Every city in the world has a special thing about it. New Yorkers are lucky, since we have plenty of those things here (you know, Brooklyn Bridge, Rockefeller Center view, Coney Island side show, Cyclone, Yankees, etc. – a full list would take way too long), but there’s one thing that makes Manhattan super special, and it’s called Manhattanhenge. Yes, it’s kind of like Stonehenge in England during summer solstice, when the sun aligns with stone structures, shedding a magical light on the whole site. Only it happens all around the city, twice a year, and tomorrow is the first of those evenings.
This is a special photo opportunity, with parts of Manhattan’s canyons getting illumination they normally don’t get.
On Thursday, May 29th, the Sun will set in exact alignment with the Manhattan grid, fully illuminating every single cross-street for the last fifteen minutes of daylight. The other day is Saturday, July 12th. These two days give us a magical view with half the Sun above and half the Sun below the horizon – on the grid.
“For best effect, 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. Arrive a half-hour earlier than the times given below. Thursday, May 29 – 8:17 p.m. Saturday, July 12 — 8:25 p.m.