Hundreds of Thousands to Visit NYC for Total Solar Eclipse: Preparations Underway for 18 Months

In just two weeks, New Yorkers will get to witness a total solar eclipse. Governor Kathy Hochul and state officials have been preparing the Empire State for this celestial spectacle for the past 18 months!

According to New York State officials, preparations for the April eclipse have been in the works for the past year and a half. This cyclical but rare event will last for about two hours as the Moon passes directly between the Sun and Earth, blocking the Sun’s brilliant light.

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It’s important to note that the total eclipse will only last for a few minutes, with the Moon partially obscuring the Sun for the rest of the time as it moves across the sky.

State officials are urging those traveling to New York to view the eclipse to allow extra time and patience, as hundreds of thousands of people are expected to make the trip. Traffic congestion is likely.

Preparing for Traffic

To help combat traffic issues, Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Services Commissioner Jackie Bray said the state is preparing heavy tow trucks, flatbeds, and other road service equipment to quickly address any traffic jams.

Those who do decide to drive are encouraged to park in designated areas and avoid blocking emergency vehicle access throughout the city. NYC residents are encouraged to avoid driving altogether on the day of the eclipse.

When and Where to See the Eclipse

The solar eclipse will occur on April 8, 2024.