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How to See Manhattanhenge

Broadway's neon lights are bright, but to see New York City truly shine, check out Manhattanhenge.

Instructions

  • Step 1: Figure out the date Find out the dates for this year's Manhattan equinox by searching "Manhattan solstice" or "Manhattanhenge" online. The phenomenon happens at the end of May and in the middle of July each year. On these dates, the sun sets precisely on the centerline of Manhattan's crosstown streets.
  • Step 2: Find a street Head to a crosstown street that offers an open sightline across the city from east to west. Clear views are generally available on 14th, 23rd, 34th, 42nd, and 57th streets.
  • TIP: For the most dramatic views, choose a spot as far east as possible.
  • Step 3: Arrive early Arrive by 7:30 to enjoy the gradual approach of the Manhattan solstice, which happens 45 to 60 minutes later. Set up shop at an outdoor cafe or just stand and wait for the sun to get into place.
  • Step 4: Watch the sunset If the night is clear, watch the sun set straight through the canyon made by New York City's skyscrapers. If you have a camera, photograph the buildings, which take on a bright glow.
  • Step 5: Enjoy the afterglow Wait for the sun to dip below the horizon; then, bask in the warm, Manhattan air, and hit the town; the sun may have just set, but you're in the city that never sleeps.
  • FACT: The Manhattan street grid is off from true east-west by 30 degrees.

You Will Need

  • Straight
  • crosstown street
  • Clear day
  • Cafe (optional)
  • Camera (optional)

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