Projects in Planning

Inside Look: The Center for Climate Solutions on Governors Island

The Trust for Governors Island’s Clare Newman and WXY Architecture + Urban Design’s Claire Weisz joined forces on February 8 to discuss 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.

Radical Knowledge

Design Standards for the Modern Carnegie Library

What does it mean to be a 21st-century library? This February 15 panel discussion explored how design and community engagement are preserving and upgrading New York’s historic Carnegie libraries.

OHNY Stacks

Virtual Book Talks

February 3
All the Queens Houses
with Rafael Herrin-Ferri

February 17
The Black Experience in Design: Identity, Expression & Reflection

February 24
Epidemic Urbanism: Contagious Diseases in Global Cities
with Mohammad Gharipour and Caitlin DeClerq

Save the Date

OHNY Weekend is October 22-23, 2022

Mark your calendar and prepare to celebrate the twentieth anniversary of Open House New York Weekend with the most exciting festival lineup to date.

Share the City

Membership Opens Doors

Think a tour of a sewer plant makes a great date? We’ve got you covered.

Explore from Home

On Rotation: OHNY Weekend 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 broad, unparalleled access to the city—to the places, people, projects, systems, and ideas that define New York and its future. Through our year-round programming, including the annual OHNY Weekend, OHNY offers a citywide platform for education, exploration, and engagement about the connections between quality of place and quality of life for all New Yorkers.

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 offering an insider’s look at the forces that shape the city, Open House New York promotes a deeper understanding of how the city functions and whom it serves. By providing access to the places and stories that comprise our city, OHNY fosters greater civic participation. 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

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.