Manhattanhenge

by cnorthcote

So what is Manattanhenge? It is when “the setting Sun aligns precisely with the Manhattan street grid, creating a radiant glow of light across Manhattan’s brick and steel canyons, simultaneously illuminating both the north and south sides of every cross street of the borough’s grid. A rare and beautiful sight. These two days happen to correspond with Memorial Day and Baseball’s All Star break. Future anthropologists might conclude that, via the Sun, the people who called themselves Americans worshiped War and Baseball” according to The Hayden Planetarium at the American Museum of Natural History

We couldn’t let this stunning spectacular go unnoticed so at sunset last night, my roommate and I hit the street to watch this summer solstice come to life. Unfortunately, a storm decided to interrupt our attempt to view this rare solar brilliance. So instead, Caitlin and I settled for fro-yo and are hoping we have better luck on July 12th when Manhattanhenge is expected to return.

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