A spectacular phenomenon is returning to New York City, and HollywoodLife.com has all of the details about when, where and how you can see it for yourself.
Manhattanhenge is upon us! The incredible event in which the sun aligns perfectly with the Manhattan street grid will happen again in 2017, and it’s going down (pun intended) very soon. The first and second time will take place on Monday, May 29 at 8:13pm ET, and Tuesday, May 30 at 8:12pm ET. Monday night’s phenomena will be a half-sun, while Tuesday will a full sun. If you are in the New York City area at those times, expect to see dozens of people running into the streets to get their selfie on!
Then, it will happen again just under two months later in July. On Wednesday, July 12 at 8:20pm ET, and Thursday, July 13 at 8:21pm ET. Again the first night will only be a half sun, while the second night, Thursday, will be full. These dates and times were announced by the American Museum of Natural History, who releases the information to the public every year around the same time. But now onto the most important piece of information: where you can actually see the Manhattanhenge!
Large cross streets in Manhattan are suggested by the museum, such as 14th, 34th, 42nd, 57th and 79th streets. These are the prime locations because of their width and how perfectly they fall on Manhattan’s street grid. If you’re planning to head to one of those streets to snap some pictures for Snapchat and Instagram, it’s suggested you arrive approximately 30 minutes beforehand. Since this is such a rare but popular event in the city, you’re going to want to ensure you get a good spot — especially if you plan to take pictures. However, remember that safety comes first, so please be mindful of the traffic on these streets as they will not be shut down for the event.
Tell us, HollywoodLifers — Have YOU ever seen Manhattanhenge in person? Are you planning to check it out this year if you’re in New York at the time? Comment below!