This is your last chance for 2015 to experience Manhattanhenge, 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 it happens twice in May and twice in July.
It’s called Manhattanhenge, a play on words for Stonehenge, and it’s just as fascinating. The Hayden Planetarium’s Neil deGrasse Tyson calls it a unique urban phenomenon in the world, if not the universe.
Starting at just after 8PM, the sun will appear on the western edge of Manhattan cross streets, washing the space between the two sides of the street in orange light, until the actual sunset.
Manhattanhenge July 2015 dates are Sunday and Monday, July 12th and July 13th, at 8:20PM.
The best places to see Manhattanhenge 2015 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.
A few years back I was part of a huge crowd of photographers and other Manhattanhenge fans, waiting for the perfect moment. Unfortunately, clouds prevented the picture postcard photo. But I had a great time anyway, and got some interesting twilight shots of 42nd Street and the Chrysler Building.