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Where to Watch the Solar Eclipse in New York City

By Jeanmarie Evelly | August 19, 2017 9:30am | Updated on August 21, 2017 7:14am
 The eclipse will take place Monday, and will be visible in New York City starting shortly after 1 p.m.
The eclipse will take place Monday, and will be visible in New York City starting shortly after 1 p.m.
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NEW YORK CITY — A solar eclipse — in which the moon passes between the earth and the sun — is set to take place Monday afternoon in a celestial show that will visible to all of North America. 

WATCH LIVE: Stream NASA's View of the Solar Eclipse

Though New York City is outside the "path of totality," where viewers can catch a full eclipse, the city will be able to see the moon cover about 75 percent of the sun, according to experts at the American Museum of Natural History. The solar event will start at 1:23 p.m. and end at 4 p.m., with peak coverage happening at 2:44 p.m., museum officials said. 

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Below, you'll find our roundup of eclipse viewing parties and other events taking place Monday throughout the five boroughs. Here are some tips for protecting your eyes, and here's a list of places you can find solar filters and glasses.


► Hayden Planetarium, 81st Street and Central Park West, Upper West Side

Join the planetarium staff for this event from noon to 4 p.m. that will include a Q&A with astronomy educator Brian Levine, and a viewing party on the Arthur Ross Terrace. Museum admission is required, and seating is limited. 

Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum, Pier 86, 46th Street and 12th Avenue, Hell's Kitchen

From noon to 4 p.m., visitors can watch the eclipse from the flight deck of the Intrepid, with guided talks to take place at 12:30 and 2:30 p.m. The event is free with museum admission, which costs $33 for adults or $24 for kids.

► Hotel Americano, 518 W. 27th St., Chelsea

Watch the eclipse poolside at the hotel from noon to 3 p.m., where guests will get glasses to protect their eyes and can sip on martinis. Admission is free but RSVP is required; call (212) 216-0000 to reserve a spot. 

► Haven Rooftop at Sanctuary Hotel, 132 W. 47th St., Midtown

Head to this bar for rooftop views, eclipse-themed cocktails and bar bites. Doors will open at 1 p.m, and $20 admission will get you one drink and a pair of eclipse sunglasses.

► Central Park, Bethesda Terrace just north of 72nd Street, Upper East Side

The Amateur Astronomers Association will host an event from 1:30 to 4 p.m. where they will have telescopes equipped with special filters for viewing the sun. 

► Lovage Rooftop, 350 W. 40th St., Midtown West

Head to this rooftop bar from noon to 5 p.m., where $12 will get you a pair of solar glasses and a special cocktail called “Solar Eclipse of My Heart.” 

Battery Park

The eclipse will take part in full view of the Statue of Liberty, per the Parks Department, so this could be a great free spot to watch.

► The High Line

Another great free option, the 1.45-mile elevated park on the West Side offers unobstructed views the sky and Hudson River above the streets below. 


► LIC Landing, Hunters Point South Park, 52-10 Center Blvd., Long Island City

Head to this waterfront park between 1 to 5 p.m. for "Eclip-Nic," which will feature yoga solar salutations, tarot card readings, meditation and more. 

Court Square Library, 25-01 Jackson Ave., Long Island City

If you'd rather catch the eclipse from the comfort of air conditioning, Friends of the Court Square Library will be showing a live broadcast of the event from 2 to 3 p.m. in the community room.

Queens Library, various locations

Library branches across the borough will be hosting viewing parties offering information on the eclipse, solar viewing glasses and other activities. Find a list of events here. 

► New York Hall of Science, 47-01 111th St., Corona

The museum will host a viewing party from 1 to 4 p.m. and will offer a number of ways to watch the eclipse, including helping you make your own pinhole projector. The event is free with museum admission ($16 for adults, $13 for kids).


► Pioneer Works, 159 Pioneer St., Red Hook

Join the Amateur Astronomers Association for a viewing party from 1 to 4 p.m. in the Pioneer Works' garden, which will feature solar-viewing glasses and telescopes with solar filters. 

Clinton Hill Library, 380 Washington Ave., Clinton Hill

Make your own pinhole viewer and draw your favorite planets with chalk at this family-friendly event from 1:30 to 4 p.m.

► 1 Hotel Brooklyn Bridge, 60 Furman St., Brooklyn Heights

Head to the rooftop bar, where from 1:23 to 4 p.m. you can watch the eclipse with a 'Frozen Eclipse' cocktail in hand. A $35 special comes with one drink, a lobster roll and viewing glasses. 


► West Farms Library, 2085 Honeywell Ave., West Farms

The library branch will host this event starting at 2:30 p.m. including crafts and activities. Free solar viewing glasses will be provided.

► Pelham Bay Library, 3060 Middletown Rd., Pelham Bay

Join Tejal Yoga to watch the eclipse at the library starting at 2 p.m., followed by an outdoor yoga session at the nearby Pelham Bay Park Ball Fields at 3:15 p.m. Register here.


Port Richmond Library, 75 Bennett St., Port Richmond

The library will be decorating a pinhole projector to view the eclipse starting at 2 p.m. Recommended for kids 10 and up; childrens' parents or guardians must sign waivers.

St. George Library Center, 5 Central Ave., St. George

Watch a livestream of the eclipse in the library's auditorium from 2 to 5 p.m.