ManhattanHenge

ManhattanHenge is phenomena that occurs in Manhattan four days out of the year. It's when the sunset aligns perfectly with several west-east streets - the best being 14th, 23rd, 34th and 42nd. I happened to be in the area and headed to 23rd street to check it out. 

The sunset was due at 8:12pm and I was there around 7:50. There were a lot of people lining the street, prepared to stand in the middle of 23rd street when the traffic lights cooperated. The first 10 minutes I was there before the top of the hour felt like two hours. I was bored and realizing that the sunset was going to be a bust due to cloudy conditions on the horizon. The only thing I found interesting was all the people waiting with cameras in hand to capture the moment when the ball of fire would appear to be sitting on the street. If you google Manhattanhenge you will see what it should look like.

I didn't stick around for the big moment, knowing it was going to be a dud. But here are a few shots of the crowd, waiting for their shot.

 
Face on (looking east), street level.

Face on (looking east), street level.

 
 
The rest of the crowd behind the first shot, taken from slightly above.

The rest of the crowd behind the first shot, taken from slightly above.

 
 
Facing the west where more people lined the street.

Facing the west where more people lined the street.

 

The wonders and dedication of New Yorkers and the tourists. Well, they still have tomorrow. And if that doesn't work out, the other two days this year will be in July.