This was my twelfth year volunteering for Open House New York. In prior years I had volunteered at City Hall/Tweed Courthouse, Teardrop Park, the Chrysler Building, House of the Redeemer, several sites in Red Hook, Paul Rudolph Modulator Building, Masonic Temple, Central Park Tour, Architects home on W 3rd, the Horticultural Society Library, and the private garden between the I M Pei buildings between First and Second in the 30's. I had never heard of many of these places before I volunteered but they really did heighten my awareness of the built New York. (And maybe someday I'll receive my belated 10 year pin :) )
This year I was pleasantly surprised to be assigned to the Renee and Chaim Gross Foundation. I visited briefly last year during OHNY and went on an extensive tour during the year with the Guides Association of New York. After reading a great article in the NY Times about spending greater amounts of time really looking at individual artworks, I thoroughly enjoyed examining several pieces of art and sculpture in depth. Try this next time you visit a museum or gallery.
I visited the United Palace of Cultural Arts to see the movie Guys and Dolls. This was the first musical I ever saw. My father played Big Jule in a Montclair Operetta Club production (and two subsequent revivals). BS Pulley did a great job with my father's part and none of the lines were cut for the movie. I hope the United Palace will participate in Open House New York next year.