Open House NY: 13 Lower Manhattan Tours Not to be Missed

This month, Open House New York is once again throwing open the doors to historic sites, architectural wonders and typically closed-off buildings. As NYC’s oldest neighborhood, it’s no surprise that there are more than a dozen locations in Lower Manhattan.

These sites examine our past, explore the neighborhood’s present and look to our community’s future. Travel back with the Lower Manhattan Historical Association for a walking tour of NYC during the revolutionary period. Explore the upper floors of Schermerhorn Row—a significant example of early 19th-century architecture that is usually closed off to the public and where a number of selected artifacts from the South Street Seaport Museum’s permanent collection is stored. Or pop over to the AT&T Long Distance Building to view Art Deco muralist Hildreth Meière’s silhouette glass mosaic, depicting Continents Linked by Telephone and Wireless. And if none of this suits you, there is a list of plenty more options below. Please let us know if we’ve left off any!

Buildings

50 West St Plaza
Sunday, October 20, 2019
10a to 2p

AT&T Long Distance Building Lobby
Saturday, October 19 and Sunday, October 20
12p to 4p

Monuments and Museums

African Burial Ground National Monument
Saturday, October 19
10a to 4p

Castle Williams, Governors Island National Monument
Saturday, October 19 and Sunday, October 20
10a to 5p

Federal Hall National Memorial
Saturday, October 19
9a to 5p

Our Lady Star of the Sea, Governors Island
Saturday, October 19 and Sunday, October 20
11a to 5p

Architecture

Crown Shy
Sunday, October 20
12p to 4p

Schermerhorn Row Building Tour
Saturday, October 19
12p to 5p

The Equitable Building at 120 Broadway
Saturday, October 19
10a to 1:45p


Art Studio

Black Gotham Experience
Saturday, October 19 and Sunday, October 20
10a to 6p

Blue School
Saturday, October 19
10a to 2p

LMCC’s Arts Center at Governors Island
Saturday, October 19 and Sunday, October 20
12p to 5p

Walking Tours

Lower Manhattan, Then and Now
Saturday, October 19
2p to 3:30p

Open House New York is Friday, October 18 through Sunday, October 20. Tickets are on sale now. Some reservations are required.