Manhattanhenge 2018- amazing pictures & how to get ready when it comes back this summer
There are only four days a year where the Sunset aligns perfectly with Manhattan’s street grid- and two were the 29th and 30th of May. While clouds hindered the views on the 29th, May 30th’s clear conditions produced beautiful pictures, as nearly everyone in NYC became a photographer for a day:
The event, known as ‘Manhattanhenge’, is another unique property of New York City. The architects who created the New York City grid system centuries ago did so by building avenues running north to south and streets running east to west. As a result, when aligned with the borough of Manhattan just right, the sun sits on the horizon and creates a bulls-eye effect between skyscrapers.
If you missed out this past week, you don’t have to wait very long for it to come back- as the phenomenon will occur again on both July 12 and July 13th this year. On the 12th we will get a full sun and on the 13th a half sun. The full sun is when the bottom of the sun perfectly touches the city grid. The half sun is when the middle of the sun aligns with the city grid. The most popular places to watch Manhattanhenge are 42nd street, 57th, 34th, 23rd and 14th. Professional photographers opt to set up shop along the lower west side, where the streets are wider, making for less people obstructing the gorgeous views that these days produce.