Manhattanhenge is when the sun sets directly through the center of Manhattan cross streets. There are just a few days a year when the sun is directly in line with the Manhattan street grid, and the last two chances this year to see this unique sight this year are Friday and Saturday, July 11 and 12.
Manhattanhenge is a play on words for Stonehenge. And it’s fascinating to see, with or without a camera and tripod. The Hayden Planetarium’s Neil deGrasse Tyson calls it a unique urban phenomenon in the world, if not the universe. Sunset is at 8:25PM, so be in place 30 minutes earlier to get the best spot and to enjoy the entire experience.
The best places to see Manhattanhenge 2014 are as far east in Manhattan as possible, where you can see west across the avenues all the way to New Jersey. Ideal streets include 14th, 23rd, 34th. 42nd, and 57th. Best of all is the transverse across 42nd Street, at First Avenue.
Let’s hope it’s a clear, cloudless sky, or we’ll have to wait for next year.