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To See the August 21 Solar Eclipse in NYC, Aim High for These 6 Observation Decks

Get up in the clouds to witness this year’s historic solar eclipse.

A solar eclipse occurs when the sun disappears behind the moon, and for a few moments, the world goes dark. These events are rare, but solar eclipses that span from coast to coast are even more uncommon the last one occurred on June 8, 1918, and the next one won’t appear until 2045.

This year, the Big Apple is getting a partial glimpse of the solar eclipse on Monday, August 21, and it’s definitely worth seeing. Beginning at 1:23pm, the sun will be at maximum eclipse by 2:45pm. During this short window, we recommend making your way to one of New York’s many observation decks to catch a glimpse of solar magic.

1. Rare View

This breathtaking 5,000 square foot rooftop garden bar boasts a hip, laid-back outdoor space from which to view both the NYC skyline and the upcoming solar eclipse. Rare View offers seasonal cocktails that change every summer, as well as quality wines, draft beers, bottle service, and homemade pitchers of sangria. With bright pillows, lush plants, and seasonal cocktails, Rare View’s 360-degree rooftop vistas are perfect for observing the solar eclipse.

2. Top of the Rock

The Top of the Rock observation deck is one of the most popular attractions in New York, offering spectacular views both at night and during the daytime. From the observation deck that sits atop Rockefeller Center, you’ll be able to catch a glimpse of the solar eclipse as well as incredible views of Central Park and the Empire State Building.

3. Statue of Liberty

Did you know you can actually go inside the crown of the Statue of Liberty? Reservations for entry fill up quickly, so make sure to book now! Climb up a winding staircase to the crown, where you can look out any of the 24 windows to see the city from Lady Liberty’s viewpoint it’s a great perch from which to watch the solar eclipse.

4. Empire State Building

Another extremely popular NYC attraction, the Empire State Building’s observation deck attracts hundreds of visitors every day. Although it might be crowded, the deck sits 1,250 feet above the ground, giving you unbeatable views of the city below and the solar eclipse above.

5. One World Observatory

If you thought the Empire State Building’s observation deck was high, think again. The World Trade Center is the tallest building in the Western Hemisphere, meaning its observation deck is practically sitting amongst the clouds a perfect place to watch the sun and moon align.

6. The Met Rooftop Garden

Although this isn’t an official observation deck, the Met Rooftop Garden offers stunning views of Central Park and the NYC cityscape. Witness history being made while sipping on a cocktail¬†what could be better?

The view of the solar eclipse will only last a few minutes, but that doesn’t mean your trip to NYC has to! Explore all six of these observation decks to see New York from a bird’s eye view Affinia’s free nights offer lets you extend your stay at a great price, so you can make the most of your summer travels.

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