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Here are some top picks for this year’s Open House New York Weekend

As part of Archtober, New York City's architecture and design month, Open House New York (OHNY) is presenting the 15th annual edition of Open House New York Weekend, a two day–long tour series that celebrates architecture and urban design in the five boroughs. The event, which runs from October 14 to 15 this year, lets New Yorkers be tourists in their own city. Along with old OHNY Weekend favorites like the Pantheon-inspired Gould Memorial Library at Bronx Community College and the Masonic Hall in the Flatiron District, visitors can step onto the skybridge at SHoP's American Copper towers on Manhattan's East Side, or see Jacques Garcia's interiors for the Cultural Services of the French Embassy, a group within the French Embassy's U.S. outpost that encourages arts-based cultural exchange between the two countries. For those willing to hop aboard the tram or ferry, there will be tours of The Bridge at Cornell Tech, Weiss/Manfredi's R&D incubator on Cornell's new Roosevelt Island campus. On Governors Island, Liggett Hall, a brightly trussed gymnasium, will be open to the public for the first time. This year, OHNY partnered with the New York City Department of Design and Construction to show off some of the structures built under the agency's Design and Construction Excellence Program, an initiative that allows select firms to bid on city projects. On Staten Island, OHNYers can tour Sage and Coombe Architects' Ocean Breeze Track and Field House, while in Brooklyn, Selldorf Architects' Sims Sunset Park Material Recovery Facility will be open to the public. In collaboration with AIA New York's New Practices committee, OHNY is showcasing work by the city's emerging architects. Design enthusiasts can peek at Family New York's Fool's Gold Records store (pictured above), G TECTS' Bridge Golf Learning Center, WORKac's Kew Gardens Hills Library, Young Projects' Gerken Residence in Tribeca, as well as Büro Koray Duman's Design Within Reach Flagship Store. Thanks to OHNY's partnership with over 400 arts organizations, cultural groups, architects, city leaders and others, there are over 200 sites across New York City. All site visits are free, except for ones that require advance registration. Starting October 4, information on all sites and tours will be available at ohny.org, while advance reservations begin October 5 at 11 a.m.
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Open House New York now taking tour reservations

Open House New York (OHNY) recently announced this year’s line-up for Open House New York Weekend, Saturday and Sunday, October 15 to 16. This marks OHNY’s 14th weekend in New York, with over 275 sites across the five boroughs participating. While the majority of the sites are open access and can be visited anytime during their specified times, reservations are needed for some of the more popular sites. Participants can sign up for tours, performances, and talks on the OHNY website starting October 6 at 11:00 a.m. The entire list of sites and programming can be viewed here. A few interesting sites this year include: Urby The New York Wheel Westbeth Artist Housing DSNY Manhattan 1/2/5 Sanitation Garage and Salt Shed The 1964 World’s Fair New York State Pavilion The Historic Douglaston Manor and the Douglaston Club Brooklyn Army Terminal in Brooklyn Selldorf Architect’s Sunset Park Material Recovery Facility Schermerhorn Row Tenement Museum The Charles St. Ann’s Warehouse Via 57 West Woodlawn Cemetery Woolworth Building Manhattan Municipal Building Cupola Kings County Distillery Hallett Nature Sanctuary Historic Ship Mary A. Whalen Masonic Hall This year, OHNY also partnered with ARTNOIR, a collective of self-described "culturalists" who work to expand the definition of artistic expression and subvert the traditional arts narrative. Throughout the weekend, ARTNOIR: City of Cultural Exchange will feature sites that explore the relationship between identity and place, such as the Black Lady Theater, Marjorie Elito’s Parlor Jazz, Louis Armstrong House Museum, and the Lewis H. Latimer House Museum. Additionally, there are many walking and bicycle tours, exploring infrastructure, Brooklyn’s Cultural District, Central Park, Concrete Plant Park, Freshkills Park, Google’s offices, the New York Times building, Red Hook, and more. You can see the complete list here.
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Open House New York Welcomes Wessner as New Executive Director

