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Manhattanhenge 2019

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

Manhattanhenge in New York - Best Time
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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. Unlike Stonehenge in England, Manhattan, as well as the central Chicago, draw crowds specifically for sunset, not sunrise.

Manhattanhenge in New York - Best Season

It happens twice a year and is basically a view of the sun setting down exactly between Manhattan's buildings. Since our planet is spinning, the sun sets at a different angle every day. Twice a year the rectangular grid of Manhattan allows this phenomenon to happen so don't miss it. Grab your camera and find a place on the street with a ​nice view!

Best time for Manhattanhenge in New York
The sun sets on 42nd St, Midtown, New York City
The sun sets on 42nd St, Midtown, New York City
Observing the observers at 42nd St. and 2nd Ave.
Observing the observers at 42nd St. and 2nd Ave.
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