Photograph: © Peter Mauss/EstoShake Shack
Photograph: Image courtesy of Renzo Piano Building Workshop in collaboration with CooperA rendering of the Whitney Museum of American Art's new building in Chelsea
Photograph: Alexa HoyerBrooklyn Bridge Park
A different edifice is explored daily as part of New York Architecture and Design Month—take the chance to poke around the new Queens Museum (Oct 19 noon–1pm; sold out), the Guggenheim (Oct 21 noon–1pm; free with museum admission), the renovated Brooklyn Historical Society (Oct 22 noon–1pm; $10) and the United Nations headquarters (Oct 24 1–2pm; $25). Various locations, times and prices; visit archtober.org for details.