Seen & Heard: Downtown highlights on Open House NY

Open House NY (Oct. 16 and 17) reservations open tomorrow at 11a and some of these events go quick so get ready if you want to snag a tour, but read to the bottom for what seems like to be as the biggest downtown draw. On the schedule in Tribeca is the Mmuseumm, the Lilac at Pier 25; a virtual tour of the AT&T Long Distance Building murals at 32 Sixth Ave. and the Salt Shed. Also in the neighborhood: a discussion with MN architecture, which designed SAGA and Crown Shy; and the Manhattan Borough President’s Topographical Bureau will display and 1820 map of Manhattan, the first that plotted the 1811 “Commissioner’s Plan” which established the Manhattan street grid from Houston Street to 155th Street. There are 92 individually hand-drawn and hand-colored panels which will be assembled into a room-size display, roughly 16 feet by 60 feet.

The Downtown Early Childhood Association, an informal volunteer association of schools with early childhood divisions below 34th Street, will host its second annual free DECA Virtual Preschool Fair on October 19, 20 and 21, with 34 downtown schools and early childhood centers represented. Families can register to hear from a panel of representatives from downtown schools, and will also have the opportunity to zoom-visit specific schools throughout the three days for more information and support with their school search process. This fair will be free to families. Register here and see the list of member schools here.

As seen on West Broadway. Everything’s a contest in this town.

JW was trolling Atlas Obscura, the travel website for off the beaten path spots and discoveries, and found a few Tribeca mentions, including the Staple Street bridge, the NSA spyscraper that is the AT&T Long Lines Building, the Mysterious Bookshop, the African Burial Ground, the Woolworth Building, Hook and Ladder 8, and a couple more.