Most people in the world know about Stonehenge in England. Less known, but still amazingly cool and very popular is Manhattanhenge.
With most of Manhattan built in a grid street system in a general east-west pattern twice a year the sun sets directly down the east-west streets. Because it is not exactly due west it does not occur on the equinox’s, rather slightly different dates. We were fortunate enough to be there for the May event.
We chose to watch the event from Park Avenue and East 34th Street, as it is a wider street and lined with tall buildings. With sunset scheduled for 8:13 PM we arrived around 7:45 to already find people gathering.
While we waited we noticed there was some light fog around the Empire State Building. The fog made some interesting streaks into the sky (which was even more visible to the eye).
As the sun continued to set the crowds grew. Each time the light would change for Park Avenue people would crowd into the street for the view west on 34th Street.
Literally ever minute the view changed.
Eventually the crowds were blocking the street long enough the taxis and other cars would blast their horns to get through – further adding to the atmosphere.
While a few clouds obscured the event it was still amazing.
With a 600mm zoom the views were intense.
When the sun is just right it will also reflect off of the street.
Finally at 8:13 the last of the sun set over the buildings in New Jersey.