F. Scott Fitzgerald wrote that approaching Manhattan is like seeing the city for the “first time, in its first wild promise of all the mystery and the beauty in the world.” The city’s triumphant skyline is shrouded by tree-lined villages, historic brownstones and Gothic-revival skycrapers, bolstering a diversity that aptly matches its constituents. October marks New York’s ‘Archtober:’ a celebration of the buildings that continue to inspire. Here’s how to enjoy Archtober in NYC
The weekend of October 14 and 15 is your key to the city. Open House New York beckons your inner archi-voyeurist to explore New York’s most influential and important buildings—and the people who propped them into life. While most of the spaces require no prior booking it’s best to check Open House New York’s website for advanced reservations.
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Saturday 21st of October will see Central Park transform its rolling green fields into a pop-up museum-art-studio hybrid. The event—a celebration of the 50th anniversary of NYC’s Art in the Parks program—will feature performances infused with music, dance, poetry, sculpture and theatre. It’s Happening! is as dynamic, interactive and creative as the land it lays on.
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Presented by the Museum of the City of New York, NY at its Core is an exhibition that dives into the city’s rich history through exploring narratives around density, diversity, creativity and money. For $25 you’ll be granted a backstage look at the event’s creation with architect and designer, Wendy Evans Joseph. Included in the ticket is museum admission and a post-tour reception.
It wouldn’t be a successful October without some incorporation of our favorite seasonal holiday: Halloween. Pumpkitecture is exactly as it sounds, an architectural pumpkin live-carving competition where firms go head to head to slice up the most intricate design. Come October 27, who will squash whom to come out on top. Tickets are $15, including beverages and festive food.
The official Archtober website lists dozens more events fashioned to the interest and curiosity of designers and enthusiasts alike. Films, festivals, walking tours, workshops and passionful panel discussions are all on tap. See the full calendar for more recommendations.