For architecture and design buffs in New York City, October is better known as Archtober. That’s because it’s NYC’s Architecture and Design Month. During this time, the Center for Architecture collaborates with organizations across the city to host a month-long festival of activities, programs, and exhibitions. This eclectic mix of events helps to raise awareness about the important role of design in New York’s built environment. So if you’re visiting the Big Apple this fall, join in on the fun! Here are some of our favorite ways to celebrate Archtober.
How to Experience Archtober in NYC
Visit the Archtober Lounge
From tours to lectures to film screenings, there’s always something going on during Archtober. If you’re wondering what to do first, we suggest visiting the Archtober Lounge at the Center for Architecture. Located at 536 LaGuardia Place near Washington Square Park, the Lounge is “home base” for all Archtober celebrations. This facility even offers several exhibitions that are free and open to the public. Pick up an Archtober Guide or ask the helpful staff and volunteers to point you in the right direction.
Discover the Building of the Day
One of the easiest ways to experience Archtober is by learning about the Building of the Day. During this popular series, a different New York City design, building, or exhibition is featured each day of the month. Visitors can take tours of the featured sites and explore both contemporary and historic buildings in New York. All of the tours are led by architects and design professionals, and visitors are encouraged to purchase tickets or register in advance.
Attend One of Over 150 Festival Events
While each Building of the Day event is awesome on its own, the series is just one small part of a month-long celebration. One look at the Archtober events calendar and you’ll quickly realize that there’s more to this festival than a few cool buildings! With conferences, installations, educational programming, and more, Archtober truly has something for everyone. Be sure to check the festival website to find an event that interests you.
Plan a Trip to New York City with At Home In Brooklyn
Whether you’re an Archtober regular or attending for the first time, At Home In Brooklyn is the perfect place to stay during your New York City getaway. Our little ‘mansion’ in Prospect Park is situated on one of the most desirable blocks in the city, in a neighborhood that’s known for its beautiful architecture and cultural diversity. We also boast a close proximity to public transportation so you can get in and out of Manhattan easily. With luxurious accommodations and a unique location, our bed and breakfast is an ideal homestead in Brooklyn. We look forward to seeing you this October!
Looking for more fun things to do in the fall?
Read our blog about the BAM Next Wave Festival.