When a girl gets married, she’s supposed to wear something old, something new, something borrowed and something blue for luck. Have you ever wondered where that comes from? According to wedding planning site the knot, it originates from an old English rhyme. Something old is meant to represent continuity, while something new offers optimism for the future. Our Open House New York weekend experience captured those sentiments perfectly. We were able to glimpse back into the past with our visit to a church constructed in 1875, and look to the future with our tour of a fairly new transit hub on which eleven subway lines and 300,000 passengers converge daily. I’m speaking, of course, of Fulton Center.
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We walk through these streets every day, on our way to work, on our return home, but above the roar of street traffic, the glaring lights, the high tide of daydreaming tourists and jaded daily commuters, we hardly notice that it’s lined on all sides by an imposing steel, stone and concrete forest. These brownstone row houses, brick tenements and glass and steel skyscrapers are the trees of our great city.
The common expression is “couldn’t see the forest for the trees”, but in our case, that’s not the dilemma. All we see is the forest. So what’s it like to break the treeline, to venture into the woods, to examine a grand Methuselah up close and personal? Well, Open House New York offers an answer to that question.
Open House New York follows in the footsteps of a program pioneered in London, in which participants are offered “unparalleled access to the extraordinary architecture of New York and to the people who help design, build, and preserve the city”. This incredible opportunity is available through programming throughout the year, but also during the annual Open House New York weekend.
Continue reading Exploring the Fifth Avenue Presbyterian Church via Open House New York