A chance to win a trip for two to New Orleans, a Brazilian Brunch with caipirinhas, live music, prizes, scavenger hunts, food, refreshments, behind-the-scenes tours and this is just the beginning. Now how do you experience this for FREE? For FREE…you may be asking what is the catch! Well no gimmicks involved all of this and more can be experienced this weekend, May 5th and 6th in New York as part of the Partners in Preservation Open House Weekend.

As Blog Ambassadors, working in conjunction with American Express and the National Trust for Historic Preservation , we shared last week an exciting and innovating initiative dubbed Partners in Preservation , a program that has had its feet in the trenches since 2006, granting awards in the total of 6.5 million dollars to preserve historic landmarks, buildings and monuments across the country. With San Francisco, Chicago, New Orleans, Boston, Seattle, and Saint Paul/Minneapolis as pass grantees, New York was announced as the official 2012 location for the program, where a landmark in itself of 3 million dollars in grants will be awarded to our city to preserve the most beloved sites in the metropolitan area.

With 40 historic sites competing for grant money the final decision will be up to you in who will receive the funds. Till May 26th you as the voter can decide which historic site you would love to see grab the grants. Voting is easy and you can vote once or once every day until the close of the competition. To vote click here –>VOTE NOW

Of course each of the 40 historic sites would love to win and to sway your vote every site is hosting an open house where every festivity previously listed can be an experience you won’t forget. Kids of all ages are welcomed as well so come on down and join in the fun and remember your favorite historic site needs your vote!


A Few of Our Favorite Historic Site Open Houses


Brooklyn Public Library, Central Library 10 Grand Army Plaza, Prospect Heights

Open House Weekend events on May 5 & 6 include behind-the-scenes tours of Central Library’s landmark building, featuring an in-depth look at its history, design and hidden treasures (Saturday, May5: 11:00, 12:30, 2:00 & 3:30; Sunday, May 6: 1:30 & 3:30). Check website for more programs, including music, author talks, children’s book exhibitions and silent films (Charlie Chaplin’s “The Kid” and “A Dog’s Life”). All programs are free and open to the public.

Hours: Saturday, May 5, 10 am-6 pm; Sunday, May 6, 1-5 pm

Contact: Jason Carey, j.carey@brooklynpubliclibrary.org
Website: www.brooklynpubliclibrary.org


Louis Armstrong House Museum 34-56 107th Street, Corona

Time to party at Louis Armstrong House Museum’s Garden Party. We will have hot fun and cool Jazz and ongoing historic house tours led by trained docents. Outside in the garden LAHM guests will enjoy live jazz, sample red beans ‘n rice (Louis’s favorite recipe), swing dancing and raffles. Raffles include a trip for two to New Orleans sponsored by Jet Blue Airlines and the Westin New Orleans Canal Place.

Hours: Saturday, May 5 & Sunday, May 6, noon-6:00 pm (Garden Party Event)

Contact for the event: Jennifer Walden, Director of Marketing, Jennifer.Walden@qc.cuny.edu
Website: www.LouisArmstrongHouse.org


Apollo Theater 253 West, 125th Street, Harlem

At the Apollo Partners in Preservation Open House, everyone is invited to share their Apollo Memories by recording a short video, rubbing the Tree of Hope for good luck, entering a quiz to name as many Apollo Legends as they can on the famous lobby murals, and take a photograph under the iconic marquee. The event will also feature a voting station. Attendees will have access to the lobby, the theater, and facilities.
Hours: Saturday, May 5 & Sunday, May 6 from noon to 6 pm

Contact: 212-253-5305 (box office)
Website: www.apollotheater.org


Caribbean Cultural Center Various locations listed below

CCCADI will host a series of events including free “Bomba” dance classes, a photographic exhibition, and Brazilian Brunch featuring “Fly Away Beetle.” May 5: Loíza Dance. This is a fundraiser event, but we will be offering free “Bomba” dance classes one hour before event starts. Location: Taino Towers, 240 East 123rd Street, between 1st and 2nd Avenue, New York, NY; from 7PM-2AM. Also on May 5: In a Time of CHANGE Exhibition. In a partnership with MoCADA, CCCADI will present “In a Time of CHANGE”, which features a series of photographs that question the future of Black and Latino Males in America. Location: MoCADA, 80 Hanson Place, Brooklyn; from 6PM-9PM. On May 6th: Brazilian Brunch. CCCADI plans to host a Brazilian Brunch where we will screen the new Capoeira documentary entitled “Fly Away Beetle” with caipirinhas refreshments. Location: 408 West 58th Street. This event is still under review and could be subject to change.

Contact: Regina Bultrón, 212-307-7420, x3011, rbultron@cccadi.org
Website: www.cccadi.org


Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian 1 Bowling Green, Bowling Green

Open House Weekend! Fun for All Ages: Saturday, May 5 & Sunday, May 6, 1-5pm.
Admission is Free! Join us for Refreshments, Tours, Prizes, Scavenger Hunt, and New York Premiere Screening of Smithsonian Channel’s SKATEBOARD NATION, Saturday at 2:00 pm, including Q&A with skateboard legend Jim Murphy. Reservations recommended! Special thanks to VANS for the screening’s gifts and prizes.

Hours: Saturday, May 5 & Sunday, May 6, 1-5 pm

Contact: NYRSVP@si.edu or 212-514-3750
Website: www.AmericanIndian.si.edu


Guggenheim Museum 1071 Fifth Avenue, Upper East Side

Architecture tours, Family Architecture Activity Guides and Just Drop In!, all provided free with admission. Architecture Tours May 5 and 6 at 11 am, 1 pm, 3 pm. Tours are ASL-interpreted; a separate Verbal Imaging and Touch Tour is offered for visitors who are partially sighted or blind. On May 5, admission is “Pay What You Wish” from 5:45–7:45 pm. On May 6, Just Drop In!, 1-4 pm, for families with children ages 3–10 will incorporate architecture-related activities.

Hours: Saturday, May 5, 10 am-7:45 pm & Sunday, May 6, 10 am-5:45 pm

Contact: 212-423-3500, visitorinfo@guggenheim.org
Website: www.guggenheim.org/pip

*To check out the other 34 open houses happening this weekend click here –> Complete Open House