Every day on InhabitatNYC, we write about the best of the best of New York City’s sustainably built environment to help foster discussion about good design and the green future of our city. Well this weekend, you have the chance to see inside the Big Apple’s best buildings for yourself, thanks to the 9th Annual Open House New York (OHNY). The two day event opens up hundreds of the city’s buildings, offering talks, tours, and discussions. Many of the most popular places require reservations, but don’t fret if you forgot to reserve your tickets – we’ve rounded up 14 of the best green places to see this weekend that are completely free, like the 6,000 square foot Eagle Street Rooftop Farm. The farm will be opening for visitors on Sunday and you'll be able to learn about rooftop farming mechanics, local agriculture, and Eagle Street's many neighborhood connections.
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!