It was dark and windy as visitors sprawled out on the 86th floor observation deck 1,050 feet above downtown, adjusting camera lenses and perfecting their positions while waiting for the sun to appear. .
When the sky started to clear and the clouds turned fuchsia pink, the event attendees, who had paid $ 114.81 each to be there, could be heard begging the skyline of s ‘clear up so that there is a better view.
Everyone’s eyes were on a stretch of the skyline between two other iconic skyscrapers: the MetLife Building and the Chrysler Building.
Finally, the sun rose and the eclipse was visible – albeit a little vaguely – through the cloud cover.
“You could hear the whole audience react to the first glance of the sun,” said Jean-Yves Ghazi, president of the Empire State Building Observatory. “Everyone was out of breath and it was absolutely magical.”
In another Midtown skyscraper, this one at nearly 1,400 feet above sea level, Katherine Troche of the New York Association of Amateur Astronomers and a few friends watched the first 20 minutes of the eclipse before a thick fleet of clouds reached the sky.
“Then the oohs and ahhs turned into ‘Aww, man,’ she said.
But in the opinion of Ms Troche, who lives in Elmhurst, Queens, her group caught the best part of the eclipse: the devil horns effect. When the red horns appeared in the sky, some of his fellow eclipse-watching colleagues screamed in wonder and excitement.
While some have gone vertically to Manhattan, others have left the city hoping to get a better view.
Mike Kentrianakis, a lifelong eclipse hunter, watched the eclipse in Greece, NY There he saw the two horns of the eclipse rise above Lake Ontario like a double sunrise.