Manhattanhenge (aka the Manhattan solstice) occurs when the sun lines up with the grid structure of Manhattan, resulting in some spectacular sunsets. The name was dubbed by astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson.
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Photo Set Information:
- Date Taken: May 2011
- Camera Used: Pentax K-x
A friend tipped me off to going to Tudor City Place to take photos due to the elevated bridge. When I got there, I realized a lot of other people had realized the same thing.
Even more photographers at Tudor City Place. There were at least two standing on top of their cars with gigantic tripods.
Slightly before the sunset, I decided to go back down to street level for the best chance at any photos.
A lot of other photographers had the same idea, and down the median there were always at least some people there with cameras.
The Manhattan Solstice was to occur at 8:17pm, but it was a little late and cloudy. There was a police officer who had to tell people to get out of the way of traffic.
A lot of photographers were disappointed by how cloudy it was.
The sun ended up a bright pink and didn't line up directly with the 42nd Street grid, much to the chagrin of everyone with cameras.
At one point, cars gave up trying to drive up 42nd street, as the crowd got out of control. The best part were other pedestrians walking by wondering what exactly was going on.