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Here Is When Manhattanhenge Will Happen This Summer

By Nicole Levy | May 13, 2016 8:35am
 The view of Manhattanhenge from Long Island City.
The view of Manhattanhenge from Long Island City.
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Get ready for the most picture-perfect sunsets of the summer.

Manhattanhenge will be back Sunday, May 29, offering views that even the most jaded New Yorker will appreciate as the sun sets in perfect alignment with the East-West axis of Manhattan's street grid. 

When it sets that evening at 8:12 p.m., the sun will appear as a semicircle on the horizon, book-ended on both sides by the skyscrapers lining Manhattan's crosstown numbered streets.

The next night at 8:20 p.m., sun worshippers can catch a glimpse of our solar system's star in its entirety along the view corridor. 

Those who miss both of those showings will get their second chance July 11 and 12.

You'll get the best view if you station yourself on a wide cross-street such as 14th, 34th, 42nd, 57th and 79th streets, a half-hour before the sun is scheduled to set.

The phenomenon got its name from astrophysicist Neil de Grasse Tyson, who coined it as a play on Stonehenge, where the sun aligns with the prehistoric stones to a similar effect as the sun rises on the day of the summer solstice.