This is how Manhattanhenge lived, the most photographed sunset in New York

The effect of light between the skyscrapers invites locals and visitors to enjoy this phenomenon.

immortality “Manhattanhenge“, At what time The sun sets vertically between the skyscrapers From New Yorkwas the target of thousands of people on Monday, July 11, and to get this photo, they didn’t care whether they were in the middle of traffic on the busy roads of the Big Apple or planted their camera hours earlier.

Someone said, “This is just crazy.” taxi driver While honking the horn trying to cross 42nd Street at the height Grand Central Stationone of the most popular points to photograph this moment that happens twice a year.

“You would have taken the afternoon to watch the sun go down quietly,” one of the hundreds of participants occupying the road answered with a laugh.


Manhattanhenge brings together locals and visitors. Photo: Yuki Iwamura/AFP

Another vehicle, instead of asking people to get off the road by making beeps, chose to drive more slowly so the co-driver could sit in the window and, with half his body out, could take a picture.

What are the best places to take pictures?

According to experts, the wider streets From Manhattan (Numbers 14, 23, 34, 42 and 57) is the best place to enjoy the show and another option is Cross to Long Island Cityacross the East River, to see it from Queens.

during the "Manhattanhenge" The sun sets vertically among the skyscrapers in New York.  Photo EFE/Sarah Yanez Richards
During ‘Manhattanhenge’ the sun sets vertically between the skyscrapers of New York. Photo EFE/Sarah Yanez Richards
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In this corner of the island, you can clearly see who amateur photographersThose who simply cross paths with a wonderful sunset, and those who professional photographerssince the latter had planted their camera hours earlier in higher places, such as the Pershing Square Bridge that connects to the station.

Carolina Pereira, a Colombian tourist, says that she searched the press for where she wanted to go, and her friend Maria Ortiz described the colorful scene as beautiful despite the “crazy” that surrounds it.

Not only were tourists and photographers out on the streets to get the perfect photo, but there were also locals in the crowd.

Professional and amateur photographers gather to enjoy this phenomenon.  Photo EFE/Sarah Yanez Richards
Professional and amateur photographers gather to enjoy this phenomenon. Photo EFE/Sarah Yanez Richards

As with a group of New Yorkers who, despite having grown up in the Empire State, had never before seen a perfect sunset between skyscrapers and other buildings.

new york city pedestrianI think it’s great that today we can stop the traffic and take control of all the streets,” Nicole commented, while taking pictures with her phone.

Why is it called Manhattanhenge?

During ‘Manhattanhenge’ – pun on Stonehenge, England’s prehistoric monument where crowds also gather to witness the effects of the sun every June 21 – sunsets cross the streets of Manhattan from west to east.

If the grid is oriented exactly to the north, then this phenomenon will occur at the winter solstice – as it happens at Stonehenge -, but it is tilted about 30 degrees to the east, the dates vary, and this year, in addition to today, also occurred at the end of May.

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“The climate crisis is the sunset of the planet” can be read on a large banner carried by dozens of Raise and Resist activists at the Zebra Crossing on 42nd Street.

Activists have used Manhattanhenge to talk about the climate crisis.  Photo EFE/Sarah Yanez Richards
Activists have used Manhattanhenge to talk about the climate crisis. Photo EFE/Sarah Yanez Richards

“We know all these photographers get together to watch this sunset and we decided to come in so hopefully when there’s talk of ‘Manhattanning’ tomorrow it will also mention that the climate crisis could be, if we don’t do something, our goal is to make the planet habitable,” Ray Black explained. for thousands of years.

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