Join Solar Eclipse Viewing Parties on April 8th at The Green-Wood Cemetery, The Flatiron-NoMad Plaza + More




The next Solar Eclipse, Monday, April 8, 2024. Spot the diamond ring! © via

On April 8, 2024, a solar eclipse will be visible over New York State. While various parts of the State will see a total eclipse, New York City will see a partial solar eclipse at around 3:25pm. Get your glasses and make your plans for a viewing party near you. Here are a few suggestions ~ Green-Wood Cemetery and the Flatiron North Plaza.

Also great viewing at the Top of The Rock, Empire State Building, The Edge, New York Hall of Science, Brooklyn Botanical Garden, and Wave Hill.  More great suggestions on Mommy Poppins!


For several minutes, the moon, at 1/400th the size of the sun, will cast its shadow, dimming the magnificent power of our closest star. The temperature will drop, birds (including the famed monk parakeets at Green-Wood’s grand Gothic Arch) will go quiet, and a small part of our world will briefly turn dark. This will be the last partial solar eclipse (when the Moon occults the Sun from our vantage point on Earth) that is visible from the contiguous United States until 2044!

The phenomenon comes around only once every few decades and Green-Wood, known for its historic, serene landscape, is set to provide an exceptional venue for eclipse watchers.

Image courtesy the Simons Foundation

On  Monday, April 8th from 12:00 PM to 3:30 PM, the Flatiron NoMad Partnership and the Simons Foundation will host a free Solar Eclipse Viewing Party, featuring an afternoon of science and family-friendly activities in celebration of the rare and unique phenomenon that is expected to occur around 3:15 PM.

Free ISO-Certified Solar Eclipse Glasses will be passed out by the Simons Foundation, while supplies last.

The Solar Eclipse Viewing Party includes:


Join scientists and staff from the Simons Foundation in the Flatiron North Plaza to safely take a closer look at the sun before it is eclipsed by the moon later in the afternoon. Solar telescopes will be set up to look through and folks are encouraged to stop by to chat about anything and everything revolving around the sun and astronomy!


The innovative LightSound devices can convert the variation of light intensity during a solar eclipse into sound and offer a more accessible experience for individuals who are blind or low-vision. The benefits of these devices are not limited to the visually impaired, and sighted individuals also greatly benefit from the multisensory observations the devices provide. In an effort to promote greater inclusivity around this incredible celestial event, staff from the Simons Foundation invite you to stop by the activation station to learn more and experience the solar eclipse through sound.


Participate in a family-friendly activity led by the National Museum of Mathematics. Can a pea eclipse a beach ball, or a grain of sand eclipse the sun? Experiment with eclipsing spheres of different sizes!


Get a digital and printed memory of this amazing day at the Flatiron NoMad booth.


Snap a photo with your eclipse glasses and  use #SolarEclipseinFlatironNoMad and tag us at @FlatironNY on Instagram for a chance to win a prize from our neighborhood!

*Click HERE for updates about the event. Additional program updates will also be posted on the Flatiron NoMad Partnership’s TwitterInstagram & Facebook pages at @FlatironNY.

About the Flatiron NoMad Partnership

The Flatiron NoMad Partnership, formed in 2006, is a nonprofit organization and business improvement district that serves the businesses, people, and places that help make Flatiron and NoMad two of Manhattan’s most iconic and authentic destinations. Home to a range of retailers and employers, cultural and educational institutions, and a thriving residential community, the district is a center of activity. The Partnership serves as a dedicated steward and supporter of public life in the district by maintaining a clean and safe environment; spearheading area improvement projects; and marketing and championing the diverse business and retail options in this vibrant and historic neighborhood.


courtesy Pioneer Works and The Green-Wood Cemetery

The Green-Wood Cemetery will be the place to be for a once-in-a-lifetime experience: a giant viewing party to witness a partial solar eclipse. Presented with Pioneer Works and the Amateur Astronomers Association, with support from the Simons Foundation as part of its ‘In the Path of Totality’ initiative, this free event is expected to draw thousands of New Yorkers to view this awe-inspiring celestial alignment.


