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Watch the Manhattanhenge in May and July 2017 in New York

Manhattanhenge in New York

During the year, you’ll be able to witness a spectacular phenomenon in New York, the Manhattanhenge.

It’s a really great tip in New York since you just have to stand in a particular direction and enjoy the show.

I'll explain everything you need to know about this event which takes place every year in New York: how, when and where it occurs and of course, you’ll get to see some great photos!!!

What’s the Manhattanhenge?

It occurs twice a year when the sunset perfectly aligns with the east-west streets on the main street grid in Manhattan.
It’s also called the Manhattan Solstice.
Every year, the event takes place twice during 2 days:
- one day you can see the sun in full, also known as Full Sun on the Grid

Manhattanhenge in New York

- on the other day you can see half of the sun, also known as Half Sun on the Grid

Manhattanhenge in New York

Why is it called the Manhattanhenge?

The word “Manhattanhenge” is a neologism between Manhattan and Stonehenge.
In fact, Stonehenge is a prehistoric monument in Wiltshire, England where stones are aligned with the sun at certain time of the year.
Kind of like this 🙂

Manhattanhenge in New York

When does it occurs in New York?

This circumstance occurs twice a year.
Here are the dates and times for the Manhattanhenge 2017*:
- May 29, 2017 (8.13pm): Half Sun on the grid
- May 30, 2017 (8.12pm): Full Sun on the grid
- July 12, 2017 (8.20pm): Full Sun on the grid
- July 13, 2017 (8.21pm): Half Sun on the grid

*Information from Dr Jackie Faherty, American Museum of Natural History

Where can we see it in New York?

To witness the event, you need to stand according to the Commissioner’s Plan of 1811 from 14th street to the neighborhood of Washington Heights.
Here are the best streets to see, enjoy and take photos:
- 14th street
- 23rd street
- 34th street
- 42nd street

What’s the best tip to watch and take great pictures?

Besides standing on the streets cited above, the best tip I can give you is to stand on Tudor City Bridge located between Grand Central and the UN, as show below:

From there, you’ll be able to see everything, but get there soon!

Manhattanhenge in New York

Can we see the sunset and enjoy the same view on another date?

Yes, it’s simply called the Winter Solstice in New York.
You’ll be able to see the sun setting in the East, also aligned wit the streets of New York.
This applies for the same streets.
Every year, the event occurs between December 5 and January 8.

Here are some spectacular photos taken in the streets of New York

Manhattanhenge in New York
Manhattanhenge in New York
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Watch Manhattanhenge in New York

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4 responses to the post : " Watch the Manhattanhenge in May and July 2017 in New York "

  1. Jennie says:

    I am leaving nyc on 25may, does that mean I can't see manhattenhenge? Even in other angles or other streets?

    • Memo says:

      Hi Jennie,
      I suppose you will be able to see a bit of it but not exactly the full sun on the grid nor the half sun on the grid...

  2. Cosmo says:

    FYI: according to the American Museum of Natural History/Hayden Planetarium resource, Full Sun On The Grid takes place July 11th, not the 12th.

    http://www.amnh.org/our-research/hayden-planetarium/resources/manhattanhenge

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