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Next weekend... Anyone gone in the past and has recomms for this year? I liked the midtown Masonic Lodge and the view from the top of the Grand Army arch (scary stairs, tho).

http://www.ohny.org/news/

Dr Morbius (Dr Morbius), Friday, 29 September 2006 14:23 (thirteen years ago) link

no City Hall subway?

gabbneb (gabbneb), Friday, 29 September 2006 14:27 (thirteen years ago) link

Morbs, I was in the Masonic Lodge in the teens/twenties once for the taping of a John Fogerty VH-1 Storytellers, although I am not really visible in the final program, despite sitting right behind Kenny Aronoff. But no, I have never done this, only heard about the Grand Army arch.

Ruud Comes to Haarvest (Ken L), Friday, 29 September 2006 14:28 (thirteen years ago) link

speaking of which, did you know that Kenny Aronoff has a blog?

gabbneb (gabbneb), Friday, 29 September 2006 14:30 (thirteen years ago) link

Ken, I misremembered -- yeah, the Lodge is on 23rd.

Dr Morbius (Dr Morbius), Friday, 29 September 2006 14:31 (thirteen years ago) link

The Gatehouse seems like a good choice

gabbneb (gabbneb), Friday, 29 September 2006 14:34 (thirteen years ago) link

Hard copy of the guide is in the Times today btw

Dr Morbius (Dr Morbius), Friday, 29 September 2006 14:38 (thirteen years ago) link

is the Octagon on Roosevelt Island always lit up at night or only recently?

gabbneb (gabbneb), Friday, 29 September 2006 14:40 (thirteen years ago) link

"One Hanson Place"

gabbneb (gabbneb), Friday, 29 September 2006 14:45 (thirteen years ago) link

Kenny Aronoff has a blog
OMG, he's wearing a "More Cowbell" t-shirt!

Ruud Comes to Haarvest (Ken L), Friday, 29 September 2006 14:46 (thirteen years ago) link

1 Hanson Pl... yeah, a condo in the making.

Dr Morbius (Dr Morbius), Friday, 29 September 2006 14:46 (thirteen years ago) link

I've been to Tweed Courthouse, 2nd Street Cemetary, Elridge Street Synogauge, and some others I can't remember. It's great. Some of the big name ones will be really crowded, others less so.

Mary (Mary), Friday, 29 September 2006 15:37 (thirteen years ago) link

Last year the weather was terrible and the geographically inconvenient sites weren't too badly crowded. I almost hope it rains all weekend.

Laurel (Laurel), Friday, 29 September 2006 15:40 (thirteen years ago) link

is the Octagon on Roosevelt Island always lit up at night or only recently?

don't know about always, but def seen it before.

One Hanson Place

willyb bank? is that what they're calling it?

jhoshea (scoopsnoodle), Friday, 29 September 2006 15:44 (thirteen years ago) link

i did the stairs up to the top of grand army a few years ago. killer climb, but the view is great. snooped around the montauk club last year.

mr. brojangles (sanskrit), Friday, 29 September 2006 15:44 (thirteen years ago) link

I did the little red lighthouse last year, on a very grey day, which I think I wrote about on another OHNY thread. The river was foggy and AMAZING. Then the water tower and...something else. I forget. Are they having the Ellis Island tours again?? I can't find them under the borough listings....

Laurel (Laurel), Friday, 29 September 2006 15:47 (thirteen years ago) link

One Hanson Place

willyb bank? is that what they're calling it?

That's the address - I don't think a name has been settled on

Euai Kapaui (tracerhand), Friday, 29 September 2006 15:50 (thirteen years ago) link

My company was one of a gazillion sponsors last year, and I think this year, too. We were even contemplating opening our own offices for the event until we realized that every little group that came in would have to be closely monitored at all times, lest people filch things.

Michael Daddino (epicharmus), Friday, 29 September 2006 15:52 (thirteen years ago) link

A friend knows someone who calls Wburg Bank tower The Big Dick.

I know what-hard-to-get-in one I'M targeting (not tellin).

Dr Morbius (Dr Morbius), Friday, 29 September 2006 15:53 (thirteen years ago) link

dreamt i was back in NYC last night. this weekend sure would be an awesome time to visit.

Konal Doddz (blueski), Friday, 29 September 2006 15:53 (thirteen years ago) link

xpost:

My company sorta built that -- or, rather, we purchased the rights to the architect that built it. Two big boxes of all our historical material related to the Williamsburgh Savings Bank and many other banks were annihilated on 9/11, sadly.

