If you've ever craned your neck passing through JFK Airport to get a better look at Eero Saarinen's swooshing, Modernist TWA Terminal, and wondered how to finagle your way in, you'll be happy to hear about Open House New York. For one weekend—October 11 & 12—this city-wide event will open the doors to hundreds of normally off-limits sites in New York City, including the famed TWA Terminal, where Leonardo DiCaprio filmed Catch Me If You Can.
The staggering array of locations span from the historic to the ultra-modern. Free, open-access sites include a reconstructed 1699 Dutch farmhouse that served as the Brooklyn Dodgers' original clubhouse, a pint-sized museum of contemporary artifacts in a Tribeca elevator shaft, and Harlem's famed Apollo Theater. Participants can climb the Jefferson Market Library's gothic turret to take in the stunning views of Greenwich Village and learn about boatbuilding at the Community Boathouse on Hudson River Park.
Don't want to wait in line? OHNY's Weekend Passport provides VIP access for you and a guest.
Laura Itzkowitz is a researcher at Travel + Leisure