This is my first year participating in Open House New York when many of New York's businesses, houses, landmarks, buildings, artists and more open their doors wide for the public to see and learn more about each site. OHNY was founded in 2001 and celebrated their 10th anniversary this past weekend.
We got to see a couple of places including: the Marble cemetery (LES), Bank of America tower lighting tour (midtown), MTA NY transit museum (downtown Brooklyn) and the Brooklyn Navy Yard. We had planned to visit two other sites but were not aware of closing time and therefore we did not get to see the Masonic temple and Ed Hopper's studio by Washington Square park.
Considering there were over hundreds of sites to visit, we couldn't see everything but still learned a lot from the tours we attended. Most of the sites are free to enter but some have limited spacing and require reservation at a cost of $5 per person. Some will include tours which is what we got for the Bank of America tower (7:30 -8:30 p.m.) and the MTA transit museum before opening hours on a Sunday.
D volunteered this year at the Marble cemetery and got a free pumpkin from the pumpkin patches at the cemetery.
We highly recommend this event but also know that most of the places are open all year round to the public but some places for example private artist's homes, new parts of the High Line or closed airport terminals (TWA terminal in JFK) are not. Some of these tours will allow you to see stuff that are not normally open to the public so there's always a special treat. For the transit museum, we got to see the staff's rest/eating area so it's not always a special treat :)
You can collect pins from places that have been participating since the very first OHNY such as the Marble cemetery. There are now over 300 participating sites.
|Marble Cemetery New York at 41 2/2 2nd Avenue|
|Info cards about the cemetery|
|Dead bodies lies beneath|
|Marble plaques with names of the families burried in the cemetery|
OHNY Bank of America Lighting tour:
The first LEED PLATINUM building in the World here in New York citay.
I wish I could remember every detail our guide told us about all the eco friendly materials used for the lobby but I did not take notes. You'll just have to attend the tour yourself next year :)
|Bank of America at One Bryant Park|
|He wears them skinny jeans|
|Organic non conventional placement of lights|
|LED lights all the way up the Crystal-inspired structure!|
|Other half of tour was given in Bryant Park for a better view of One Bryant Park.|
The museum is located in a decommissioned subway station at Court St. However, the station is still inspected every 90 days so every part of it is still functional.
Did you know NY subways were operated by at least 3 private agencies (IRT, BMT and IND) before it belonged to the city's? I think the subway services would be impeccable if it were still private :P
|Car #100 is the first ever NY subway train and produced for BMT.|
|Reminded me of Thomas the Train ..|
|An old motherboard still working in real time indicating where the trains are located!|
|An old subway map!|
|Nostalgic? These vintage trains run during the weekends during the Holiday season.|
@ The Brooklyn Navy Yard.
Home of many blossoming businesses, artists and craftsmen. Movie scout paradise and boat repair/resting grounds.
"The Brooklyn Navy Yard Development Corporation (BNYDC) operates the Brooklyn Navy Yard as a modern industrial park in a historic setting. BNYDC’s tenants represent a variety of industries like construction, theatrical set design, computer and office supplies, contracting, refrigerated distribution facilities, media communications and promotions, motor overhauling, and metal fabrication, the Navy Yard is capable of handling any type of business."
|You are greeted by this large anchor sitting at the reception when you enter Bldg 92|
|A painter in the house|
|This artist was a no show|
|Take a tour in the Navy Yard's tour bus!|
|Dry Dock viewing platform. We were lucky to see a tug boat in the dry dock. Apparently, it is empty half of the time.|
|I decided to be adventurous|
|No wonder so many movies and shows have been shot here.|
|All the goods produced at the Brooklyn Navy Yard|