Open House New York (OHNY) Scheduled for October 11 & 12

Open House New York (OHNY) Scheduled for October 11 & 12

For two days every October, OHNY Weekend unlocks the doors to New York’s most important buildings, offering an extraordinary opportunity to experience the city and meet the people who design, build, and preserve New York.

From historic to contemporary, residential to industrial, hundreds of sites across the five boroughs are open to visit, with tours, talks, performances and other special events taking place over the course of the Weekend. Through the unparalleled access that it enables, OHNY Weekend deepens our understanding of the importance of architecture and urban design to foster a more vibrant civic life and helps catalyze a citywide conversation about how to build a better New York.

The 12th Annual OHNY Weekend on October 11 & 12 this year, will feature 300 sites and tours across the five boroughs, with a mix of Open Access sites, and sites and tours that require Advance Reservations. These sites and tours will be open to the public free of charge, and can be visited at any point during the hours listed. Each site has different Open Access hours during the Weekend, so make sure to check a site’s listing when planning your visit. Some sites and tours require advanced reservations. To make reservations, go directly to beginning at 11am on October 1. There is a $5 fee for each reservation.

If you plan on attending most of the events, consider buying an OHNY Weekend Passport. The OHNY Passport is a unique VIP button that allows you and a guest front-of-the-line access to all sites and programs that do not require advance reservations. It’s the best way to save time, see more, and maximize your OHNY experience. Special for 2014 -Travel in style between OHNY Weekend sites with the OHNY Passport Plus, which includes All-Day Access Passes for you and a guest to New York Water Taxi on Saturday, October 11 along with a special map to connect you from ferry stops to nearby sites; a signature Open House New York tote bag; and an advance copy of the 2014 OHNY Weekend Event Guide. Each OHNY Passport costs $150, 100% of which is tax-deductible. Each OHNY Passport Plus costs $180, and all but $65 is a tax-deductible contribution. OHNY Passports can be purchased online via Eventbrite here.

The official kick-off event for OHNY will be held on Thursday, October 9, from 6-9 p.m. at the Prince George Ballroom at 15 East 27th Street. Tickets range from $75 – $250.

Open House New York (OHNY) is a 501(c)3 organization that promotes a greater appreciation of the city’s built environment; broadens public awareness by exposing diverse audiences to distinctive examples of architecture, engineering and design; educates and inspires discussion of issues of excellence in design, planning and preservation; and showcases outstanding new work as well as structures of historic merit. The Annual OHNY Weekend was launched in 2003 as part of New York City’s first Architecture Week which was co-founded by OHNY. With the help of 300 volunteers, the first Annual OHNY Weekend included 84 sites throughout New York City’s five boroughs, and was attended by 45,000 visitors. Since the inaugural year, the event has grown exponentially, increasing its outreach and audience participation; the number of sites, talks and tours; and developing additional thematic and interpretive programming such as sustainablenewyork which focuses on green sustainable building and active design, promoting physical activity and health through design.