November 3, 2014
Open House New York Explores NYC’s Urban Design
Open House New York, the NoMad-based branch of non-profit Open House Worldwide, is on a mission to change the way you see New York City. Open House New York (OHNY) offers a unique way of exploring the five boroughs: guided tours and classes within the city’s often overlooked manufacturing plants and architectural landmarks.
As its website declares, OHNY “educates and inspires discussion of issues of excellence in design, planning and preservation . . . and showcases outstanding new work as well as structures of historic merit.” Some of the group’s programs include the art deco scavenger hunt, boat tours of the Gowanus Canal and explorations of Long Island City’s forgotten manufacturing plants.
OHNY, based out of 1133 Broadway, recently brought the fun to the NoMad District as part of their annual Open House Weekend. With the help of more than 300 volunteers, Open House Weekend introduced more than 45,000 visitors to 84 different historical and influential sites throughout the five boroughs, many of which were located in the NoMad neighborhood and nearby Flatiron District.