Archtober 2022: This Year’s Best Architecture and Design Events

Waterline Square Park Photo by Elizabeth Felicella, Chinatown Photo by Mobilus In Mobili on FlickrPhoto of Museum at Eldridge Street © James and Karla Murray, Photo of Bryant Park by Jean-Christophe Benoist on Wikimedia

The festival that offers a behind-the-scenes look at some of New York’s most iconic buildings, public spaces and cultural institutions returns for its 12th year next month. Organized from October 1 to October 31, the Center for Architecture’s Archtober is a celebration of architecture and design, with tours, talks and events led by experts. While most of the events on offer will be in-person, some will still be virtual or hybrid, which has proven successful during the pandemic. Ahead, check out some of our favorite Archtober events happening this year, from exploring the Art Deco gems of the Upper West Side to visiting Brooklyn’s tallest tower.

“As Archtober celebrates its twelfth year, I’m thrilled to see how the festival continues to grow, with more than 100 collaborating partners and new program offerings,” said Benjamin Prosky, Executive Director of AIA New York and from the Center for Architecture. “This year the festival is particularly relevant as we celebrate the reopening of the city.”

AIANY Industrial Waterway Tour at Freshkills Park
Saturday, October 1, from 9:45 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Returning this year, the only publicly accessible boat tour on the Freshkills Waterway. During the three-hour tour, participants will travel along the Kill Van Kull and Arthur Kill waterways into the heart of Staten Island’s Freshkills Park, which was once home to the region’s largest landfill and will become soon to be the largest park in the city. The tour explores the busy ports of Bayonne and Newark Bay and delves into the history of the Freshkills landfill. Tickets include a free drink.

Walking Tour: The Architecture of Bryant Park
Saturday, October 1, 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Before being a leased public green space, Bryant Park once served as a potter’s field, a reservoir for the Croton water system, and the site of the Crystal Palace Exposition. A walking tour led by AIANY guide Joseph Legeling will explore the rise of space into an iconic outdoor space in Manhattan as well as the architecture that surrounds the park, including buildings like the New York Public Library, the Radiator Building , One Bryant Park, and more.

West Bedford Stuyvesant Tour
Saturday, October 1, 2 p.m.

$30 / $20 for members
The Municipal Art Society of New York is hosting a walking tour of the western section of Brooklyn’s Bed-Stuy neighborhood. Explore this neighborhood’s architectural gems, like a Carnegie Library, a mansion from “one of Brooklyn’s great retail families,” and some examples of Art Deco. The two-hour in-person tour will also include information about social movements that have a connection to the neighborhood.

Shuls of Grandeur on the Lower East Side
Sunday, October 2, 10:45 a.m. to 1:45 p.m.

Led by the Eldridge Street Museum, this tour provides insight into two of the last remaining great shuls on the Lower East Side. The tour begins at the neighborhood’s largest active Orthodox congregation, the Bialystoker Synagogue, which features colorful murals and Tiffany-inspired glass windows, and ends at the restored museum on Eldridge Street.

Gotham’s architecture and lights
Tuesdays, October 4 and 25, from 6:45 p.m. to 8:45 p.m.

$78-92 for adults
Enjoy a guided tour of the Manhattan skyline after dark. This 2-hour narrated cruise explores the history and importance of nighttime building lighting, examining architectural landmarks from Times Square to Midtown, including the Statue of Liberty, Woolworth Tower, Empire State Building and the One World Trade Center. A free drink is included.

Guided tour of the small island
Friday, October 7, 11 a.m. to 11:45 a.m. & 12:30 p.m. to 1:15 p.m.

Here’s your chance for a guided tour of one of New York’s newest and most unique parks. Landscape architect Signe Nielsen of MNLA and resident architect Fabian Jabro of Standard Architects will lead a 45-minute tour of Little Island, the offshore park that opened at Pier 55 last May. RSVPs are not required; participants should meet at the top of the North Bridge.

