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A New York Sunset

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A sunset is usually enjoyed on a beach, or a nice quiet view, or even a park, but when one think of Manhattan and a sunset, either it is hard to catch a glimpse of one or simply one thinks of “Manhattanhenge”.

Manhattanhenge has been the globally known sunset to hit New York City. This year, around 300 people went to the edge of the famous 42nd street and 2nd street to catch a glimpse of a spectacular sight. Locals and tourists alike all clutched their phones, tripods, GoPros, selfie sticks, and anything else to catch the memorable view. Tuesday was the last day to catch a glimpse of the phenomenon.

With the view of the sunset so breathtaking in between the buildings, many forgot the law, as police officers asked pedestrians to cross the street in order to keep traffic moving, but many were so intrigued by the view that they quickly snapped more pictures before being rushed away from the street.

Many New Yorkers and tourists have also waited to catch a glimpse from early on. Many waited patiently and sat on the sidewalks as they waited for sunset to hit, with snacks and their phones ready. Some were lucky and caught the sunset on their way home from work and quickly snapped a picture or two.

The beautiful sunset only takes place twice a year, in May and July, as New York City is rotated 30 degrees and does not point North exactly, causing a unique and twice a year experience. If New York City were settled perfectly straight with the North and the South, a Manahattanhenge would occur the first day of spring and fall.

The name “Manhattanhenge” comes from the head of the Hayden Planetarium at the Natural Museum of History, and astrophysicist, Neil DeGrasse Tyson, as he says it is a reference to England’s Stonehenge, which once a year, also in the Summer, aligns all the 5,000-year-old stones in place.

So if you missed this year’s “Manhattanhenge”, there is always next year, as this is becoming one of the most photographed events in New York City, and will leave a memorable view for many years to come.


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