If you have never heard of Manhattanhenge, welcome to New York! You should stay a while, try our bagels! Brace yourselves, 100’s of sunset Instagrams are coming.
In case you’re too embarrassed to ask what Manhattanhenge is, and too lazy to Google it, we’ll tell you: Manhattanhenge is when the setting sun aligns with the east-west streets of the main grid of Manhattan. Thousands of tourists will be strolling zombie-like into the middle of busy intersections like lemmings to catch a glimpse… Stay safe kids!
Your last chance to catch the full sun event in all it’s hengie-glory is on Thursday, July 12 at 8:20 pm.
The half sun will also be visible on Friday, July 13 at 8:21 pm.
The best streets to catch the phenomena (wide enough for the best shots/views) are:
- 14th Street
- 34th Street (if you want to catch the Empire State Building in your picture)
- 42nd Street
- 57th Street
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 won’t 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”… If you’re anything like us you’ll be enjoying it from the can on someone else’s Instagram. There’s nothing like the majesty and wonder of nature on a 4-6 inch screen, right?