At Least 25 Sites in Brooklyn To Be Featured In OpenHouseNY Oct. 15-16

Tours of Gowanus, Newtown Creek, Churches, Art Studios, Transit Museum All Part of Weekend Event

Tours of the Church of St. Luke and St. Matthew in Fort Greene/Clinton Hill will be offered on both Saturday and Sunday. The building, which dates to 1890, was designed by architect John Welch. Its Italian Romanesque-styled exterior draws its inspiration from the Duomo at Modena and San Zeno in Verona. Interior highlights include Tiffany windows and a 28-foot diameter rose window, one of the largest in Brooklyn.

BROOKLYN — More than 25 Brooklyn sites are included in the ninth annual OpenHouseNewYork (OHNY) event on Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 15 and 16.

The five-borough-wide weekend celebration of architecture and design, which is becoming a city tradition, is designed to engage the public in the built environment by offering free access to hundreds of sites that exemplify the city’s diverse architectural, design, engineering and cultural heritage, according to Renee Schacht, executive director of OHNY.

“This is the one weekend each year when thousands of New Yorkers and tourists alike are given entree into places and spaces, many of which are not normally open to the public,” Schacht said in a statement. “As in previous years, we will be opening the doors and providing tours through sites that span the past, present and future of the city’s built environment.”

More than 185,000 people are expected to participate in the event that includes more than 300 sites, programs, events and tours. In past years, the event has drawn audiences from beyond the five boroughs to encompass all 50 states and many nations around the world.

Among the sites in Brooklyn are the Brooklyn Navy Yard, Brooklyn Bridge Park, the Brooklyn Historical Society, Brooklyn Museum, Newtown Creek, NY Transit Museum, Eagle Street Rooftop Farm in Greenpoint, Kings Distillery in Bushwick, Lefferts House in Prospect Park, the Church of St. Luke and St. Matthew in Fort Greene, Gowanus Canal Sponge Park (a canoe tour of the Gowanus is also planned), Brooklyn Glass in Park Slope and the Kentler Gallery in Red Hook.

Among the other planned activities will be tours of the undeveloped third section of the High Line, the new Hôtel Americano, Roosevelt House Public Policy Institute at Hunter College, the United Nations, the Little Red Lighthouse, World Trade Center 7 and the Grand Lodge of the Masons.

Some events will require reservations and some reservations will cost $5 this year.

For a complete list of activities and tours, and to make a reservation, please visit ohny.org.

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