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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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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. 

photo credits: 1)©greg chow  2)©jim su  3)bons ny  4)©dan martland  5)©justin kiner  6)12oz prophet 7)©jimmy crotty 8)©cynthia hajner 9)©c'est la vie annie

h/t 500px

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Manhattanhenge

Want to see more? Browse photos tagged with the #manhattanhenge hashtag and check out the Manhattanhenge location page.

Don’t miss out on the photos from yesterday’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 snap photos of the sun setting between the skyscrapers of Manhattan.

Manhattanhenge 2011. May 30th overlooking the Chrysler Building. 42nd Street and Tudor City Place overpass. Midtown, New York City.

UPDATE 2: This photo has also now appeared on Buzzfeed! Here: 13 Beautiful Pictures Of Manhattanhenge (photo #8)

UPDATE: One of my other photos of Manhattanhenge got posted to Boing Boing!! Here: Memorial Day Manhattanhenge 2011

You can purchase this image as a print or poster here: Manhattanhenge Sunset and the Chrysler Building Posters and Prints.

You can purchase the image in the Boing Boing post here: Manhattanhenge Sunset in New York City Looking Down 42nd Street Posters and Prints.

Tonight was my first ever Manhattanhenge. I chose to experience it at the prime location of 42nd Street and the Tudor City Place overpass. It’s a very popular spot for photographers since there is an uninterrupted view of the natural occurrence. The experience was rather intense. Even though I got to the overpass an hour and a half before sunset, I was told that many photographers had set up their equipment as early as 3 pm (!). When the sun started its very dramatic descent all that could be heard was the sound of cameras clicking away. It’s definitely a great experience and I am now officially a ‘henger’. ;)

“Manhattanhenge (sometimes referred to as the Manhattan Solstice) is a semiannual occurrence in which the setting sun aligns with the east–west streets of the main street grid in the borough of Manhattan in New York City. The term is derived from Stonehenge, at which the sun aligns with the stones on the solstices. It was coined in 2002 by Neil deGrasse Tyson, an astrophysicist at the American Museum of Natural History.” Source

View my other photos of this at my Manhattanhenge 2011 photo set.

Manhattanhenge July 2011, 42nd Street and Tudor City Place Overpass, Midtown New York City - 1 by Vivienne Gucwa on Flickr.

Get your cameras ready, it’s Manhattanhenge! Starting tonight, the setting sun lines up with the Manhattan street grid. Neil DeGrasse Tyson explained it in our most recent YouTube video, but here’s what you need to know for tonight courtesy of the American Museum of Natural History:

  • Manhattanhenge occurs twice a year, at the end of May and in mid-July. This year it’ll be on May 29-30 (today and tomorrow) and July 11-12.
  • The sunset tonight is at 8:18pm, though you should get to where you’re going to view it a half hour before.
  • Make sure you view it from a clear cross street that goes all the way across the island and offer a clear view of New Jersey, like 14th, 34th, or 42nd Streets.
  • According to the Weather Channel, it’s going to be mostly sunny at around 8pm, so you should be able to get a great picture.
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Manhattanhenge

Want to see more? Browse photos and videos tagged with the #manhattanhenge hashtag and check out the Manhattanhenge location page.

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

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Manhattanhenge

Want to see more? Browse photos tagged #manhattanhenge.

Don’t miss out on Manhattanhenge! Tonight is the last time this year when the setting sun aligns perfectly with Manhattan’s east-west street grid. This phenomenon happens only four times a year and makes for the perfect chance to snap photos of the sun setting between the skyscrapers of Manhattan. The photos above are from yesterday evening’s Manhattanhenge.