Many things in New York City change, but Manhattanhenge faithfully returns every year. For those new to the Manhattanhenge phenomenon, twice a year the sun falls into exact alignment with the Manhattan street grid, offering incredible sunsets that fully illuminate the cross-streets. The most dramatic photographs could arguably be taken amidst the notable architecture on 34th and 42nd street, the latter as seen below, but any of the cross streets will have a nice view. The first occurrence of Manhattanhenge happens May 29 and 30th (the first day showing a half-sun on the horizon, the second day showing the full-sun). Don’t worry if you miss it–it happens again in July! Either way, be sure to get there early as it gets crowded, especially at the Tudor City Bridge.
2012 Manhattanhenge dates
Half-sun on the horizon:
Tuesday, May 29th at 8:17 p.m.
Thursday, July 12th at 8:25 p.m.
Full-sun on the grid:
Wednesday, May 30th at 8:16 p.m.
Wednesday, July 11th at 8:24 p.m.