Dates Announced for 'Manhattanhenge'; Unique NYC Sunsets

For one island of New York City's boroughs, four dates each year are extra special. On these days, the sun aligns perfectly with the straight lines of Manhattan's streets, and pedestrians can watch the sun set over New Jersey or rise over Brooklyn with no obstruction from any buildings. The Hayden Planetarium has announced two of the dates for what is popularly called "Manhattanhenge" this year: May 29 and July 12. (These dates are for the sunset; no word yet on when the sunrise Manhattanhenge will be.)

For best effect, pedestrians should be as far east in Manhattan as possible, and should be able to see across the Hudson River to 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 make 34th street and 42nd streets especially beautiful.

Visit the Hayden Planetarium's website for more information about this unique phenomenon, and be sure your clients in New York on those dates know to get their cameras ready!
 


Photo courtesy of Neil deGrasse Tyson and the Hayden Planetarium.

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