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Manhattanhenge returns to New York City: where and when to watch


Manhattanhenge, a phenomenon that sees the setting sun perfectly align itself with Manhattan’s grid of roadways, will once again dazzle New Yorkers over the next two days.

The solar event occurs twice a year, the first about three weeks before the summer solstice, and then another about three weeks after.

Neil de Grasse Tyson, head of the Hayden Planetarium, coined the term “Manhattanhenge” in 1997. He said it leaves a “radiant glow of light across Manhattan’s brick and steel canyons, simultaneously illuminating both the north and south sides of every cross street of the borough’s grid.”

It begins this year on Tuesday, when about half the sun lines up with the island’s roadways, with the sky expected to be clear and cloudless and temperatures forecast for the low 80s.

Crowds gather on 42nd Street near Grand Central Station to watch Manhattanhenge in Manhattan, New York on Thursday, July 12, 2019. (Gardiner Anderson for New York Daily News)
Crowds gather on 42nd St. near Grand Central Station to watch Manhattanhenge in Manhattan, New York on Thursday, July 12, 2019. (Gardiner Anderson for New York Daily News)

On Wednesday, the full sun will align with the grid, casting a unique glow through the borough’s east-west streets. The weather however is slated to be less than pleasant. Meteorologists have warned of potential thunderstorms on Wednesday, while temperatures will hover around the upper 70s.

The next time the event takes place will be Friday, July 12 and Saturday, July 13, though the order will be reversed: full sun on the 12th and half sun on the 13th.

Here are some of the best times and places to see Manhattanhenge this year…

Half sun on the grid:

  • Tuesday, May 28 at 8:13 pm ET
  • Saturday, July 13 8:21 at 8:21 pm ET

Full sun on the grid:

  • Wednesday, May 29 at 8:12 pm ET
  • Friday, July 12 at 8:20 pm ET

Where – Manhattan’s thoroughfares:

  • 14th Street
  • 23rd Street
  • 34th Street
  • 42nd Street
  • 57th Street

Other spots to watch:

  • Tudor City Overpass in Manhattan
  • Hunter’s Point South Park in Long Island City

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