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At this year's Open House New York, you can visit luxury and historic residences from your couch

The Woolworth Tower Residences will present a virtual tour of a five-bedroom, four-bath listing on the market for $30 million.

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This year’s Open House New York Weekend, the annual event that lets you inside special NYC buildings and destinations—including some that are typically off-limits—will look a little different. That’s because this year there are no guided tours or group events as a result of the pandemic. Many of the sites, such as the city’s top new residential development projects, are participating virtually with live or on-demand broadcasts.

OHNY is happening October 17th and 18th and yesterday organizers unveiled the 166 participating sites throughout the five boroughs, including virtual visits to private homes and self-guided walking tours through historic neighborhoods.

Two residential development projects that are participating virtually with video content are the iconic Woolworth Tower Residences in Downtown Manhattan, and One Clinton, a new condo project in Brooklyn Heights. 

The Woolworth Tower Residences will present a virtual tour of a five-bedroom, four-bath listing on the market for $30 million. You’ll be able to see some of the amenities, including the Woolworth Pool and 360-degree views from the famous crown of the iconic, landmarked Woolworth Building, which was originally designed by Cass Gilbert in 1913 and once the tallest building in the world.  

One Clinton, a nearly completed, luxury building, will showcase a new model residence in a video featuring the project’s architect and designer.  The tower’s triangular silhouette of handcrafted limestone is also the future site a new public library. 

Other new condos you can view virtually include the Maverick at 215 West 28th St. in Nomad, 1 Great Jones Alley in Noho, 168 Plymouth in DUMBO, and The Vandewater in Morningside Heights. 

Interested in a neighborhood walking tour? Self-guided tours include a discovery of Art Deco buildings in Chelsea, Bay Ridge, Brighton Beach, Washington Heights, and the Grand Concourse. There are also tours of Little Italy in the Bronx, Central Park South’s residential buildings, the Gowanus Canal, the Morris-Jumel Mansion in Washington Heights.

Some of the tours go beyond looking at buildings. For example, you can partake in “a sociological look at hipsterism, style, commodification, and the businesses that are thriving against the odds” as part of a Williamsburg audio walking tour. 

Most experiences are available on-demand, however about a dozen require advance registration.