While the majority of sites open during OHNY Weekend are Open Access and can be visited free of charge and without reservations on a first-come-first-served basis on October 14 and 15, 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 starting on October 4. Advance Reservations begin on Thursday, October 5 at 11 am.

In 2016, more than 12,000 reservation slots went live on Reservation Day, and 10,000 were booked within the first hour. If you’re a seasoned OHNY Weekend participant, you know it’s an intense day for everyone regardless of how successful you might have been in getting the tours you wanted. What Adele and Beyonce are to concerts or Hamilton is to Broadway musicals, OHNY Weekend is to buildings, and Reservation Day generates a range of emotions that run from exhilaration to frustration. 

If this is your first Reservation Day, we recommend taking a few 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. In 2017 we had upwards of 37,000 users on our website on Reservation Day, who viewed more than 340,000 pages…in one 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 it seemed like all of the tours sold out immediately, it is because in large part they did. 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!

Where to Go
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 each site’s webpage on ohny.org at 11 AM EST on Thursday, October 5. A list of all Advance Reservation tours with links to each Eventbrite page will also be posted on ohny.org/weekend/reservations at that time, as well as on OHNY’s Facebook page and the OHNY blog.

How it Works
There is a $5 fee, per guest, for each reservation, and you will be able to reserve up to two spots at a time. 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 minutes to complete your reservation, so have your payment information ready before you begin. Note that Eventbrite only allows you to have one active registration at a time so you will not get an edge by trying to register for multiple tours at once. 

Speed it Up
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. Try your top choice first, but also have a backup ready. Because it comes down to milliseconds, Reservation Day is a lot like a lottery – if you’re lucky, you’ll hit the reserve now button a millisecond faster than someone else. If not, there are more than 140 Open Access sites that don’t require reservations. 

Open What?
The majority of sites participating in OHNY Weekend can be visited on a first-come-first-served basis without reservations on October 14 and 15. These sites are Open Access because they don’t have the same space and security issues as Advance Reservation sites do. 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. All of our most visited sites, from the Brooklyn Army Terminal to New York City Hall, require no reservations at all!