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Manhattanhenge Promises Sun We Actually Want

Manhattanhenge Promises Sun We Actually Want

Manhattanhenge Promises Sun We Actually Want

Twice a year the sun aligns with the Manhattan streets for gorgeous sunset views.

By Harry Hantel // Photo via Huffington Post

It's that time of year again. No, not the time of year when New Yorkers switch from complaining about the cold to complaining about the heat (though it's so hot that most of us just can't even right now). It's Manhattanhenge! If that doesn't ring a bell, it's when the sunset aligns perfectly with the street grid in Manhattan. Presumably it's also when your friends with roof decks lord it over you more than usual...

Half the sun will align around 8pm EST tonight and the whole shebang should happen tomorrow at roughly the same time. If you want to see good views head east.

The result of this alignment is that both sides (north/south) of certain cross streets will be illuminated by bright rays of light. It's like seeing the shiny parts of Interstellar without all the expository dialogue and Anne Hathaway love musings (still heart you, girl). It might be a good time to bring a potential romantic partner for a sunset stroll. What could be a better first kiss spot than in a bright beam of sunlight? Now that's divine affection.

If you can't find the time to go and enjoy the lights, or maybe you just want to double dip, there's good news: Manhattanhenge happens twice and the next one is July 12-13. We know how we'll be bookending our summer!

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