NYC’s Interior Landmarks

If you missed Open House New York, you don’t have to wait until next year. There are plenty of interior New York City landmarks and, by definition, they have to be open and available to the public. A new book called “Interior Landmarks: Treasures of New York” (holiday gift hint) features 46 spaces that are protected by the Landmarks Preservation Commission. As the weather outside turns frightful, check out these impressive buildings. The Park Avenue Armory, pictured above, was built in 1881. Photo credit: James Ewing/Otto.

The New Amsterdam Theater in Times Square was the largest theater in NYC when it opened in 1903. The first play to take the stage was “A Midsummer Night’s Dream.” Photo credit: Whitney Cox.

JP Morgan donated his father Pierpont Morgan’s library to the public in 1924.  The Morgan Library & Museum showcases a staggering collection of books and other objects purchased by the financier. Photo Credit: The Morgan Library & Museum/Graham S. Haber

Surrogate’s Court, also called the Hall of Records, at 31 Chambers Street has majestic staircases that rival Grand Central Terminal’s and an interior of hand-carved marble. Photo credit: Larry Lederman.

City Hall is the oldest interior landmark in NYC, built in 1811. You can also visit two other interior landmarks while you’re here: City Hall train station and Tweed Courthouse. Photo credit: Larry Lederman

The Old Merchant’s House gives you a glimpse into the lives of a wealthy merchant family and their four Irish servants back in the mid 1800s. Photo credit: Larry Lederman

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