Monday, April 4, 2011

Urban Experiences - Manhattanhenge

Manhattanhenge is one of the best little known facts of New York City in my opinion. Twice a year the sun sets in exact alignment with Manhattan's east/west street grid.

Neil deGrasse Tyson (the guy who coined the term) says that "Manhattanhenge may just be a unique urban phenomenon in the world, if not the universe." The alignment of the grid, coupled with the shear verticality of the city create this phenomenon in NYC unlike any other city.

This year Manhattanhenge will take place on Tuesday May 31st at 8:17 pm and Monday July 11th at 8:25 pm. A half sun will also be visible May 30th and July 12th. Mark your calendars!

For your best view, go as far east in Manhattan as possible while still being able to see New Jersey. The wider two way streets like 14th, 23rd, 34th and 42nd are recommended for even better views.

Read more here and here

Photo 1 via wlphoto and photo 2 via ManicMaurice

***Side note***
Welcome to the second theme of The Curiosity Project - Urban Experiences. The last two weeks we brought you fun/random/crazy inspirations focused on being passionate. If you missed any of those posts, we'll be uploading a poster soon that shows a little bit of each of them.

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