From now until the end of October, the Amateur Astronomers Association of New York ("AAA.org") will be hosting stellar, planetary and lunar observing sessions ever Tuesday night on the High Line, an elevated park just west of 10th Avenue that runs from Gansevoort Street to West 30th Street.
The AAA began its weekly observing sessions on the High Line on August 25th, 2009. We've gone up every week since then, except for a break during the winter months of November through March, and the inevitable cancellations due to overcast skies.
Getting to the High Line
The nearest subway station is the 14th Street & 8th Ave stop on the A/C/E trains. From there it's only a block and a half walk to 10th Ave.
If you're planning to drive, keep in mind that the area around the High Line is very busy at night - lots of restaurants, etc. Parking on Friday or Saturday evenings is nearly impossible.
Although the High Line extends from Gansevoort Street to 30th Street, most of our observing will take place near the 14th Street entrance or just south of the Standard Hotel, which crosses over the High Line near 13th Street.
You can enter the park at any one of these entrances/exits:
14th Street (with elevator access)
16th Street (with elevator access)
30th Street (with elevator access)
photo of Jupiter and its moons
taken 9/18/10 at Broadway and 106th St
by Ethan Glenn using his iPhone
The High Line is open from 7:00 AM to 10:00 PM starting April 1st. During the warm summer months, the park stays open until 11:00. Starting at about 20 minutes before closing, the park attendants close the southern and northern-most exits and begin shepherding people towards the other exits. AAA observing will take place from dusk until 15 minutes before closing.
For Further Details and Updates, please See AAA's Page for these Observing Sessions:
There's a great NY Times article about the High Line at:
The official website for the Friends of the High Line is at: