The best places to see Manhattanhenge today, July 12, 2016
MANHATTAN — Tuesday, July 12 is your last chance to catch Manhattanhenge — the spectacular moment when the sun perfectly aligns with the grid of Manhattan's eat-west streets — of 2016.
New Yorkers and visitors captured a stunning full-sun Manhattanhenge sunset Monday night, and are due for a half-sun version of the event Tuesday. Manhattanhenge's dates depend on the summer solstice, but the event always occurs for two, two-day periods. This year already saw its first in late May.
Popular Science offers these tips on the best places to see the phenomenon:
For the best view, position yourself as far east in Manhattan as possible and look west. "Clear cross streets include 14th, 23rd, 34th. 42nd, 57th, and several streets adjacent to them," according to the AMNH. "The Empire State building and the Chrysler building render 34th street and 42nd streets especially striking vistas." Get yourself there by 8:20 p.m. to catch the sun in all its 'henged-glory. If you miss tonight, try again tomorrow for a half-view of the sun, same time and place.
The term Manhattanhenge was coined by Hayden Planetarium Director Neil deGrasse Tyson in 2001.
One year ago, New Jersey 101.5's Louis C. Hochman tried to see a 2015 Manhattanhenge — but an overcast sky kept the full glory of the event at bay. Still, he walked away with this shot, from 42nd Street:
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