Countdown to OHNY Weekend

After months of planning, the 12th Annual OHNY Weekend is now just three weeks away! As we head into the home stretch, I wanted to reach out to you, as the Primary Contact for your site or tour, to go over a few housekeeping items. To wit:

Key Dates:
There are a number of important dates coming up over the next few weeks. Here are the highlights:

Wednesday, 9/24: Site & Tour Sponsor Reception (Wollman Hall, 6-8pm, Click here to register)

Tuesday, 9/30: OHNY Weekend Guide & web listings go live at ohny.org; printed guides become available at a dozen info hubs around the five boroughs

Wednesday, 10/1: Reservations for Advanced Reservation tours go live at ohny.org

Thursday, 10/2: The issue of Time Out New York with 150,000 Weekend Guide inserts hits subscriber mailboxes and newsstands

Week of 10/6: Volunteer contacts will be emailed to you early in the week; toward the end of the week, sites and tours requiring Advanced Reservations will be emailed their attendee lists. Site & Tour Sponsors should also expect to hear from the District Coordinators, who will help manage volunteers and can assist with any issues that arise during the Weekend, at some point during this week, if not sooner.

Thursday, 10/9: OHNY Weekend Launch Party (Prince George Ballroom, 6-9pm, Click here to purchase tickets)

Friday, 10/10: Factory Friday

Saturday & Sunday, 10/11-12: The 12th Annual OHNY Weekend

Promotion: While OHNY mounts a massive PR effort in the months directly preceding the Weekend that generates millions of impressions through print, television, and social media, we always encourage sites to help spread the word about the event.

Logos & Text: Many of you have written to request OHNY’s official logo and boilerplate text about the Weekend. Please find both in the attached document for use in your own promotional materials advertising your site’s participation in OHNY Weekend. If you are promoting the event online and would like to link through to our site, we recommend using http://www.ohny.org/weekend/overview

Social Media: This year we are using the official #OHNYwknd hashtag in all social media related to the event, and hope that you will do the same! You can find more from us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. I’ve included a few pre-written tweet-length posts that you can copy and use on your own accounts in the attached document—or, of course, feel free to create your own!

Signage & Surveys: Along with volunteer contacts, you will receive an email from me closer to the event with PDF versions of the official OHNY Weekend poster and OHNY Weekend surveys. OHNY asks that sites print and make surveys available during their participation, as the surveys are vital to planning the festival from year to year.

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Riverside Church Tours

Saturday 1 pm and 3 pm
Sunday 12:15 pm

Enter 91 Claremont Avenue.

Tours include a brief history of the church and a summary of its programs as well as informed visits to Christ Chapel, Gethsemane Chapel, the Nave and the Chancel. The organ console is usually included as well.

Located on the Upper West Side, on the edge of the Morningside and Harlem communities of New York City, the edifice is modeled after the 13th Century gothic cathedral in Chartres, France. Its gothic tower stands as a beacon to the world and continues to bring people with very different perspectives together.

Exterior: From The Outside Looking In…
“Prophetic, germinative ideas are here; there are open doors of possibility for good as well as evil…”
–Harry Emerson Fosdick

A bird’s eye-view of The Riverside Church from the Hudson River with its surrounding community in the background. Surrounding the church are religious and educational institutions and the public parks of Morningside Heights and Harlem.

The Riverside Church is 100 feet wide and covers two city blocks. The tower, rising to a height of 392 feet, is the first of its kind to serve a functional purpose, providing 24 floors for the congregation’s programs.

The Riverside Church is situated at one of the highest points of New York City, overlooking the Hudson River and 122nd Street.

Interior: From The Inside Looking Out…
In the Nave of The Riverside Church, the strivings and aspirations of humanity pervade which is a tribute to its founders, architects, artists, and craftsmen, and to their dedication to the glory of God.

The Labyrinth on the floor of the chancel has been adapted from the maze at Chartres, one of the few such medieval designs in existence.

The pulpit has welcomed speakers from far and near: The Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., preached his famous anti-Vietnam War sermon from this pulpit; Nelson Mandela addressed the nation during an interfaith celebration welcoming him to America; Marian Wright-Edelman of the Children’s Defense Fund spoke about the need to provide quality healthcare to all children; and the well-known Dr. Tony Campolo delivered a sermon concerning affluence in America.

Christ Chapel, patterned after the eleventh century Romanesque nave of the fortress church of St. Nazaire at Carcassonne, belongs architecturally to an earlier period than does the rest of the church.

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Bankstreet Bookstore

The Bank Street Bookstore opened in 1970 in a small space in the lobby of the Bank Street College. Before long, the bookstore’s success necessitated a move to a larger location on the corner of 112th Street and Broadway. Originally intended as a small store serving the needs of the college community, the bookstore has grown into a resource for the neighborhood and for the community of parents and educators worldwide.

Bank Street is known in the community, the tri-state area, and country as the bookstore with an amazing selection and a friendly, knowledgeable staff. Our staff members love children and books, and they apply their experience with both each time they read, review, and recommend a title. Not content to stick to the bestsellers, our staff members are constantly reading in an effort to find the perfect books for each customer and every situation.

