By Bob Tannenhauser
Twice a year the sun aligns with Manhattan’s street grid so that the setting sun creates a beautiful sight on the Upper West Side when viewed from one of the main east/west cross streets, according to the American Museum of Natural History.
This year, the best times to view Manhattanhenge are:
- May 29th, 8:13 p.m. (Half Sun)
- May 30th, 8:12 p.m. (Full Sun)
- July 11th, 8:20 p.m. (Full Sun)
- July 12th, 8:21 p.m. (Half Sun)
Neil deGrasse Tyson noted that this year the first two days happen to coincide with Memorial Day and Baseball’s All-Star Game, speculating that future anthropologists “might conclude that, via the Sun, the people who called themselves Americans worshipped War and Baseball.”
Thanks to Gretchen Berger for the tip.