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Event Overview: Manhattenhenge, also commonly referred to as the Manhattan Solistice, is a twice yearly event that coincides with the summer solstice. The cheeky name is derived from Stonehenge, the famous prehistoric monument dedicated to celestial observation. The Manhattanhenge phenomenon is popular with science buffs and photography hounds on a quest for the ultimate Manhattan photograph.
What to Expect: Manhattan's skyscrapers take on a life of their own when basked in the soft glow of direct sunlight. It's a rare occurrence for Manhattan locals and in-the-know visitors and something that must be seen to be believed.
- Flucuating Dates: Manhattan Henge coincides with the Summer Solstice, which occurs annually in late June. Due to the fact that Manhattan's grid is set 28.9 degree east from due north, you can expect Manhattanhenge to occur three weeks before AND three weeks after the official Summer Solstice.
- Crowds: A view this spectacular is certain to attract crowds, especially along East-West avenues where the Manhattan Solstice shines most vividly.
- Photographers: Urban photographers flock to the streets in droves to attempt to capture that perfect image of the glowing sunlight reflecting off the mirrored skyscraper canyons. Manhattanhenge NYC is too special not to document; don't forget your camera!
Inside Knowledge: The term Manhattanhenge is credited to Neil deGrasse Tyson, the director of the Hayden Planetarium. He speculates that future civilizations will assume an astronomical significance to Manhattan's street grid and it's relationship with the sun - much like current-day scientists and Stonehenge.
- Find Viewing Spots: Stake out a spot on a throughfare that runs East-West before the sun rises. Popular viewing spots include 14th, 23rd, 34th, 42rd and 57nd Streets.
- Bring Friends: This sight is best viewed with friends - brew a pot of coffee and hit the street with fellow urban sun worshippers.
- Don't Miss It: If you missed Manhattanhenge the first time around in May, don't fear. The second one is just a few weeks away in July.
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May 29,2012 - Jul 12,2012
The Stars Align Twice a Year for the Unique Urban Phenomenon Dubbed "Manhattanhenge"
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Event Quick Facts
- Manhattan Henge should be viewed along major thoroughfares that run East-West.
- The "Manhattan Solstice" occurs biannually, before and after the Summer Solstice.
- Manhattanhenge gets its name from the most famous solstice tracker on the planet, Stonehenge in Southern England.