The Cemetery is the ideal setting for this stellar event: it’s the final resting place of writer and astronomer Richard Anthony Proctor, one of the great popularizers of astronomy of the Victorian era who produced one of the first maps of Mars; inventor, author, scientist and philosopher Dr. John William Draper, the first to produce a successful daguerreotype of the moon; and his son, physician and amateur astronomer Henry Draper, who made the first photograph of a spectrum of a star and of a nebula.

Presented by Pioneer Works, Green-Wood, and the Amateur Astronomers Association. This work is supported by the Simons Foundation and is part of its ‘In the Path of Totality’ initiative.

“The physical effects of a solar eclipse are legendary, evoking feelings of connectedness, joy, and humility,” says Harry Weil, Vice President of Education and Public Programs at The Green-Wood Cemetery. “People from around the globe witness this unique spectacle. It’s an experience that has a rare power to bring us closer—to the cosmos and to each other.”

‘It is an astronomical accident that the Moon can completely occult the Sun from our Earthly vantage,’’ said Prof. Janna Levin, astrophysicist from Barnard College of Columbia University and Chief Science Officer at Pioneer Works. ‘‘There will be a last total eclipse of the Sun as the Moon drifts outward. Granted that will be in 650 million years, but just a cosmic reminder that there’s no time like the present.’’

“We are thrilled to offer people the opportunity to view the eclipse up close and safely through our solar-filtered telescopes,” said Rori Baldari, co-chair of the Observing Committee, Amateur Astronomers Association. “While the sun will be just 90% covered by the Moon, this is a celestial wonder that is not to be missed!”

“While New York City isn’t in the path of totality, it is the place we call home,” said John Tracey, Program Director, Science, Society & Culture, at the Simons Foundation. “Given the foundation’s commitment to supporting science research and engagement in New York, it’s important to us to support eclipse celebrations here in the five boroughs.”

The free event will be held in the Meadow and begin at 1:30pm; the partial eclipse will begin at 2:10pm, reach maximum eclipse at 3:25pm, and end at 4:36pm. The special-edition eclipse viewing glasses will be made available on a first-come basis, and attendees are encouraged to bring a blanket or something comfortable to sit on.

Free with RSVP – register here:

Green-Wood Cemetery. Image via Wikipedia

About Green-Wood: Established in 1838, The Green-Wood Cemetery, a National Historic Landmark, is recognized as one of the world’s most beautiful cemeteries. As the permanent residence of over 570,000 individuals, Green-Wood’s magnificent grounds, grand architecture, and world-class statuary have made it a destination for half a million visitors annually, including national and international tourists, New Yorkers, and Brooklynites. At the same time, Green-Wood is also an outdoor museum, an arboretum, and a repository of history. Throughout the year, it offers innovative programs in arts and culture, nature and the environment, education, workforce development, restoration, and research, as well as bold initiatives in climate resiliency and sustainability . For more information, please visit

About Pioneer Works: Pioneer Works is an artist and scientist-led nonprofit cultural center in Red Hook, Brooklyn that fosters innovative thinking through the visual and performing arts, technology, music, and science. The CSO (Chief Science Officer) Janna Levin is a professor of astrophysics at Barnard College / Columbia University. For more information, please visit

About the Amateur Astronomers Association: Founded in 1927, Amateur Astronomers Association, Inc. is a 100% volunteer-run 501(c)(3) non-profit that promotes the study and public awareness of the cosmos through observing, education, outreach, astrophotography, and more. For more information, please visit

This work is supported by the Simons Foundation and is part of its ‘In the Path of Totality’initiative. For more information, visit


The Simons Foundation’s Science, Society and Culture division seeks to provide opportunities for people to forge a connection to science — whether for the first time or a lifetime. Through our initiatives, we work to inspire a feeling of awe and wonder, foster connections between people and science, and support environments that provide a sense of belonging. The Simons Foundation’s mission is to advance the frontiers of research in mathematics and the basic sciences. Since its founding in 1994 by Jim and Marilyn Simons, the foundation has been a champion of basic science through grant funding, support for research and public engagement.

We believe in asking big questions and providing sustained support to researchers working to unravel the mysteries of the universe. Through our work we make space for scientific discovery.