Walking Tour: Skyscrapers, Squares and the Impact of FiDi Zoning
Saturday, October 8, 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.

Led by AIANY guide Kyle Johnson, this walking tour focuses on public spaces that were created as a result of zoning incentives to make the neighborhood more pedestrian-friendly. The tour focuses on spaces such as Chase Manhattan Plaza, 140 Broadway, and One Liberty Plaza, while exploring the conversion of skyscrapers to residential use.

Art Deco when visiting the Upper Upper West Side
Sunday, October 16, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

$30 / $20 members
On this tour, drive through blocks of the Upper West Side and admire the neighborhood’s Art Deco icons. From Emery Roth’s Normandy Apartments and Harvey Wiley Corbett’s Master Building, to the Broadway Fashion Building and one of Manhattan’s last Horn & Hardart automaton buildings, the tour is a comprehensive look at Jazz Age architecture neighborhood.

Yorkville Hungarian and German Tour
Saturday October 15 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

$30 / $20 members
Historian James Russello and MAS will follow Hungarian and German migration patterns to the Upper East Side and the development history of the neighborhood, now considered one of the city’s wealthiest.

Manhattan’s Chinatown: A Historical Walking Tour
Saturday, October 29, 1 p.m. to 2 p.m.

Taylor Zhou, a former professor at the Museum of Chinese in America, takes visitors through historic Chinatown, spotlighting the people and businesses that make it so special. This is an in-person program and an RSVP is required.

Building community capacity through agriculture (virtual)
Friday, October 7, 12 p.m. to 1 p.m.

In this roundtable, learn about the use of urban farms as a way to address food insecurity in New York City. Hear about the New York Botanical Garden’s Bronx Green-UP initiative that led to a network that connects BIPOC-run farms upstate with local nonprofits and NYCHA developments. The discussion will focus on organization, gardening and community development.

City Soul | Music + Revolution: Greenwich Village in the 1960s
Thursday, October 13, 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

Hosted by the Museum of the City of New York, “Soul of the City” is an evening of song and story that celebrates the Village’s 1960s music scene. Musician and writer Richard Barone will lead the event, which will also include performances from Steve Addabbo, David Amram, Carolyn Hester, Terre Roche and Suzanne Vega. The event is part of a new series at MCNY that features intimate concerts and talks from local artists.

RIHS Conference: A Queer History of the Women’s House of Retention (virtual)
Tuesday, October 18, 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
Hugh Ryan, author of The Women’s Detention House: A Queer Story of a Forgotten Prisonexplores the history of the Greenwich Village Jail which held thousands of women and trans people from 1929 to 1974. The Women’s House “incarcerated many women simply for the crimes of being poor and insufficiently feminine” , according to the event page.

HP Lovecraft at King Manor
Saturday, October 29, 2 p.m. to 3 p.m.

Author David J. Goodwin will lead a discussion on horror writer HP Lovecraft’s visits to New York City, including the King Manor Museum in 1925, and his fascination with the city’s diverse architecture. The lecture is held in person at the King Manor Museum in Jamaica Queens and is free to attend.

Building of the day
The festival’s popular ‘Building of the Day’ series of architect-led tours will take place entirely in person this year. To meet demand, the series will offer two different building tours on Saturdays. Check out some of the buildings and projects that will be offering tours below:

Archtober Guide to the Map of New York
After its debut last year, the Archtober Guide mobile map returns this year, allowing users to experience the city through the eyes of an architect. The Archtober Guide to NYC digital map highlights architectural landmarks, cultural institutions and parks, as well as nearby neighborhood restaurants.

Bloomberg connects
This year, Archtober has partnered with Bloomberg Connects, a free app that will provide an archive of all present and past projects showcased during the festival. The Archtober guide on Bloomberg Connects, which launches September 16, will feature project images and interviews with the architects and designers behind them.

Find the full lineup of Archtober 2022 events, programming, tours, talks, activities and more, here.

Key words :
Archtober, Architecture Center, Architecture Center (AIANY)

Melissa C. Keyes