City of Stars

About City of Stars Self-Guided Tour

This City of Stars self-guided tour was inspired by an article written by Neil deGrasse Tyson in a special issue of Natural History magazine (January 2002) which was dedicated to astronomy-related sites in New York City. We have expanded the list of sites to see over the years and will continue to do so in the future.

For the past 10 years or so, Linda Prince of the Amateur Observers’ Society of New York (a Long Island astronomy club) has conducted periodic free tours of some of the sites. We have created this page to make these sites known to the public; this content is also available on our City of Stars Facebook page and clicking any of the summaries below will bring you there. Most of the sites are located in Manhattan but there are also some in The Bronx, Brooklyn, Queens and Staten Island. We also added two bonus sites – one in Garden City, Long Island and another in Holmdel Township, New Jersey – which may be more challenging to get to from New York City. Visiting all the sites on the list would take several days at least, so you may want to select 5 to 10 to visit in a single day.

Thank you to all those who over the years have helped us to find or explain these sites, particularly John Pazmino and Mark Licker. We hope you enjoy your self-guided City of Stars Tour

Finding the Sites

Below is a map of the location of each of the sites, as well as separate numbered postings for each site that include a location, description, pictures and links to more information. Some sites might be worth the time only if you are visiting the particular museum or site anyway.

We have listed the sites in the order, in our opinion, of the most astronomical interest. Be sure to check hours of operation and accessibility for sites before heading to them. Let us know if there are any astronomical sites in New York City that we have missed. You might want to consider creating a similar page for your hometown. Please let us know if you do create one. Keep in mind that, like all big cities, New York City can be a dangerous place. Be careful and aware of your surroundings at all times.

City of Stars Sites