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A partial solar eclipse over Queens in 2013.
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Solar eclipse 2017: Where to see it in New York City

The best places to catch this once-in-a-lifetime event

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A partial solar eclipse over Queens in 2013.
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A solar eclipse will engulf much of the United States today, but unfortunately for New Yorkers, we won’t experience the full sun-blocking effects of the phenomenon. Instead, we’ll get a partial eclipse, with the moon covering about 70 percent of the sun—so still pretty cool, if not as impressive as full totality.

The eclipse itself will peak around 2:44 p.m. in New York City, which means many people will be at work—but if you’re making special plans to view the whole shebang, we’ve got you covered. Below, find some of the best places to view the eclipse, from watch parties to spots in the city that will look especially cool shrouded in mid-day semi-darkness. (And if you still need eclipse glasses, here are some places to try.)

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1. American Museum of Natural History

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Central Park West & 79th St
New York, NY 10024
(212) 769-5100
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AMNH is your best bet if you want to experience the eclipse in the company of astronomers who can explain WTF is happening. They’ll also have the NASA feed of the eclipse streaming the Rose Center for Earth and Space.

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2. Pioneer Works

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159 Pioneer St
Brooklyn, NY 11231
(718) 596-3001
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This multidisciplinary arts center in Red Hook is where the Amateur Astronomers Association of New York will host its official eclipse-viewing party. The group will bring eclipse glasses, along with special telescopes fitted with solar filters (so you can safely view the event) to the building’s garden.

3. 1 Hotel Brooklyn Bridge

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60 Furman St
Brooklyn, NY 11201
(347) 696-2500
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Brooklyn Bridge Park’s new hotel is in an especially unique position for the eclipse, thanks to the panoramic skyline views from its rooftop pool and bar. That space will host an eclipse-viewing party on August 21; the $35 admission includes a pair of eclipse glasses, as well as food (lobster rolls) and drink (a special “Frozen Eclipse” cocktail with gin, Aperol, and passion fruit).

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4. Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum

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Pier 86, W 46th St & 12th Ave
New York, NY 10036
(212) 245-0072
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The Intrepid, a decommissioned aircraft carrier-turned-museum, will host its own eclipse-viewing event that’s free with museum admission. It’ll begin at noon, and the schedule includes a tour of the flight deck, a screening of NASA’s live feed, and a prime spot for viewing the event; there’ll even be solar telescopes and eclipse glasses for visitors (while supplies last, so get there early).

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5. The New York Public Library, Pelham Bay Branch

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3060 Middletown Road Bronx, NY 10461
Bronx, NY 10461
(718) 792-6744
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The New York Public Library’s Pelham Bay branch in the Bronx is one of several libraries hosting eclipse viewing parties on August 21. Special glasses will be provided, and the event begins at 2:30 p.m., timed to coincide with the maximum point of the eclipse in NYC.

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6. Brooklyn Public Library, Clinton Hill Branch

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380 Washington Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11238
(718) 398-8713
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The Brooklyn Public Library’s Clinton Hill branch will also host a watch party, with eclipse viewing glasses provided (first come, first served!), and folks offering tidbits about the celestial event.

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7. Inwood Hill Park

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Dyckman St
New York, NY 10452

If you want to view the eclipse with a minimum of people around you, consider heading to Inwood Hill Park. It’s less trafficked than, say, Central Park; it also has the benefit of being pretty far from the center of Manhattan, and thus, it has better views (and fewer lights to brighten the natural darkness an eclipse will bring).

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8. Fort Tryon Park

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Riverside Dr To Broadway
New York, NY 10040
(212) 795-1388
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Like Inwood Hill Park, Fort Tryon is relatively uncrowded when compared to other parks in the city. But Fort Tryon Park also has stunning Hudson River views, which should prove very interesting once the partial eclipse occurs.

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9. AIANY Around Manhattan Architecture Tour

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61 Chelsea Piers
New York, NY 10011

On August 21, AIA’s New York chapter will devote one of its regular boat tours around New York to the solar eclipse. Riders will have the distinct pleasure of experiencing the eclipse while learning about Manhattan architecture, including projects by Bjarke Ingels, Frank Gehry, and Renzo Piano.

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10. City Vineyard

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233 West St
New York, NY 10013
(646) 677-8350
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Located at Pier 26 in Hudson River Park, this wine bar—an offshoot of City Winery—will host an eclipse-viewing party on its rooftop, from 1:30 to 4 p.m. They’ll provide eclipse glasses (on a first-come, first-serve basis), and they’ll have drinks from Spellbound Wines as well.

