A weekly preview of participating sites and programs in the 11th Annual OHNY Weekend on October 12 & 13, 2013. This week, check out some of the vertical sites and tours you shouldn’t miss this year! 


Cathedral Church of St. John the Divine


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Photo credit: Stephen Aviano


The Cathedral Church of St. John the Divine isn’t your typical cathedral – it’s among the largest churches in the world, and it’s also home to the American Poets Corner; an altarpiece by Keith Haring; and yes, wandering peacocks.  On the Vertical Tour, climb more than 124 feet through spiral staircases to the top of the cathedral, and learn about its architecture, stained glass windows, and sculpture, all while standing on one of the Cathedral’s buttress.  The tour culminates on the cathedral’s rooftop with a breathtaking view of Manhattan.


View photos from “The Divine Climb,” OHNY’s tour of the Cathedral in July.


Jefferson Market Library Tower


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Photo credit: Nicolas Lemery Nantel / salokin.com


Originally a courthouse and prison, the Jefferson Market Library famously held what was called the Trial of the Century – the trial of millionaire Harry Thaw for the murder of architect Stanford White.  Once voted as one of the ten most beautiful buildings in America by a poll of architects in the 1880s, the building has been recently renovated. It is now the home of a public library that holds a collection of rare and interesting books on the history of New York City.  Climb 149 steps to the top of the library’s Venetian Gothic tower to enjoy 360-degree views of the Village.


Read last year’s Field Trip Friday post about our visit during the 2012 OHNY Weekend.


Trinity Church Bell Tower


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Photo credit: Leo Sorel


Don’t miss this chance to climb up the 100-step spiral staircase to Trinity Church‘s recently renovated Bell Tower and learn about the renovation and the art of bell ringing.  The tower houses 12 bells donated by the Dill Faulkes Educational Trust,  weigh up to 2,700 pounds and swing full circle for change-ringing.  Join architect David Grider and acoustical engineer Emily Lally for tours of the Bell Tower.


See the New York Times audio slideshow about the Trinity Bell Ringer.


Little Red Lighthouse


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Photo credit: Linda Shockley


After the George Washington Bridge was constructed, the Little Red Lighthouse was slated for demolition – until a nationwide campaign, inspired by a 1942 children’s book, saved it from being torn down.  Thanks in part to the efforts of thousands of children all over the country, the lighthouse still stands today.  An OHNY Weekend favorite, visitors can climb up to the top of Manhattan’s only remaining lighthouse and enjoy views of the Hudson River and George Washington Bridge.


Check out Gothamist’s photos of the inside of the Lighthouse during OHNY Weekend.



Full listings with details about times and locations of all sites and programs will go live on our website in early October. Please check back then for specific dates, times and information about advance reservations, if required.