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Manhattanhenge 2021

A magnificent view of the setting sun right between the buildings in Manhattan

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New York is a great place to view the sunset all year round, but there are days when it's especially breathtaking. Manhattanhenge is one of the summer's most memorable and picturesque moments. Hundreds of people gather on the streets to observe this incredibly beautiful event.

Manhattanhenge in New York - Best Season 2020

Twice a year the sun aligns with the earth exactly between Manhattan's buildings. Since our planet is spinning, the sun sets at a different angle every day. The rectangular grid of Manhattan allows this phenomenon to happen in late May and mid-July.

Best time for Manhattanhenge in New York 2020

The best spots to witness Manhattanhenge in its full beauty are 14th, 23rd, 34th, 42nd, and 57th Streets. Grab your camera and find a place on the street with a ​nice view!

The sun sets on 42nd St, Midtown, New York City 2020
The sun sets on 42nd St, Midtown, New York City

Two other Instagrammable moments occur at sunrise in late November and mid-January. However, the morning Manhattanhenges are less popular since the east of Manhattan is not as flat as the west. The best places to wait for the sun to rise in the middle of the street are 5th Avenue and 41st Street.

Observing the observers at 42nd St. and 2nd Ave. 2020
Observing the observers at 42nd St. and 2nd Ave.

Practical info

What day is Manhattanhenge?

May 29 Half Sun on the grid; May 30 Full Sun on the grid; July 11 Full Sun on the grid; July 12 Half Sun on the grid

Why is it called Manhattanhenge?

The word “Manhattanhenge” is a word blend of "Manhattan" and "Stonehenge." The term was coined by Neil deGrasse Tyson, a world-known astrophysicist and a native New Yorker. He was inspired by his childhood visit to Stonehenge, a prehistoric monument in England where stones are aligned with the sun at a particular time of the year.

How often is Manhattanhenge?

Manhattanhenge sunset occurs twice a year for two days: May 29–May 30 & July 11–July 12

Where can you see Manhattanhenge?

14th St & Broadway (close to Union Square); 23rd St & Broadway (close to the Flatiron Building); 34th St & Fifth Avenue (close to the Empire State Building); 42nd St & Third Avenue (with great views of the Chrysler Building and the Park Avenue Viaduct where it crosses above 42nd St); 57th St & Eighth Avenue (close to the Hearst Building)

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