2015 Open House New York Weekend

Monday, October 5, 2015

NEW YORK -- Discover, explore, and experience some of the most significant buildings across the five boroughs of New York City!

On Saturday and Sunday, October 17-18, Open House New York (OHNY) presents the 2015 Open House New York Weekend. A highly anticipated New York City tradition, OHNY Weekend celebrates architecture and urban design by opening the doors to hundreds of sites each year, ranging from the historic to the contemporary, for tours and talks.

New additions to this year's OHNY Weekend include: City Hall, which recently completed its first comprehensive renovation in fifty years (Beyer Blinder Belle, 2015); the New York City headquarters of Google in Chelsea (HLW, 2006-present); the monumental New York State Pavilion (Philip Johnson and Lev Zetlin, 1962-64) in Flushing Meadows Corona Park, built for the 1964-65 World's Fair; a collection of architectural gems on CUNY's Bronx Community College campus, including the Beaux-Arts Gould Memorial Library (McKim, Mead, & White, 1900), the modernist Colston Hall, Meister Hall, and Begrisch Hall (Marcel Breuer, 1959-1970), and the recently completed North Hall and Library (Robert A.M. Stern Architects, 2012); the Art Deco Central Library of the Brooklyn Public Library (Alfred Morton Githens & Francis Keally, 1940), with tours of areas usually closed to the public; and the National Lighthouse Museum, with its collection of foghorns, Fresnel lenses, and lighthouse models on Staten Island.

"Every year OHNY Weekend reminds us of the critical role that architecture plays in making New York the extraordinary city that it is," says Gregory Wessner, executive director of OHNY. "The list of participating sites for 2015 is going to be one of the most exciting yet, giving the public access to some of the most important spaces in the city."

This year's OHNY Weekend will also feature a special list of food production and processing spaces, presented as part of The Final Mile: Food Systems of New York, OHNY's year-long series of public programs exploring the architecture of New York's food system. Participating sites include Brooklyn Grange, one of the world's largest rooftop soil farms, located on top of the historic Standard Motors Building in Long Island City; Entrepreneur Space, also in Long Island City, a kitchen incubator hosting over 250 artisan food makers; Hana Kitchens in Industry City, a commercial kitchen space for start-up food entrepreneurs; and the Bronx CookSpace, a food business incubator located within Urban Horizons, WHEDco's mixed-use renovation of the Morrisania Hospital.

The full list of participating sites will be revealed to the public in early October. For more information, visit www.ohny.org.