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The 10th Annual Open House New York Weekend Returns

Dennis Adams' 'Tributaries' at Long Island City High School. Photo courtesy of David Allee.

October 1, 2012 - From October 5-7, the 10th annual Open House New York (OHNY) Weekend will shine a light on some of the architectural and design treasures that help make New York City such an iconic destination. Fans of classic architecture can learn more about old favorites; lovers of Modernism can explore spaces normally closed off; and sustainable-design enthusiasts can discover some of the new and exciting developments across the City.

Below are a few highlights of the over 300 sites participating in OHNY Weekend. Reservations are required for certain sites, so visit before planning your visit.

Queens Art Cluster
Saturday & Sunday
On OHNY Weekend, visit Long Island City High School and view Tributaries, an installation by artist Dennis Adams commissioned through the City’s Percent for Art program, consists of a series of back-illuminated photographs situated above 12 drinking fountains throughout the corridors of the school. Just down the block, Socrates Sculpture Park and the Noguchi Museum will be open during regular hours; mention “OHNY Weekend” for free admission and Noguchi, and join Socrates staff for a guided tour on Sunday afternoon. Other Queens sites participating in OHNY, including Greater Astoria Historical Society and Museum of the Moving Image, are a short distance away.

Sustainable Design in the South Bronx
Saturday & Sunday
Melrose Commons and Via Verde, two LEED-certified housing developments located a few blocks apart, provide perfect examples of how innovative design can help spur growth in and enhance our communities. Tour them both on OHNY Weekend.

Historic House Tour of Staten Island
Friday through Sunday
Examining the homes people build throughout the ages is a great way to get a fresh take on the history of a place. Staten Island is full of beautiful houses and historic structures that tell the fascinating story of this New York borough. On OHNY Weekend, visitors are invited to enjoy tea overlooking the Verrazano Narrows at the Alice Austen House; explore the Revolutionary War history of the Conference House, eat like a Colonial at Historic Richmond Town and dive in to the island’s oyster harvesting and agricultural past at Seguine Mansion.

A Revitalized Public
Saturday & Sunday
After a multi-year revitalization, enhanced features to the building include a new entrance that opens to the street and transforms the lobby into a public piazza. Be sure to check out the Shakespeare Machine, a kinetic public art work commissioned through the City’s Percent for Art program that features LED text from Shakespeare’s 37 plays in a kaleidoscope of language in motion.

High Design at Newtown Creek
The perfect union of form and function, the Newtown Creek Wastewater Treatment Plant dominates the Greenpoint skyline with its stainless steel digester "eggs." It’s also the largest of the 14 NYC Department of Environmental Protection plants.

The plant’s expansion and redesign, completed in 2007, included two permanent public art pieces commissioned through the City’s Percent for Art program: George Trakas’ Waterfront Nature Walk covers quarter-mile of the banks of Newtown Creek and inside the visitors center, artist Vito Acconci’s sinuous water sculpture evokes the flow of drinking water from upstate to the City. Among the most dramatic elements of Newtown Creek’s new plant are its eight futuristic, stainless steel-clad digester eggs.
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