This evening was the last of four times this summer when the sunset perfectly aligns with the grid of Manhattan. The view was incredible, of course, but what really struck me is the effect it had on the city. People flood the streets, traffic slows, and everyone takes it in. An entire city pauses for a moment to stop and simply marvel. It was beautiful.
‘Manhattanhenge’ is a phenomenon that happens around summer solstice when the setting sun aligns with the east–west streets of the main street grid of Manhattan, New York City, resulting in a golden glow.
Astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson popularised the term, which was named after the similar event at Stonehenge. This year, it’ll occur on both 12 and 13 July at 8:20pm (EST)
Manhattanhenge. The 34th Street (from Hudson to East River) is a major crosstown street in the New York City borough of Manhattan, connecting the Lincoln Tunnel and Queens-Midtown Tunnel.
Manhattanhenge. Basically, people in Manhattan are trapped in an island of tall buildings and sometimes can’t even see the sky really. It’s a brilliant moment when they can connect with the rest of the world and with the Earth. It also has the advantage over other skyscraper cities because of a relatively clear view to the horizon down some of its streets. For photographers and people taking an early evening stroll, it is just a beautiful effect of light.