It’s solar eclipse day, and if you haven’t yet snagged a pair of eclipse glasses—which are one of the few ways you can safely view the astronomical event—you may be SOL. While many places have been selling glasses in the lead-up to next week’s event, as it gets closer, the specs are selling out.
But if you’re in New York, you may still be able to snag a free pair from glasses start-up Warby Parker. The brand is giving out free eclipse shades at many of its locations, according to Brokelyn; it is, however, probably a good idea to call ahead and see if they still have them in stock, considering demand for the special specs. (Brokelyn found that the brand’s Brooklyn location was already sold out, but a few other locations still have ‘em.)
B&H, the famed photography store, is also selling eclipse glasses, along with special camera filters for those who want to capture the celestial event themselves. But you must be able to pick up the glasses at B&H’s flagship on Ninth Avenue in Midtown—and, again, call ahead to make sure they have them in stock before heading over. Ditto Adorama, the photo supply store on West 18th Street; they’re selling the glasses in-store, along with camera filters and other equipment. (Again, call ahead first.)
Another good spot for finding eclipse glasses: a local library branch. STAR_Net, a science resource for libraries, distributed millions of pairs of eclipse glasses to libraries across the country, including a few in New York City. Branches include those in Glendale, Queens; Clinton Hill, Brooklyn; Flushing; the Rockaways; and Pelham Bay in the Bronx. But take note: you’ll have to snag ‘em at one of their eclipse-viewing parties, so plan accordingly. (There are also more Queens and Bronx events happening.)
And if all else fails and you can’t get a pair of eclipse glasses in time, you can always make your own pinhole camera to watch the celestial event. Warby Parker has a template on its eclipse micro-site, or you can take the advice of the Amateur Astronomers Association of New York, which has instructions on its website.