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11. Hotel Americano

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518 W 27th St
New York, NY 10001
(212) 216-0000
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This Chelsea hotel will host an eclipse-viewing party on its cushy rooftop, and while admission is free, it will cost extra ($40) to reserve a pool lounger if you want to watch the event in style. Solar glasses will be provided, and there’ll be a special themed cocktail—a martini made with Grey Goose vodka for $14.

12. The Ramble

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79th St Transverse
New York, NY 10024
(212) 310-6600
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The Ramble is one of Central Park’s most peaceful sections, and is sure to be a lovely spot for catching the eclipse. Bonus: it’s also a birding hotspot within the park, so if you want to see how animals will react to the eclipse (in the case of birds, they often stop singing and start to go into sleep mode), this’ll be the place to be.

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13. The Metropolitan Museum of Art

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1000 5th Ave
New York, NY 10028
(212) 535-7710
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The Met’s rooftop is always a wonderful place to take in the beauty of Manhattan, and we’re betting it will be especially cool for this particular event—how often do you get to see the skyscrapers of the city shrouded in an eclipse? And unlike pricier tourist attractions, admission to the Met is pay-as-you-wish.

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14. Todt Hill

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Todt Hill
Staten Island, NY

Staten Island’s Todt Hill is the highest natural elevation in the five boroughs—and in fact, the highest point on the eastern seaboard that’s south of Maine—meaning it’ll provide an unfettered view of the rest of the city (well, the points that are nearby, anyway) as they’re engulfed in brief near-darkness during the partial eclipse.

15. Governors Island

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Governors Island
New York, NY 11231

Take to the Hills, the highest points on Governors Island, and you’ll have a spectacular view of Lower Manhattan engulfed in (partial) darkness. Or simply post up in one of the hammocks in Hammock Grove (with your solar glasses or a pinhole camera, of course), and let the eclipse wash over you.

16. Brooklyn Grange

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63 Flushing Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11205
(347) 670-3660
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The city’s largest rooftop farm invites eclipse-gawkers to “soak in the cosmic vibes” at its Brooklyn location on the 21st. Brooklyn Grange’s eclipse-watching event will include an hourlong tour of the farm, an intensive two-hour yoga session, and time to relax post-workout. And at the eclipse’s peak, special glasses will be provided to take it all in. (You will, however, have to bring your own yoga mat, water bottle, and light blanket for the yoga session.)

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17. Times Square

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Look, we get it—this seems totally counterintuitive. Who wants to experience a natural phenomenon … in the city’s most crowded place? But even experiencing 70 percent totality will be fascinating in the neon-filled expanse of Times Square; what will it look like to have the sun obscured? If you’re as curious as we are, plan to be there.

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1. American Museum of Natural History

Central Park West & 79th St, New York, NY 10024
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AMNH is your best bet if you want to experience the eclipse in the company of astronomers who can explain WTF is happening. They’ll also have the NASA feed of the eclipse streaming the Rose Center for Earth and Space.

Central Park West & 79th St
New York, NY 10024

2. Pioneer Works

159 Pioneer St, Brooklyn, NY 11231

This multidisciplinary arts center in Red Hook is where the Amateur Astronomers Association of New York will host its official eclipse-viewing party. The group will bring eclipse glasses, along with special telescopes fitted with solar filters (so you can safely view the event) to the building’s garden.

159 Pioneer St
Brooklyn, NY 11231

3. 1 Hotel Brooklyn Bridge

60 Furman St, Brooklyn, NY 11201
1 Hotel Brooklyn Bridge Pool Courtesy 1 Hotel Brooklyn Bridge

Brooklyn Bridge Park’s new hotel is in an especially unique position for the eclipse, thanks to the panoramic skyline views from its rooftop pool and bar. That space will host an eclipse-viewing party on August 21; the $35 admission includes a pair of eclipse glasses, as well as food (lobster rolls) and drink (a special “Frozen Eclipse” cocktail with gin, Aperol, and passion fruit).

60 Furman St
Brooklyn, NY 11201

4. Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum

Pier 86, W 46th St & 12th Ave, New York, NY 10036

The Intrepid, a decommissioned aircraft carrier-turned-museum, will host its own eclipse-viewing event that’s free with museum admission. It’ll begin at noon, and the schedule includes a tour of the flight deck, a screening of NASA’s live feed, and a prime spot for viewing the event; there’ll even be solar telescopes and eclipse glasses for visitors (while supplies last, so get there early).

Pier 86, W 46th St & 12th Ave
New York, NY 10036

5. The New York Public Library, Pelham Bay Branch

3060 Middletown Road Bronx, NY 10461, Bronx, NY 10461

The New York Public Library’s Pelham Bay branch in the Bronx is one of several libraries hosting eclipse viewing parties on August 21. Special glasses will be provided, and the event begins at 2:30 p.m., timed to coincide with the maximum point of the eclipse in NYC.

