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PHOTOS: Sun Sets Over Upper West Side Church in 'Cathedralhenge'

By Emily Frost | July 27, 2015 2:47pm

A local resident got up early last week to capture the sun aligned with the Cathedral of St. John the Divine — a twice-yearly phenomenon dubbed "Cathedralhenge." 

Similar to the popular Manhattanhenge — in which the sun lines up with east-west streets along the borough grid — the event occurs in mid-May and again in late July, residents said. 

Scott Matthews shot photos of the sun rising above the roof of the 116-year-old cathedral at roughly 6 a.m. on July 23, he said. 

He took the photos looking northeast out of his window along West 106th Street near Broadway and toggled between using telephoto and a wide-angle lenses. 

"It's a bit tricky juggling manual lenses in the short time available as the sun rises," he told DNAinfo.

In addition to the wide-angle shot above, Matthews captured the sun rising over the statue of Gabriel that sits atop the cathedral.

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