Where to see Manhattanhenge for the last time this year: NPR


Where to see Manhattanhenge for the last time this year



A woman rides a bicycle on 42nd Street in New York City during Manhattanhenge in 2016.

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Where to see Manhattanhenge for the last time this year: NPR

A woman rides a bicycle on 42nd Street in New York City during Manhattanhenge in 2016.

Kena Betancur/AFP via Getty Images

In a city known for not stopping, the next Manhattanhenge could give New Yorkers a hard time.

On Monday and Tuesday, for the last time this year, the sun will set between New York’s skyscrapers, providing not only the perfect photo opportunity, but also a chance to marvel at the fortuitous urbanism that made Manhattanhenge possible.

“Beyond the grid, you need a clear view of the skyline, like Manhattan did across the Hudson River to New Jersey. And the tall buildings that line the streets create a vertical channel to frame the setting sun,” said New York astronomer Neil deGrasse Tyson. native, wrote.

“Thus, Manhattanhenge may just be an urban phenomenon unique in the world, if not in the universe,” he added.

How can we see it?

The Manhattanhenge effect occurs about four times a year – twice in spring and twice in summer. If you missed it in May, this week will be the last chance to catch the celestial event in 2022.

On Monday at 8:20 p.m. ET, full sun will be visible above the city skyline. Tuesday at 8:21 p.m. ET, only half of the sun will be visible.

The best places to view the celestial event are on most of New York City’s major cross streets near downtown, including 14th, 23rd, 34th, 42nd and 57th Streets. The American Museum of Natural History recommends sunset watchers go as far east as possible while keeping an eye out for New Jersey across the Hudson River.

The stunning sunset can also be seen from Hunter’s Point South Park in Long Island City, Queens.


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