New York City has some amazing architectural wonders that are open to the public every day of the year, but the City has many, many more that are not.
The Open House New York Weekend, now in it’s 13th year, hopes to bridge this gap and allow the public a rare glimpse into the privately owned and operated buildings of architectural significance.
For two days each October, the Annual Open House New York 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.
The dates for this years weekend are October 17th and 18th, at locations in all 5 boroughs. The full list of participating buildings won’t be announced until early October, but Forbes reports:
Google’s New York City headquarters in Chelsea, the Beaux-Arts library on CUNY’s Bronx Community College campus designed by McKim, Mead, & White in 1912, one of the city’s largest rooftop soil farms, located on top of the historic Standard Motors Building in Long Island City, and the National Lighthouse Museum on Staten Island, with its collection of foghorns and lighthouse models, are among the featured sites this year during the 2015 Open House New York Weekend.
The tours are free, but most require registration beforehand to keep things orderly.