Sunday, May 31, 2009


On Saturday, May 30th this year, one of only two occasions when the Sun sets in exact alignment with the Manhattan grid, fully illuminating every single cross-street for the last fifteen minutes of daylight. The other day is Sunday, July 12th. These two days give you a photogenic view with half the Sun above and half the Sun below the horizon—on the grid. The day after May 30th (Sunday, May 31), and the day before July 12 (Saturday, July 11) will also give you Manhattanhenge moments, but instead you will see the entire ball of the Sun on the horizon—on the grid. Here, looking East. The San Remo on the West Side, and the Carlyle on the East Side, with Central Park in the middle. Manhattan is grand!

The East Side is on Fire!

San Remo


OfTroy said...

there are 2 days in the winter (when the sun is almost (and coming back from) it southermost extent) that are the same..
(i forget, but i know where to look it up (about dec 2 or 3rd)

this is because, while we NY'ers say north and south/east and west, the island of manhattan is 17° away from true north --and all but 1 street (St Mark's Place) are also off kilter.

KnitNana said...

That's amazing! Thank you for the link, too, it's interesting for someone who's never been to NYC longer than 4 hours...but wishes she had been!