Michael Daddino (epicharmus), Friday, 29 September 2006 15:57 (thirteen years ago) link

Most of the reservation_required look pretty worthwhile. There is a South Ellis Island tour. I'd be interested in Victorian Flatbush.

gabbneb (gabbneb), Friday, 29 September 2006 16:37 (thirteen years ago) link

BUMP

I'll hafta go early, b4 baseball starts...

Dr Morbius (Dr Morbius), Friday, 6 October 2006 13:03 (thirteen years ago) link

looks like it is called one hanson place - big signs everywhere. so lame. the bank would've been a nice name. the williamsburg i guess is a little confusing. anyway i must live in the dome - i'll be the hunchback of one hanson place.

oh and btw this thread confused me and i thought it was last weekend - so i went by one hanson place to try and find a program - the security guard was all wtf u talkin abt.

jhoshea megafauna (scoopsnoodle), Friday, 6 October 2006 13:24 (thirteen years ago) link

and now that i'm looking at the website the willyb bank isn't even one of the sites wtf

jhoshea megafauna (scoopsnoodle), Friday, 6 October 2006 13:30 (thirteen years ago) link

Huh? I thought it was on the list, but just the lobby...which you could see six days of the week, every week, when it was a BANK.

Laurel (Laurel), Friday, 6 October 2006 13:34 (thirteen years ago) link

yeah, read those descrips carefully -- the Chrysler Bldg is also "lobby only."

Dr Morbius (Dr Morbius), Friday, 6 October 2006 13:48 (thirteen years ago) link

i wonder what they're gonna do with that space now? nicest bank i ever been in.

jhoshea megafauna (scoopsnoodle), Friday, 6 October 2006 13:53 (thirteen years ago) link

Oh, it's going to be condos, like every other even remotely interesting space in Brooklyn.

Laurel (Laurel), Friday, 6 October 2006 13:56 (thirteen years ago) link

I love how, whenever they do this anywhere, the first thought it "let's see inside the Masonic Lodge".

Matt DC (Matt DC), Friday, 6 October 2006 13:58 (thirteen years ago) link

You're kidding me ??!?!?

That used to be my former housemate's bank. I used to love going there with her because I'd just trip out on the architecture.

x-post

Three In A Bed Socks Romp (kate), Friday, 6 October 2006 13:58 (thirteen years ago) link

jhoshea - the bank is one of the sites and it is on the website (as One Hanson Place).

the Chrysler lobby is always open to the public.

gabbneb (gabbneb), Friday, 6 October 2006 14:15 (thirteen years ago) link

well on weekdays, at least, and i assume at other times

gabbneb (gabbneb), Friday, 6 October 2006 14:16 (thirteen years ago) link

Any other recs from people? I think I'll hit the arch, I've always been tempted to sneak up when kids are doing historical reenactments under it on the weekends. Or whatever they're doing.

Eppy (Eppy), Friday, 6 October 2006 14:17 (thirteen years ago) link

the architect tour of the folk art museum sounds interesting

gabbneb (gabbneb), Friday, 6 October 2006 14:21 (thirteen years ago) link

(it's in the 'updates')

gabbneb (gabbneb), Friday, 6 October 2006 14:22 (thirteen years ago) link

Bohen Foundation?

gabbneb (gabbneb), Friday, 6 October 2006 14:25 (thirteen years ago) link

The little red lighthouse on the Hudson was charming and sturdy and has one of the best views ever. It's way the hell up there, though, directly underneath the GWB. I've always wanted to see the MTA substation but I'm never organized enough to get on a tour before they fill up. The Wburg bank is called "One Hanson Place", btw.

This year I have circled:

The Gatehouse
Grant's Memorial
Chelsea Market
Floyd Bennet Field
The Montauk Club
Pieter Claesen Wyckoff House

Sadly I will definitely not get to all of these.

Laurel (Laurel), Friday, 6 October 2006 14:28 (thirteen years ago) link

gabbneb - hmm didn't see it on ohny.org - confusing as hell, terrible site.

laurel - do you mean the actual bank on the 1st floor? would make kinda a weird condo. i guess they could chop it up, what with the ceiling being 3 stories high, would be a shame tho. i would make it the lobby or something like that - such a sweet room.

jhoshea megafauna (scoopsnoodle), Friday, 6 October 2006 14:30 (thirteen years ago) link

Haha, no. The building is becoming condos, I think, and I'm sure the lobby will be preserved (cos it's got to be on the national register or something like that) but mostly off limits except to residents.

Laurel (Laurel), Friday, 6 October 2006 14:30 (thirteen years ago) link

Well, there goes my #1 -- the tower of the Jefferson Market Library is "inaccessible"! Fuck!

