Tour the town: Visit these Brooklyn spots for Open House Weekend

Savings history: The Dime Savings Bank, a Gilded Age landmark, will open to the public on Oct. 13 as part of the Open House New York Weekend.
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It’s open season!

Nearly 30 architectural marvels throughout Kings County will open to the public for free visits on Oct. 12–14 as part of the 16th annual Open House New York Weekend. The wide variety of available tours represents the borough’s storied past and promising future, said the organization’s executive director.

“The range of sites that will be open in Brooklyn during Open House New York Weekend — both new and old — gives the public a chance to experience firsthand how the borough is changing, and hopefully better understand where we’ve been and where we’re going,” said Gregory Wessner.

Here are a few borough spots where you need no ticket — just stop on by this weekend.

Fine Dime-ing

Start your Saturday stroll with a tour of Dime Savings Bank, a Gilded Age landmark Downtown, topped with an ornate domed roof and supported by red marble columns made from stone imported from ancient Greek quarries. The neo-Classical structure — built in 1908 — offers a blend of old and new architecture, since the tour will also offer a sneak peek at the attached 73-story, 1,066-foot bronze and glass residential tower, which will be the borough’s tallest tower when it is complete.

Dime Savings Bank (9 DeKalb Ave. at Fleet Street Downtown). Oct. 13 from noon–4 pm. Free.

A very fine House

Visit the Old Stone House, a 1933 reconstruction of the Vechte–Cortelyou House, a Dutch family farmhouse that was the site of the final fight of the 1776 Battle of Brooklyn — the largest battle of the Revolutionary War — and the former clubhouse of the Brooklyn Dodgers. The House features a permanent exhibition on the Battle of Brooklyn, and currently hosts the art exhibit “For Which It Stands,” a reflection on national flags.

The Old Stone House (336 Third St. between Fourth and Fifth avenues in Park Slope, www.theoldstonehouse.org). Oct. 13, 9 am–5 pm. Free.

Go Clubbing

On Sunday, take in the opulence and rich history of Park Slope’s Montauk Club. The stately, stained glass-covered building has served as a private social club for the last 130 years. The club did not admit women until the 1960s, but anyone can drop by this Sunday afternoon!

Montauk Club (25 Eighth Ave. at Lincoln Place in Park Slope). Oct. 14 from noon–4 pm, with tours every 30 minutes. Free.

High Five!

End your weekend with a pint at Five Boroughs Brewing Co., a gigantic beer production facility in Sunset Park — with an attached taprooom — located inside a former steel fabrication plant. Take a tour and learn how the brewers built the factory, and how they turn yeast, malt, and hops into their signature brews. Shoes with closed toes are required , since the site is an active brewing spot.

Five Boroughs Brewing Co. (215 47th St. between Second and Third avenues in Sunset Park). Oct. 13 and 14 at 1 pm, 2 pm, and 3 pm. Free.

Open House New York (www.ohny.org). Oct. 12–14 at various locations and times.

Reach reporter Julianne McShane at (718) 260–2523 or by e-mail at jmcshane@cnglocal.com. Follow her on Twitter @juliannemcshane.
Big brew: Five Boroughs Brewing founders Blake Tomnitz and Kevin O’Donnell will show off their giant brewing facility in Sunset Park on Oct. 13 and 14.
Photo by Jordan Rathkopf

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