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Manhattanhenge - This was my first time seeing this with my own eyes. A pretty amazing sight to behold. Three bracket shots without a tripod just before the sun disappeared below the horizon. Several of us jumped out into the middle of 42nd to get a better line of sight. NYPD was gracious in holding traffic so we could capture the moment.

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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Manhattanhenge 2009 viewed from Tudor City bridge over 42nd Street.

 

I went with Pat Marella (pmarella) and we ended having to clear the bridge for what was thought to be President Obama's motorcade however he and the first lady went a different route. I sorta squirmed my way back to were we were waiting prior for 2 hours however Pat ended up not even seeing the sunset.

 

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The only day where Manhattanhenge 2012 was visible - and yes its a day after the peak but still quite nice. Peak days for the May showing were May 29th and 30th. The next opportunity is July 11th and July 12th.

 

I met a lot of fellow Flickr folks as well as other photographers over the course of the last 4 days, which made the lack of visibility enjoyable nonetheless.

 

This was shot from the Tudor City bridge over 42nd Street looking west towards New Jersey.

 

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Twice a year, the sunset in Manhattan aligns perfectly with the East/West avenues. This July, about 100 photographers crowded a tiny overpass to capture the event. This picture was taken from Tudor City Place, looking west down 42nd Street past the Chrysler Building on the right, Grand Central Station further down, and Times Square waaaay at the end.

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The view from Tudor City bridge over 42nd Street in New York City (NYC) looking West after the July 2010 Manhattanhenge. Found this image while poking through the archives.

 

Last image from the archives from this site I'll probably post until I shoot new Manhattanhenge shots in May of this year (unless I'm not able to since I'm planning on more surgery in May...). Not sure if I like this one but thought I'd post since I do like the Yellow Cab in the lower left.

 

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Twice a year, the sunset in Manhattan aligns perfectly with the East/West avenues. This July, about 100 photographers crowded a tiny overpass to capture the event. This picture was taken from Tudor City Place, looking west down 42nd Street past the Chrysler Building on the right, Grand Central Station further down, and Times Square waaaay at the end.

 

Stopped down a bit to get the starburst look and a bit wider to include the trees.

 

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Image I took after the sun set and most of the crowd who came to view and photograph Manhattanhenge had left. This was shot after the sun set precisely on the centerline of every street for what is locally called "Manhattanhenge". Normally, the tall buildings that line the gridded streets of New York City's tallest borough hide the setting Sun.

 

This effect makes Manhattan a type of modern Stonehenge, although only aligned to 28.9 degrees east of north. Were Manhattan's road grid perfectly aligned to east and west, the effect would occur on the Vernal and Autumnal Equinox, March 20th and September 21st, the only two days that the Sun rises and sets due east and west.

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The view from Tudor City bridge over 42nd Street in New York City (NYC) looking west. Just as an FYI, the next Manhattanhenge is May 30th and this is a perfect location to shoot it from.

 

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Grand Central. Manhattan.

 

One of the last shots I got before the police kicked us off the bridge for the second time. Luckily, the second time, there was about 80 of us on the bridge so it took some time before they got to me. Honestly though, there were way too many people on that bridge, and they were blocking traffic. Plus, it really isn't made for pedestrian traffic.

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manhattanhenge 2009 viewed from Tudor City bridge over 42nd Street.

 

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Like the Stonehenge across the pond, a special event occurs when the sun rises or sets in perfect alignment with the NYC street grid around the summer and winter solstices. This is a great photographic opportunity since the tall buildings lining the streets create a vertical channel to frame the rising or setting sun while the illumination on both the north and south sides creates a radiant glow of light across Manhattan's street canyons. For summer, the sun sets in alignment with the east-west streets around May 28 and July 12 (en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Manhattanhenge#). For winter, this alignment occurs during sunrises around Dec 3rd and Jan 8th.

There have been many sunset Manhattanhenge shots posted (especially along 42nd st) but relatively few sunrise captures. I don’t know why but I guess the material in the wikipedia page made it appear summer occurrences are more “legit”. But there could be other practical reasons – for example many people are still asleep during sunrises. Also, for latitudes 23.5 deg north, the sun always rises at an angle up and to the right making one unclear exactly where the sun would appear from. That morning, I was running up and down 8th avenue looking across 3 or 4 streets with a camera and huge tripod to determine the sunrise location like a nutcase .

And that morning, I was also praying for a clear sky to avoid disappointment of having blocked views of the rising sun or worse still heavy rain. Lucky for me (and all the robe-wearing-druids of the NYC chapter), I got a clear view of the rising sun down the 33rd st and 31st st with the ESB at the background. This is one of them. Not satisfied with the intra-city shots, I went beyond the Manhattan grid across Hudson river to New Jersey to capture inter-city versions the following day. More of that later….

