Conditions for viewing Venus in full daylight, naked eye or with binoculars, were less than ideal. High haze and thin clouds were getting in the way.
At 12:35p I arrived at Bryant Park looking to spot Venus in binoculars and was making little headway. Glare from sunlight illuminating the surrounding haze was a problem.
After 10 minutes I moved to a spot where I could determine the azimuth of the Sun. Where the Sun was spotted Venus would arrive above the same point 14 minutes later and approximately 6 degrees higher. This would help pinpoint where Venus should be.
A location was picked so that the Sun, after a few minutes, would be safely tucked away behind a building reducing the glare near the planet's location. It took around 5 minutes to finally see Venus' thin crescent shining weakly through haze and thin clouds.
Looking at the image above produced at the USNO site I can see why a typically brilliant Venus seemed somewhat subdued. This and the haze combined to make this attempt more difficult than usual. This was no six second sighting!
Question: What is the surface brightness of a crescent this size compared to the surface brightness of a gibbous Venus near opposition where it was a relatively easy object (less that 4° from the Sun) in a pair of 10×70's?
Relocating Venus with the 8.5×42 binoculars after taking some notes wasn't easy even though I knew the exact position. A minute or two was spent glassing the area before recovering it again. The last time Venus was spotted was around 12:55p.
Viewing the planet naked eye was attempted but without success.