Open City Benefit

The Open City Benefit is a celebration of the power of place and new possibilities for our city.

Open City Benefit

Each Spring, Open House New York holds the Open City Benefit at a place of singular importance to the past, present, and future of New York City. The awards program includes conferring the Open City Award, President’s Award and Building Capital Award, which together recognize exemplary individual and collective achievements to improve quality of place and quality of life in our city.

On May 18, the Open City Benefit will bring together hundreds of New Yorkers for a festive evening at Powerhouse Arts—a 117-year-old power plant that has been transformed into a contemporary art center and fabrication space on the Gowanus Canal in Brooklyn.

Proceeds from the Open City Benefit make possible our work to promote broad, unparalleled access to the city.

Open City Award

The Open City Award honors the team behind a newly opened or opening place of singular importance to the past, present, and future of New York City. These are the significant projects, often born from visionary aspirations and years in the making, that embody the spirit of openness, access, vitality, and connectivity that symbolize New York’s continued growth, preeminence, and capacity for renewal. The Open City Award is conferred onsite at the Open City Benefit.

2023 Open City Awardees

This year, OHNY is conferring the Open City Award to the Powerhouse Arts design and development team, led by Powerhouse ArtsGemini Arts InitiativeHerzog & de MeuronPBDW ArchitectsUrban Atelier Group, and Buro Happold Engineering.

Past Award Recipients

2022 Open City Benefit, Jenna Bascom Photography
2022 Open City Award

Moynihan Train Hall

Recognizing the team led by Client: Empire State Development and Vornado Realty Trust; Architects: Skidmore, Owings & Merrill; Engineers: Severud Assoc., Jaros Baum & Bolles, Schlaich Bergermann Partner; Construction: WSP, Skanska USA

2022 President’s Award

Senator Charles E. Schumer

Photo courtesy of LISC NYC

2022 Building Capital Award

LISC NYC, led by Valerie White

2021 Open City Benefit, Jenna Bascom Photography

Governors Island

The Trust for Governors Island

2019 Open City Benefit, Jenna Bascom Photography

TWA Hotel

MCR and MORSE Development

Beyer Blinder Belle
INC Architecture & Design
Lubrano Ciavarra Architects
Mathews Nielsen Landscape Architects
Stonehill Taylor

2018 Open City Benefit, Kait Ebinger

Cornell Tech Campus

Cornell University

Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP
James Corner Field Operations

Emma and Georgina Bloomberg Center | Architects: Morphosis Architects; Engineers: Arup; Construction Manager: Barr & Barr

Tata Innovation Center | Developer: Forest City New York; Architects: Weiss/Manfredi Architecture/Landscape/Urbanism; Engineers: Thornton Tomasetti, Jaros Baum & Bolles; Construction Manager: Turner

The House at Cornell Tech | Developers: Related Companies, The Hudson Companies; Architects: Handel Architects; Engineers: BuroHappold; Construction Manager: Monadnock Construction Inc.

President’s Award

Open House New York’s President’s Award recognizes a person or organization who, through their visionary work and unrelenting commitment to our city, demonstrates OHNY’s mission to catalyze a city that is accessible and open to all New Yorkers.

Past Recipient of the President’s Award

Building Capital Award

The Building Capital Award honors an organization or individual whose work embodies and amplifies Open House New York’s signature Urban Systems program.

Past Recipient of the Building Capital Award

Previous OHNY Honorees


Scott Stringer, New York City Comptroller

Kathy Goldman, Food Bank for New York


Carl Weisbrod, Chair, New York City Planning Commission, and Director, Department of City Planning

John Edelman, Design Within Reach

Marc Kushner and Matthias Hollwich, Architizer


Gale Brewer, Manhattan Borough President

Cindy Allen, Interior Design Magazine

Barry Bergdoll, Museum of Modern Art


David Burney, NYC Department of Design and Construction

Susan Henshaw Jones, Museum of the City of New York

Frank Sciame, Sciame


Christine Quinn, New York City Council

Joshua David and Robert Hammond, The High Line

Tim Tompkins, Times Square Alliance


Leslie Koch, Trust for Governors Island

Red Grooms, Artist

Hugh Hardy, H3 Hardy Collaboration Architecture