This weekend New Yorkers get the chance to explore private and public buildings through Openhousenewyork, which runs this Saturday and Sunday, October 11-12. With over 80 sites over the five boroughs open for visits and tours, Open House New York's explains why:
- Let’s showcase New York City as the strong, dynamic and creative community we know and love.
- Let’s open our minds to the wonders of the city that surrounds us.
- Let’s share our architectural treasures and foster a spirit of learning and appreciation.

Newsday takes a look at the program, which was started by architect Scott Lauer who was inspired by London's London Open House. Some spaces Gothamist is interested in are Jefferson Market Library Tower (pictured), the Tweed Courthouse, the High Bridge Water Tower, the MoMA (yes - the under construction midtown location), the roof of Soldiers and Sailor Memorial Arch at Grand Army Plaza in Brooklyn, catacombs of the Greenwood Cemetary, and Hindu Temple Society of America in Queens. A few of the locations had scheduled tours, so check the Open House site.