While the majority of sites open during OHNY Weekend are Open Access and can be visited free of charge and without reservations on October 15 and 16, some sites and tours require Advance Reservations due to space or security restrictions. Information about all sites and tours can be viewed at ohny.org. Advance Reservations begin on Thursday, October 6 at 11 am.
In 2015, more than 8,500 reservation slots went live on Reservation Day, and 7,000 were booked within the hour. If you’re a seasoned OHNY Weekend participant you’ve probably got a tried-and-true strategy for reserving spots on the tours you most want to attend. But if you haven’t participated in Reservation Day before, we’d recommend taking the following points into consideration as you get ready for the big day!
Above all, keep in mind that tens of thousands of people compete for limited spots on Reservation Day. While OHNY staff makes every effort to work with site hosts to facilitate as much access as possible, some sites have very limited capacity, and tours can be booked seconds after reservations open. If there are 100 slots at a site and 2,000 people are trying to reserve tickets, it can literally come down to a difference of milliseconds!
- Head to ohny.org: OHNY uses Eventbrite to manage all reservations for OHNY Weekend; each Advanced Reservation tour has its own web listing at ohny.org and a corresponding reservation page on Eventbrite. Reservation links to Eventbrite will go live on web listings at 11 AM on Thursday, October 6. A list of all Advance Reservation tours with links directly to corresponding Eventbrite pages will also be posted on ohny.org/weekend/reservations at that time, as well as on OHNY’s Facebook page and the OHNY blog.
- Know the basics: There is a $5 fee, per guest, for each reservation, and you will be able to reserve for up to two people for each tour. If you are reserving for more than two people on a tour, you will need to go through the reservation process multiple times. This is done to ensure that no one guest is able to book large numbers of spots on any one tour. Once you begin a reservation, Eventbrite gives you eight (8) minutes to complete your reservation, so have your payment information ready before you begin.
- An Eventbrite account will give you an edge: You do not need an Eventbrite account to make reservations for OHNY Weekend tours, but having one can help speed up the reservation process, as Eventbrite will save your name, address, and credit card info (if you grant it permission to do so). This cuts down on the time each reservation will take to complete.
- Know your priorities: The more excited you are about a tour, the better the chances that lots of other people are excited about it, too. Know going in that you may not have time to secure spots on every tour on your list. As the Bowery Boys once famously tweeted, “Only in New York would tickets for a Woolworth [Building] tour sell out faster than a One Direction concert.” Make sure you have lots of options.
- And remember: There are plenty of great Open Access sites that you can visit without a reservation! The majority of sites participating in OHNY Weekend have Open Access hours on October 15 and 16, meaning that you do not any reservations at all. If you can’t get a reservation for a tour, there are still many beautiful, fascinating, and wonderful places to explore during OHNY Weekend! We’ve heard plenty of people say “all of the best sites require reservations,” but we can say that this is emphatically not true. Many of our most visited sites, from the Brooklyn Army Terminal to New York City Hall, require no reservations at all to visit.