Another Open House New York is now on the books, and judging by the photos posted to social media over the weekend—where the hashtag #OHNYwknd was in frequent use—it was a banner year, with hundreds of fascinating, little-seen New York City sites open to the public. Among the most popular, according to our not-so-scientific scouring: Lite Brite Neon Studios in Gowanus, an Instagram-perfect site if ever there was one; the unusual architecture of Westbeth Artists Housing, located in the former Bell Laboratories Buildings in the West Village; and the Lowline Lab on the Lower East Side.
But there were hundreds of sites across all five boroughs welcoming visitors on Saturday and Sunday—get a peek at some of our favorites below.
Manhattan Municipal Building Cupola:
Westbeth Artists Housing:
New York State Pavilion in Flushing Meadows-Corona Park:
Lite Brite Neon Studios:
Museum at Eldridge Street:
Marine Air Terminal at LaGuardia Airport:
James Brooks, "Flight" (1942) Depicting man's quest to conquer the skies, this last and largest mural produced under the auspices of the WPA was painted over by Port Authority bureaucrats -- upset by its social realist style and strong depiction of workers -- in 1952 at the height of McCarthy anti-communist fervor. It wouldn't see the light of day again until 1980, when amateur aviation historian Geoffrey Arend raised the funds to uncover it. #ohny #openhousenewyork #wpa #murals
The Black Lady Theatre, Brooklyn:
620 Fulton Street in Brooklyn:
Union Theological Seminary:
Sims Municipal Recycling Facility:
URBY on Staten Island:
Exploring the kid friendly caves at the Lowline Lab during Open House New York. The Lowline is a plan to use innovative solar technology to create the world's first underground park, in a historic trolley terminal, on the Lower East Side of New York City. When asking "How can we build more green space in our city?" Does the answer lay just below our feet?