The buildings, which range from contemporary to historic, will be the sites for tours and talks with architects, urban planners, historians, preservationists, and city leaders.
"The anniversary of Open House New York Weekend comes at an especially significant moment in New York and the nation," said Gregory Wessner, executive director of OHNY. “Planning for the first OHNY Weekend began in the fall of 2001, a time when New York had closed itself off in response to September 11.
“Fifteen years later, amidst a national conversation about the values of access and openness, we are reminded once again that the mission of Open House New York is as meaningful and urgent as it has ever been,” he added.
While there are returning favorites, such as the Wyckoff House Museum in East Flatbush, the Brooklyn Army Terminal in Sunset Park, and the Hindu Temple Society of North America in Flushing, there will be new sites for the fifteenth anniversary. These sites include The Bridge at Cornell Tech, one of the first buildings built for the university on Roosevelt Island. Visitors will also have rare access to the New York Transit Museum Archives, which holds thousands of artifacts and archival material that tell the story of mass transportation in New York City.
Open Houses will also take place along 19th-century coffee warehouses in Dumbo along the East River waterfront as well as the West Elm headquarters.
"We are honored to be part of Open House New York, an organization that truly celebrates architecture and urban design," said Alex Bellos, president of West Elm. "Brooklyn has been our home since we were founded in 2002 and we are excited to open the doors of our offices in DUMBO for members of the design community to visit and connect."
This year’s Open House New York will celebrate the civic excellence of the New York City Department of Design and Construction's Design and Construction Excellence Program. Open House will partner with the Department of Design and Construction to offer select tours to some of the projects that have been built through the Design and Construction Excellence Program.
The projects include the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture with Marble Fairbanks Architects; Ocean Breeze Track and Field House with Sage and Coombe Architects; Sims Sunset Park Material Recovery Facility with Selldorf Architects; West 215th Step Street with WXY architecture + urban design; New York Hall of Science's Great Hall with Ennead Architects; and Urban Post-Disaster Housing Prototype with Garrison Architects.
Along with the New Practices committee of the American Institute of Architects New York Chapter, Open House New York will present a curated series of projects by emerging practices to explore how a new generation of designers is transforming New York which will include projects such as the Kew Gardens Hills library which reopened last month after nearly four years of reconstruction.
With the Spaces of Respite series, Open House New York stated that they “curated a group of sites across the five boroughs that provide some serenity and respite from the chaos of the city, places where visitors can pause, rest, and gather their thoughts,” such as Socrates Sculpture Park in Long Island City.
The full list of participating sites will be revealed to the public on www.ohny.org. While the majority of OHNY Weekend sites are Open Access and can be visited free-of-charge during open hours, some sites and tours require Advance Reservations with a $5 fee per person. Reservations for these sites will begin on Thursday, October 5 at 11am.