Open House New York

New York Now Scavenger Hunt
Saturday, June 17, 2017
Check-in: 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Hunt: 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Closing Reception: 5:30 – 7:30 PM

Open House New York challenges you to show how much you know about New York’s recent past!

A lot has changed in New York City since the first Open House New York Weekend took place on October 11 and 12, 2003. From the High Line and Hudson Yards to Citibike and the Second Avenue Subway, the city and our experience of it has changed dramatically over the past fifteen years. 40,000 new buildings were built, 450 miles of new bike lanes were laid, and more than a third of New York’s neighborhoods were rezoned.

Through it all, Open House New York was there, opening doors and giving New Yorkers access to the changing city. Now Open House New York invites you to test your knowledge about this vibrant and volatile period in New York’s history! To celebrate the 15th anniversary of OHNY Weekend, Open House New York has organized a citywide scavenger hunt of recent architecture, planning, and development. Travel the five boroughs while answering clues that send you to New York’s most breathtaking new buildings. Relive some of the city’s most heated preservation battles and uncover the policies and politics that shaped contemporary New York. Join us in celebrating a city that remains the greatest metropolis in the world!

To learn more about how the hunt works, click here.

Closing Reception Hosted by

$35 per person. Advance registration is required, and early registration is encouraged as the number of participating teams is limited.




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sat + sun various times: more than 275 nyc historic landmarks and private
residences open their doors for tours and talks for the 14th annual open
house new york weekend. free.

Besides this, several buildings which are part of National Parks property within the NY Metro area are open to the public for free as well. From the OHNY website:

“Open House New York is proud to partner with the National Park Service to present Celebrating a Centennial – National Park Service, a special 2016 OHNY Weekend celebration of the nation’s most treasured sites and to help kick-off a second century of preservation and stewardship.

Experiences include after-hours tours of Hamilton Grange National Memorial, the historic home of Alexander Hamilton, and the General Grant National Memorial, the final resting place of Ulysses S. Grant; NPS Ranger-led tours of the African Burial Ground National Monument, the hallowed ground where free and enslaved Africans were buried through the late 18th century, and the Stonewall National Monument, one of the National Park Service’s newest site.

Open House New York an the National Park Service are also presenting “Empty Ellis”, a special tour of Ellis Island that lands at sunrise before it opens the public. On Saturday, October 15, twenty lucky winners will have the opportunity to explore the Ellis Island National Museum of Immigration as the early morning sun bathes the Great Hall in a quiet stillness rarely experienced by the site’s four million visitors each year. Tickets to this tour are being raffled here. Entries will be accepted through 5pm on Tuesday, October 5. Winners will be randomly selected and announced that day.


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Photos from Gothamist: Inside The Empty 1960s TWA Building

“This year OHNY opened up the doors to the gorgeous TWA building at JFK Airport, a mid-century time capsule that sits abandoned across from Terminal 5. Over there, you’re reminded of a time when air travel had a bit of dignity and elegance. You could sit down at a sleek bar and drink a dirty martini, instead of waiting on line at Starbucks for a $13 scone. Goddamn it was a beautiful time to be launched 30,000 feet in the air. ”

Only one little problem: back in the day, there was no such thing as a “dirty” (with deliberately added olive juice) martini.  Old-school martinis were made with gin. James Bond was a bit of a rebel asking for one with vodka, shaken, not stirred.

I missed the OHNY tour, but there is hope to see it before it becomes a hotel, according to Gothamist:

“The building is closed to the public, but you can expect more tours like the one at OHNY before it reopens as a hotel. You can also gaze upon it as you depart Terminal 5… but they need to fire whoever put that light pole there.”


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The New York City Marble Cemetery’s Fall Open Weekend

Saturday and Sunday
October 17th and 18th
11:00 am to 5:00 pm
Fall Open Weekend — Open to the public, free admission 
Historical displays will be available for visitors to learn more of the history of the Cemetery and those interred here.
Part of openhousenewyork

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Open House New York, which will take place on October 17th and 18th, will be more “open” than ever, with many locations  now accessible through Open Access, meaning no need to battle for those advance reservations. Untapped Cities has some highlights.…

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