When things were looking up

CHAMPIONS OF BREAKFAST–In Stuyvesant Town, residents headed out to the Oval on Monday to witness the eclipse, many of them with homemade tools fashioned from cereal boxes to safely view the solar display. (Photo by Susan Turchin)

On Monday afternoon, crowds of people in the path of what was dubbed the Great American Eclipse spilled out onto wide streets, into parks and onto building roofs to experience the partial blotting out of the sun. Armed with either special eclipse glasses or homemade viewing devices made by cutting pinholes into cereal boxes or even using spaghetti strainers, those watching turned the activity into a community event, sharing viewing tools and mutual awe.

Click through for more photos of New Yorkers taking in the eclipse.

Employees working in Flatiron buildings took a break to view the eclipse from their roofs as seen from the roof of Town & Village’s office building on West 22nd Street. (Photo by Holly Dutton)

Union Square Park proved to be a popular viewing spot as did (far below) Irving Place. (Photo courtesy of the Union Square Partnership)

On the roof of Town & Village’s office building (Photo by Holly Dutton)

(Photo courtesy of the Union Square Partnership)

A group tests out their eclipse glasses across from the Flatiron Building. (Photo by Sabina Mollot)

Stuyvesant Town residents headed out to the Oval with homemade viewing assistance tools. (Photo by Susan Turchin)

Stuyvesant Town residents headed out to the Oval with homemade viewing assistance tools. (Photo by Susan Turchin)

It wasn’t a celestial event, but it was bright, yellow and safe to look at. Eclipse watchers also got to view a giant, inflatable banana, propped up at the Flatiron Pedestrian Plaza. Two official looking guys in yellow t-shirts told Town & Village the installation was a promotion by Chiquita with the company hoping to take advantage of a thicker than usual crowd outside. (Photo by Sabina Mollot)

Employees working in Flatiron buildings took a break to view the eclipse from their roofs as seen from the roof of Town & Village’s office building on West 22nd Street. (Photo by Holly Dutton)

 

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