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It’s an Open House!

Open House New York is a weekend-long festival where more than 250 sites across New York open their doors to the public. Curious folks can peek into places that are usually off-limits to the public, and learn all about them from historians, architects, urban designers, preservationists and city leaders.

Like a  tour of the atrium of the Brooklyn Army Terminal, along with access to the dozens of the artist studios inside. Or a guided walk-through of the beautiful Cathedral Church of St. John the Divine in Morningside Heights, the largest cathedral in the world. Sample treats and soak up athe history of the 70-year-old Essex Street Market on the Lower East Side and discover its impact on the neighborhood. Maybe visit the beautiful horses at the GallopNYC Sunrise Stables in Ozone Park, Queens, or explore Westbeth, the largest artist community in the United States. Or have a peek inside the French embassy (pictured in our feature photo). A sunrise tour of Ellis Island? Count us in.

The Metropolitan Opera House will open its doors during the festival for the first time this year, and visitors can check out the backstage workings, including visits the scenic, costume, and carpentry shops, rehearsal rooms and the storage area in the basement where opera scenery is stashed when not in use.

Clearly, there will be something for everyone, and it all takes place during the weekend of  October 15th and 16th. About two-thirds of the participating Open House sites don’t require advance registration and are free of charge. Click here to see everything that will be available and make any reservations you may need to.

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