Besides gaining free access to hidden architectural and historical gems and inside peeks into architects’ studios in more than 350 talks and tours this weekend, the eighth annual openhousenewyork will offer glimpses of the city’s future.
There’s a tour of what’s to come at Moynihan Station, which will expand Penn Station into the Beaux-Arts Farley Post Office. Visitors can get a close up look at the progress of 1 World Trade Center rising at Ground Zero and visit the southern tip of Roosevelt Island where ground was broken last month on the Franklin D. Roosevelt Four Freedoms Park.
“It’s incredibly exciting to get people to see for themselves the ‘before’ and the potential,” said Scott Lauer, founder of the weekend that now attracts 185,000 visitors.
New Yorkers will be ushered up to the undeveloped section of the High Line — still filled with wild flowers.
“The first time I walked up onto the tracks, I was blown away by the views of the Hudson River, the Empire State Building and the wild landscape,” said Friends of the High Line co-founder Robert Hammond.