Located along the East River in Long Island City, Hunters Point Park is one of New York City’s newest parks. It has spectacular views of the Manhattan skyline and unobstructed views of the sky in almost all directions. The park has a large oval field where kids play, and a covered snack bar with tables for sitting and eating. There’s a nice write-up on the Park, with maps and photos here.
We set up our telescopes just west of the oval, at the far west end of Borden Avenue.
This is our first regular season of observing at Hunters Point Park. Ultimately, we’d like to stargaze there every week on the same day of the week. To start, however, we’ll be there on the two successive Fridays a month that the Moon is in the evening sky. For 2017, those dates are:
2017 Observing Dates
(Fridays, 8-11 p.m.)
By Subway: Take the 7 train to the Vernon Blvd.-Jackson Ave Station and walk west on 50th Avenue towards the East River. It is also possible to take the G train, which stops a bit further away at 21st St/Jackson Avenue.
By Ferry: The NYC Ferry leaves East 34th Street in Manhattan every 30 minutes, and arrives at Hunters Point South about four minutes later. The same is true in the opposite direction.
By Car: on-street parking is difficult