Jason Shilling Kendall: Citizen Astronomer

William Paterson University
Amateur Astronomers Association of New York

Stargazing Resources

Stargazing sessions are supported by the Amateur Astronomers Association of New York.

Stargazing at the Inwood Hill Park Hilltop

This is my observing location near the entrance at Seaman and Isham Streets. The Columbia Football Fields turn off their lights at about 10:00 or 10:30 PM, leaving the park dark. It's a great spot to see the stars. It's also not muddy because the hilltop is Manhattan granite. Good late-night spot for stargazing! Please see the map below. To arrive by subway, take the "A" train to the last stop. Come out the stairs at the front of the train, and go up the hill alongside the church. This entrance is right in front of you.

Walk into the park towards the flagpole. Go left at the flagpole behind the tennis courts and away from the dog run. At the end of the path is a stairway. It is not lighted (a good thing), so bring a flashlight and a buddy. Walk up the stairs all the way to the top. Once you get to the top, you'll see a path crossing it to the left. Go off the path to the right. Do NOT go left down the path, and do NOT go back down the hill deeper into the park. Go off the path to the right. You'll be able to see a partial clearing about 30 yards in front of you. That's the location.

There are NO lights in the park at that location. This is a good thing. It lets you see the stars. However, it can make people uneasy, so bring a friend.

Click here to learn more about Inwood Hill Park. You do not need to bring a telescope. I will provide telescopes to look through. It is an amazing view of the heavens. You'll see planets, stars and nebulae!

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