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  1. Open House New York Weekend October 14 and 15, 2017

    archpaper.comFor two days each October, the annual Open House New York Weekend unlocks the doors of New York’s most important buildings, offering an extraordinary opportunity to experience the city and meet the people who design, build, and preserve New York.  

    From historical to contemporary, residential to industrial, hundreds of sites across the five boroughs are open to visit, with tours, talks, performances, and other special events taking place over the course of OHNY Weekend. Through the unparalleled access that it enables, OHNY Weekend deepens our understanding of the importance of architecture and urban design to foster a more vibrant civic life, and helps catalyze a citywide conversation about how to build a better New York. 

    OHNY Weekend Sites Reveal
    The full list of participating sites and programs can now be viewed under Plan Your Weekend. Free printed event guides with all Open Access sites will also be inserted into the October 4 issue of Time Out New York; available at all TONY street distribution locations; at all west elm stores in New York City; and at select sites in all five boroughs.

    140+ Open Access Sites
    Almost two-thirds of the sites that participate in OHNY Weekend require no advance reservations, and can be visited completely free of charge! Make sure to check each site’s listing once they are available, as sites have different hours. Click here to see the list of Open Access sites.

    100 Advance Reservation Sites
    While the majority of OHNY Weekend sites are Open Access and can be visited free-of-charge without reservations, some sites and tours require Advance Reservations. Reservations for these sites will begin on Thursday, October 5 at 11 am. Click here to see the list of Advanced Reservation sites.

    Changes, Additions, and Cancellations
    There will be changes, additions, and cancellations leading up to and throughout OHNY Weekend. To see a list of changes that have taken place since the OHNY Weekend Event Guide was printed, and/or since the lineup was released on October 4, click here.

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    OHNY Weekend Event Guide


    2017 OHNY Weekend Event Guides are now available! Click the links below to download your copy today. 

    Open Access Sites are sites that can be visited free of charge during the days and hours listed in the event guide. All Open Access sites are listed in the guide by borough and then by neighborhood.


    While the majority of sites open during OHNY Weekend are Open Access, some sites require Advance Reservations. For more information about reservations, visit



    Printed copies of the free 2017 OHNY Weekend Event Guide with all Open Access sites are also available as an insert in the October 4 issue of Time Out New York and available at all TONY street distribution locations.

    Event guides are also available to be picked up, beginning on October 4 at all West Elm stores in New York City.

    West Elm Broadway
    1870 Broadway, New York, NY 10023
    Hours: Mon-Sat 10am-9pm, Sun 11am-7pm

    West Elm Chelsea
    112 West 18th Street, New York, NY 10011
    Hours: Mon-Sat 10am-9pm, Sun 11am-7pm

    West Elm DUMBO
    2 Main Street, Brooklyn, NY 11201
    Hours: Mon-Fri, 7:30am-8pm, Sat 7:30am-9pm, Sun 11am-7pm

    Guides will also be available in all five boroughs at the following distribution locations:

    Bronx Library Center
    310 East Kingsbridge Road, Bronx, NY 10458
    Hours: Mon-Sat 9am-9pm, Sun 12pm-6pm

    Brooklyn Public Library Central Library (Welcome Desk)
    10 Grand Army Plaza, Brooklyn, NY 11238
    Hours: Mon-Wed 9am-9pm, Thu-Sat 9am-6pm; Sun 1-5pm

    Brooklyn Army Terminal Building B (Lobby Management Office)
    140 58th Street, Brooklyn NY 11220
    Hours: Mon-Fri 8am-5pm

    Governors Island Welcome Center
    Near Manhattan ferry landing
    Hours: Sat-Sun 10am-4pm. Also available during the week at the Manhattan Ferry Terminal. 

    Federal Hall National Memorial (Information Desk and Rotunda Podium)
    26 Wall Street, New York, NY 10005
    Hours: Mon-Fri 9am-5pm

    Center for Architecture (Front Desk)
    536 LaGuardia Place, New York, NY 10012
    Hours: Mon-Fri 9am-8 pm; Sat 11am-5pm

    General Society of Mechanics and Tradesmen (Lobby and Library)
    20 West 44th Street, New York, NY 10036
    Hours: Mon-Fri 10am-7pm

    Ukrainian Institute of America (Lobby)
    2 East 79th Street, New York, NY 10075
    Hours: Tue-Sun 12-6pm

    Spitzer School of Architecture, City College of New York (Literature Self at Entrance)
    141 Convent Avenue, New York, NY 10031
    Hours: Open 24/7

    Queens Museum (Welcome Desks at Both Entrances)
    New York City Building, Flushing Meadows Corona Park, Queens, NY 11368
    Hours: Wed-Sun 11am-5pm

    National Lighthouse Museum (Entrance Lobby)
    200 The Promenade at Lighthouse Point, Staten Island, New York 10301
    Hours: Tue-Sun 11am-5pm


  2. MOANA

    Mueller Lake Park

    4550 Mueller Blvd, Austin, Texas 78723
    Hosted by Mueller Austin
    Join us for a free, family-friendly event taking place at Mueller’s outdoor amphitheater on Friday, Oct. 6.

