Manhattanhenge Makes for a Picture Perfect Setting Sun

Remember when all of NYC stopped what they’re doing, spilled out onto the streets, and gazed skyward to observe April 8’s solar eclipse? Those who somehow missed the massively hyped event may well be crestfallen to know the next comparable event won’t happen in NYC until May 1, 2079. Until then—and this is no mere consolation prize—may we suggest switching to Manhattanhenge? An occurrence you can depend upon year after year, Manhattanhenge is when the setting sun sits in perfect alignment with Manhattan’s crosstown grid. Which brings us to this photo by longtime Chelsea resident Pamela Wolff, taken on Thurs., May 30 at 8:07pm, looking west down W. 21st St. on the block between Seventh and Eighth Aves. Want to take your own pix, or just take in the view? Manhattanhenge returns on Fri., July 12 for a full sun on the grid view and July 13 for a half-sun view. That’s according to a jam-packed fact sheet from the American Museum of Natural History (click here to access it).—by Scott Stiffler

Photo by Pamela Wolff


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