It’s almost time: We’re just a few weeks out from the 2018 Open House New York weekend, taking place October 12–14 across all five boroughs. During the three-day event—a change from the previous years’ two days of tours—hundreds of architectural sites and cultural venus will open to the public, including many that are normally off-limits.
Among the new sites that have been added to the docket this year are 3 World Trade Center, the Brooklyn Navy Yard’s recently opened Building 77, the landmarked Dime Savings Bank of Brooklyn (which comes with a peek at its future as the base of the supertall skyscraper 9 DeKalb), and Governors Island’s vacant South Battery (Officer Club).
And this year, you have a week to prepare for tours that require reservations; they’ll go live on September 25 at 11am. This year, those tours include old favorites—the Brooklyn Army Terminal, the Woolworth Building, and the Jefferson Market Library among them—as well as brand new sites. You can learn about the construction of Domino Park with folks from James Corner Field Operations, or go behind the scenes at SHoP’s newly completed Pier 17 complex, among others.
But take note: the process of getting reservations is not easy, and tours regularly fill up within seconds of those going live. (OHNY says that “[w]hat Beyonce is to concerts or Hamilton is to Broadway musicals, OHNY Weekend is to architecture tours,” and they’re not exactly wrong.) The organization has put together a handy guide to getting reservations, but we can tell you from experience that much of it will come down to sheer dumb luck.