In case you’re too embarrassed to ask what Manhattanhenge is, we’ll tell you: Manhattanhenge is when the setting sun aligns with the street grid of Manhattan, illuminating every cross street on the north and south sides of the borough. Yes, thousands of people will be strolling zombie-like into the middle of busy intersections like lemmings…and it’s a beautifully eerie occurrence.
The year’s first Manhattanhenge was visible at half sun on Monday, May 29th and full sun on Tuesday, May 30th. And according to the American Museum of Natural History, the year’s final Manhattanhenge is happening this week. Here’s everything you need to know.
When is Manhattanhenge happening?
The final full sun Manhattanhenge of the year will be on Wednesday, July 12th, with the half sun version on Thursday, July 13th. The best time to watch the Manhattanhenge is a bit before 8 pm as the full sun phenomenon is set to occur at 8:20 pm ET.
Where are the best spots to watch Manhattahenge?
14th, 23rd & 57th Streets are popular spots to watch the Manhattanhenge. However, the Empire State building and the Chrysler building make 34th and 42nd streets especially picturesque. Or you can opt for a wider shot from Hunter’s Point South Park in Long Island City.
How often does Manhattanhenge occur?
The stunning sight takes place two times a year before and after the summer solstice. The last Manhattanhenge lead to some gorgeous photos you can admire here.
Anything else to know about Manhattanhenge?
TIPS: Turn off your flash, you’ll want the sun alone without any glare caused by a bright flash. Don’t bother zooming, and you wont need an Instagram filter.
Neil deGrasse Tyson, the discoverer of Manhattanhenge, declared the event to be “a unique urban phenomenon in the world, if not the universe.”
The next similar phenomenon won’t be until the Reverse Manhattanahenge later this year, which is the winter version that occurs when the rising sun aligns with Manhattan’s street grid.
Also published on Medium.