    The first Friday in our two-event series, we will be screening Disney’s Moana. Grab your friends, family, blankets and join us for a fun evening under the stars.

    Can’t make it that week? Join us the following week for a screening of the Jungle Book (2016).

    Stayed tuned for updates!
  3. You've met them before, and you know exactly what I'm talking about. Those friends who just happen to know the "real" Timbuktu- not they way you have seen it as a tourist, but the way they know it as a global nomad. You can't contribute anything to the travel conversation, because no matter what you say, they smile sympathetically, snicker, because you poor soul, you cannot possibly know anything about Zimbabwe that they haven't experienced better.

    In my lifetime, travel certainly has become a lot cheaper, and accessible to everyone. Gone are the days when we can wow someone with our Polaroids from Chennai, chances are that the person we are talking to has already been there.  So, I don't quite understand this growing movement to "educate" people about the proper way to travel, the authentic way to experience, the responsible way to learn about a culture. Do we now need an instruction manual to see for ourselves?

    Over the years, I have met all kinds of travel snobs, I am sure you have too, so rather than teach you how to recognize them, feel free to add your experience to this conversation. Out of sympathy for my fellow adventurers, I have classified them into easily identifiable stereotypes, so that rather than engage, you can pick up your luggage and roll in the opposite direction. Here are my favorite travel snobs:

    The Authenticators:  They pore through each minute detail of your travel story looking for a flaw in your experience. You downed shots of tequilla with a worm in Mexico, but don't you know that the proper way is to call it mezcal, and it's not a worm its a larva? You luxuriated the a 5-star Leela Palace in Udaipur, but poor you, you missed out on seeing how real people live. No matter how you saw it, it couldn't possibly be legit, because they know how it's experienced better. The saving grace of the authenticators is that they don't fault us for our ignorance, they just know better.

    The Modern Day Missionaries: They arrive at their destination, ready to "educate" the unconscious. You see, they come with the knowledge the locals so desperately need, and are ready to teach the dullards how to better their existence. Never mind that the locals have a 1000 year tradition of teaching their kids the value of work, because where modern-day missionaries come from, child labor is wrong, and they are here to save your children from your ignorance. Never mind that in all of India, very few people own air conditioning, a school without it needs their immediate attention.

    The Enlightened Ones:  For them, travel has lead to a spiritual awakening, and they are now ready to sparkle their fairy dust onto our darkness. They are now better people because they struck a yoga pose on the beaches of Durban, or had their colons cleansed at an ashram in Chandigarh. You poor tourist, couldn't possibly know anything about enlightenment because you only spent 40 years of your life serving the local poor, reading e-books on existentialism, battling your own inner demons. They are also more cultured, better exposed than you poor clod who who doesn't bow at the sun each morning.

    The Non-Tourists: No matter how they travel, they are never the tourist. Everyone else standing in front of the Eiffel Tower is, because they wear cameras around their necks, speak English, and ask irritating questions. Somehow these non-tourists can always experience the same thing we tourists do, only better. If they are walking down the streets of Paris, they always have a baguette under their arm, accost the locals of Moldova with their practiced regional dialects, and somehow never carry luggage, because it's the touristy thing to do. But, they show up at weddings and black tie affairs in Monaco in Keds, because they can't be bothered to pack luggage. They belong everywhere, just don't call them tourists. But you gotta admit, when you land in a country and they place a stamp in your passport, you are a tourist.

    The Social Class Snobs:  There are those who only fly coach, because business is too gauche, and there are those who only fly first class, and wouldn't consider a red-eye in economy. Some have enough miles to flaunt a dozen first class trips through southeast Asia and won't go anywhere unless it's at the front of the plane, others scoff at anything that reeks of elitism, and demonstrate their travel expertise by sleeping on the floor at the airport. Either way, there is disapproval at both ends of the spectrum, and for some their way of travel is the only right way.

    In all fairness, we can all be travel snobs. I too sometimes scoff at loud, obnoxious, food grabbing, personal space intruding travelers who don't seem to understand that an airport lounge is for people who want to rest and relax in peace. But then, I get drunk with my friends on a beach in Bali, and know what the locals must be thinking- Tourists!  :)

    My point is that we are all tourists whether we like to admit it or not. The best we can do is try to respect other cultures, and let them be who they are, without imposing our personal beliefs on others.

    Got your own travel snobs to add to this list?  Would love to hear from you.





  4. Before going out we are going to try this place...been driving in front many times so tonight is the night