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The Best Places to See Manhattanhenge
by New York Bucket List
Four times a year, everything comes into alignment–literally–when the setting sun lines up perfectly with the east-west corridors in Manhattan. This phenomenon, dubbed Manhattanhenge, produces some of the most breathtaking sunsets in New York, or anywhere for that matter, all thanks to the city’s grid system!
Unlike Stonehenge, the ancient wonder of the world, New York wasn’t built around the cycles of the sun. Manhattanhenge is simply a magical accident. Here’s where to catch it in 2022:
WHEN AND WHERE
When: Manhattanhenge typically happens four times between May and July each year. In 2022 your last chance to watch the event is:
Monday, July 11, a full sun at 8:20 p.m.
Tuesday, July 12, a half sun at 8:21 p.m.
Pro-tip: both evenings will produce gorgeous sunsets, but the half sun view is recommended for better photographs!
Any east-west corridor above 14th street and below 155th street in Manhattan will give you a good glimpse, but the following locations have optimal sightlines:
- 14th Street
- 23rd Street
- 34th Street
- 42nd Street
- 57th Street
- Tudor City Overpass, Manhattan
- Hunter's Point South Park in Long Island City, Queens
Pro-tip: 42nd Street is the most popular viewing location. If you want a bit of a thinner crowd, head up to 72nd Street!
Sunny skies and warm temperatures are predicted for the nights of Monday, July 11 and Tuesday, July 12. Perfect for taking in Manhattanhenge 2022!