NYC will experience special events to experience 2024 solar eclipse.
NYC will experience special events to experience 2024 solar eclipse. AFP

New York City will only experience a partial offering of the upcoming solar eclipse, but its residents are nonetheless expecting to make the most of this astronomical event with watch parties and special offerings all across the Big Apple.

The total solar eclipse, which will be visible from over a dozen states, will cross into New York State on Monday afternoon. However, Manhattan isn't located on the path of totality, where individuals will experience complete blockage of the sun.

Instead, the city will see a partial eclipse, with 90% of the sun covered by the moon at its peak,

The event will take place at 3:25 p.m., local time, according to NASA's eclipse explorer. The last eclipse seen from NYC took place s in 2017, and the moon covered much less surface —about 65% of the sun in New York City.

The nearest location to watch the moon covering 100% of the sun will be Syracuse, just 200 miles from New York City. However, restaurants, hotels, parks, and public institutions in the city are preparing unique experiences for viewing the partial eclipse.

The astronomical spectacle is predicted to last over four minutes, but there will be much more than just eclipse glasses available at different events seeking to make the most of the experience. Here are some of the best places in New York City to watch the 2024 solar eclipse. Eclipse glasses are necessary to avoid eye injuries.

Solar Eclipse 2024: Where to Watch It in New York City

This is how NYC will experience the solar eclipse, according
This is how NYC will experience the solar eclipse, according to NASA. NASA

Solar Eclipse 2024 in Manhattan, NYC

  • Central Park. Located just north of Hecksher Playground, Umpire Rock is an ideal spot near Midtown Manhattan to enjoy the show. This 15-foot-high, 55-foot-wide outcropping offers excellent views. Access the park at West 62nd Street and Columbus Circle.
  • Empire State Building. As one of New York City's tallest buildings, this iconic place is considered by many to be the optimal viewpoint to witness the 2024 solar eclipse. Its 360-degree outdoor 86th Floor Observatory is located in the heart of New York City. Visitors can go up to the 102nd Floor where you can view up to six states on a clear day. Tickets from $38 to $44.
  • American Museum of Natural History. The museum will offer family-friendly educational activities and will give out eclipse glasses while supplies last, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m, the official website informs.
  • Top of the Rock - Rockefeller Center. The institution will set up a special Solar Eclipse viewing event, which will include ISO-certified solar eclipse glasses provided by Warby Parker, themed treats from The Weather Room, and eclipse-inspired music while taking in 360-degree views of New York City. Tickets from $38 to $55.

Solar Eclipse 2024 in The Bronx, NYC

  • Fordham University - Rose Hill campus.The Fordham Astronomy Club will be set up in the middle of Edwards Parade from 3:15 to 3:45 p.m. According to Fordham University's website, the group will use a telescope to project the eclipse onto a screen for safe viewing and also have telescopes set up for the viewing of Jupiter and Saturn, which will be visible during the eclipse. Contact Jackson Saunders at for more information.
  • Wave Hill. This event, which is now fully booked, offers clear views of the eclipse from open lawns overlooking the Hudson River. Activities include seed potting and crafting eclipse-themed headwear. Live music and storytelling sessions by the Riverdale Library will also be featured.

Solar Eclipse 2024 in Brooklyn, NYC

  • Green-Wood Cemetery. The cemetery will organize a complimentary event running from 1:30 to 5 p.m., offering special-edition glasses and telescopes fitted with solar filters. Additionally, amateur astronomers will be available to assist with telescope operations and address inquiries. Attendees can also enjoy self-guided explorations and artist-led installations, Green-Wood Cemetery says.

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