Manhattanhenge Set for Tuesday and Wednesday


Photo by Ellen Weinberg Cohen at 72nd Street.

All New Yorkers know that the earth (and probably even the sun) revolves around us, and this week the sun and the Manhattan street grid will come together to create a fun phenomenon: Manhattanhenge.

Manhattanhenge is “when the setting Sun aligns precisely with the Manhattan street grid, creating 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,” according to Neil DeGrasse Tyson.

This year, it will occur on the following dates:

Half Sun on the Grid

Full Sun on the Grid

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Correction: we initially had the days wrong in the headline.

NEWS, OUTDOORS | 13 comments | permalink
    1. Sonia Jaffe Robbins says:

      Please double-check the times for “Full Sun on the Grid” — I don’t think they can be just one minute before “half-sun.” On WNYC this morning, I heard that full sun was closer to noon.

    2. BillyNYC says:

      This also happens on W. 79th St./80th Street and West 81st Street from July1 – July 5 looking West from Columbus Avenue or from Central Park West looking West from W. 81st St. Then the sun reverses heading south.

    3. A says:

      Besides the fact that the earth actually orbits the sun, that first sentence doesn’t even make sense.

      • West Sider says:

        It was meant to be playful, and not taken literally!

        • dannyboy says:

          There is a drop of truth in saying “All New Yorkers know that the earth (and probably even the sun) revolves around us”. I did see several people taking “selfies” with the sun in the background.

      • Cato says:

        — “Besides the fact that the earth actually orbits the sun, that first sentence doesn’t even make sense.”

        Which, frankly, proves the truth of the sentence as written (“All New Yorkers know that the earth (and probably even the sun) revolves around us”).

    4. Bill D(em) Tall says:

      Uh-Oh! Manhattanhenge might NOT show!

      “But WHY, oh wise one, please tell us why! Could it be the constant

      cloudiness?
      Could it be that the earth has stopped spinning??
      Could it be that the sun has stopped shining to reduce global warming???

      No, no, and no!
      It is all the fault of those horrid capitalist developers erecting 300-storey buildings that create shadows and steal our air!

    5. Bob says:

      Can you see it on West 86th?

    6. dannyboy says:

      Just returned from 79/Amsterdam. I gave some thought to the harm from staring at the sun, so minimized this. Is a notification of potential harm warranted?

      • NotImpressed says:

        Looks like some damage was done.

        • dannyboy says:

          Notimpressed, you continue to be not impressed by any comment. In this case one about public safety.

          I guess you ARE apathetic and just don’t care about neighbors. Why reply to comments on a neighborhood blog, then?