This year’s Open House New York is coming up the weekend of October 11th and 12th–and we’re not the only ones getting excited for this year’s events at some of our favorite New York City locations. Every year, the country’s largest architecture and design event puts on an impressive number of great events to educate the public about architecture and design culture in NYC. Our favorite OHNY events are the tours of locations that are usually closed to the public and although not all have been announced quite yet, we’ve highlighted 16 locations so far that you should check out:
We know that some of our favorite locations are being reopened for OHNY tours this year. These include:
1. TWA Flight Center at JFK Airport
2. The Brooklyn Army Terminal
The Brooklyn Army Terminal, where Cass Gilbert’s iconic balconies and atrium can be seen during tours by Turnstile Tours of the country’s largest military supply base through World War II. Get tickets to our specially curated tour of the BAT here.
3. The Brooklyn Navy Yard
The Brooklyn Navy Yard, the urban industrial park that has served as a model for the 21st Century.
4. The Four Seasons Restaurant
5. The Neustadt Collection of Tiffany Glass
The Neustadt Collection of Tiffany Glass, with exclusive tours of Dr. Neustadt’s private collection of Tiffany lamps and windows.
6. The Woolworth Building
The Woolworth Building, with a tour of the wonderful lobby open with advance reservations. Get a confirmed tour by joining our exclusive Untapped Cities tours of the Woolworth Building this fall.
In addition to our favorites, OHNY has released a few locations and tours new this year:
7. The Eberhard Faber Pencil Factory
The Eberhard Faber pencil factory, where architect Ole Sondresen will give an informational tour of the design and construction process of the landmarked Greenpoint factory.
8. The Weeksville Heritage Center
9. The East River Esplanade
10. Newtown Creek
11. Sugar Hill, Harlem
12. PS 109, Harlem
PS 109, where an abandoned Harlem public school has been converted into El Barrio’s Artspace.
13. United NationsR
United Nations Campus, where renovations are currently underway.
14. Great Hall at the New York Hall of Science
15. Solar Roofpod at Spitzer School of Architecture
The Solar Roofpod at Spitzer School of Architecture, where students have created a sustainable multi-purpose facility for the 2011 Solar Decathlon.
16. Empire Stores, DUMBO
Photo by Laura Itzkowitz for Untapped Cities
17. Barbarian Group Office
Barbarian Group office, where Barbarian Group now has 4,400 square feet of “superdesk” in quite the unique workspace.
18. NYC Micro-dwelling
NYC’s favorite micro-dwelling, where a tour will take you inside an impressive 425-square foot space.
19. Williamsburgh Savings Bank
Williamsburgh Savings bank, a tour of the beautifully remodeled bank space to become Weylin B. Seymour’s event space.
20. Battery Weed
Battery Weed, an incredibly preserved structure at Fort Wadsworth on Staten Island, from which the New York Harbor can be seen.
21. Sims Material Recovery Facility in Sunset Park
Sims Sunset Park Material Recovery Facility by Selldorf Architects is a new waterfront park where recycling of metal, glass, and plastic can be seen by the public.
22. Factories of the 5 Boroughs
Factory Friday, an event on October 10th touring 8 factories including the Organic Food Incubator (Long Island City), the Ferra Designs metal fabricators (Brooklyn Navy Yard), and M & S Schmalberg silk flower makers (Garment District).
OHNY is also giving night tours for the first time, showing how different ways of lighting cityscapes changes our experience. These tours will include the 9/11 Memorial and the High Line which are typically closed at night. The complete list of locations and tours for OHNY Weekend 2014 that will be available on September 30th!