B&H dubbed ‘the hottest club in town’ as New Yorkers vie for eclipse glasses

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Move over Studio 54!

B&H has been officially dubbed the “hottest club in town” as crowds of New Yorkers flocked to the electronics and camera store to get their hands on eclipse sunglasses.

“There was quite a show there. I think I was in line for at least half an hour and I made my purchase [a pair] Online,” Noah Hurwitz, who traveled an hour from Ridgewood, Queens, told The Post.

New Yorkers eager to get their hands on special sunglasses flocked to B&H on Sunday for the eclipse. Jason Szenes for the New York Post

“With my line winding through the store, my first reaction was to tweet that B&H was the hottest club in town.”

Solar eclipse watchers are at risk of long-term damage to their eyes after looking at the Sun for only a few seconds, even during a partial eclipse. So it’s no surprise that hundreds of people packed the Garment District store.

“People seemed a little surprised. They had a guy with a big light stick directing the line. I was hit once or twice. There was definitely some jostling as people moved through the line, people who hadn’t gotten their bearings yet,” Hurwitz said.

Several companies were helping New Yorkers by giving away free eclipse glasses, but those options soon faded as the frenzy to view the rare event grew.

One person dubbed the famous photo and video outlet “the hottest club in town.” Jason Szenes for the New York Post

“When I was leaving to go home on the train, LIRR workers were handing out glasses in Penn Station as well, and that was the biggest crowd I’ve ever seen at Penn Station,” said Liam Collins, who went to B&B to take the photo. H was in gear for the eclipse, The Post was told.

“People were fighting there. One of my friends who worked there told me that some people started attacking each other to get those glasses.

“So I wouldn’t be surprised if people at the train station say, ‘It’s too much chaos here. Let’s just go to B&H, two blocks away.’

B&H was selling single pairs of Paper viewers for $1.29 and Eclipse sunglasses for $39.95. The retailer also had pack options ranging from 4 to 20 pairs.

A couple at the National Autonomous University of Mexico were seen observing the annular solar eclipse with special filter glasses for the Sun. Future Publications via Getty Images

Other retailers are also selling products at different price points, but B&H proved to be the hottest ticket in town.

Bushwick resident Jason DeCastro told The Post, “I waited until the last minute to get glasses for the eclipse and I went to a few different places in town today that were supposed to give out glasses, but they were all out.”

The 24-year-old saw that B&H was selling them and made a bee-line for the store – but once there – he realized how much he was going to have to sacrifice.

“It was the busiest shop I had ever seen. You must already have the glasses to get in line. When you walked into the store they were putting them out,” he said.

“There was a big box and an employee handing them out, and then there was a line throughout the store. I waited in line for 51 minutes to buy glasses.

Although DeCastro had to wait about an hour for the glasses, he explained it would be worth it.

A mother watches the solar eclipse with her two teenage children in Massachusetts in 2017. Merrill Cassidy/USA TODAY Network/USA TODAY Network

“I’m really hoping there won’t be clouds tomorrow. If I wait for 51 minutes and I won’t even be able to see the eclipse tomorrow, that will be sad,” he said.

“There were looks of frustration on the faces of people walking through the store and seeing the crowd, like, how long will this take? But this is the last eclipse that will pass near this region for at least a few decades. So people felt it was worth it.”

The Great North American Solar Eclipse – the last total eclipse to fall in the US for the next 20 years – will occur on Monday, April 8 and will be visible between 3:15 and 3:30 pm in New York. The Big Apple is expected to see up to 90. % of eclipse.

Millions of Americans are hitting the road for Monday’s total solar eclipse, which is expected to cause a traffic nightmare on at least 30 interstate highways in total, where the sun will be completely blocked by the moon’s shadow for four days. minutes.

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