New Yorkers – mark your calendars for the 10th Annual openhousenewyork®. Making its debut next weekend, the two-day long event is jam-packed with all of the interior tours, presentations and activities that a design aficionado can handle. What makes openhousenewyork so awesome is their availability to all New Yorkers. No longer does one have to rush into Manhattan for scheduled events as this weekend has things planned for each of the boroughs. Most events are free to the public while others require advance reservations ($5/person).
Openhousenewyork not only provides a unique line-up of amazing tours, but quite the variety. Architecturemoves for example offers a series of dance and music performances inspired by New York’s landscape and architecture. There are even a series of workshops and tours for children (OHNY Kids!).
Below is a taste of some of the planned events you can expect to see at this year’s openhousenewyork. To learn more about the event, visit them online at http://new.ohny.org.
- (Saturday, October 6 – 10am to 5pm) The 40/40 Club: After almost ten years, this luxury sports lounge and nightclub owned by hip hop mogul Jay-Z and partner Juan Perez, recently underwent over $10 million in renovations. The 12,000-sq-ft space combines the lavish warmth of a New York City penthouse with the vivacity and glamour of court-side seats at a championship game. The multi-level space embraces an elegant decor and style fitting of an exclusive revolutionary sports bar and lounge in the 21st-century.
- (Saturday, October 6 – see time slots) Apryl Miller Studios: Artist Apryl Miller’s home has been declared a masterpiece by HGTV and Salon.com. It has 150 paint colors and every room is an art installation, including children’s bedrooms, and indescribable tiled bathrooms. opendialogue tours with artist and owner. Reservations required for location.
- (October 6-7 – 11am to 6pm) Chinatown Loft:The fluorescent glow of a Chinatown tenement building gives way to a sun-drenched 750-sq-ft apartment painted in chartreuse. A bit of history is preserved with ancient kitchen wallpaper and exposed brick. opendialogue Talks and tours with architect and owner throughout the day.
- (October 6-7 – see time slots) Louis Armstrong House Museum: In 1943, Louis Armstrong, the world’s most famous jazz musician, and his wife Lucille settled in this modest brick home where they lived for the remainder of their lives. In 2003, the house was converted into a museum, with preserved period interiors. Exhibits of Louis’ life and legacy are on view, and visitors can also enjoy the Armstrongs’ Japanese-inspired garden.
- (October 6-7 – 11am-4pm) Fort Tryon Cottage & Heather Garden:donated to NYC in 1935 by John D. Rockefeller Jr., Fort Tryon Park encompasses 67-acres with majestic views of the Hudson River. The 1908 cottage flanking the garden was originally the gatehouse of the G.K. Billings Estate.
- (October 6-7 – 11am to 5pm) Japan Society: Programs at the Japan Society are set against a backdrop of indoor gardens, a reflecting pool and a waterfall. The first example of contemporary Japanese architecture in NYC houses galleries, a theater, and library with furniture by master woodworker George Nakashima.