CALLING ALL HOUSE SNOOPS : Maybe it’s the concept of Spring-cleaning, maybe it’s being home in a season of great weather before heading off to vacation locales, maybe it’s that after having gotten the house gussied up for the Spring holidays it’s fun to show it off a bit …. well, whatever the reason, Spring is House Tour time ! And New York is no different from any other community and has them just like any other town in America. Of course, what’s different here is that the housing stock is pretty unique to this location, our neighborhoods are quite varied from one another and, in many cases, the housing stock is world-class fabulous. So, if you’re inclined, house tours offer a great opportunity to explore other neighborhoods in a truly intimate way. You get a feel for the housing, the neighborhood, who lives there – and who’s considering living there.
UPPER EAST SIDE, MANHATTAN, MAY 7 through JUNE 4: The Kips Bay Decorator Showhouse is going strong in its 41st year with this year’s designer re-do of a gorgeous house at 161 East 64th St. Virtually the Academy Awards of the to-the-trade D&D world, this is a career-topping showcase for NYC designers at the height of their game. A great place to see the latest in design trends, finishes, products and workmanship. All proceeds are for the Kips Bay Boys & Girls Club. Tickets are $35 and can be purchased at the house or online. Hours are Mon-Fri from 11-5; Tues and Thurs until 8 and Sundays until 5pm.(http://www.kipsbaydecoratorshowhouse.org)
PARK SLOPE, BROOKLYN, MAY 19: A 1903 Flemish Renaissance Revival house with mahogany columns and an ornate plaster ceiling is among the homes on the tour. Tickets are $25, or $20 in advance; no backpacks and no children under 10, except infants in front packs. Information: (718) 832-8227 or parkslopeciviccouncil.org.
PROSPECT LEFFERTS GARDENS, BROOKLYN, JUNE 2: An 1898 Romanesque Revival house with eight fireplaces and a 1910 town house with its original Arts and Crafts details are among the homes on the tour. Tickets are $25, or $20 in advance; no children under 12 except infants in front packs. Information: (718) 284-6210 or leffertsmanor.org.
JACKSON HEIGHTS, QUEENS, JUNE 8 AND 9: Fourteen private gardens will be open on June 8 from noon to 4 p.m.; on June 9 starting at noon, guided walking tours will be offered. Tickets are $10 for one day and $15 for both (and must be purchased in advance for walking tours). Information: (718) 565-5344 or jhbg.org.
FLATBUSH, BROOKLYN, JUNE 9: Six to eight houses in styles ranging from Colonial, Victorian and Greek Revival to Tudor will be open from 1 to 6 p.m. Tickets are $25, or $20 in advance. Information: (718) 859-3800 or fdconline.org.
MOUNT MORRIS PARK, HARLEM, JUNE 9: About a dozen homes with architectural details like stained-glass windows and elaborately carved staircases will be open from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tickets are $35, or $25 in advance. Information: (212) 369-4241 or mmpcia.org.