The Manhattanhenge phenomenon

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Every year you can enjoy in the streets of Manhattan a curious phenomenon that only occurs twice a year in the streets of New York and that every day gains more followers: Manhattanhenge. In this article we are going to explain to you that it is the Manhattanhenge and the best places in New York to observe it.

What is the Manhattanhenge?

Manhattanhenge is how a phenomenon is known due to the east-west layout of the streets of Manhattan, and by which at sunset the sun aligns with the streets of New York, so that the light crosses the streets from west to east, completely illuminating all the streets of Manhattan.

When can you enjoy?

The phenomenon can be seen two days in a row, in one day this phenomenon is seen as the sun sets on the horizon in its entirety (Full Sun), and on the second day the horizon cuts the sun in such a way that only the half sun (Half Sun)

Recommended event for photographers

Although I'm sure you enjoy all of these wonderful views of the streets of New York, for those of you who are fond of photography, it's a unique opportunity to play with the backlights and make spectacular photos with New York taxis, bikes or people passing through the street and the sun in the background.

The best places to see it

The experts say that the better streets to enjoy the phenomenon are the 14th (Union Square), 23th (where my beloved Flatiron Building or Madison Square Park is), 34th (here you will have the opportunity to play no less than with the Empire State, although for this you should locate better between Park Ave and Third Avenue), 42th (Grand Central Terminal, the Chrysler Building, from my favorite park in New York, Bryant Park or doing a spectacular game with Times Square lights) and 57th (Rockefeller Center), and it is recommended that you go to these points half an hour before the indicated time to be able to take the best place to enjoy this phenomenon.

Sunset in Times Square
Seeing the Manhattanhenge in Times Square

Schedules for the Manhattanhenge 2018

For the 2018 year these are the scheduled times in which this phenomenon can be seen, approximately:

  • Tuesday, May 29 8: 13 PM EDT (Half Sun)
  • Wednesday, May 30 8: 12 PM EDT (Full Sun)
  • Thursday, 12 by Julio 8: 20 PM EDT (Full Sun)
  • Friday, 13 by Julio 8: 21 PM EDT (Half Sun)

Further information

For more information about the Manhattanhenge I recommend going to visit the official website of the Hayden Planetarium of the Museum of Natural History, in English.