Friday, October 05, 2007

GL's Open House New York Brooklyn Picks

So, how many places can you be in at once on Saturday an Sunday? And how quickly can you get from Point A to Point B to Point C? Of course, it's Open House New York Weekend, and to that end, we figured we'd point out a few of the Brooklyn tours that look especially interesting. We've avoided listing the tours that require reservations as many are already booked--best to check on those via email or contact info on the OHNY website's Brooklyn listings. In any case, here's a very random selection of a few we like:

Litchfield Villa--95 Prospect Park W
neighborhood: Park Slope
Sun: 1pm-4pm, opendialogue Sun 2, 3 pm, tours with Prospect Park Alliance architect.
Currently the Brooklyn headquarters of the NYC Dept. of Parks & Recreation and the Prospect Park Alliance, the villa still retains original Italianate details and finishes.

Mark Morris Dance Center--3 Lafayette Ave/ Ashland Pl
neighborhood: Fort Greene
Sat: 10am-5pm
Observe dance classes at this contemporary performance and studio facility, the first built in the US for a single-choreographer company.

Montauk Club--25 Eighth Ave/ Lincoln Pl
neighborhood: Park Slope
Sun: 1:30pm-5pm
The architecture of this venerable club was inspired by a Venetian Gothic palace. Founding members included Charles Pratt (founder of Pratt Institute) and Richard Schermerhorn, who oversaw the construction of Prospect Park.

One Hanson Place
neighborhood: Fort Greene
Sat: 12pm-5pm & Sun: 12pm-5pm
This landmark skyscraper has a ground floor main banking room in ornate Romanesque Revival style, with soaring 40-ft arches.

Pratt Institute Caroline Ladd Pratt House--229 Clinton Ave/ Willoughby Ave
(There are several other Pratt sites also open at the same time)
neighborhood: Clinton Hill
Sat: 1pm-3pm, Tours on the hour 1 – 3 pm.
One of Brooklyn’s grandest private homes, the neo-Georgian style residence, is now part of Pratt Institute. It was once home for the institute’s second president, Frederick B. Pratt.

Sixpoint Craft Ales--40 Van Dyke St/ Dwight St
neighborhood: Red Hook
Sat: 1pm-5pm, Tours on the hour (proof of ID required).
The Brew Master describes how artisanal beer is produced from mash to bottle in this repurposed industrial building.

Soldiers & Sailors Memorial Arch at Grand Army Plaza
neighborhood: Park Slope
Sat: 10am-4pm & Sun: 10am-4pm
NYC’s grandest arch commemorates the Union forces of the Civil War. Climb up to the top for views of the surrounding park and skyline.



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