I bet I haven't been in Grant's Tomb since I was ten (right after they interred him).

I think they've scrapped the Gatehouse, Laurel?

Dr Morbius (Dr Morbius), Friday, 6 October 2006 14:31 (thirteen years ago) link

i've been in the photo studio "the space" on the top floor of chelsea market a bunch of times - kinda cool but basically what you'd expect.

jhoshea megafauna (scoopsnoodle), Friday, 6 October 2006 14:32 (thirteen years ago) link

Oh phooey, I guess the Gatehouse is out, then. I'm stuck at the Cloisters almost all of Sunday, anyway, so I'll have to pick some Saturday tours and just see what happens.

Laurel (Laurel), Friday, 6 October 2006 14:37 (thirteen years ago) link

Oh, I love that lighthouse. I used to spend a lot of time in Washington Heights and always wondered about the shit up there. I wish they'd let us on the bridge that goes above the culvert...

Eppy (Eppy), Friday, 6 October 2006 14:37 (thirteen years ago) link

yeah, Gatehouse is gone, but there's still the High Bridge Tower (which is probably better, if more out of the way)

Floyd Bennett Field sounds like one of the more value-added picks. are the Grant's Tomb and Wyckoff House tours unique to this weekend?

gabbneb (gabbneb), Friday, 6 October 2006 14:38 (thirteen years ago) link

Went to High Bridge Tower last year -- it's awesome! Go early-ish in the day, because at the top of the regular stairs there's a tiny cast-iron spiral stair-cage that goes to the very highest lookout deck...but there's no electrical light up there so when the direct sunlight passed, the Parks Dept had to close that portion. It's still pretty great without that bit but I was sad to have missed it.

Laurel (Laurel), Friday, 6 October 2006 14:42 (thirteen years ago) link

Last year!!

http://static.flickr.com/28/91455323_e92a237e7b.jpg

Laurel (Laurel), Friday, 6 October 2006 14:46 (thirteen years ago) link

I want to go to the Octagon on Roosevelt Island, and I'll go past the 2nd Ave Marble Cemetery too. Such a great event.

paulhw (paulhw), Saturday, 7 October 2006 22:02 (thirteen years ago) link

Totally missed it today. I needed a day off more than I wanted to go all the way uptown and stake out Grant's tomb. :( On the bright side, the Panamanian parade went past my house WITH MARCHING BANDS!

Laurel (Laurel), Saturday, 7 October 2006 22:03 (thirteen years ago) link

i'm annoyed that they never open up the triborough bridge authority and most likely never will ;_;

bell labs (bell_labs), Saturday, 7 October 2006 23:12 (thirteen years ago) link

I waited about 25 mins of line for the rooftop garden on the Brit Empire Bldg at Rock Center, which would've been worth it if no one else was there... Did get an aerial view there of the Polish parade on 5th and his Eminence in front of the Cathedral (wd've been better w/ a telescopic sight).

The Prince George Ballroom was nice, but familiar from other rooms of the period I've seen.

Dr Morbius, Monday, 8 October 2007 13:13 (twelve years ago) link

eleven months pass...

2008 guide in today's Times for )ct 4-5.

http://www.ohny.org/weekend/listings.cfm

I made a res for the Coney walk but don't know if I was in time.

Dr Morbius, Friday, 26 September 2008 13:47 (eleven years ago) link

woohoo, I got into the Louis Armstrong House! (which is always open anyway. They better show us an old spliff or something)

Dr Morbius, Friday, 26 September 2008 15:03 (eleven years ago) link

i generally eschew the places that are always open anyway, which doesn't necessarily make sense given that i don't go there any other time of the year either.

gabbneb, Friday, 26 September 2008 15:06 (eleven years ago) link

i signed up for 4 things last night but haven't heard back

gabbneb, Friday, 26 September 2008 15:07 (eleven years ago) link

I did get on the Coney walk's list, assuming I show up in time.

Dr Morbius, Monday, 29 September 2008 17:25 (eleven years ago) link

i got Grand Concourse, 7WTC lighting, Governor's Island and Morgan Library

gabbneb, Monday, 29 September 2008 17:36 (eleven years ago) link

I don't see anything about reservations for the Gov Island tours.

Dr Morbius, Monday, 29 September 2008 17:56 (eleven years ago) link

check the website - there are reservations for the tram tours of the Southern end of the island, though not for the walking tours of the northern end

gabbneb, Monday, 29 September 2008 18:58 (eleven years ago) link

http://www.newyorkology.com/archives/2008/09/ohny_additions.php

no Little Red Lighthouse?

gabbneb, Tuesday, 30 September 2008 17:32 (eleven years ago) link

"the NYC Urban Park Rangers told NewYorkology that the Little Red Lighthouse is not participating, despite its new addition listing."

