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.
Upcoming Event

Member Summer Social:
After Hours at Poster House

Credit: Great Performances

Join a community of Open House New Yorkers for our annual Members-only Summer Social at Poster House on August 27 from 6:00-8:00pm. Enjoy exclusive after-hours access to the museum and an opportunity to mix and mingle with fellow members over wine and snacks. Plus, our team will offer a first look at what’s on tap for the 2022 OHNY Weekend (October 21-23) as we gear up to celebrate the 20th anniversary of this beloved citywide festival. RSVP required; contact membership@ohny.org for details.

Upcoming Event

Sunset Boat Tour:
Explore Our Region’s Ports

Credit: John Ng

Join Open House New York on August 25 for a summer evening cruise of the New York and New Jersey harbors to learn about the immense scale and complexity of local and global port activity. Beth Rooney, Port Director 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

OHNY Weekend: E-Waste Warehouse – Photo: John Ng

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.

Membership

Netflix for Urbanists:
Metropolitan Membership

Metropolitan: 550 Vanderbilt – Photo: Kait Ebinger

Launched in Prospect Heights in 2019, Metropolitan is a membership circle launched that brings together emerging professionals for city adventures and community building. If you have a dog-eared copy of The Power Broker, hold strong opinions about Open Streets, or think a sewer tour makes a great date, OHNY Metropolitan is for you.  

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.

Membership

Love New York?
So do we.

Credit: Elizabeth Holmes

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.

Volunteers help distribute OHNY Weekend materials
Get Involved

Volunteer

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!