Unlock the City

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

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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.

From the signature Open House New York Weekend festival to design-driven public programs and the dynamic Urban Systems infrastructure series, join us to take an inside look at how the city works.

A public celebration of New York and the “power of place”

It’s the most wonderful time of the year.

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Join us for three days of exploration, access, and discovery

Rooftop gardens. Design studios. Historic houses. Infrastructure tours. And more!

Each October, hundreds of sites across the city, many rarely open to the public, open their doors — in person and virtually — to talk, tours, and behind-the-scenes insights.

Want to get involved? The call for 2022 OHNY Weekend Partners and Volunteers is launching soon. Sign up for our newsletter to receive the latest updates.

Upcoming Event

Sunset Boat Tour:
Ports of NY & NJ

Join Open House New York on August 24 for a summer evening cruise of the New York and New Jersey harbors to learn more the immense scale and complexity of local and global port activity. Bethann Rooney, Deputy Director of the Port Department at the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey and a 30-year veteran in the maritime industry, will guide us on the past, present, and future of the shipping industry in the New York and New Jersey harbors.

Join Our Team

We’re Hiring:
Program Director

Open House New York seeks an experienced, curious, and highly organized professional to serve as Program Director. This position will play a central role conceptualizing and overseeing all OHNY programs, including the annual OHNY Weekend festival, the themed Urban Systems series, and other year-round activities. Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis until the position is filled.

Love New York?
So do we.

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.

Fully tax-deductible memberships start at $50 (Individual) or $90 (Dual).

Urban Systems

Radical Knowledge

Library interior with shelves

How do libraries serve 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, a themed series investigating the forces that shape the city.

Building Capital

From municipal bonds to affordable housing tax credits, highway construction to park development, the flow of financial capital underpins the design and function of the built environment, shaping who has access to opportunity—and who does not.

Launching in summer 2022, Building Capital: The Value of Place is a multiyear investigation into how different forms of capital—financial, cultural, community—determine quality of place and quality of life in New York.

OHNY Stacks

Virtual Book Talks

All the Queens Houses:
An Architectural Portrait
with Rafael Herrin-Ferri

The Black Experience in Design:
Identity, Expression & Reflection
with the Editors

Epidemic Urbanism:
Contagious Diseases in Global Cities
with Dr. Mohammad Gharipour and Dr. Caitlin DeClercq

Global Network

Open House Worldwide

Visitors in London explore and modern space
Visitors in Lagos exit a historic building

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.

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Get Involved


The enthusiasm and support of New Yorkers like you makes our programs possible.

Become an OHNY Volunteer to join a community of enthusiastic and curious New Yorkers!