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North American Sundial Society

Selected Sundials of New York

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Albany New York USA Vertical Dial 497
A beautiful and well preserved vertical dial 40 x 40 inches. The sundial is on the southerly facing wall of Albany City Hall's 202 foot carillon tower, a building on the National Historic Register. The dial is marked with lines every 15 minutes; the hour lines are marked in roman numerals extending from XII in the morning to XII at night. Although the dial is in excellent condition, the gnomon is slightly bent. There is a small "signature" on the lower boarder of the brass plate, "Haight and Clark, Albany NY". Side note: The tower houses the first municipal carillon in the US (1927).
 
 
Binghamton New York USA Horizontal Dial 404
A 20-foot in diameter horizontal dial at ground level made of concrete. Part of the campus plaza. The gnomon is also concrete, approximately 8 inches wide and 5 foot tall. Place for students of SUNY Binghamton University to congregate.
 
 
Brooklyn New York USA Vertical Dial 144
10' H x 7' W x 2' D Wood and stainless steel Entitled 'Sundial and Arches'
 
 
Carona Queens New York USA Equatorial Dial 143
11' H x 18' W x 11' D Bronze on Granite base Entitled 'Crack of Dawn Sundial.' Equatorial type, using a slot of sunlight as the gnomon
 
 
Centerport New York USA Vertical Dial 399
Within the gardens of the museum is a vertical dial constructed as a very colorful wall mural.
 
 
Cohoes New York USA Horizontal Dial 239
12' Bronze 10' Metal dial mounted on marble(?) square atop column. Roman numerals 5AM-7PM. 'Van Schaick Island Golf Club' on dial face above inscription. 'In memory of/ John F. Gaucas/ Who Served as Golf Professional at the/ Van Schaick Island Country Club/ 1944 to 1974' on small granite marker near base of dial.
 
 
Croton-on-Hudson New York USA Horizontal Dial 769
A 13-1/2 foot tall monumental horizontal dial memorial to the victims and responders of the 9/11/2001 World Trade Center terrorist attack. The 9-11 memorial sundial is 13 ? feet tall with a gnomon created from a steel beam once part of the North Tower of the World Trade Center. The gnomon is an 1100-pound, 14-foot long twisted wide-flange steel floor beam held at an angle of 41 deg 12 minutes by a 16-ton boulder with inset channel to cradle the twisted steel. Because of the twist and bend in the beam, the gnomon base is rotated 12 degrees off true north and the launch angle in the gneiss boulder is one degree greater than the latitude. The offset alignment allows the upper end of the gnomon to point accurately to the north celestial pole, casting shadows indicating the local solar time. During construction, in the last minutes before marking the boulder for cutting, the 9-degree bend in the gnomon beam (as it was documented when horizontal) was translated into a12-degree difference in mounting angle due to the steep incline (latitude angle) of the gnomon. There are nine hour lines from 8am, just as the first doomed aircraft departed until 4pm in the afternoon after the day?s attacks had ended. The hours are marked with 10-inch diameter bronze plaques from 8am to 4pm along a great circle of granite stone 32 feet in diameter. The plaques commemorate the crashes into The World Trade Center, the Pentagon and the Pennsylvania crash of UA flight 93. Other plaques memorialize first responders, rescue dogs, second responders, and hope for the future, while Old Glory flies on the noon hour marker. The hour marker scenes were drawn by James Rhodes and etched into the bronze plaques. The sundial is set in a 32-foot diameter circle framed by granite paving stones. Benches for quite contemplation are just beyond. The memorial design includes not only the sundial but a life-size bronze statue of a woman reaching, but not quite touching the steel beam with arms outstretched. The statue, as yet only modeled and unfinished while awaiting funding, is sculpted by Lauren Davis. The full architectural and sculptural composition is titled, "Reaching Through The Shadow."
 
 
Elmira New York USA Sculpture Dial 308
Plaster Sundial (sculpture)
 
 
Hamilton New York USA Horizontal Dial 403
A small brass horizontal dial 9 1/2 inches in diameter. Has a compass rose in the center. Hour lines branching to half hour and quarter hour. Roman numerals showing 5am to 7pm. To the south of the gnomon is a graph of the equation of time. Donated to Colgate University by Fred Sawyer. The dial sits upon a rectangular granite column.
 
 
Ionia New York USA Vertical Dial 629
A 16 x 6 foot wood and steel vertical dial on the south wall of the Louis S. Wolk Observatory at the Marion and Max Farash Center for Observational Astronomy. Dial declines 16.3? W of S. Dial displays EDT with longitude correction. Pedestrian and equine access is unrestricted but vehicular traffic is limited to members.
 
 
Ithaca New York USA Equatorial Dial 99
 
 
Ithaca New York USA Horizontal Dial 463
A horizontal sundial made from a slab of stone approximately 18 x 24 inches. The hour markings are inscribed in the form of an arrow pointing to the 12 o'clock hour. The gnomon is a thin blade. The dial was made in 1976 by Michael Sweeney. In keeping with the herb garden's design, Sweeney used native materials of stone for the dial and pedestal. The dial base is a prized antique millstone from a nearby village.
 
 
Long Island New York USA Horizontal Dial 100
A bronze circular horizontal dial about 18 inches in diameter. At the edge of the dial set in concentric rings are the hour lines, half hour lines, quarter hour and five minute marks. Hours are in Roman numerals from 5am to 7pm. Has a thick brass gnomon.
 
 
Macedon New York USA Henge Dial 408
A cornfield maze for the summer of 2000 at Long Acre Farms. Theme called "Lost in Time" features a number of sundials. The 400 x 500 foot cornfield maze, called the "largest living sundial", is in the form of a smiling sun with 12 corn hedge "rays" from 8 am to 6 pm that align in azimuth to the hour and half hour for Labor Day, 2000. Within each hedge is a vertical pole holding an "Eye of Kala" (an annulus) 12 feet above the ground that casts a spot of light across a hedge clearing at the appointed time to a sign at ground level. At the center of the maze is a horizontal dial with a 12-foot gnomon. This gnomon forms part of the smiling sun's nose when seen from the air. Just outside the corn hinge is an analemmatic sundial for visitors to tell time before going through the hinge. In the hinge, visitors are given a small altitude card dial that tells Eastern Daylight Time from June - Oct. Admission fee.
 
 
Mineola New York USA Horizontal Dial 59
ca 30' diameter circle Concrete, with metal hour lines and Roman numerals Very large horizontal dial at ground level. Donald E. Axinn (a builder) donated it to the county. He and Gencorelli designed it. The gnomon was originally positioned incorrectly but has since been moved to the proper position. However, it is wrongly oriented, with a bearing of 342 degrees rather that true North.
 
 
Montour Falls New York USA Horizontal Dial 516
A beautiful bronze dial approximately 12 inches long in the shape of a shield. Below the gnomon is a rising sun. On first look, the small dial plate appears backward, with AM and PM hours reversed. However, the inclination of the gnomon is about 48 degrees, suggesting that this pedestal mounted dial is really meant to be a south facing vertical dial! The dial sits atop a circular granite pedestal about 2.5 feet in diameter.
 
 
New York New York USA Vertical Dial 563
A large vertical dial declining east approximately 45? and displaying fanciful furniture. Hour lines are present but are difficult to see; hour numerals are not shown. Summer and winter solstice lines are shown with the winter solstice line near the gnomon foot because of the declination. The curved line shown for the equinox should be straight. Six individual "Cultural Arcs" are positioned at specific time points on the dial face and are accompanied by upstanding dial furniture. Each "Cultural Arc" references distinct and in some cases overlapping cultural traditions and is made from 1/2" sheet aluminum, with a permanent (powder coated) color finish. Each "Cultural Arc" contains symbolic and aesthetic elements reflecting the ebb and flow of migration in the local East Harlem population.
 
 
New York New York USA Horizontal Dial 603
A cast bronze horizontal dial approximately 30 inches diameter. The dial face includes the motto, astrological symbols of the ecliptic with Roman numerals. The 40-inch high cast pedestal sculpture depicts the three muses supporting the dial. This dial is visible from the street in front of the residence.
 
 
New York New York USA Calendrical Dial 614
A granite park bench about 30 feet diameter whose bench shelf was designed to cast a shadow indicating time on the equinoxes. Individual curved lines corresponding to the bench shadows mark 10AM, Noon and 2PM. Known as the Waldo Hutchins Bench, the bench includes a second hemicyclium dial above its backrest; refer to Dial 250. Dial alignment may not be accurate.
 
 
New York New York USA Collection Dial 121
Metropolitan Museum collection of dials