Guide to Watching the Solar Eclipse in New York City

While New York City isn’t in the path of totality for this eclipse, a partial eclipse (89%) will be visible starting around 3:25 p.m. This is enough reason to head to the Top of the Rock, also known as the roof of Rockefeller Center, and take in the view of the city and the sky above. The Top of the Rock, which boasts the highest observation deck in the Western Hemisphere, is also planning an eclipse party.

For those looking to commune with nature during the celestial event, Floyd Bennett Field in Brooklyn is hosting a low-key — and free — viewing party on the banks of Jamaica Bay. The Brooklyn Botanic Garden is hosting a gathering as well, inviting folks to watch the sky among the flowers. Alternatively, Wave Hill in the Bronx is throwing an eclipse party overlooking the Hudson River. In case of inclement weather, the party moves indoors with a livestream and access to historic Wave Hill House. To watch the eclipse from the water, set sail with Circle Line for a cruise along the Hudson.

Anyone contemplating their place in the universe can head to New York Society for Ethical Culture for a viewing party and sound bath. The scientists at both the Queens Museum in Queens and Manhattan’s American Museum of Natural History are hosting astronomy-themed parties.