Projects in Planning

Inside Look: The Center for Climate Solutions on Governors Island

On February 8, join a discussion with the Trust for Governors Island’s Clare Newman and WXY Architecture + Urban Design’s Claire Weisz on plans to combine research and innovation, testing and development, and education and public engagement in a single physical hub in the heart of the New York Harbor.

New Initiative

NextGen NYC

Launching this year, NextGen NYC  will provide leadership and community building skills to young New Yorkers in undeserved neighborhoods. We’ve raised nearly one-third of our $50,000 goal and thank all supporters for helping to bring new resources to the next generation of Open House New Yorkers.

Upoming Programs

OHNY Stacks: Virtual Book Talks

January 27
The New York Subway Map Debate
with Gary Hustwit

February 3
The Topography of Wellness
with Sara Jensen Carr

February 10
All the Queens Houses
with Rafael Herrin-Ferri

Save the Date

20 Years of Unlocking the City

Our signature event, Open House New York Weekend, returns next year on October 22-23, 2022. Mark your calendar and prepare to celebrate two decades of citywide access, exploration, and discovery with the most exciting festival to date.

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Join our Team

Hiring: Development and Communications Manager

Open House New York seeks an energetic, entrepreneurial, and highly organized Development and Communications Manager to play a key role in growing our donor base and organizational visibility. The deadline to apply is February 7, 2022.


Weekend Review

From the lights of Belvedere Castle to the iconic tiles of TWA Terminal, from the conveyor belts of BookOps Sorting Facility to the Beaux-Arts Avenue V Pump Station, the 2021 OHNY Weekend delivered nearly 200 ways to explore the city.

The hybrid lineup of in-person and virtual experiences included tours, talks, and self-guided walks produced in collaboration with 150 partners.

Review a rundown of festival numbers and see the list of sponsors and donors.

Explore from Home

On Rotation: Digital Content Highlights

Take a self-guided architectural tour of the Stavros Niarchos Foundation Library.

Listen to a podcast about the TWA Terminal, a masterpiece of mid-century modern architecture.

Learn how lighthouses shaped New York’s coastline and maritime history.

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Explore the delicious streets of Belmont, the heart of the Bronx’s Little Italy.

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Our Mission

Access the City

Open House New York promotes unparalleled access to the city—to the places, people, projects, systems and ideas that define New York and its future. Our programs, including talks and tours about how the city functions and who it serves and the annual OHNY Weekend festival, one of the nation’s largest, offer a citywide platform for education and exploration.

Since its founding in the wake of 9/11, when much of the city was closed off due to increased security, OHNY has advocated for openness as a defining principle of civic life. By providing access to thousands of places with architectural and cultural significance and an insider’s look at the city’s infrastructure and systems, both natural and manmade, OHNY fosters greater civic participation in the forces that shape the city.  Learn more.

“Forget the Mayor, Open House New York
holds the keys to the city.”

Crain’s New York Business

Love New York? So do we.

From dynamic year-round programs to members-only events like our popular Summer Social, Open House New York demystifies the city—and our Members enjoy inside access, special events, and being part of a community of curious New Yorkers.

Join us today with fully tax-deductible memberships starting at $50 (Individual) or $90 (Dual).

Urban Systems

A thematic infrastructure series that explores how overarching urban systems impact the way we use and occupy space in the city.


Radical Knowledge

Libraries as Community Catalysts

Explore the profound transformations underway for public libraries in New York and across the nation in the latest installment of Urban Systems. Learn more

The kickoff event, Social Infrastructure is a Right: Places for Gathering Sharing, and Learning, featured Librarian of Congress Dr. Carla Hayden, sociologist Dr. Eric Klinenberg of NYU, and anthropologist Dr. Shannon Mattern of the New School. View recording


The Moving City

Transportation Infrastructures of New York
New York’s future depends on radically rethinking its transportation infrastructures for a new century. This series offered a yearlong series of tours, panel discussions, and other events to deepen and inform public understanding about the future of transportation and mobility in New York City.

Spaces of Justice

What should a 21st century justice system look like, and what kinds of architecture and infrastructure do we need to support it? This series examined the intersection of design and justice, and provided a platform for those who know the system from the inside—including judges, police and corrections officers, public health practitioners, housing advocates, activists, and people with lived experience of arrest and incarceration—to share their perspectives.

Our Commitment to an Open City

Open House New York has always stood for openness, accessibility and civic dialogue—the same values that make our democracy work.

Over the last year, Open House New York began the hard work of examining the realities of New York and more purposely advocating for a truly open city—one where streets, libraries, parks and other democratizing places are safe and accessible to all New Yorkers, regardless of skin color, religion, sexuality, or other marker of difference.

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Open House Worldwide

From Athens to Zurich, the Open House Worldwide network brings together 40+ cities to promote architecture, design, and urbanism. In 2019, almost 1 million people participated in Open House events with nearly 2 million visits to buildings enabled by more than 18,000 volunteers. Taken together, Open House Worldwide is the largest celebration of the urban landscape in the world. Learn more.