New York’s most “wholesome” club is 82-year-old Joe Delfausse’s telescope on 9th Street and 8th Avenue in Park Slope.
A line of people formed along the painted meridian on 9th Street between a bike lane and the road on Wednesday with Saturn’s rings and a super blue moon lighting up the sky. That’s where Delfausse, an astronomy enthusiast from Brooklyn, set up his telescope.
It had been a cloudy day, but the sky cleared just in time for nightfall.
“Holy cow!” Delfausse said, counting the number of people waiting in line to take a peak. “Twenty-seven, 28, 29, 30, 31, that’s amazing.”
He quickly made his way back to the telescope to adjust it, as he does every few minutes when he’s out showing people astronomical wonders – something he’s been doing for 20 years. At a time when the city is facing various uncertainties, Delfausse was out providing a space for neighbors to come together and appreciate natural wonders.
“Everybody likes to connect with someone — we like to talk to people and share. Right? And so this is my way of connecting and to make a difference in somebody’s life,” Delfausse said. “When they look through the scope and they say, ‘Oh my God, I’ve never seen anything like this. You’ve changed my life forever,’ — people have actually said that — it’s a really good feeling.”
It’s been a busy week for the astronomy buff. Delfausse has been managing a longer viewing line since a video of his telescope spectacle went viral on TikTok last week. In that video, he’s seen nodding at someone to step up to take a look, both hands in his pockets, standing casually in the middle of the street where the telescope is set up.
“The cars just had to deal with it,” the caption of the video posted by musician Daphne Juliet read.
„Amateur-Organisator. Möchtegern-Bier-Evangelist. Allgemeiner Web-Fan. Zertifizierter Internet-Ninja. Begeisterter Leser.“