3060 Middletown Road Bronx, NY 10461
Bronx, NY 10461

6. Brooklyn Public Library, Clinton Hill Branch

380 Washington Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11238

The Brooklyn Public Library’s Clinton Hill branch will also host a watch party, with eclipse viewing glasses provided (first come, first served!), and folks offering tidbits about the celestial event.

380 Washington Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11238

7. Inwood Hill Park

Dyckman St, New York, NY 10452
A grassy law with a white suspension bridge in the background.

If you want to view the eclipse with a minimum of people around you, consider heading to Inwood Hill Park. It’s less trafficked than, say, Central Park; it also has the benefit of being pretty far from the center of Manhattan, and thus, it has better views (and fewer lights to brighten the natural darkness an eclipse will bring).

Dyckman St
New York, NY 10452

8. Fort Tryon Park

Riverside Dr To Broadway, New York, NY 10040

Like Inwood Hill Park, Fort Tryon is relatively uncrowded when compared to other parks in the city. But Fort Tryon Park also has stunning Hudson River views, which should prove very interesting once the partial eclipse occurs.

Riverside Dr To Broadway
New York, NY 10040

9. AIANY Around Manhattan Architecture Tour

61 Chelsea Piers, New York, NY 10011

On August 21, AIA’s New York chapter will devote one of its regular boat tours around New York to the solar eclipse. Riders will have the distinct pleasure of experiencing the eclipse while learning about Manhattan architecture, including projects by Bjarke Ingels, Frank Gehry, and Renzo Piano.

61 Chelsea Piers
New York, NY 10011

10. City Vineyard

233 West St, New York, NY 10013

Located at Pier 26 in Hudson River Park, this wine bar—an offshoot of City Winery—will host an eclipse-viewing party on its rooftop, from 1:30 to 4 p.m. They’ll provide eclipse glasses (on a first-come, first-serve basis), and they’ll have drinks from Spellbound Wines as well.

233 West St
New York, NY 10013

11. Hotel Americano

518 W 27th St, New York, NY 10001

This Chelsea hotel will host an eclipse-viewing party on its cushy rooftop, and while admission is free, it will cost extra ($40) to reserve a pool lounger if you want to watch the event in style. Solar glasses will be provided, and there’ll be a special themed cocktail—a martini made with Grey Goose vodka for $14.

518 W 27th St
New York, NY 10001

12. The Ramble

79th St Transverse, New York, NY 10024

The Ramble is one of Central Park’s most peaceful sections, and is sure to be a lovely spot for catching the eclipse. Bonus: it’s also a birding hotspot within the park, so if you want to see how animals will react to the eclipse (in the case of birds, they often stop singing and start to go into sleep mode), this’ll be the place to be.

79th St Transverse
New York, NY 10024

13. The Metropolitan Museum of Art

1000 5th Ave, New York, NY 10028
Irene Wang/Shutterstock.com

The Met’s rooftop is always a wonderful place to take in the beauty of Manhattan, and we’re betting it will be especially cool for this particular event—how often do you get to see the skyscrapers of the city shrouded in an eclipse? And unlike pricier tourist attractions, admission to the Met is pay-as-you-wish.

1000 5th Ave
New York, NY 10028

14. Todt Hill

Todt Hill, Staten Island, NY

Staten Island’s Todt Hill is the highest natural elevation in the five boroughs—and in fact, the highest point on the eastern seaboard that’s south of Maine—meaning it’ll provide an unfettered view of the rest of the city (well, the points that are nearby, anyway) as they’re engulfed in brief near-darkness during the partial eclipse.

Todt Hill
Staten Island, NY

15. Governors Island

Governors Island, New York, NY 11231

Take to the Hills, the highest points on Governors Island, and you’ll have a spectacular view of Lower Manhattan engulfed in (partial) darkness. Or simply post up in one of the hammocks in Hammock Grove (with your solar glasses or a pinhole camera, of course), and let the eclipse wash over you.

Governors Island
New York, NY 11231

16. Brooklyn Grange

63 Flushing Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11205

The city’s largest rooftop farm invites eclipse-gawkers to “soak in the cosmic vibes” at its Brooklyn location on the 21st. Brooklyn Grange’s eclipse-watching event will include an hourlong tour of the farm, an intensive two-hour yoga session, and time to relax post-workout. And at the eclipse’s peak, special glasses will be provided to take it all in. (You will, however, have to bring your own yoga mat, water bottle, and light blanket for the yoga session.)

63 Flushing Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11205

17. Times Square

Manhattan, NY 10036

Look, we get it—this seems totally counterintuitive. Who wants to experience a natural phenomenon … in the city’s most crowded place? But even experiencing 70 percent totality will be fascinating in the neon-filled expanse of Times Square; what will it look like to have the sun obscured? If you’re as curious as we are, plan to be there.