OHNY Weekend

Frequently Asked Questions


Q: How do I make a reservation?
Reservations begin at 11 am on October 1 at ohny.eventbrite.com

Q: I have made a reservation. Where is the meeting location?
Once you make a reservation, meeting locations are emailed to you in the body of your email confirmation. Look under “Event Details.”

Q: I have made a reservation. Where is my ticket?
There are no physical tickets to this event, and you do not need to print your order confirmation as your name will be on a list at the door.

Q: Can I get a refund?
As indicated on all of our of Eventbrite ticketing pages, we do not have the capacity to issue refunds. If you made a reservation in error or one of your guests can no longer attend, we encourage you to bring a friend or have a friend who can attend in your place.

Q: Is there a wait list for advance reservation tours? Do you take walk-ins?
No. There are no waitlists and walk-ins are not accepted. For many of our sites, this is a security issue and only pre-registered visitors may attend.

Q: How quickly do advance reservation tours sell out?
There is enormous interest in many advance reservation tours and it is not unusual for tours to completely sell out within a minute or two. Even if the tour you wanted sells out, remember that well over half of all participating sites in OHNY Weekend are Open Access, which means they require no reservations at all. You can see the full list of participating sites at ohny.org.

Q: Where can I see the list of sites and tours for this year?
The full list of sites and tours for the 2014 Open House New York Weekend–with day, times, and descriptions–are also available on ohny.org. For a printed copy of the guide, click here for information on where you can get a copy.

Q: How can I make a reservation for TWA?
Advance reservations are not required for the TWA Flight Center. As an Open Access site, the TWA Flight Terminal is free and open to for public to visit on Saturday, October 11, from 11am – 3:30pm.

Q: I really wanted a site that is now sold out. Do you have any recommendations for places to visit?
Yes! The majority of our sites and tours, including our most popular sites, do not require reservations. We encourage you to visit our open access sites like the TWA Flight Terminal, Grand Lodge of Masons, Brooklyn Army Terminal, and Weylin B. Seymour’s (formerly the Williamsburgh Savings Bank). Be sure to visit our BlogFacebook and Instagram for highlights of participating sites.


If your question was not included above, you can email info@ohny.org. Due to the large volume of inquiries we receive leading up to the event, there may be a delay in response time, but we will be in touch with you as soon as we can.


Every year, changes, cancellations, and updates take place up to and throughout OHNY Weekend. Since the Event Guide went to print, several sites and tours have been added. Changes so far are detailed below, with links to the related web listings. For the most up-to-date info before and during the festival, follow us on Twitter and Facebook










Get Ready: OHNY Weekend Reservations Begin at 11am on October 1!


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Photo: Nicolas Lemery Nantel


Every year, a few weeks before OHNY Weekend, reservations begin for special tours at sites across the five boroughs. While the majority of sites that participate in the Weekend offer Open Access hours on October 11 – 12, some sites require reservations be made in advance due to space or security restrictions. Information about all sites and tours can be viewed at ohny.org. Reservations begin at 11 AM on Wednesday, October 1, at ohny.eventbrite.com.


In 2013, more than 7,000 reservation slots went live on Reservation Day, and 5,500 were spoken for within the first few hours. If you’re a seasoned OHNY Weekend participant you’ve probably got a tried-and-true plan of attack 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!



Photo: Nicolas Lemery Nantel


  • Head straight to Eventbrite: 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. Reservations cannot be made directly through ohny.org. As such, the best way to ensure that you are able to register quickly for your favored tours on Reservation Day is to go directly to ohny.eventbrite.com, where all Advanced Reservation tours will begin to be listed at 11 AM on October 1.
  • Know the basics: There is a $5 fee, per guest, for each reservation and you will be able to reserve up to 2 spots 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, you will have eight (8) minutes to complete your reservation, so have your payment information ready before you begin.
  • Eventbrite lists tours by start time, not by title: On Eventbrite, event listings are organized according to the day and time that they are scheduled, rather than alphabetically by title. The fastest way to find the tour for which you want to reserve spots is to go to ohny.eventbrite.com, click “Show All” at the bottom of the list, and do a search and find on the webpage for the tour title.
  • 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.



Photo: David Mark Erickson


  • 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. Tickets for Advance Reservation tours sell out very quickly—so quickly that staff are often inundated with calls from guests who can’t believe that tours are already sold out shortly after tickets go live on Reservation Day. Plan accordingly, and prioritize your list of tours to sign up for. Know going in that you may not have time to secure spots on every tour on your list.
  • 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 11-12, meaning that you already have access to most of the spaces that will be open during OHNY Weekend before reservations even begin. If you can’t get a reservation for a tour, there are still many beautiful, fascinating, and wonderful places to explore during OHNY Weekend!

Important Dates




The full list of participating sites and programs will become available on ohny.org at 8am on Tuesday, September 30. Sites and tours will be listed in alphabetical order and can be filtered by location or typology.

Digital copies of the 2014 OHNY Weekend Event Guide will also be available for download beginning on September 30 on ohny.org. In the Event Guide, Open Access sites are listed by borough and then by neighborhood, followed by the list of Advance Reservation sites.

Some sites and tours during OHNY Weekend require advance reservations. All visitors can begin making reservations this Wednesday, October 1, beginning at 11 am. To streamline the reservation process, we encourage visitors to go directly to ohny.eventbrite.com to make reservations.


Where to Get an Event Guide




The 2014 OHNY Weekend Event Guide hits newsstands next week as an insert in the October 2 issue of Time Out New York. Free copies of the guide will also be available beginning on September 30 at select distribution sites in all five boroughs listed here.


OHNY Weekend Passports



Want to make the most out of your OHNY Weekend and help support OHNY? Here’s your chance!

OHNY Passports allow you and a guest front-of-the-line access to all sites and programs that do not require advance reservations all day Saturday and Sunday, October 11 & 12, 2014. 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.

Click here to purchase a Passport today!

The Great OHNY Weekend Cover Challenge



Are you scheming to figure out how you can be the first to snag Advanced Reservation tickets? Well, scheme no more! Enter the Great OHNY Weekend Cover Challenge for you chance to win two (2) tickets to any one Advanced Reservation tour of your choice!

To enter: Hop on the N/Q to the Astoria Boulevard stop and walk over to the Welling Court Mural Project (more info on the cover and Welling Court here). Find the OHNY Weekend Mural near 14-14 28th Avenue, near Astoria Boulevard and post a photo of yourself in front of the mural on Instagram or Twitter with the hashtag #OHNYwknd by September 25, and you’ll be entered into a raffle for two Advanced Reservation tickets. Three lucky winners will be announced on September 26.

Wondering what all the fuss over Advanced Reservation tickets is about? While OHNY encourages every participating site in the Weekend to open their doors to as many people as possible, some sites have physical, security, or safety limitations that make Open Access impossible. Advanced Reservation tours are limited to smaller groups, at set times, meaning that visitors have to sign up in advance. Since space is limited, tickets for Advanced Reservation tours go fast, so the raffle is a great way to increase your chances of securing tickets for a tour of your choice.

While we have not released the full list of sites just yet, trust us: there is some incredible new stuff on the roster this year! For a little teaser on what to expect, follow the hashtag #DailyReveal on Facebook and Instagram, which we will be updating daily—until we release our full list of sites and tours on September 30.