A Look Through The Open Doors: Our Picks’ for This Weekend’s Open House New York Tours

  • There’s a lot to see and do this weekend courtesy of Open House New York and its busy, busy team. There are too many sites for any one person to catch them all but here are some of The Observer’s favorite picks to help you narrow down the field.

  • The Bartow-Pell Mansion, that perfect turn-of-two-centuries ago Bronx idyl.

  • new "digesters" at Newtown Creek Water Pollution Control Plant, Brooklyn, New York, USA - a project of the NYC Department of Environmental Protection

  • Take a walk back in time to 1969 at the newly refurbished TWA flight center.

  • Learn concepts of perspective as it applies to drawing architecture and three-dimensional objects on a two dimensional surface at a class in the suitably complex Bayside Historical Society.

  • Get your Neo-Brutalist on before that was even a thing and explore the cavernous Brooklyn Army Terminal. A treat not to be missed we think.

  • Ever wondered what the Brooklyn eggs looked like up close? Well now you don't have to wonder anymore. Oh, and also, they're septic "digesters." At the Newtown Creek Water Pollution Control Plant.

  • No thirteen different Mason jokes, at the 23rd street Grand Lodge, please. Besides they have heard them all before. It's not everyday a "secret" society opens its doors to the public.

  • Check to see if ESPN *really* is on the screen at the 40/40 club.

  • Do what everybody else is doing and pretend that "all this mine," at the Bartow-Pell Mansion and museum.

  • Or, just go see what maybe could be yours inside the stunning Mod Pop apartment of interior designer Christopher Coleman and Venezuelan fashion designer Angel Sanchez.

  • And then shake off your covetous guilt at the ethereal Eldrige Street Synagogue.

  • Come see the Harry F. Sinclair House aka The Ukraine Institute of America aka "That cool looking house from Cruel Intentions."

  • See a movie at the newly redesigned Museum of the Moving Image.

  • Or, just put your feet up and read a book at the House of the Redeemer, aka, The Fabbri Mansion. Remember your smoking jackets.

  • Go inside Brooklyn's brand new Wythe Hotel.

  • Or check out something more vintage, like the Marriott Marquis.

  • Via Verde, the nicest affordable housing project in the Bronx, maybe New York, maybe the world.

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