Best Cosmic View - 2002
GREAT KILLS PARK
Escape by ferry from the Manhattan Galaxy's glare to the sparsely inhabited world of Staten Island, then take the S78 bus to the GREAT KILLS PARK and hike toward shore. More stars will delight your naked eyes there than anywhere else in this city, according to astronomer Arthur Upgren, who calculated regional light pollution levels. If you've got 20/20s, and you're young (night vision fades with age), you can spot 950 in the moonless dark. With a telescope, you'll be blown away. Call the park's ranger station for star-party dates.