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PHOTOS: New Yorkers Look to the Skies as Solar Eclipse Unfolds Across City

NEW YORK CITY — New Yorkers took a break from their harried lives to watch the solar eclipse unfold amid the hustle and bustle of a Monday afternoon.

People gathered in public spaces across the five boroughs to watch the historic celestial event, which peaked at about 2:44 p.m. as it traveled across North America. 

Things started to look a little biblical in Brooklyn's Grand Army Plaza, as gazers appeared awed by the heavens. 

Rowena Maloco, 43, stood in Flushing Meadows-Corona Park using radiology screens she got from when her mother had X-rays done during a physical exam before coming to the United States from the Philippines.

"You can see through the black parts," she said.

Her friend, Dionne Massiah, 38, helped pass the screens around to park-goers who wanted to catch the eclipse just as it began.

"These radiology films are excellent because you can't see anything through them. That was the best idea," she said.

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One young man used some heavier-duty gear to watch.

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Maria Victoria made a viewer out of a cereal box with aluminum foil before taking her two children to the park.

"They've never seen an eclipse," she said, adding that they picked out their spot in the park around 2 p.m. 

"Now the sun looks like a banana," exclaimed her son, Tommaso, 4, before the eclipse reached its peak in the city.