Coming up next weekend is the 9th annual Open House New York, or OHNY.
This means that you can get into some of the city’s most amazing “off limits” places, just open to the public for these two days, once a year.
This year, for the first time, many of the reservations cost $5/per person.
“The new system will make it easier for participants to take advantage of select programming throughout the weekend, while lessening the administrative burden on those organizations that are gracious enough to open their doors for the public,” reports a spokesperson from OHNY.
From their website:
“To celebrate the city’s architecture and design, the 9th Annual openhousenewyork Weekend will once again unlock the city, allowing New Yorkers and tourists alike access to hundreds of sites, talks, tours, performances and family activities in neighborhoods throughout the five boroughs. From private residences and historic landmarks, to rooftop farms and sustainable skyscrapers, OHNY gives you rare access into the extraordinary architecture that defines New York City, while introducing you to the people who make the city a vibrant and sustainable place to live, work, and play.”
For only $5.00, how else can you get the opportunity to tour such sites as these top choices of mine:
* The “Automated Vacuum Collection System” (AVAC) whisks garbage from Roosevelt Island’s residential buildings at 55 miles per hour through underground tunnels to the AVAC building where it is compacted, containerized and trucked off the island.
* The Bronx River Estuary: Enjoy a paddle in the Bronx River estuary highlighting the rivers ecology, history and present human impacts and rehabilitation. See an insider’s view of a soon to be opened NYC park. Organized by the Bronx River Alliance and RowNYC.
* Brooklyn Glass: a unique resource for artists and craftsmen working in the New York City area. The facility and comprehensive programming create an environment that supports the exchange of thought and technique, and seeks to promote innovation, education, and the studio practice of our creative community working with glass.
* Contemporary NYC architecture: Last decade’s building boom in New York City gave rise to a host of new and cutting edge residential, corporate, institutional, academic and commercial structures designed by ‘starchitects’ and up-and-comers alike. This walking tour highlights recent additions to the area east of Broadway between 14th and 23rd Streets. Led by John Hill, architect, blogger and author of the forthcoming Guide to Contemporary New York City Architecture.
* Eagle Street Rooftop Farms: Eagle Street Rooftop Farms is a 6,000 sq/ft organic vegetable farm located on the shoreline of the East River with a sweeping view of the Manhattan skyline. The farm brings hyper-local produce to the Greenpoint Community. We host educational and volunteer programs bringing city-dwellers closer to their food source. Site organized by the Urban Farmers Association.
* The Edgar Allan Poe Cottage: Edgar Allan Poe spent the last years of his life, from 1846 to 1849, in this wooden farmhouse. The cottage was the bucolic setting in which this prolific writer penned many of his most enduring poetical works, including “Annabel Lee,” “The Bells” and “Eureka.” UPDATE: Newly added to OHNY Weekend!
* The (still under-construction) FDR Four Freedoms Park on Roosevelt Island: Designed by architect Louis Kahn, the Park is located on Roosevelt Island across from the United Nations. The Park honors President Franklin D. Roosevelt and his 1941 Four Freedoms speech.
* Fresh Kills Bus Tour: Witness the transformation of what was formerly the world’s largest landfill into a productive and beautiful cultural destination. This land conversion is one of the world’s largest public works projects. Organized by the NYC Dept of Parks & Recreation.
* Gowanus Canal Canoe Tour: While the Gowanus Canal may take some time to be fully cleaned, it can still be canoed! Enjoy an immersive canoe tour of the Canal and experience post-industrial buildings, strange boats and derelict banks. Learn about some of the industries past and present that lined its shores. Enjoy amazing wildlife.
* The Grand Lodge of Masons: The ornately decorated rooms of the Freemasons’ meeting place reflect this ancient organization’s unique history. Tours will be offered by members of the Grand Lodge throughout the day.
* Greenwood Cemetery tour by trolley: The final resting place of some of NYC’s most memorable people covers 478 picturesque acres of rolling hills, ponds, trees, lawn and sculpture. Green-Wood will open many of its most famous and elaborate mausoleums to the general public. This special look into Green-Wood’s architecture includes the family mausoleums of Henry Englehard Steinway (piano maker), Stephen Whitney (one of the wealthiest men of the 19th century), Charles Feltman (Coney Island hot dog king), the Catacombs and other locations never before open to the public.
* The (yet-unopened) section three of The High line: Take a tour of the High Line third section, currently closed to the public. Built in the 1930s, the elevated rail viaduct is located on Manhattan’s West Side. It runs from Gansevoort Street in the Meatpacking District to West 34th Street, between 10th & 11th Avenues. Section 1 of the High Line, which opened to the public on June 9, 2009, runs from Gansevoort Street to West 20th Street. Section 2, between West 20th and West 30th Streets, opened June 8, 2011. The design team for section 1 & 2 includes James Corner Field Operations, landscape architecture; Diller Scofidio + Renfro, architect; and Piet Ouldolf, landscape consultant.
And there are many, MANY more opportunities!
But hurry and make your reservations – spaces are filling up quickly!
Click on this link to read about the tours and make your reservations.