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!

Crowds gather on the Tudor City Overpass to witness Manhattanhenge on Monday, July 12, 2016. The local solar event occurs when the setting sun perfectly aligns with the east-west Manhattan street grid.
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: Wednesday, May 29, 2019 and Saturday, July 13, 2019
Full-Sun Manhattanhenge: Thursday, May 30, 2019 and Friday, July 12, 2019

Manhattanhenge lasts for only a few minutes at sunset. 

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. 

View from the waterfront of Hunter's Point South Park of the sun setting between the Manhattan skyline.
Hunter's Point South Park. Photo by Daniel Avila/NYC Parks

Watch Manhattanhenge

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

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