With no sun and no Manhattanhenge this past May, some photographers became a bit antsy last night when some clouds settled along the horizon before this much-awaited sunset.
As for myself, I managed to secure a spot on the Tudor City bridge above 42nd Street three hours before the sunset, but I definitely was not alone when I arrived there — some professional photographers had set up their gear at noon!
It was a tangle of tripods and photographers on the bridge’s sidewalk. Some seasoned veterans, who already knew of the struggle to get a clear view on the bridge, brought ladders to just avoid that problem altogether. As for photographers on the streets, several formed a line along the median or darted back and forth onto the street, much to the displeasure of passing cars and police who released a cacophony of beeping and sirens.
However, when the sun began to peek out behind the skyline, everyone let out some “oohs” and “aahs” and then commenced to furiously take photos.
If you still have not had the chance to catch sight of this fleeting phenomenon, the half-sun will appear on the horizon tonight at 8:25 p.m.
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