Dr Morbius, Tuesday, 30 September 2008 17:35 (eleven years ago) link

I can't even find the Governors Island listing on the OHNY site.

Dr Morbius, Tuesday, 30 September 2008 17:46 (eleven years ago) link

OK, I got it.

Dr Morbius, Tuesday, 30 September 2008 17:48 (eleven years ago) link

the lighthouse is open

http://www.newyorkology.com/archives/2008/10/ohny_updates_re.php

gabbneb, Wednesday, 1 October 2008 21:58 (eleven years ago) link

bump

Dr Morbius, Saturday, 4 October 2008 14:37 (eleven years ago) link

Gov Island is in a weird limbo, eh? Good Jamaican rice n' beans vendor near the dock tho.

Louis Armstrong House Museum was cool. He and Lucille sure were smallish; we could hardly get down the stairs and remain vertical.

Dr Morbius, Tuesday, 7 October 2008 20:23 (eleven years ago) link

i got onto a Masonic Lodge tour but bailed before we went inside because i had somewhere more interesting to be

gabbneb, Tuesday, 7 October 2008 20:30 (eleven years ago) link

eleven months pass...

This year's sked goes on website Thursday night (weekend is Oct 10-11).

A Patch on Blazing Saddles (Dr Morbius), Tuesday, 29 September 2009 18:45 (ten years ago) link

http://www.ohny.org/weekend/listings.cfm

Print copy can be found in today's Metro daily.

A Patch on Blazing Saddles (Dr Morbius), Friday, 2 October 2009 17:36 (ten years ago) link

anyone investigated the listings? what good stuff is filled up already?

A Patch on Blazing Saddles (Dr Morbius), Tuesday, 6 October 2009 16:43 (ten years ago) link

Eh there's not that much I want to do this year, tho I only looked at Bklyn. I'm never going to remember early enough to get into the Gov Island tours or the closed-bits-of-Ellis Island tours or the MTA-substation tours.

Mostly I need a search fxn for the listings that filters out every single design studio or commercial enterprise. Fuck a "Brooklyn artists loft".

that stupid-ass cannibal pen-pal of yours (Laurel), Tuesday, 6 October 2009 16:55 (ten years ago) link

And churches. I don't really want to see any churches, either.

that stupid-ass cannibal pen-pal of yours (Laurel), Tuesday, 6 October 2009 16:59 (ten years ago) link

The tours of the MTA substation are only at 1pm and only 25 people per tour...but there's no RSVP info...???

that stupid-ass cannibal pen-pal of yours (Laurel), Tuesday, 6 October 2009 17:18 (ten years ago) link

All the track work this weekend is gonna make this harder. I may clomp around Red Hook tomorrow.

Your Favorite Saturday Night Thing (Dr Morbius), Saturday, 10 October 2009 03:24 (ten years ago) link

eleven months pass...

The 2010 OHNY Weekend event guide will be available tomorrow as an insert in Time Out New York's September 29 issue!

Full site and program listings will be available tonight on ohny.org at 9 pm, as well as in an easy-to-print PDF format. However, sites and programs that require advance reservations will start at 9 am on Wednesday, September 29.

kind of shrill and very self-righteous (Dr Morbius), Tuesday, 28 September 2010 17:32 (nine years ago) link

anyone going to anything?

kind of shrill and very self-righteous (Dr Morbius), Wednesday, 6 October 2010 11:44 (nine years ago) link

I want to do the Red Hook Sludge Boat, but there are no more spots. I will do the Digester Eggs at Newtown Creek and maybe the Chrysler Building.

Virginia Plain, Thursday, 7 October 2010 04:54 (nine years ago) link

Forgot about this until last min, as usual! But I can guarantee I won't be able to get F out of the house for anything on the list, so I'm not sure what my chances are of going.

I've got ten bucks. SURPRISE ME. (Laurel), Thursday, 7 October 2010 13:21 (nine years ago) link

two years pass...

Some events now open to reservations (and already gone):

http://www.ohny.eventbrite.com/

I am going to the Roosevelt House, Sat at noon.

