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There’s a Manhattanhenge in the City Tonight!

Photo source Dan Nguyen via Flickr 

Drop everything you’re doing, and make plans to catch the Manhattanhenge tonight! If you’re unfamiliar with the phenomenon, it’s when the sunset aligns perfectly with the city’s grid, making for a pretty breathtaking photo-op (#nofilter necessary.) The picturesque event happens just four times a year, and all four times the sunset shines between the north and south sides of EVERY cross street of Manhattan’s grid.

The most striking spots to catch a clear shot of the Manhattanhenge (other than the Refinery Rooftop of course), include 14th, 23rd, 34th, 42nd, and 57th streets on the East Side, with some of the city’s famous landmarks framing the view as you look west. The sun sets roughly around 8:20 pm this evening, but we suggest getting there early to see the full effect take shape.

We’re not missing out on the opportunity—follow us on Instagram to catch us on a cross street somewhere in the city soaking in the sun. After you’ve witnessed the beauty of a setting Manhattanhenge, head over to Refinery Hotel for a toast to the weekend!

Busy tonight? Manhattanhenge is happening again on Saturday, and then again in July. Gothamist has the full rundown.

Half Sun on the Grid

Friday, May 29 8:12 P.M. EDT

Monday, July 13 8:21 P.M. EDT


Full Sun on the Grid

Saturday, May 30 8:12 P.M. EDT

Sunday, July 12 8:20 P.M. EDT


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