  

Manhattanhenge is when the sun aligns with NYC’s East-West street grid. Pier 2 Gantry Park, LIC

Explore #194 - May 30, 2012

 

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Today was Manhattanhenge, which is when the sunset lines up perfectly with the streets of NYC. This happens twice per year – the next one is in July.

 

I was working in Brooklyn today and didn’t leave for home until 8pm. I didn’t have time to go to Manhattan, so zipped over to Union Street in Brooklyn to see what would happen there. Not exactly the same thing, but I still managed to see a beautiful sunset. For this shot, I put my camera on manual focus and blurred it. I liked it better than my in-focus shots. Shrug!

42nd Street, New York City

 

Manhattanhenge is an occurrence that happens twice a year when the setting sun perfectly aligns with the east-west streets of the Manhattan grid. If Manhattan's street grid wasn't rotated 30 degrees east from geographic north, Manhattanhenge would always coincide with the equinoxes.

 

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Ok...as I crossed 17th street I was blinded & had no clue why for a second. Then I was standing in almost the middle of the street with a huge window fan & packages trying to get a picture on my phone of Manhattanhenge 2013 (and not get run over!) - of course in B&W! In all its graininess here it is!

It's May, which means that Manhattanhenge is almost upon us. I met up with a bunch of my flickr friends/photographers, some of whom are probably in the crowd under the burst of light. So I figured it'd be fun to throw out an invite for anyone who wants to meet up for this event again this year. It should happen over the days of May 30th and 31st. So just let me know if anyone wants to meet and I'll try to coordinate a meet up point (I'm open for ideas) when the date draws near.

 

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Was pack today here in Tudor City.. I need long zoom lens.. 12-24 dont do justice.

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The only day where Manhattanhenge 2012 was visible - and yes its a day after the peak but still quite nice. Peak days for the May showing were May 29th and 30th. The next opportunity is July 11th and July 12th.

 

I met a lot of fellow Flickr folks as well as other photographers over the course of the last 4 days, which made the lack of visibility enjoyable nonetheless.

 

This was shot (without the ND filter like the previous) from the Tudor City bridge over 42nd Street looking west towards New Jersey. I have 1 or 2 more images to post (maybe 1 vertical and another post sunset).

 

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Taken at the precise moment of full "Manhattanhenge" on July 12th, 2009.

the most beautiful sunset EVER!!!! it was worthy waiting there for 5 hours(could be less) for the just 2 minutes sunset...

Definitely will go again on July 13th...LOL

 

This was taken at Tudor City Place(a cross walking bridge between 1 ave and 2 ave on 42nd st.)

A semi-annual occurrence, Manhattanhenge (also known as the Manhattan Solstice) is when the sunset aligns perfectly along the east-west street grid.

 

A favorite event for photographers, this year was no different.

 

If you look closely in the center of this photo, two blocks into the shot, you will see photographers lined on a traffic bridge highlighted by the sun.

 

The photo below is a close up of the photographers waiting on that same bridge. I snapped it on my way to my final position on 42nd street and 2nd avenue.

Manhattanhenge July 12th, 2009

View from Pulaski Bridge

 

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Manhattanhenge 2009 viewed from Tudor City bridge over 42nd Street.

 

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Not quite Manhattanhenge, I missed Manhattanhenge this past weekend, but this is a sunset form about a week earlier, still pretty cool

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the after hours party for the 2009 manhattanhenge as viewed from Tudor City bridge over 42nd Street.

 

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Close up of a receding manhattanhenge 2009 viewed from Long Island City with the East River, Roosevelt Island, and the Queensboro Bridge (59th street bridge). This was shot from the Ravel Hotel: www.ravelhotel.com/

 

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Manhattanhenge from 42nd St. New York, New York , July 13, 2018

Below is an excerpt from "Manhattanhenge. ancient, mystical & perfectly aligned

 

As the tightly-packed crowd squeezes together like sardines, a symphony of shutters accompanies the lyrical oohs and aahs.

 

Meanwhile, thousands of pedestrians stand in the middle of the street below; completely stopping traffic for at least five minutes.

 

Such is Manhattanhenge; a biannual solar event where the sunset perfectly aligns with New York City’s street grid."

 

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34th Street looking west. Cloudy - a total washout

 

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Manhattanhenge 2010 viewed from Roosevelt Island with the East River, the upper East-side of Manhattan, and the Queensboro Bridge (59th street bridge).

 

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Manhattanhenge sometimes referred to as the Manhattan Solstice, occurs twice a year. The setting Sun aligns precisely with the Manhattan street grid, creating a radiant glow of light across Manhattan's brick and steel canyons, simultaneously illuminating both the north and south sides of every cross street of the borough's grid.

 

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