A veteran of architectural and cultural programming, Gregory Wessner, has been named the executive director of Open House New York (OHNY). Wessner, the longtime director of exhibitions and special projects at the Architectural League of New York, will begin working at OHNY in December. He sees a growing civic role for the organization as it moves into its second decade. "Open House New York gives all of us who love New York the rare and special chance to follow our curiosity into the buildings and spaces that make this the greatest city in the world," Wessner wrote in an email. "As the complexities of planning, building, and preserving New York increase, the mandate of Open House New York is as important as ever: to provide a broad audience the opportunity to experience first-hand the diversity of New York architecture, infrastructure and public space and to engage the players who shape the city–from designers to developers to public officials–as a means of creating a more informed conversation about how the city will grow and change in the years ahead." Since its founding in 2001, OHNY has promoted appreciation and understanding of New York's built environment by providing the access to the city's architecture, infrastructure, and public spaces, coupled with educational programs. Millions of people have participated in the organization's tours and public events. Acting executive director Ellen Ryan is stepping down to join her husband, Randall Mason, in Rome, where he will have a six month residency at the American Academy.
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Event> Open House New York Tours Spacious Lofts Around New York

Space-starved New Yorkers—especially architects and designers—love to see how Gotham residents with a space surplus (which usually equates money) live in their brownstones, townhouses, and elegant apartments. This weekend, October 6 and 7, Open House New York will celebrate its 10th OHNY weekend and open some of the most interesting private residences in the city for limited public tours. For example, OHNY will open up beautiful Midtown residences by Jayne Michaels and Ali Tayer and an elegant Brooklyn Heights home by Lea Ciavarra. Even two hip homes in Williamsburg by Aizaki Allie and Christopher Coleman will be on display. These tours are always very popular, but it's necessary to reserve your spot before you arrive on their stoops and lobbies.
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Event> OHNY Celebrates Ten Years with a Party in Times Square!

This weekend, October 6 and 7, Open House New York (OHNY) is celebrating the tenth anniversary of its popular weekend of tours, lectures, and open houses of many of the New York City's most important buildings and spaces. In its ten years OHNY has hosted over two million guests and remains New York's most important architectural outreach to the public. It will launch the weekend with a party at the Times Square Museum and Visitors Center and the city's architecture community should be there to support the organization and its mission to serve as a bridge between great design and the public. The Architect's Newspaper will be there with David Rockwell and we look forward to seeing you!
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Saturday! OHNY openstudios Takes on Red Hook

OHNYopenstudios in Red Hook Saturday, July 28, 12:00-5:00 p.m. Reception to follow at the Red Hook Winery, 5:00-7:00 p.m. Tickets $30 / $20 for students and seniors. Purchase tickets here. As part of the Open House New York openstudios series, artists' studios in Red Hook will throw open their doors this weekend. In addition, metalworkers, furniture designers, and glassblowers will be thrown into the mix, making it a good fabrication tour as well. The self guided event kicks off Saturday at noon and a wine reception will quench thirst around 5:00 p.m. at the Red Hook Winery.
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Canapes Chez Judd

It may be the original glass house in New York. Many years before Richard Meier’s Perry Street glass towers opened up domestic rituals to the public’s gaze, Donald Judd was living and working in one of the finest cast-iron buildings in Soho. The huge windows opened up his minimalist aesthetic to the public beginning in 1968, when he purchased the building and practically defined the “loft” look of New York for the public. Now openhousenewyork is offering a rare visit for a small group on March 11, with a tour of the building and meal catered by Christina Wang of the French Culinary Institute featuring “Swedish and Mexican” hors d’oeurves—Judd’s favorite. To reserve your place, contact OHNY.
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John Johansen Is 93!

On June 27, Open House New York celebrates one of our last links to the early history of modern architecture with a birthday tribute to John Johansen. Long admired for his intricate concrete forms like the U.S. Embassy in Dublin (1963) and far-out assemblages like Oklahoma City’s Mummers Theater (1970), Johansen has blazed a highly original trail over a career spanning more than a half-century. Educated in Walter Gropius’ first Harvard class—and later marrying Gropius’ daughter Ati—Johansen studied alongside I.M. Pei, Paul Rudolph, and Bruno Zevi, drank heavily with Marcel Breuer and Le Corbusier, learned color theory with Josef Albers and history with Siegfried Giedion, and worked with Gordon Bunshaft at SOM. The only surviving member of the New Canaan–based Harvard 5 (with Eliot Noyes, Breuer, Landis Gore, and Philip Johnson), Johansen is also known for designing some of the most unique private houses on the East Coast. One of them, his own country house—a truncated and translucent fiberglass pyramid in Dutchess County—has now been sold, and John will move out next fall.

As a last hurrah, OHNY is sponsoring a 93rd birthday party for John, and inviting the public to tour the house next weekend, with buses picking up celebrants in Manhattan and driving them to John’s house. Please join Barry Bergdoll, Michael Webb, Lebbeus Woods, Tom Hanrahan, Anthony Vidler, and many others for the special Saturday birthday party.