Open House New York

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Newtown Creek Wastewater Treatment Plant
Saturday October 17 2015 - Sunday October 18 2015 Free

This annual event gives attendees access to 150 of the city’s coolest and most exclusive architectural sites, private homes and landmarks, as well as behind-the-scenes tours and programs. This year, get a sneak peek of the newly renovated Great Hall of the New York Hall of Science, which has been under restoration by the Ennead Architects for several years, see the inner workings of the Sims Sunset Park Recycling Facility, designed by cutting-edge firm Selldorf Architects, and tour the Spitzer School of Architecture’s Solar Roofpod, which was completely designed by its students. You'll also have another chance to see many places you might have missed last year, along with some notably new buildings like the Kickstarter Headquarters, which used to be the historic Eberhard Faber Pencil Factory. Look for the full schedule (and the chance to preregister for certain events) in the first week of October.

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Venue name: Various venues

Event phone: 212-991-6470
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