Our Doors Were Open: To Open House New York

This past Saturday and Sunday, we welcomed visitors to Waterside as part of Open House New York Weekend.

Open House New York is a nonprofit providing unparalleled access to the extraordinary architecture of NYC and to the people who design, build and preserve it. OHNY weekend, “unlocks the doors of New York’s most important buildings”.

And we were delighted to be one of them!

During the tour, we showed guests a number of the aspects that make Waterside so special.

Waterside, NYC - Tour for Open House New York Weekend

Waterside, NYC - Tour for Open House New York Weekend

Apartment Waterside, NYC - Tour for Open House New York Weekend

Waterside, NYC - Tour for Open House New York Weekend

To start off the experience, we gave guests a sneak peak of a show-ready apartment – where Musical MegaWatt improvisation teams, which performs regularly at The Magnet Theater, awaited.

Musical Megawatt - at Waterside, NYC - Tour for Open House New York Weekend

And, based on the guest’s suggestions, the performers created a completely new song!

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Guests watching Musical Megawatt - at Waterside, NYC - Tour for Open House New York Weekend

Guests watching Musical Megawatt - at Waterside, NYC - Tour for Open House New York Weekend

We told them about Waterside’s history and architectural significance.

As residents of the complexes know, Waterside Plaza is included in the Municipal Art Society’s Watch List of Future Landmarks due to the unique architecture. Established in 1974, Waterside Plaza is built over 2,000 concrete pilings going down 80 feet into the bed of New York’s East River, a 1,470 apartment complex inspired by the stark geometric power of the work of Louis Kahn.

Waterside Plaza aerial
Waterside Plaza aerial

And we showed them historical photos.

 

 

Mayor John Lindsay, Real Estate Developer Richard Ravitch, and Architect Lew Davis of Davis Brody and Associates
Mayor John Lindsay, Waterside Developer Richard Ravitch, and Architect Lew Davis of Davis Brody and Associates

 

Progress shot of Waterside construction looking northwest
Progress shot of Waterside construction looking northwest

Archival newspaper articles about development of Waterside, NYC

Aerial of Waterside Plaza taken near completion in 1974
Aerial of Waterside Plaza taken near completion in 1974

 

Archival newspaper articles about opening of Waterside, NYC

1975 ESU News - Cary Grant visits Waterside Plaza and Bristol Basin Dedication
Cary Grant visits Waterside Plaza and Bristol Basin Dedication

We also discussed Waterside and its residents, and talked about our many events.

And we’re now part of an exclusive chess set!

Open House New York - Chess Set - with Waterside Plaza

In our next blog post, we’ll share some of the beautiful photos visitors took.

Stay tuned!

New Waterside Plaza Feathered Residents! (Photo)

We have some new (newly hatched) residents here at Waterside Plaza!

Here’s the exclusive photo!

Our feathered family at Waterside Plaza (cute ducks!)

One of the best parts of spring at Waterside Plaza is these new arrivals.

We’ve been doing a lot of interviews lately. Maybe we should do one with this family. What would you like to know?

We’re curious about their names (the second from the left looks like a Theodore) and whether they’ll be attending events – like Friday’s dancing

Waterside Plaza’s Resident Feathered Family Is Back! (Video)

Our favorite part of spring: when our resident Waterside Plaza duck hatches a new brood and we get to see this adorable feathered family in action! See more views from Waterside at Waterside Plaza Views.

Flashback Friday: A surprise find, Waterside 30 years ago

waterside plaza 1970s
Waterside Plaza, 1970-1920. Credit Ashley Evans Johnson, Facebook.

Resident Ashley Evans Johnson shared the story of finding this amazing vintage photo of Waterside Plaza on Facebook. Funnily, we hear stories like this all the time! Share yours @watersideplaza.

Going through photos in my in-laws’ basement this weekend and found this gem from a late ’70s/early ’80s vacation to NYC…30 years before my husband and I moved into Waterside!