NEW YORK - You can take a rare peek behind normally closed doors across the city this weekend.

The annual Open House New York is on.

The Payne Whitney Mansion in Manhattan is just one of more than 200 sites granting access to visitors.

Dating back to 1909 and now owned by the French Government, it features stunning examples of Gilded Age architecture and interior design.

But organizers say Open House weekend is about experiencing both historic and modern locations in the city.

"All the different kinds of places that we build to house us, to the places we go to work, places we teach our kids. And so it's new, it's old, it's infrastructure, it's residential, it's everything," said Open House New York Executive Director Gregory Wessner.

City Hall in Lower Manhattan and the New York State Pavilion in Queens are just some of the locations offering tours this weekend.

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