What is OHNY Weekend?

For two days each October, OHNY Weekend unlocks the doors of New York’s most important buildings, offering an extraordinary opportunity to experience the city and meet the people who design, build, and preserve New York. From historic to contemporary, residential to industrial, hundreds of sites across the five boroughs are open to visit, with tours, talks, performances, and other special events taking place over the course of the Weekend. During this year’s 12th Annual OHNY Weekend, Making it Here will expand its reach to the tens of thousands of visitors who participate in the festival every year through two very special programmatic series.


BK-Brooklyn Phono_credit Ben Wallen

BX-Kirschner Brushes_credit Nicole Tarpey


SI-Staten Island Makerspace_credit site

Factory Friday

On Friday, October 10, the day before OHNY Weekend officially begins, factories across the city will open their doors for special, rarely offered factory tours. Participants will learn about how everything from fabric flowers to vinyl records are made right here in New York City, straight from the people making them. Factory Friday is organized by the urban manufacturing experts at the Pratt Center for Community Development. All participating factories are members of the Made in NYC network, a buy-local campaign initiated by Pratt Center that endeavors to support NYC’s vibrant manufacturing sector. Factory Friday tours require advance reservations; listings will go live on to the public on ohny.org on September 30, and reservations can be made beginning at 11am on October 1, 2014.

Participating Factories:

Adriatic Wood Products
East New York, Brooklyn
Custom moldings, trims, & woodwork

Sunset Park, Brooklyn
Vinyl records

Ferra Designs
Brooklyn Navy Yard
Precision metal fabrication

Kirschner Brushes
Mott Haven, Bronx
Paint brushes

M & S Schmalberg
Garment District, Manhattan
Fabric flowers

Long Island City, Queens
Custom design/production, rapid prototyping

Organic Food Incubator
Long Island City, Queens
Specialty food manufacturing

Worksman Cycles
Ozone Park, Queens
Industrial bicycles, tricycles, and mobile food vending systems

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A variety of makerspaces around the city will open to the public during this year’s OHNY Weekend, on October 11-12. According to Makerspace.com, “makerspaces are community centers with tools. Makerspaces combine manufacturing equipment, community, and education for the purposes of enabling community members to design, prototype and create manufactured works that wouldn’t be possible to create with the resources available to individuals working alone.” During OHNY Weekend, you’ll be able to visit one—or all—of the participating spaces to learn about the growing impact that the “Maker Movement” is having on how and where things are made in New York. Each site will have its own open hours, which will be available on ohny.org beginning on September 30th, 2014.

Participating Makerspaces:

Alpha One Labs
Greenpoint, Brooklyn

Sunset Park, Brooklyn

Hack Manhattan
Chelsea, Manhattan

Long Island City, Queens

NYSCI Maker Space + Design Lab
Flushing Meadows, Queens

SPark Workshop Brooklyn
Sunset Park, Brooklyn

Staten Island Makerspace
Stapleton, Staten Island

Textile Arts Center
Gowanus, Brooklyn

Visible Futures Lab
Flatiron District, Manhattan

M-Visible Futures Lab_credit T Cheung

Photo credits, top to bottom, left to right: Ben Wallen (Brooklyn Phono), Nicole Tarpey (Kirschner Brushes), Erik Tietz (MACHINEMADE), Staten Island MakerSpace, Tak Cheung (Visible Futures Lab)