is the one weekend each year when thousands of New Yorkers and tourists alike are given entrée into places and spaces, many of which are not normally open to the public.
The 9th Annual OHNY Weekend Event Guide can be found in the October 5th issue of Time Out New York

Also beginning October 5th, the event guides will available at the following locations:

The Bronx

The Bronx Museum of the Arts

1040 Grand Concourse at 165th St

Thurs-Sun 11am-6pm

Fri 11am-8pm



Brooklyn Historical Society

128 Pierrepont St/ Clinton St

Wed-Fri 12-5pm

Sat 10am-5pm

Sun 12-5pm


Mark Morris Dance Group           

3 Lafayette Ave/ Ashland Pl

Mon-Fri 9am-8pm

Sat 9am-5pm




115 W 27th St, Lobby/ 6th Ave

Mon-Fri 10am-5pm


Center for Architecture

536 LaGuardia Pl/ W 3rd St

Mon-Fri 9am-8pm

Sat 11am-5pm


Council Member Gale A. Brewer’s Office

563 Columbus Ave/ 87th St

Mon-Fri 10am-6pm


Hudson Square ConnectionA Business Improvement District

180 Varick St/ Charlton St

Mon-Fri 10am-4pm


Van Alen Books

30 W 22nd St, Ground Fl/ 6th Ave

Tues-Sat 11am-7pm

Thurs 11am-9pm


Official NYC Information Center–Midtown

810 Seventh Ave/ 52nd St

Mon-Fri 8:30am-6pm

Sat-Sun 9am-5pm

holidays 9am-3pm


Official NYC Information Center–Times Square Alliance

Seventh Ave/ 46th St

Daily 9am-7pm daily


Official NYC Information Center–Harlem

The Studio Museum in Harlem

144 W125th St/ Adam Clayton Powell Jr. Blvd

Mon–Fri 12-6pm

Sat-Sun 10am-6pm

closed holidays


Official NYC Information Kiosk–City Hall

Southern tip of City Hall Park on the Broadway sidewalk at Park Row

Mon-Fri 9am-6pm

Sat-Sun 10am–5pm

holidays 9am-3pm


Official NYC Information Kiosk–Chinatown

At the triangle where Canal, Walker and Baxter Sts meet

Daily 10am-6pm daily

holidays 10am-3pm




44-19 Purves St/ Jackson Ave

Thurs-Mon 11am-6pm


Staten Island

St. George Theatre

35 Hyatt St/ Central Ave

Mon-Fri 9:30am-2pm

We are hard at work building a new website for the 9th Annual OHNY Weekend. The new website will feature an improved navigation system and advanced and simple search capabilities, making it ever so easy for visitors to plan their Weekend adventures!
We are in home stretch and should be up and running soon.

Thank you for your patience an support during this exciting time!

Meet Megan Elevado, our Volunteer Coordinator

Megan pumpkin picking and looking forward to the Fall!

We would like to introduce Megan Elevado, our Volunteer Coordinator for the 2011 OHNY Weekend.

Megan is a native New Yorker, born and raised in Brooklyn. After graduating from NYU, she worked as an event planner and fundraiser for non-profit cultural institutions in New York including the American Museum of Natural History and New York City Opera.  Megan is now in her second year of coursework at Parsons, pursuing a Masters in the History of Decorative Art and Design.

A Few Fun Facts About Megan:

– loves period films based in the 18th and 19th centuries

– favorite pizza is from L&B Spumoni Gardens in Brooklyn

– collects all things with elephants (pillows with elephant prints, elephant statues… if it’s elephant themed, Megan probably has it!)

– prefers British tabloid magazines to American ones

– is from the same part of Brooklyn as Larry David

You can contact Megan at for more information on volunteering for the 9th Annual OHNY Weekend, October 15 & 16.

The 2011 OHNY Weekend volunteer registration is now live! Sign up now!

MTA’s Planned Service Changes during OHNY Weekend

For Saturday, October 9

For Sunday, October 10


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 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:



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.)