In New York City, concrete usually blocks out the sun. New Yorkers are used to seemingly permanent shade on many city streets, but twice a year, we’re gifted with a brief but beautiful reprieve when Manhattanhenge occurs.
Manhattanhenge strikes when the sunset perfectly aligns with Manhattan's east-west grid, flooding crosstown streets with cascades of sunshine. It's a portmanteau that draws its name from Stonehenge, the eerie, prehistoric monument in Wiltshire, England that researchers believe was built to align with summer and winter solstices.
While Stonehenge is a magnet for weirdos in robes paying homage to ancient spirits, Manhattanhenge largely provides an excuse to stand in the middle of a busy street and snap Instagrams. Tourists love it, but that doesn't mean it isn't worth your time. There are plenty of great vantage points across the city, some of which have bars, and others that are totally free.