October is the design and architecture month in New York City, and one of the most interesting events is Open House New York (OHNY). During the second weekend of October, hundreds of private residencies, public buildings and different urban sites in all five boroughs will be open to the wide public, free of charge.
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Here are some of this year’s OHNY highlights:
Bowne House Restoration Tour
Do you want to peek inside an original Anglo-Dutch residency? Bowne House, built around the 1660s, is the oldest house in Queens and one of the oldest and the best preserved houses in NYC. The home of John Bowne, who emigrated from England and became known as the pioneer of religious liberty rights, is currently undergoing an extensive restoration, and the tour explores the exterior and the impressive gardens of the house.
Address: 37-01 Bowne Street Flushing, Queens
Tour dates: Saturday, October 11: every round hour between 12:00 and 16:00
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69th Regiment Armory
If you’re into military antiques, you can visit 69th Regiment Armory in Manhattan. One of the most famous United States Army units, the Beaux-Arts style building dates to the early 1900s, but the collection of military antiques includes artifacts from the Civil War, through both World Wars and to Iraq and Afghanistan. The building also serves a home for the famous Armory Show and the Victoria Secret Fashion show.
Address: 68 Lexington Avenue, Rose Hill, Manhattan
Tour dates: Sat & Sun at 10am, 12pm, 2pm, & 4pm (including a movie)
A New Edge for the East River Esplanade
A walking tour that explores the planned East River Esplanade between 60th and 125th Street, and discusses the concept of community-based urban planning and sustainability. Organized and guided by CIVITAS, an organization dedicated to improving the quality of life in the neighborhoods of Upper East Side and East Harlem, the tour’s participants will learn about the different ways to improve the outdoor public space in the area.
If you want to learn how to use your space smartly, you can take lessons from the tiny 425 square feet micro-loft designed by Specht Harpman Architects. Located in a Manhattan’s Upper West Side brownstone, the micro-loft is separated into four different platforms and uses under stairs storage solutions.
Address: Upper West Side, Manhattan
Tour Dates: Saturday & Sunday, every round hour from 10 am to 3 pm.
Brooklyn Bridge Park: Construction Tour of Main Street and John Street Parks
The Main Street and John Street sections of the Brooklyn Bridge Park will be completed only next year, but in the meantime you can join a preview tour of the new waterfront parkland at the John Street site, with its pedestrian bridges, tree-lined pathways, and an expanded lawn and the upgraded dog run, walking and biking routes and climbing walls on Main Street.
Address: DUMBO, Brooklyn
Tour Dates: Sunday, October 12, 2:00 pm