Open Monday – Saturday 8:00 am – 8:00 pm, Sunday 10am – 8pm

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Mosaic Benches at Grant’s Tomb

National history and public art intersect at the General Grant National Memorial in Riverside Park in the form of seventeen mosaic benches. The colorful benches wrap around the exterior of the building, providing a stark contrast to the austere mausoleum. Since their creation in 1972, the benches and their relation to Grant’s Tomb have been flashpoints for debate about the role and value of public art. The benches were produced by CITYarts, created by professional artists and community volunteers of all ages, and led by artist Pedro Silva. Through intensive workshops, the community came up with images and ideas that were incorporated into the benches, which were inspired by the style of Antonio Gaudi, a Spanish sculptor and architect. Between 1972 and 1974, Silva, six professional artists, and large numbers of volunteers constructed the benches from iron rods, wire mesh, and poured concrete. They laid mosaic tiles over the framework. The free-form benches extend for more than 350 ft. around the sides and back of the memorial, and are set back about 25 ft. from the building. Silva and the volunteers created a variety of mosaic designs, including a portrait of General Grant, depictions of his travels and accomplishments, and what one writer called an “energetic medley” of other images, including an elephant in a jungle, a New York taxicab, bouquets of flowers, and a flooding fire hydrant.

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About Open House NY Weekend

To celebrate the city’s architecture and design, the 11th Annual openhousenewyork Weekend will once again unlock the city, allowing New Yorkers and tourists alike free access hundreds of sites talks, tours, performances and family activities in neighborhoods throughout the five boroughs. From private residences and historic landmarks, to hard hat tours and sustainable skyscrapers, OHNY gives you rare access into the extraordinary architecture that defines New York City, while introducing you to the people who make the city a vibrant and sustainable place to live, work, and play.

Visit Website > http://ohny.org/weekend/overview

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Cathedral Church of St. John the Divine: Highlights Tours

Cathedral Church of St. John the Divine: Highlights Tours – TOURS FULLY BOOKED

10:00 am
11:00 am
1:00 pm
2:00 pm

 

Explore the many highlights of the Cathedral’s history, architecture, and artwork, from the Great Bronze Doors to the seven Chapels of the Tongues. Learn about the Cathedral’s services, events, and programs that welcome and inspire visitors from around the world.

BOOKED

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Grant’s Tomb Closed due to Government Shutdown

Because of the federal government shutdown, all national parks are closed and National Park Service webpages are not operating. For more information, go to www.doi.gov.

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Cathedral St. John the Divine

Sunday October 13, 2013: Open from 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm

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Volunteer Opportunity Available!

Morningside Area Alliance is seeking a team of Neighborhood Guides with a passion for architecture and exploring new neighborhoods for a one-time volunteer opportunity during the weekend, on October 12 or October 13.

You will work as part of a team of volunteers and neighborhood residents to introduce thousands of visitors to Morningside Heights, also known as Manhattan’s Oasis on the Hill, or “Academic Acropolis.” Guides will give directions (training provided), distribute a beautiful color promotional brochure of neighborhood sites, and participate in the day’s events including walking tours, site visits, and performances.  Ultimately, as part of this experience, you will gain an insider’s knowledge about some truly unique architectural sites, exploring hidden parts of the city with other community-minded individuals. This special event is part of Open House New York, a nonprofit dedicated to exploring the architecture, design and cultural heritage of the City.

Contact

gilberto@morningsidealliance.org or 212-749-1570

Let us know when you are available!

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The Cathedral Church of St. John The Divine Highlights Tours

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Explore the many highlights of the Cathedral’s history, architecture, and artwork, from the Great Bronze Doors to the seven Chapels of the Tongues. Learn about the Cathedral’s services, events, and programs that welcome and inspire visitors from around the world.

BOOKED

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Open House NY – Self Guided Walking Tour

Self Guided Walking Tour

Visitors can download an audio walking tour of the architecture on Columbia’s Morningside Heights campus to their MP3 players. The tour is guided by Andrew Dolkart, a popular New York City architectural historian, a professor of architectural history at Columbia’s School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation, and the author of an award-winning history of Morningside Heights, Morningside Heights: A History of Its Architecture and Development.

 

The tour begins at the Columbia Visitors Center, on the second floor of Low Library, and includes 21 stops at such architectural highlights as St. Paul’s Chapel, Low Library and plaza, and the late-nineteenth-century classroom Havemeyer 309, which has been used as a set in a number of feature films. The stops are numbered on a printable map (pdf) and keyed to the track numbers on the audio tour so that visitors can tailor the tour to their own interests.

 

Event Page: http://www.columbia.edu/content/self-guided-walking-tour.html

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Information

Visit Morningside Area Alliance at the Upper Broadway Fall Festival and street fair! Have a question? Need help with a reservation or self-guided neighborhood tour? Neighborhood Guides will be available to assist you during Open House NY – Morningside Heights weekend. Volunteer staff will be recognized by their organize and green balloons and friendly smiles. Guides will be posted at 110th, 116th, and 120th and Broadway. Come over and meet the neighbors! NEED SOME HELP? Contact 646-337-9327.

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Information / Guides

Have a question? Need help with a reservation or self-guided neighborhood tour? Neighborhood Guides will be available to assist you during Open House NY – Morningside Heights weekend. Volunteer staff will be recognized by their organize and green balloons and friendly smiles. Guides will be posted at 110th, 116th, and 120th and Broadway. Come over and meet the neighbors! NEED SOME HELP? Contact 646-337-9327.

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