Open House New York (OHNY) has released their schedule for 2015 OHNY Weekend. Every October, New York’s most exclusive buildings open their doors to the public. The weekend is characterized by walking tours, architectural talks, and lots of urban history from prominent speakers. Check out the cool spaces and tours in Union Square open for this year’s OHNY Weekend (below). Many of the events and spaces have limited capacity. Registration begins tomorrow (October 7th) at 11AM from the OHNY Website.
Union Square: Crossroads of New York
Union Square Park (Meets at Abraham Lincoln Statue in front of Evelyn’s Playground)
Saturday, October 17 – 2:00 PM
The Union Square Partnership teamed with Big Onion Walking Tours to create a free, 90-minute walking tour Saturdays entitled Union Square: Crossroads of New York. The tour departs from the Abraham Lincoln Statue located along the 16th Street transverse. With the help of a tour guide, you will explore the social and political history of the Union Square neighborhood through discussions of the people, history, architecture, and forces that have shaped this community.
The New School: University Center
68 Fifth Avenue at 13th Street
Saturday, October 17 | 10 am; 1 pm
Reservations will begin on October 7 at 11 am
Tour the building that has been hailed as “a celebration of the cosmopolitan city” by the New York Times‘ Nicolai Ouroussoff and “a great addition to a great New York institution” by Mayor Michael Bloomberg. New School staff and structural engineers will speak to the building’s structural and sustainable features, and discuss how the Center will help set the New York City standard for green technology and building practices. More information.
Sunday, October 18 | 12 pm – 4 pm
The New School’s original building, now a landmark site, was legendary architect Joseph Urban’s last major structure in New York. Its iconic egg-shaped auditorium has hosted the University’s signature public discussions and performance since its opening in 1931. More information.
Sunday, October 18 | 11 am
A former parking garage built in the 1930s is being developed by DHA Properties into 8 exclusive loft-style residences. On the tour, you’ll get a first look into the four-bedroom homes, private terraces, and 5,700-square-foot triplex penthouse, which features breathtaking views and ample outdoor space. More information.
Get inside access into the legendary private clubhouse — Theodore D. Roosevelt, Woodrow Wilson and Dwight D. Eisenhower were members. You’ll see the ornately decorated front parlors, which feature pieces from the permanent collection, one of the city’s most beautiful bars, and a 19th-century stained glass cupola by Donald MacDonald. More information.
Hack Manhattan is a member-supported, nonprofit public space dedicated to advancing art, science, and technology. Visitors can use 3D printers, hand tools, machine tools, electronics equipment, and participate in an open community. More information.
You’ve likely noticed the monolithic Salvation Army building on West 14th Street, which houses the Centennial Memorial Temply. Designed by Ralph Walker, the Art Deco building was constructed in 1929. Today, the 1,350-seat venue hosts celebrations and events from around the world. More information.