Friday, August 8, 2014

Stargazing on the High Line

Last Tuesday night we decided to head over to the High Line to check out the free stargazing put on by the Amateur Astronomers Association and Friends of the High Line. For those who don't know, the High Line is a beautiful park re-purposed from an old railroad in lower Manhattan. Every Tuesday night (from April to October) members of the Amateur Astronomers Association set up telescopes for the public to use beneath the Standard Hotel. Keep in mind that this is NYC and is not particularly ideal for stargazing, so you won't get to see much. It's still fun to get a better look at the craters on the moon, though. We were told that after it got a bit darker some stars could be seen as well. 

One of the best parts of the event was actually just experiencing the High Line at night. I'd never visited in the evening and I loved seeing the moon, the city skyline, and all of the flowers lit up (photos below). The weather was also perfect- warm with a nice breeze coming off the river. I'd highly recommend making an evening trip, even if it's not for stargazing.

Afterwards, we stopped by Chelsea Market (just a few blocks away) for a bite to eat. We grabbed tacos from Los Tacos No. 1 and our favorite gelato from L'Arte del Gelato. We ended up getting a pint with two flavors because there's no such thing as too much gelato. We tried pistachio and mascarpone and while both were great, the mascarpone was the clear winner.

Have you visited the High Line at night? More importantly, anyone ever seen stars in NYC?  

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