Architectural tours take over New York City (Reminder)

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For the seventh year, Open House New York - or openhousenewyork (OHNY) - America's largest architectural event, will host tours of buildings in every neighborhood of the city with walks, talks, and workshops during the weekend of October 10-11. All free of charge.

With its focus on architecture, OHNY opens up spaces normally closed to the public, including design firms and artists' studios. There are insiders' views of landmarks, such as Grand Central Terminal, the Cathedral of St. John the Divine, and Radio City Music Hall, and the weekend also offers the chance to look inside the interiors of historic and unique residences.

From modern Soho spaces to midtown Art Deco skyscrapers and beyond Manhattan to the surrounding boroughs, from the Brooklyn Navy Yard to Queens Botanical Garden, OHNY celebrates New York City's architectural legacy, putting its built environment on display.

Inspired by similar events in London and Toronto, more than 200,000 visitors are expected to explore 350 architectural sites and programs with the assistance of 700 volunteers. Visitors can join tours, talks, and family activities that explore significant locations by foot, bus, and even canoe.

Other popular sights include the legendary Apollo Theater, newly opened High Line park, architect Richard Meier and Partners Model Museum, Murray's Cheese, Noguchi Museum, and "Angels and Accordions" at The Green-Wood Cemetery.

Guides present insights, details and facts like: the Chrysler Building is the world's tallest all-brick building, New York City is dotted by 70 surrounding islands, and has 468 subway stations.

Also, on October 5, Visual Acoustics, a documentary narrated by Dustin Hoffman about architectural photographer Julius Shulman will be screened, and on October 9, the opening reception at The Visionaire, a green residential development, reflects the importance of OHNY's sustainable program.

Supported by sponsors and donations, the organization offers a $150 Weekend Passport for two to gain front-of-the-line access without advance reservations.