Every year New Yorkers with a passion for architecture, design, and history get amped when Open House New York Weekend rolls around, allowing them to take insider tours of buildings and discover usually sealed off ones. Although the full list of sites has not yet been revealed for this fall’s enriching two-day event, October 14-15, there will be some 250 locales (many welcome spontaneity, but others require reservations) across the five boroughs participating. Watch a glass-blowing demonstration at the Gowanus studio Brooklyn Glass and wander through the sustainably minded Ocean Breeze Track and Field House in Staten Island with Sage and Coombe Architects. Gawk at Ezra Winter’s nautical themed murals found in the old lobby of Cunard steamship headquarters, explore the wide-ranging architectural styles of the Rockefeller University campus, and bring little ones to the Cast Hall at the Institute of Classical Architecture & Art where they can craft plaster craft sculptures from Play-Doh. Whether residential or industrial, each building visit underscores the importance of urban design to New York’s civic life.
Photos Courtesy of David Hogarty, Brooklyn Glass, via OHNY Facebook page (above) and Paul Warchol, Ocean Breeze Track and Field House via OHNY Facebook page (featured)