‘Manhattanhenge’

‘Manhattanhenge’ is back.

The play on words comes after England’s Stonehenge, the prehistoric circle of rocks that aligns with the rising sun at the summer solstice.

Friday and Saturday are two of four days each year when the setting sun aligns precisely with Manhattan’s east-west streets, framing the setting sun between the city’s steel and brick canyons.

Clouds hampered the clear shots of years past though.

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The best viewing of the phenomenon occurs on the New York streets of 14th, 23rd, 34th, 42nd and 57th.

The sun rises due east and sets due west only two days per year: on the equinoxes in spring and fall.

If Manhattan’s street grid was perfectly aligned along north-south lines, then Manhattanhenge would coincide with the equinoxes. But Manhattan’s layout is rotated 30 degrees east from geographic north, shifting the days of alignment to late May and mid-July.

After the sun’s setting point turns southward, New York will get two more days of Manhattanhenge this year, on July 12 and 13.

Past Manhattanhenge’s:

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