TWA Terminal at JFKkbrinker, flickr

Riddle for you: What event would make a voyeur, a masochist and an aesthete equally happy? After your minds have a happy little swim in the gutter, the answer is Open House New York, which opens the doors of the city to the public and the people who designed, built and preserved them tell their stories.


The open house, taking place Oct. 17 and 18, includes everything from homes to industrial buildings, public projects and private businesses. Talks, performances and other special events round out the weekend.


Here’s a short list of reasons not to Netflix and chill next weekend:

  • Get the inside story of the brand new 34th Street-Hudson Yards stop on the 7 train

  • See the vision of Downtown Brooklyn’s community groups for the future of the Brooklyn Strand

  • Speak with the chefs and bakers making their recipes into a business (and taste the results!) at the Entrepreneur Space Kitchen Incubator

  • You don’t have to pay for dinner at the Four Seasons to see inside before the iconic restaurant as you know it ceases to exist.

  • The new Whitney Museum is itself a work of art, and you can get a behind-the-scenes tour with the engineers who built it

  • Google’s downtown office is as impressive as anything in Palo Alto, and they’re offering lots of tours to the prole.

  • Before it becomes a luxury building, like everything else in the city, check out the TWA terminal at JFK Airport one last time.

Most of the sites are open access all weekend, but many require a reservation for space or security reasons. Spaces for those tours can be reserved on Wednesday beginning at 11 a.m., and expect them to fill up “faster than a One Direction concert.”