The most revealing weekend of the year, Open House New York, is almost here! During this year's event, more than 300 normally off-limits NYC sites—from historic office buildings to abandoned airplane terminals—will be open for the public to photograph, tour and explore. It's the perfect festival for any New Yorker curious about the usually hidden nooks and crannies of the city.
Time Out New York is partnering with the festival for a special Scavenger Hunt in 2015. Each clue below describes a building that will be on view at this year's festival.
Whoever solves the most clues, goes to the site, and takes a selfie tagged #TimeOutOHNYHunt will win a Time Out VIP Event Pass featuring access to the 2015 Time Out Bar Awards, New York Comedy Festival, and more (aka tons of amazing events.)
Try your luck solving the riddles below and get cracking!
1. To explore this iconic industrial site, enter through the Commandant’s House, built in 1857 and re-imagined as an exhibition and visitors center in 2011.
2. Visit this landmark’s new outdoor roof, which was first envisioned by the building’s original architect in 1892 but only recently completed.
3. Take in the 360-degree views of Greenwich Village from the top of the tower at this site, which once played host to the “trial of the century.”
4. Find this site’s Vale of Cashmere in its northeast corner.
5. This downtown site contains the jewel-like Collector’s Suite, a showstopping interior landmark featuring one of the city’s most ornate ceilings.
6. Literally surrounded by great Americans, this domed structure was built as the centerpiece of NYU’s uptown campus.
7. Once occupied by just a few farmers, this site now welcomes 140 regional farmers, fishermen, and bakers to sell their products.
8. This undulating mid-century modern structure features a façade made of 5,000 2x3-foot cobalt blue glass panels.
9. Visit one of the city’s most prominent civic structures to study the maps that first plotted the defining feature of Manhattan’s modern urban fabric.
10. One of the oldest military installations in America, this site also offers outstanding views on Staten Island’s northeastern shore.
11. Built between 1847 and 1851, this site originally served as a storage repository for munitions.
12. Built as a Carnegie library in 1914, the recent renovation of this NYPL branch incorporated a sleek glass elevator.