Open House New York is the coolest...a weekend during which historical buildings, everything from farmhouses (yes, we had them) to the newest of the new buildings open their doors to the public for one weekend only. Fans of architecture will obviously love this, but so will history buffs. We like it because, well, we're nosey.
Bullet Space was one of the first legalized squats in the city, located in a tenement house built in the late nineteenth century. Visitors will learn about the residents' history as squatters, take a tour of the gallery and the garden and view an exhibition of the NYC fire hydrant. (No, that's not a typo.)
Teatro is an historic 600 seat theater located at El Museu del Barrio. Visitors will be blown away at the 30-foot tall hand-painted murals by not illustrator Willy Pogany depicting scenes from children's literature. Plus the space was the original site for the Joseph Papp New York Shakespeare Festival!
Who knew that the roof of the Javits Center, the busiest convention center in the US, is a paragon of sustainability? 6,000 bird-friendly glass panels, a 6.75 acre green roof and an energy conservation program has reduced their consumption by 26%. 29 bird species, five bat species and five bee hives are among the residents!
The Minetta Lane Residence right by us here in the Village is a must-see. Architect Adam Kushner transformed this townhouse into an urban oasis for his family. Go visit to hear about its storied and colorful past.
A walking tour of Greenwich Village will trace the history of development of New York City's row houses from the early to the mid-nineteenth century. A tour of Morningside Park will start off at its popular farmers' market. A tour of the new eco-park at Pier 35 will showcase the beautiful outdoor space for the local community along the waterfront.
So, here are the details. The Open House runs from October 18th through the 20th. Yup, it's all free, but some events do require advanced reservations. There are more than 300 sites that will be available to visit, so check the website and make your picks!
It's really a fun event, so check it out!
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