Twice a year, New Yorkers get a chance to experience “Manhattanhenge”, the occurrence where the setting sun aligns perfectly with east-west streets.


The term is derived from Stonehenge in the UK, where the sun aligns with the huge circular formation of stones on the solstices. The “Manhattanhenge” name was popularized in 2002 by Neil deGrasse Tyson, an astrophysicist at the American Museum of Natural History.


If you missed it don’t worry, a second date this year is expected to take place on Monday, July 11 through Wednesday, July 13 at around 8:25 p.m.


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  • David Williams 4y

    Wow thats very cool. I like quite near Stone Henge in the UK. Its stunning at sunset and sunrise!
  • John Hales 4y

    What an event, lovely colours.
  • Sébastien Pineau 4y

  • Pierre 4y

    great shot! missed it yesterday, have to remember it in July and hope the sky will be clear that day!
  • totonrw 4y

    I like it.
  • B.I.L.NYC 4y

    that's beautiful.
  • Johan 4y

    Wonderful shot
  • T K 4y

    This is just perfect.
  • Tom Harder 4y

    Your photostream is absolutely wonderful! Thanks for sharing your talent.
  • numb - El Condor 4y

    this is the best manhttanhenge picture i have seen. i am going next time!
  • HierosGamos 4y

    I was not aware of this--but it makes perfect sense--and that it would occur twice--equidistant--about 20 days each--from the solstice.
  • ~~AragornPrime~~ 4y

    fantastic composition, framing and wonderful colors
  • Wong Sim 4y

    this is very you're using D7000 now...
  • RJ 4y

    Superb shot of Manhattan sunset!
  • Dana Yi 4y

    OH MY GOD!!! Honestly, out of all the Manhattenhenge shots I have seen THIS is definitely my favorite. SIMPLY AMAZING!!!
  • 54WilliamGJusto54 (weather enthusiast) 4y

    So stunning!!
  • light detail 3y

    spectacular... what a canyon
  • Steve 2y

    I shouldn't fave it because it's a sunset but I have. Nicely seen and taken.
  • Alex Dominguez 2y

    Increible imagen. Alejandro
  • Crisco Mixo 1y

    Its awesome but I hardly view the area as nice as it once was.
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