Open House New York Showcases Lower Manhattan

By: Joe Ferris

Next month, Open House New York once again throws open the doors to New York City’s historic sites, architectural wonders and some typically closed-off buildings. As the city’s oldest neighborhood, it’s no surprise that there are more than 20 Open House locations in Lower Manhattan.

These sites examine our past, explore the neighborhood’s present and look to our community’s future. Travel back to Lower Manhattan’s early day with a walking tour of The Commons, the city’s original town square that at one time or another has been a pasture, jail, almshouse, parade ground and more. Explore the area’s critical role in military defense on Governors Island before visiting  skyscrapers old and new in the Woolworth Building’s lobby and a tour of 3 WTC. Then step into the studios of Lower Manhattan architectural firms to see where the city of tomorrow starts.

Open House New York is Saturday and Sunday, October 13-14. Tickets for sites that require reservations go on sale tomorrow at 11 AM. Below is a complete list of Lower Manhattan locations.

Happy exploring!

Buildings

3 WTC – Reservation Required
Saturday, October 13, 2018
12:00PM to 1:00PM
2:00PM to 3:00PM
4:00PM to 5:00PM

Alexander Hamilton US Custom House Collector’s Office
Saturday, October 13, 2018
10:00AM to 5:00PM
Sunday, October 14, 2018
10:00AM to 5:00PM

Blue School
Saturday, October 13, 2018
10:00AM to 6:00PM
Tours at 11am, 1, 3pm

Castle Williams – Governors Island
Saturday, October 13, 2018
10:00AM to 5:00PM
Saturday, October 13, 2018
10:00AM to 5:00PM

City Hall
Saturday, October 13, 2018
12:00PM to 4:00PM

Federal Hall National Memorial
Saturday, October 13, 2018
9:00AM to 4:30PM
Tours at 10, 11am, 1, 2, 3pm

Governors Island South Battery (Officers Club)
Saturday, October 13, 2018
12:00PM to 4:00PM
Sunday, October 14, 2018
12:00PM to 4:00PM

Hall of Records at Surrogate’s Courthouse
Saturday, October 13, 2018
10:00AM to 4:00PM
Tours at 1, 2pm

Manhattan Borough President’s Map Display
Saturday, October 13, 2018
10:00AM to 4:00PM

Pier 17 Tour – Reservations Required
Saturday, October 13, 2018
12:00PM to 1:00PM
1:30PM to 2:30PM
3:00PM to 4:00PM

Pier 17 Lighting Tour – Reservations Required
Saturday, October 13, 2018
5:30PM to 6:30PM
Sunday, October 14, 2018
5:30PM to 6:30PM

Schermerhorn Row – Reservations Required
Saturday, October 13, 2018
11:30AM to 12:30PM
1:30PM to 2:30PM
3:30PM to 4:30PM

Woolworth Building – Reservations Required
Saturday, October 13, 2018
10:00AM to 11:00AM
Sunday, October 14, 2018
10:00AM to 11:00AM
12:00PM to 1:00PM

Monuments & Museums

African Burial Ground National Monument
Saturday, October 13, 2018
10:00AM to 4:00PM

Skyscraper Museum
Saturday, October 13, 2018
12:00PM to 6:00PM

Architecture

APT Architecture Studio
Saturday, October 13, 2018
2:00PM to 5:00PM
Tours at 2, 2:45, 3:30, 4:15pm

Cornell AAP NYC
Saturday, October 13, 2018
10:00AM to 6:00PM

Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP – Reservation Required
Saturday, October 13, 2018
12:00PM to 12:45PM
1:00PM to 1:45PM
2:00PM to 2:45PM
3:00PM to 3:45PM

SPAN Architecture
Saturday, October 13, 2018
10:00AM to 2:00PM

Art Studio

Hercules Art Studio Program
Saturday, October 13, 2018
12:00PM to 4:00PM
Sunday, October 14, 2018
12:00PM to 4:00PM

Walking Tours

The Commons: The Heart of New York City (Reservations Required)
Saturday, October 13, 2018
8:30AM to 10:00 AM

Lower Manhattan Then – Reservations Required
Saturday, October 13, 2018
2:00PM to 3:30PM