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Manhattanhenge 2015

on May 29, 2015

Twice a year, New Yorkers are dazzled by sunsets lining up perfectly with New York City’s Manhattan grid, a phenomenon known as Manhattanhenge. That it is a man-made but unintended phenomenon makes Manhattanhenge a semi-naturally occurring wonder. The name Manhattanhenge was popularized by Astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson, referencing the famous monument’s construction lining up with the Vernal Equinox and Autumnal Equinox. Other cities dub days in which the sun aligns with its grid system as their particular “henge,” but Manhattan is uniquely positioned to have one of — if not the — most spectacular example since one can get a clear view to the horizon on streets that run east to west. The best views can be found on 14th, 23rd, 34th, 42nd, and 57th. Views are best as far east as possible, while still being able to see New Jersey, as recommend Dr. Tyson. Since Manhattan is not laid...