Everyone was excited about yesterday’s Manhattanhenge the twice yearly (May and July) phenomenon during which the sun sets in perfect alignment with the east-west grid of certain main streets: 14th, 23rd, 34th, 42nd and 57th Streets.
This year’s Manhattanhenge dates are May 29th and July 12th and 13th. Yesterday, with its beautiful sun, promised to make up for May’s dismal rain.
My niece and friends had planned to view the sunset from the overpass near Grand Central but just as we arrived, the police asked us to leave. The overpass would have been the perfect spot. We had no choice but to take to the busy 42nd Street, which is not closed to traffic.
At 42nd & Fifth Avenue, we spotted a couple intrepid photographers. One had set up his tripod right on the yellow line in the middle of the busy intersection. Of course, as the lights changed he was forced to moved.
When the traffic stopped again, everyone, myself included dashed back into the street to get a view and take some photos. This is what I got before the cars started honking.
Unfortunately, yesterday’s Manhattanhenge was almost totally obscured by a thick clouds. Normally, you’d see something that looks like this.
Manhattanhenge doesn’t occur only in Manhattan. If you live in Chicago, Toronto or Montreal, you have your own henge.
Have you experienced Manhattanhenge?