Make your sunset photos a little more spectacular during Manhattanhenge, also known as the phenomenon when the sun aligns with the Manhattan grid. It occurs only four days each year, so don't miss your chance to see it!
Tudor City Overpass. Photo by Michael Appleton/Mayoral Photography Office
Manhattanhenge lasts for only a few minutes at sunset. During that time, thousands of people gather in NYC's streets and parks to witness it. In these moments, the sun kisses the grid's horizon and the sun's golden rays stream directly through Manhattan's major cross streets from west to east.
When to See Manhattanhenge
Pick a clear-sky day:
Half-Sun Manhattanhenge: Tuesday, May 29, 2018 and Friday, July 13, 2018
Full-Sun Manhattanhenge: Wednesday, May 30, 2018 and Thursday, July 12, 2018
Where to See Manhattanhenge
For the best views of Manhattanhenge, head to a sidewalk on a major Manhattan cross street that runs from west to east with unobstructed views. Or, visit Hunter's Point South Park in Long Island City! Face west towards the sunset. Don't forget your camera—go further east to get the best shot!
Here's where we suggest you go to find Manhattanhenge:
- 57th Street
- 42nd Street
- 34th Street
- 23rd Street
- 14th Street
- Tudor City Overpass, Manhattan
- Hunter's Point South Park in Long Island City, Queens. Share your experience with #LICHenge!
Arrive early before the sunset and before the crowds.
Hunter's Point South Park. Photo by Adrian Sas/NYC Parks
Manhattanhenge is a one-of-a-kind New York experience. See what is like: take a look at our live coverage of Manhattanhenge from Hunter's Point South Park in 2016. Watch the video