Manhattanhenge is happening for the last time this year, and you don’t want to miss it! Here’s what time it’s going down, and where you can get the best view in New York City. Oh, and don’t forget to come up with that witty Instagram hashtag!
Manhattanhenge only occurs twice a year, and today, July 12, is the last time you’ll get to see it in 2016! Read on to find out where and when you can see the setting sun align with the east-west streets of Manhattan in New York City.
You can see the glowing light between buildings tonight at sundown, or at 8:20 P.M. EDT. The best place to view the phenomenon is from the East side, per the American Museum of Natural History. So get as far over as possible, then head to the 14th, 23rd, 34th, 42nd or 57th cross-streets to catch it. “The Empire State building and the Chrysler building render 34th street and 42nd streets especially striking vistas,” the AMNH adds. The weather is currently in the low 80s, so bring a bottle of water if you’re planning to be outside for a while!
Manhattanhenge is one of New York’s most special features, and of course it makes for a hella impressive Instagram pic. The first one happened over Memorial Day weekend of this year, and it also occurred last night, but if you missed it, don’t worry — tonight, you’ve got another chance!
— NYC Mayor's Office (@NYCMayorsOffice) July 12, 2016
The term “Manhattanhenge” was first coined by Neil deGrasse Tyson, the director of New York’s Hayden Planetarium. The name references Stonehenge in England, which famously aligns with the rising sun during the summer solstice. So cool!
HollywoodLifers, are you in Manhattan today? Be sure to tell us in the comments below where you’re planning to watch Manhattanhenge from!