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The best of Open House New York 2023

During the annual Open House New York festival, check out hundreds of normally off-limits NYC sites.

Rossilynne Skena Culgan
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Rossilynne Skena Culgan

Open House New York 2023 is an annual weekend-long, free event during which historic buildings, architectural masterpieces, sundry landmarks and the best New York attractions welcome the public to nose around.

This year’s extravaganza celebrates 21 years of "unlocking" the city with an expanded mission to promote citywide access to all New Yorkers. The weekend will feature a hybrid of in-person experiences, self-guided explorations and digital content. Peek inside everything from single rooms, studios, factories and public spaces to entire buildings, blocks, bike corridors and parks.

Open House New York Weekend invites all to experiene a sense of discovery and delight. As one of the best NYC events this fall, it's the perfect opportunity to explore normally off-limits places in New York.

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What is Open House New York 2023?

Curious New Yorkers and those who want to connect to the city on a whole new level will love Open House New York. This is an annual event, where hundreds of normally off-limits sites and attractions in all five boroughs allow the public to get a closer look for one weekend only. All listed sites and events can be found on the Open House New York website.

When is Open House New York 2023?

This year, Open House New York will take place on October 20-22, 2023. 

Where can I visit during Open House New York 2023?

Folks can visit several hundred locations across the five boroughs during Open House New York. 2023 promises the biggest line-up yet.

Venues include the AT&T Long Distance Building Lobby, the garden at 550 Madison, Bartow-Pell Mansion Museum, Lotus Garden and many more. The schedule also includes walking tours, such as the Birthplace of Hip-Hop Walking Tour, 42nd Street Theater Block Walking Tour, and an Audobon Mural Project Walking Tour. Here's the full calendar of events, which you can filter by location, date and type.

How do I get tickets to Open House New York 2023?

First of all, bear in mind that there are more than 175 open access locations that do not require tickets. You can visit those ones completely for free.

For events that do require a ticket, though, you'll need to enter the free ticket lottery. The lottery opens Tuesday, October 10 at 9am. Participants will have 48 hours to submit their entires. All entries must be submitted by Thursday, October 12 at 9am. Tickets will be distributed through October 16. 

To get in on the lottery, find the event (or events!) you want to attend, then fill out the entry form for that specific event. Here's more info from Open House New York about the lottery system.

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