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The best Solar Eclipse 2024 events in NYC

Museums and cultural organizations across the city are getting on the solar spectacle.

Rossilynne Skena Culgan
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Rossilynne Skena Culgan

One of the coolest events of the year is coming up on Monday, April 8, 2024—a total solar eclipse. Though New York City isn’t in the path of totality, we’ll still see 89% coverage, which still promises a freaky and fun spectacle. 

In New York City, we’ll be able to see the moon cover up to 90% of the sun at 3:25pm, while other parts of the state will see totality. It’s a really big deal: The next time a solar eclipse will grace the skies over the continental U.S. is 2044, but the next time you’ll see a total solar eclipse in the state will be 2079. That’s why museums and cultural institutions across the city and region are going all out to make sure you experience it safely. Here’s what to bookmark for April 8.

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Best Solar Eclipse events in NYC

Celebrate an iconic day at an iconic building: The eclipse at the Empire State Building. 

To mark the total solar eclipse, the Empire State Building Observatory will provide special solar eclipse glasses to the first 300 guests who purchase a ticket for the 2:30 and 2:45 p.m. timeslots. With unobstructed, 360-degree views high above the heart of New York City, the Empire State Building Observatory is the premiere location to view the phenomenon.

The moment the moon fully covers the sun and day becomes night, the Empire State Building’s iconic tower lights will sparkle for 15 minutes to mark the rare occurrence.

Eclipse tickets cost about $84/person.

The Upper East Side Ohm Center is offering a different take on the solar eclipse. Instead of looking outward, they're looking inward with their Solar Eclipse Inner Light Boost event. 

This special healing class held during the solar eclipse includes healing practices that help make up for the light that is being blocked from you during the time of the eclipse. The event includes breathwork, mantra chanting, meditation, energy healing and a soothing sound bath. Activities are aimed at creating a boost of inner light and healing during the energetic shifts of the eclipse. 

The event is led by Suzanne Hill, OHM Center founder, and Kevin Brown, sound healer.


The luxe rooftop at 1 Hotel Brooklyn Bridge will open early for the eclipse to offer guests a prime viewing spot. 

At Harriet’s Rooftop, enjoy unparalleled views of the Manhattan skyline along with music and a specialty cocktail created for the occasion. Eclipse viewing glasses will be offered complimentary with any food or drink purchase. 

The rooftop will open at 11am and guests are welcome to enjoy cocktails and food at Harriet’s Lounge following the viewing.

Circle Line, NYC's iconic sightseeing boat tour, is getting in on the eclipse fun during its 3pm Landmarks Cruise on Monday, April 8. During the cruise, all passengers will receive a complimentary pair of eclipse glasses.

After the sky lightens again, you'll get to marvel at all the typical sightseeing attractions, like the Statue of Liberty, Empire State Building, Brooklyn Bridge, and the Manhattan skyline.

Tickets start at $39. 

Around the state
Photograph: By aeonWAVE / Shutterstock | Totality during the 2023 Australian total solar eclipse in Exmouth

7. Around the state

In Rochester, the Rochester Museum and Science Center is hosting ROC the Eclipse, a multi-day festival from April 6-8. Events will include hands-on activities, speakers, food, and, of course, lots of fun science. Their goal? "Making sure the eclipse is accessible and exciting to literally everyone under the sun." 

As for Syracuse, their science museum is hosting a solar eclipse festival on April 8, complete with free eclipse glasses, activities, and food trucks.

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