We can all agree New York is one of the most dynamic cities in the world, yet it's incredibly easy to get stuck in a routine of going to the same places all the time — from apartment to office to bodega to gym, and then back to your couch. This weekend, the 14th annual Open House New York will give you the chance to peek beyond your day-to-day haunts. By opening the doors to more than 250 sites across all five boroughs, from historic event halls to contemporary design centers, residential brownstones to industrial warehouses, OHNY shines a light on the amazing architectural feats in this city.
With so many sites to see, how do you get started? While a handful that required reservations have sold out, there are still an overwhelming number free and open to the public. We highlighted a few picks; scroll through the above slideshow for a few sneak peeks.
Once a 1930s vaudeville house, then home to a '60s black televangelical congregation, and today, a performance hall for the likes of Bob Dylan and Adele and a popular filming location for film and TV like Netflix's "Luke Cage" and Woody Allen's "Cafe Society," the United Palace of Cultural Arts has had many lives. Experience them all while gawking at the ornate interior, which resembles a jacked up version of Wes Anderson's Grand Budapest Hotel. Open Saturday 10 a.m.-2 p.m, with tours at 11, noon and 1p.m. 4140 Broadway, Washington Heights
A/D/O, a design space opening later this year in a 23,000-square-foot warehouse in Greenpoint, will host the official OHNY launch party Thursday night. Tickets available here. For those who can't make the launch but still want to check out the space, A/D/O will be free and open to the public both Sat. and Sun. from 10 a.m.-6 p.m., with tours at noon, 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. 29 Norman Ave., Greenpoint
The eighth tallest building in New York, 70 Pine was first built in the 1930s as a typical skyscraper office building and has since been renovated to include residential apartments, a hotel and retail. On Sunday, tours beginning every 15 to 20 minutes from noon to 4 p.m. will take you inside the art deco lobby, an official NYC landmark, as well as a model apartment. 70 Pine, Financial District
First constructed in 1918 as a military supply facility, Sunset Park's massive industrial space known as the Brooklyn Army Terminal is now home to over 100 commercial tenants, from startups to makers to artists. On Saturday and Sunday from noon to 5 p.m., visitors will be able to peek into a dozen artist studios as well as walk through the awesome atrium, with guided tours offered every hour on the hour. 140 58th St., Sunset Park
Need an excuse to take a leisurely Staten Island ferry ride this weekend? On Saturday, from noon to 4 p.m., visit Fort Wadsworth's Battery Weed, a massive granite sea wall situated on a bluff overlooking the New York Harbor. Very dramatic. Tours at noon, 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. Fort Wadsworth's Visitor Center, 120 New York Avenue, Staten Island.
Visit www.ohny.org for more information.