Food and the City: Where To Watch The Solar Eclipse in New York City

August 21, 2017

Where To Watch The Solar Eclipse in New York City


Sometimes the universe does interesting stuff and it's essential that we all stop to acknowledge it. Like, how the moon can just casually mosey on by us during the middle of the day like "haayy what up earth" and we're like all "wait a minute what are you doing here it's 2pm" ? Yea.. crazy space shit. 
So, in true New York fashion, why not take this as the opportunity to party it up on a Monday in celebration of this rare celestial show that we're being gifted? Leave the office early and go get sloshed on a rooftop bar in the middle of the afternoon. Do it for the planet.
Here's a roundup of viewing parties happening in every borough where you can catch the total (well.. 75%) solar eclipse.. of the heart.

MANHATTAN 
► 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.” 
QUEENS 
► 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).
BROOKLYN
► 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. 
THE BRONX
► 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.
STATEN ISLAND
► 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.