Gallery: 14 Free Green Places to Visit During Open House New York This ...

The Storefront for Art and Architecture is one of our favorite galleries in the whole city. The building itself, designed by Steven Holl & Vito Acconci, draws just as many visitors, if not more, than the gallery's exhibits. With a facade made from movable hinged panels, the gallery transforms for each different show and event, making for a unique experience every time you visit. Click here for location and directions.

OHNY was started by Scott Lauer in 2001, who was inspired by his experiences volunteering with Open House London. The first OHNY was attended by about 45,000 people and it has grown exponentially every year since, adding new places and programs each year. Now more than 200,000 guests visit almost 200 of the city’s best places.

Several new additions this year focus on sustainability and green design. The 6,000 square foot Eagle Street Rooftop Farm, Loadingdock5’s Williamsburg Passive House, and the new LEED Gold Myrtle Hall at Pratt will all be open to the public. There are also several locations dedicated to kids’ activities, and the Center for Architecture will once again serve as the OHNY welcome center.

To skip the line at all non-reservation locations and events, you can purchase the OHNY Passport. Click through our gallery to see our top picks for reservation-free places, and start planning your weekend now!

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  1. MikeStein October 17, 2011 at 9:11 am

    My wife and I had “pre-paid” reservations for the 1 p.m. tour of Dumbo. We arrived quite early, in fact, at 12:15 and did our own site-survey prior to linking-up with the guide. At 12:55 we noted that only one other couple was apparently waiting for this tour at the designated (printed in this year’s pamphlet of venues) but there was no “guide” yet there. We asked a Park Enforcement Policeman who radioed for guidance. Let it suffice to say that nobody could find the guide so we continued walking the area looking for a “group.” This is the first time in all the years we have been participating that we could not find a tour guide!