Twice a year, a curious cosmic phenomenon brings photographers to the streets of New York City in droves. Manhattanhenge, as it is fondly called, is an event in which the setting sun aligns with Manhattan's east-west street grid, causing the setting sun to be viewable down the center line of major streets, even from the far eastern side of the island. Astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson coined the term "Manhattanhenge" after England's Stonehenge, a prehistoric circle of rocks that aligns with the rising sun after the summer solstice.
The High Line is always a great choice for sunset views in the city but tonight in particularr will be one for the books (or photo albums). Stop by the High Line on your way home, sit back and watch the sun melt into the horizon.
You can see the full sun of Manhattanhenge tonight at 8:20 PM. Indoor plans tonight? Don't worry, you can still experience Manhattanhenge and view the half sun tomorrow, July 12 at 8:20 PM. Head to the eastern end of major cross streets in Manhattan, like 14th Street, 23rd Street, 34th Street, 42nd Street, or 57th to get the best views. Don't forget your camera!