On October 17th, the Organization of Cornell Planners (OCP), organized an informal alumni meet-up in New York City. The AAP NYC program hosted the CRP reception in the gallery space of the 20th floor AAP NYC studio space at 26 Broadway. The reception occurred concurrently with Open House New York, a weekend where 300+ of New York City's most famous spaces are open for public tours. CRP students spent Saturday exploring Manhattan and the surrounding boroughs, visiting some of the city's most iconic neighborhoods, buildings and projects.
By 6pm, CRP students and alumni made their way to the old Standard Oil Building in the heart of the financial district. Guests arrived just in time to watch the sunset glimmer over the Hudson and finally set behind the Statue of Liberty. The event was open to current students--both Ithaca-based and New York city-based as well as CRP alumni from New York City and nearby regions. OCP's goal with the reception was to provide space for CRP students and alumni to convene, network and become familiar with AAP's New York City campus. Between hors d'oeuvres and light refreshments, students casually shared CRP updates with interested alumni. The alumni in turn shared information about their post-Cornell paths. In the spirit of the Open House New York weekend, the reception culminated with a tour of the studio space led by the Executive Director of the AAP NYC program, Robert Balder.