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Photo of the Week – Manhattanhenge

12 Comments 04 June 2010

Apocalypse Now on 34th St – New York City

Two times a year the Sun God works it’s magic on Manhattan in a spectacle called Manhattanhenge.  The rare occurance when the sun sets in exact alignment with the grid of streets in Manhattan.  This 15 minutes of illumination on the cross streets of New York City provides an Apocalypse Now feeling with people shading there eyes, armed with their camera standing in the middle of 34th street trying to get the perfect photo.  Last weekend, I was one of them trying to get the perfect sunset picture of the Empire State Building.

If you missed it, you’re in luck; the next Manhattenhenge is July 12th.  Get that camera ready and grab some sunglasses!

You can read more on the spectacle of Manhattanhenge on Hayden Planetarium’s website.

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  1. Donna Hull says:

    I have a friend who designed his house so the sunrise will light up a Bhudda that sits in a niche on his bedroom wall. It only happens once a year and holds a special significance that I’m not educated enough to explain. I had no idea that there was something similar in Manhattan. Cool photo.

    • admin says:

      Wow, it’s like the Sungate at Machu Picchu and the perfect alignment of the sun…how cool to do that in your own home!

  2. Kerry Dexter says:

    enjoyed this — reminded me of other cityscapes where I have experienced similar alignments. and of course, of Newgrange.

  3. How cool! I never heard of this in all the years I’ve lived here. I already put the next dates in my calendar!

    • admin says:

      34th street was pretty crowded – I think 42nd would be cool too with the Chrysler Building…can’t wait to see what you come up with!

  4. Debbie Ferm says:

    I love to visit all kinds of places, but I have to admit, cities are my favorite. And this photo just proves my point. Cities are fascinating.

    Debbie Ferm

  5. Mark H says:

    Wow, this is like some Aztec and Inca temples and various religious monuments, but I’d never heard of this in Manhattan. What a great photo of an unusual event.

  6. Theodora says:

    I HEART the canyons of New York. Thank you for sharing. Will future generations be speculating as to New Yorkers’ rituals and beliefs in years to come, I wonder?

  7. Looks like a cool spot for a photo op. Good luck on the 12th!

  8. Blimpy says:

    What lens did you use to shoot that?

  9. Philip says:

    I’m not familiar with Newgrange…will need to research!


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