Twice a year the setting sun and the rising sun get aligned with the east-west streets of the main street grid of Manhattan, New York City. This event is known as the Manhattanhenge, after linking the positioning of the sun at Stonehenge during the summer solstice to the sun’s alignment across the borough of Manhattan.
The precise dates of the Manhattanhenge may change from one year to another, but it’s always in the month: the first one is on the last weeks of May, and the second one is on the first weeks of July. It happens in pairs, full sun one day and a half sun the other. The full sun is when the bottom of the sun kisses the city grid. The half sun is when the middle of the sun touches the grid.
This year, the first pair was on May 29/30, but if you missed it, you still have time to see it on the 12/13 of July.
The key is finding a spot with a clear view of New Jersey, a good idea is going to a point where the streets are wide and the buildings are interesting.
The most popular spot is 42nd street, but also 57th, 34th, 23rd, and 14th Streets are popular streets to catch a glimpse of this breathtaking view.
Beware, you will see lots of people bobbing in and out of the crosswalk, hoping to snap the perfect sunset. So make sure to have your cameras ready for the perfect Manhattanhenge.

Clara Mastropietro


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