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Celebrating a Sustainable City


Celebrating a Sustainable City

By Alison Pirie, Open House New York

Did you know there’s an apple orchard on top of the busiest convention center in the nation?

Most New Yorkers know Javits Center as a mammoth glass convention hall, but in recent years, renovations have transformed the site into a model of biodiversity and green infrastructure. It is now home to both trade shows and over 50 species of birds.


In addition to the apple orchard, North Javits, part of the $1.5 billion expansion of Javits Center, boasts a pollinator meadow and one-acre rooftop farm growing native plants that were once rooted on the very land where the Javits Center now stands.


Open House New York, a nonprofit known for unlocking the city’s hidden gems, invites you to celebrate this remarkable project at the Open City Benefit on April 18. At the event, the North Javits design-build team will be honored with the Open City Award for their pivotal role in shaping a greener, more sustainable future for our city.


Join hundreds of New Yorkers in the saw-toothed pavilion of North Javits for a festive evening of cocktails, farm-to-table dining, entertainment, and design tours, surrounded by a lush rooftop farm and spectacular skyline and river views.


Open City Benefit

Thursday, April 18, 2024

North Javits: Rooftop Pavilion and Farm

New York City

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The Open City Benefit isn’t just an event—it makes possible Open House New York’s mission to unlock the city’s treasures for all to enjoy—including the beloved annual citywide festival OHNY Weekend. And it is a ton of fun.