Manhattanhenge, the NYC Solstice, Strikes Today


Manhattanhenge has arrived–the day of the year when the cosmos miraculously aligns with the grid plan. At sunset (around 8:15 p.m.), the sun will set on rows of streets like a pinball queuing up for play, with half the orb sitting on top of the street horizon and the other half beneath.

Neil deGrasse Tyson, astrophysicist, director of the Hayden Planetarium, and inadvertent meme, coined the term “Manhattanhenge” in 2002, and recommends that wide cross-streets, like 14th, 23rd, 34th, 42nd, and 57th are the best through which to view the phenomenon. Some people stake out these locations in the middle of the street hours beforehand, but with thousands of fledgling Citi Bike users on the ground, standing in bike lanes is probably a bad idea.

The good news is that if you miss tonight, tomorrow you can try again, when the whole sun will balance on the street horizon before setting.