Best viewing locations across Tri-State to see total solar eclipse

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Monday, April 8, 2024 8:56PM
Big crowds gather to view the eclipse at the Green-Wood Cemetery in Brooklyn
Kemberly Richardson has the story in Brooklyn on viewing the solar eclipse.

NEW YORK (WABC) -- The total solar eclipse had New York City and the Tri-State area is buzzing with anticipation and many were not disappointed.

Check out some of the best locations where people gathered to view the celestial event in New York City:


Top of the Rock

Flatiron North Plaza

American Museum of Natural History

Manhattan sail to see the eclipse

Intrepid Museum viewing event

Inwood Hill Park

Top of One World Trade Observatory

The Edge

Central Park Zoo and Bronx Zoo are open with standard hours


Van Cortlandt Park

Wave Hill


Shirley Chisholm State Park

Brooklyn Botanic Garden

Green-Wood's Meadow & Historic Chapel


New York Hall of Science Eclipse Watch Party


Cradle of Aviation Museum


Liberty Science Center


NY State Parks hosting several parties

Hudson River Museum

Rochester Museum and Science Center

Rockland County viewing events

Milton J. Rubenstein Museum of Science & Technology

Mid-Hudson Discovery Museum pavilion

Mayor Eric Adams sounded the alarm about the eclipse during a news conference and had a message for New Yorkers: don't look directly at the sun.

"I know that people think you can just look up at it, its not a major issue, but it is," Adams said. "This is very, very important. Don't damage your vision, do not look directly at the eclipse."

Looking directly at the sun can damage your eyes. Experts say there are no pain receptors in your retina, so you won't feel it happening. The best solution is to put on a pair of certified eclipse glasses.

The branches of the New York City public libraries started handing out free glasses on Friday on a first-come, first-served basis.

You can also pick up glasses at Warby Parker locations and New York state is also offering free I LOVE NY ISO-certified eclipse glasses at Welcome Centers, select Thruway Rest Stops and other statewide locations, with a daily limit of two per person while supplies last.

In New York City, free eclipse glasses are being distributed every day between 6:30 a.m. and 9:30 p.m. at: Moynihan Train Hall - MTA Long Island Rail Road ticket windows.

Chief Meteorologist Lee Goldberg will cover the eclipse from Vermont, while meteorologist Brittany Bell will be reporting from Niagara Falls.

Plus we invite you to watch ABC News and National Geographic's "Eclipse Across America" live on April 8 from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. EDT on ABC, ABC News Live, National Geographic Channel, Nat Geo WILD, Disney+ and Hulu.

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