1. Columbia Astronomy Public Outreach
For an educational spin on a fun night out, head over to Pupin Hall at Columbia University. Every other Friday, university astronomers hold free lectures to update attendees about the latest news in the astronomy world. Afterwards, astronomers invite the crowd up to the rooftop to look through powerful telescopes at the stunning night sky.
2. Carl Schurz Park
Located on the Upper East Side, this park is a clear view of the heavens. On Friday evenings, members of the Amateur Astronomers Association set up telescopes on the park esplanade to enjoy the glimmering view of stars reflecting off of the East River.
3. Inwood Hill Park
Near the north end of Manhattan, the soccer fields of Inwood Hill Park are located just a few blocks from Isham Street and Seaman Avenue. Groups of astronomers visit on the first and third Friday of every month for stargazing parties on the open fields.
4. Floyd Bennett Field
This newly renovated field in Gateway National Park on the edge of Jamaica Bay is full of things to do. The Brooklyn park hosts local astronomers who come out with their massive telescopes and allow the public to look through them on Friday nights. Floyd Bennett field is one of the most radiant and serene places in the city.
5. The High Line
Located on Manhattan’s west side and overlooking the Hudson River, the above-ground park is one of New York city’s highlights. Featuring great food and many art and entertainment options, this location also has a great program every Tuesday for star lovers. At dusk during the warmer months of the year, people of all ages are welcome to appreciate the stars through high-powered telescopes. The event is sponsored by the Amateur Astronomers Association of New York and Friends of the High Line.
For more star fun, be sure to check out the AAA Urban Starfest on Saturday, Oct. 20.
A version of this article appeared in the Monday, Sept. 17 print edition. Priya Kamdar is a contributing writer. Email her at email@example.com.
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