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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.

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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.

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Four nights a year, the streets of Manhattan’s grid become the site for a spectacular sunset phenomenon known as Manhattanhenge. Here are some answers to frequently asked questions about this event:

What is Manhattanhenge?

As Director of the Hayden Planetarium Neil deGrasse Tyson, who discovered the phenomenon and coined the term “Manhattanhenge” explained, Manhattanhenge takes place “when the setting Sun aligns precisely with the Manhattan street grid, creating a radiant glow of light across Manhattan’s brick and steel canyons, simultaneously illuminating both the north and south sides of every cross street of the borough’s grid. A rare and beautiful sight.”

When does it take place?

In 2016, there are two opportunities left to see Manhattanhenge. The full Sun can be seen on the horizon on Monday, July 11 at 8:20 PM ET and on Tuesday, July 12 8:20 PM ET half of the setting Sun can be seen from the grid.

Where’s the best place to see it?

The best views are from the grid on the eastern side of Manhattan (looking toward New Jersey). Cross-streets including 14th, 23rd, 34th, 42nd, and 57th offer good views. The Empire State Building and Chrysler Building at 34th and 42nd make nice backdrops for photos.

Learn more about Manhattanhenge.