Where to watch the eclipse Downtown

We are not in the path of totality, but there’s still fun to be had in the neighborhood for the solar eclipse on Monday afternoon. There’s good intel here at NASA on the eclipse in general; Fox5 has an animation of what to expect in NYC. (These photos are from readers in 2017.) Here’s the schedule:

Local Type: Partial Solar Eclipse in Battery Park City, New York
Begins: Mon, Apr 8, 2024 at 2:10 pm
Maximum: Mon, Apr 8, 2024 at 3:25 pm 0.911 Magnitude
Ends: Mon, Apr 8, 2024 at 4:36 pm
Duration: 2 hours, 26 minutes

2:30PM, Rockefeller Park
Get ready for an “out of this world’ experience! Take part in an art project and enjoy a sun-sational time with BPCA staff.

Gov­er­nors Island is open from 7am-6pm on Mon­day, April 8. Hop on the fer­ry — we sug­gest the 2:30pm fer­ry from the Bat­tery Mar­itime Build­ing — and head to one of our hand-picked eclipse view­ing spots, list­ed below. Free, ISO-cer­ti­fied solar eclipse glass­es, cour­tesy of War­by Park­er, will be dis­trib­uted to safe­ly view this celes­tial spectacle.

  • West­ern water­front esplanade, near the entrance to Col­lec­tive Retreats or along­side Cas­tle Williams.
  • The top of Out­look Hill, or one of the switch­backs in the ADA-acces­si­ble path.
  • The ridge­line of Dis­cov­ery Hill.
  • Pic­nic Point, the south­ern-most point on the island.

Also, NASA says this one will be better than 2017: “The path of totality – where viewers can see the Moon totally block the Sun, revealing the star’s outer atmosphere, called the corona – is much wider during the upcoming total solar eclipse than it was during the eclipse in 2017. As the Moon orbits Earth, its distance from our planet varies. During the 2017 total solar eclipse, the Moon was a little bit farther away from Earth than it will be during the upcoming total solar eclipse, causing the path of that eclipse to be a little skinnier. In 2017, the path ranged from about 62 to 71 miles wide. During the April eclipse, the path over North America will range between 108 and 122 miles wide – meaning at any given moment, this eclipse covers more ground.”


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  1. Is there anywhere in the area that still has eclipse glasses in stock?!