Miss Arlington twirls for the Coal Heavers (Dr Morbius), Wednesday, 2 October 2013 15:44 (six years ago) link

Federally-operated sites scheduled to participate on OHNY Weekend will be closed this weekend. This includes the OHNY Weekend Information Hub, scheduled to be located at the Alexander Hamilton US Custom House/Smithsonian's National Museum of the American Indian, and now relocated to the Neighborhood Preservation Center, 232 East 11th Street at Second Avenue. The Information Hub will be open from 10 am-4 pm Saturday and Sunday. Stop by for questions, event guides, and other information.

http://blog.ohny.org/tag/2013-wknd-updates/

eclectic husbandry (Dr Morbius), Wednesday, 9 October 2013 20:54 (six years ago) link

eleven months pass...

haven't investigated at all for this weekend, i assume all the shiny spots are filled up.

http://www.ohny.org/weekend/overview

son of a lewd monk (Dr Morbius), Wednesday, 8 October 2014 16:28 (five years ago) link

well if they're REALLY going to let you climb the 149 steps up the Jefferson Market Library tower -- i went one year and it had been cancelled -- i'd be up for that. Going up the Grand Army arch was some scary shit.

son of a lewd monk (Dr Morbius), Wednesday, 8 October 2014 20:35 (five years ago) link

one year passes...

pick something for me to do

http://www.ohny.org/weekend/overview

skateboards are the new combover (Dr Morbius), Friday, 16 October 2015 11:27 (four years ago) link

Working today but I'm thinking of doing Bronx Community College buildings Sunday.

Virginia Plain, Saturday, 17 October 2015 13:04 (four years ago) link

eleven months pass...

it's reservation day

http://www.ohny.org/weekend/reservations

The Hon. J. Piedmont Mumblethunder (Dr Morbius), Thursday, 6 October 2016 15:10 (three years ago) link

Got into Custom House tour and Edward Hopper studio.

The Hon. J. Piedmont Mumblethunder (Dr Morbius), Thursday, 6 October 2016 15:30 (three years ago) link

eleven months pass...

advance res day

https://www.ohny.org/weekend/reservations

ice cream social justice (Dr Morbius), Thursday, 5 October 2017 14:36 (two years ago) link

one year passes...

first time in years i haven't made a res; might drop into the Eldridge St Museum today

a Mets fan who gave up on everything in the mid '80s (Dr Morbius), Sunday, 14 October 2018 12:53 (one year ago) link

felt like a light year in terms of big shiny must-dos or maybe i've just been here long enough that i've seen most of the big-ticket items. also just don't have a passion for 19th century interiors by and large, and that takes up a lot of the calendar. but still a grand resource.

|Restore| |Restart| |Quit| (Doctor Casino), Sunday, 14 October 2018 17:12 (one year ago) link

In theory I wanted to see a lot of this, but I was content to take a walk to see the ceiling of the AT&T lobby and move on.

Elvis Telecom, Monday, 15 October 2018 02:35 (one year ago) link

It's a hell of a ceiling!

|Restore| |Restart| |Quit| (Doctor Casino), Monday, 15 October 2018 10:56 (one year ago) link

Missed it again, rats. I love this but I like going to the far-flung and less popular sites--Floyd Bennet Field and the Highbridge Water Tower and the Little Red Lighthouse etc etc are standouts from past years. The whole idea of crowds and waiting in lines puts me right off.

There's more Italy than necessary. (in orbit), Monday, 15 October 2018 13:55 (one year ago) link

NY Architecture/Design Film Festival just started up: https://adfilmfest.com/site/ny2018

Elvis Telecom, Wednesday, 17 October 2018 15:51 (one year ago) link

eleven months pass...

Archtober events: https://2019.archtober.org

Elvis Telecom, Monday, 30 September 2019 19:54 (two weeks ago) link

and this year's OHNY events list is unveiled tomorrow

a Mets fan who gave up on everything in the mid '80s (Dr Morbius), Monday, 30 September 2019 19:58 (two weeks ago) link

I'm going to be in town for OHNY this year! I've done the Chicago one a bunch of times and am excited to check out sites in a new city.

jaymc, Tuesday, 1 October 2019 03:33 (two weeks ago) link

lmk what whets your appetite

https://ohny.org/weekend/event-guide

a Mets fan who gave up on everything in the mid '80s (Dr Morbius), Tuesday, 1 October 2019 17:30 (two weeks ago) link

reservations open

Hamilton Grange, anyone been?

a Mets fan who gave up on everything in the mid '80s (Dr Morbius), Tuesday, 8 October 2019 17:28 (one week ago) link

It's open!

a Mets fan who gave up on everything in the mid '80s (Dr Morbius), Saturday, 19 October 2019 14:00 (yesterday) link

we're on our way out to some sightseein'!

weird ilx but sb (Doctor Casino), Saturday, 19 October 2019 14:32 (yesterday) link


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