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Manhattanhenge, 2010 May 31, 2010

Posted by judylobo in Photography, Science.

It seems as if I just stood out on my corner to capture this unusual event, but it was one year ago. Most cities have their grids aligned in a true east/west fashion. Manhattan is aligned in the direction that the island points which is about a 30 degree angle from true east west.

So who cares and why am I writing about this?

Manhattanhenge, the name attached to this event is a really cool thing to see if the weather cooperates. And last night – it most certainly did. The sun  sets in line with the canyons of buildings on many east-west cross streets. Manhattanhenge happens twice a year on the days around May 28 and July 11th. The best views are the cross streets that have a clear view of New Jersey. The streets I would recommend to watch this event are 14th, 23rd, 34th, 42nd and 57th.

This year the weather did cooperate and I was out there with my camera. Each year more and more people join in the fun.  They add to the specialness of the evening. This shot is from my corner on 23rd and Broadway.



1. Carol King - May 31, 2010

Very cool!

2. J'sFFltFt - May 31, 2010

If you didn’t go to sleep every night before sunset you probably would have seen this decades ago!

3. jimmyboi2 - May 31, 2010

Excellent and truly captivating !

4. Gloria - June 1, 2010

So cool! Thanks for capturing the moment for us.

Millenia from now when some archeologist from another solar system digs up our street grid, what do you think they will read into it?

5. Linc - June 1, 2010

I love it!!!!

6. Bonnie Luria - June 2, 2010

I must have missed this email posting. Love the on fire silhouetted guy, time lapsed video and J’sFFltFt’s comment.
I expect there will be more than a few more of those on reunion night.

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