One of our favorite Archtober events, openhousenewyork, will be kicking off this weekend! On October 12th and 13th, some of NYC’s most interesting buildings will open their doors to visitors, giving you a chance to snoop around all kinds of usually off-limits locations, from private residences to sustainable skyscrapers. OHNY will be offering native New Yorkers and tourists alike free or low-cost access to site tours, talks, performances and family activities.

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Carl Grillo Glass House at Snug Harbor

There’s no shortage of things to do throughout the city but if you’re too overloaded with events by this map we’ve picked out a select few. You could check out the sprawling 15,000-square-foot green roof on top of Public School 41, an architectural scavenger hunt at Snug Harbor or go on a walking tour in the Brooklyn Botanical Gardens.

Inspired by Open House London, Scott Lauer founded openhousenewyork in 2001, with its first annual weekend of events in 2003 as part of New York City’s first Architecture Week. Since then, the festival has gotten bigger and is now just one member of a global network of Open House events called Open House Worldwide.

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