True to its brochure, OHNY offers a chance to explore substations, skyscrapers, lighthouses, lookouts, crypts, clubs, monuments, mansions, hotels, landfills, lodges, factories, fireboats, farmhouses, and so much more.. Culled from this year’s offering of 150 sites, which here are our recommendations of the high, the low, and the in-between.
Edgar Allen Poe Cottage: We’ve always wanted to see where he dreamed up bricking
up the Cask of Amontillado.
Old Croton Aqueduct: Walk along the old municipal waterway and then climb a tall
turn of the century tower.
Greenwood Cemetery: This year’s visit includes a site-specific performance tour
featuring live music, dance, and visual installations.
Pratt Institute Power Plant: Meticulously restored array of gears, knobs, and power in
Gowanus Canal Canoe Tour: It’s amazing to think of seeing blue crabs and the black-
crowned night heron in this polluted but charming tidal creek.
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59th Street Marine Transfer Station: The plant loads 500 tons of paper a day onto barges bound for Staten
Island. Tours given by the NYC Department of Sanitation.
Cherner/O’Neill Residence: Two-story carriage house showcases notable art and work by Norman Cherner.
Ellis Island’s South Side: The hospital grounds where over a million immigrants were treated between
1900 and 1954 is open to the public for the first time in over 50 years.
Kushner Home: Architect Adam Kushner renovated the top two floors of a West Village townhouse into
his home, a showcase of inventive salvaging.
New York Times Building and Design Gallery: See how Piano’s first New York building is coming along:
Models and drawings and a talk by architect Serge Drouin.
Museum of Modern Art Conservation Department: A rare back view of Tanguchi’s structure, complete
with a tour by the head conservator.
MTA Substation: It was just a matter of time before the MTA would relent and allow a tour of this non-
working, turn-of-the-century substation on West 53rd Street.
The Hindu Temple Society of America: Built according to ancient codes, the carved temple features
shrines made of stones shipped from India.
Jacob Riis Bathhouse: Oceanfront recreation, brought to us courtesy of Robert Moses. A chance to explore
newly refurbished bathhouse and grounds.
St. George Theater: A new renovation of an ornate Vaudeville Theater includes ornate windows and
oversized paintings of bullfighters.
Fresh Kills Landfill: Trash turned into civic treasure. A bus tour of the new wetlands and parkland
conversion. Only one tour. Call early.