Twice a year, the sunset aligns perfectly with the east-west grid of New York City, and the golden rays shoot down the streets. This beautiful phenomenon has been nicknamed Manhattanhenge. P.s: it’s happening on July 12 and 13 at around 8:20pm!
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.
This year, the sun will set on the grid with half the disk above the horizon and half below on Thursday, May 29, 2014 at 8:16 p.m. EDT.
1. Arrive 30 minutes before the sun sets on the grid. 2. Positioning yourself as far east in Manhattan as possible, but ensure that when you look west across the avenues you can still see New Jersey. 3. Clear cross streets include 14th, 23rd, 34th. 42nd, 57th, and several streets adjacent to them. 4. The Empire State building and the Chrysler building render 34th street and 42nd streets especially striking vistas.
Don’t miss out on the photos and videos from tonight’s Manhattanhenge! Twice a year, the setting sun in New York City aligns perfectly with Manhattan’s east-west street grid. This phenomenon makes for the perfect chance to capture photos and videos of the sun setting between the skyscrapers of Manhattan.
Manhattanhenge is when the sunset aligns perfectly with the city’s grid. This happens twice a year with a full sun, and twice a year with a half sun—all four times the sun illuminates both the north and south sides of every cross street of the borough’s grid. It is our Stonehenge, and deGrasse Tyson has declared it to be “a unique urban phenomenon in the world, if not the universe.”
Tips from NdT:“Position yourself as far east in Manhattan as possible. But ensure that when you look west across the avenues you can still see New Jersey. Clear cross streets include 14th, 23rd, 34th. 42nd, 57th, and several streets adjacent to them. The Empire State building and the Chrysler building render 34th street and 42nd streets especially striking vistas.”
Half Sun on the Grid
Friday, May 29 8:12 P.M. EDT Monday, July 13 8:21 P.M. EDT
Full Sun on the Grid
Saturday, May 30 8:12 P.M. EDT Sunday, July 12 8:20 P.M. EDT
Hey New Yorkers… Manhattanhenge happens tomorrow and Friday!
Twice a year, the Manhattan street grid aligns perfectly with the setting sun, the glowing orb illuminating the east-west streets in golden splendor. Thursday, May 29 and Friday, May 30 mark the alignment for 2014. If the weather stays clear, you’ll be in for a treat.
From winter to summer, the point where the sun meets the horizon creeps southward, day by day, until the summer solstice, when it reverses its journey (the second Manhattanhenge of 2014 will happen July 11/12). Because the Manhattan street grid is oriented slightly northwest-southeast, the illuminating alignment doesn’t happen on the equinoxes, when the sun sets closest to due west in the sky.
Manhattanhenge, July 11, 2016. Four times per year, the sunset aligns itself with the grid map of Manhattan. People stream into the streets, united by the rare moment when the streets are washed in the last breaths of the summer sun. Traffic stopped- unwillingly, as people blocked 42nd Street, cheering as the sun moved slowly to the horizon line. Seeing this spontaneous celebration, you are drawn backwards through the generations, and you can imagine those who came thousands of years before us, standing in awe of the golden light in their own rare moments.