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, a uniquely New York phenomenon popularized by Neil deGrasse Tyson Ph.D. ‘91, happens twice a year as the setting sun aligns with the streets of Manhattan. If you missed it this weekend, the Earth will tilt back up for another sight down the streets on July 12th and 13th.

Pictured here: last year’s May Manhattanhenge through College Walk.

Moment submitted by Colin Howard CC ‘17.


El Manhattanhenge o Solsticio de Manhattan es un fenómeno que se produce dos veces al año durante el que el sol, al ponerse se alinéa en dirección este-oeste con las calles del trazado urbano de Manhattan. Como si se tratase de un acontecimiento místico, ayer, neoyorquinos y turistas se reunieron por cientos para fotografiar el sol entre los edificios.