Posts Tagged 'OHNY Weekend'

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:



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.

2nd Annual Volunteer Recruitment Happy Hour

Interested in learning more about the duties and perks of a being an OHNY Weekend Volunteer? Join OHNY and the Volunteer Council for our 2nd Annual Volunteer Recruitment Happy Hour event at SideBAR on Wednesday, August 18th.  Bring family, friends and co-workers out for complimentary drinks starting at 7pm.

At the event, you will be able to speak with OHNY Staff as well as volunteers from the past in order to grasp what the Weekend is all about. Learn about volunteer opportunities for OHNY Weekend and year-round as well as how you can help OHNY raise funds to keep OHNY Weekend free!

Please RSVP by sending an email to Please include your name and how many future volunteers you are bringing!

We hope to see you there!

SideBAR is located at 120 East 15th Street and Irving Place

Sign up to be a Volunteer! Registration Deadline: September 8th, 2010.

Volunteer Registration Starts Today!

Register to volunteer for the upcoming OHNY Weekend, October 9 & 10, 2010. Deadline to register is September 8th!

We welcome all interested in NYC’s built-environment to help volunteer at OHNY’s 200 sites and 150 programs in all five boroughs at the 8th Annual OHNY Weekend, Saturday & Sunday, October 9 & 10, 2010.

OHNY Weekend celebrates New York City’s architecture and design through an annual program of public access to significant buildings and sites in all five boroughs.

OHNY’s mission
* promotes a greater appreciation of New York City’s built-environment;
* broadens public awareness by exposing a diverse audience to distinctive examples of architecture, engineering and design;
* educates and provokes discussion of issues of excellence in design, planning and preservation;
* showcases outstanding new work as well as buildings and structures of historic merit.

What You Need To Know Before Signing Up As an OHNY Volunteer:

Benefits of being an OHNY Weekend Volunteer
* meet New Yorkers and visitors who share your interest in architecture, design, history, and NYC’s unique built-environment
* receive a signature OHNY button that allows front-of-the-line access at non-reservation sites and programs during the Weekend
* celebrate at a wrap party for OHNY volunteers on Sunday evening

Volunteer Responsibilities
* volunteer for at least one four-hour shift on either Saturday and/or Sunday during the OHNY Weekend
* manage OHNY signup sheets, meet and greet visitors, manage lines and help fundraise
* work with Program and Site Sponsors (the owners and managers of the buildings and sites) to ensure that visitors are welcomed and follow any necessary requirements

* mandatory attendance at two-hour training session prior to OHNY Weekend (Tuesday, September 21 at 6-8 pm / Saturday, September 25 at 9-11 am)
* receive your site/program assignment and learn about what is expected of you as an OHNY Volunteer
* hear more about openhousenewyork and why our volunteers make OHNY Weekend a success
* pick up the OHNY t-shirt and button that all volunteers wear during the Weekend

Volunteer Registration Deadline: September 8th, 2010.

For more information contact:

Erika Burling
Volunteer Coordinator

Field Trip Friday: Hidden Harbor Tour

OHNY’s program coordinator, Hae-In, recently took a boat tour run by the Working Harbor Committee. Departing from Pier 16 at South Street Seaport aboard the Zephyr, the tour takes you from the Brooklyn waterfront to Port Elizabeth, New Jersey. On the way the boat passes by Staten Island and the tugboat companies, oil docks, and marine repair facilities in Kill Van Kull, as well as Governor’s Island and the Statue of Liberty.

Red Hook Channel, image courtesy of Bernard Ente

Although Manhattan’s waterfront used to be a major shipping port, container ships now dock in New Jersey, Staten Island and Brooklyn, due to the size and capacity of modern container ships, which now carry much larger loads and need more space to unload.

New York harbor with Statue of Liberty, image courtesy of Bernard Ente

Kill Van Kull is the narrow waterway between Staten Island and Bayonne and is also the industrial center of today’s working harbor. All the container ships headed for Newark Bay pass through this area and it is home to several tugboat companies and repair facilities, including Moran and Reinauer.

Moran tugboats

Port Newark-Elizabeth Marine Terminal, located on the Newark Bay, serves as the principal container ship facility for goods entering and leaving the metropolitan and Northeast area. The two components, Port Newark and the Elizabeth Marine Terminal (or “Port Elizabeth”), work side by side and are capable of handling the new, wider ships. With dozens of cranes and tractor trailers, they run a very efficient and clean cargo transportation system.

Port Elizabeth, image courtesy of Bernard Ente

During this year’s 8th Annual OHNY Weekend, Bernard Ente will be leading a walking tour along the historic Kill Van Kull waterfront on the north shore of Staten Island to explore one of the busiest shipping channels in New York Harbor. Look for it in October!

I'm on a boat!