Manhattanhenge, the twice-annual urban phenomenon that floods Manhattan’s cross-streets with sunlight and your social media feeds with an endless stream of lens flares, is happening this weekend.
Just after 8pm Friday, May 29th and Saturday, May 30th, the sunset will align with Manhattan’s grid and illuminate both the north and south sides of cross-streets, which will inevitably be clogged with locals and tourists alike united in capturing Instagram gold -- both of which are pretty rare sights.
In Manhattan, your best bet of getting a killer view of the ‘henge is hanging out east on major cross-streets like 14th, 23rd, 34th, 42nd, and 57th streets, according to blog post from the American Museum of Natural History, written by none other than Neil deGrasse Tyson.
Specifically, you’ll see half of the sun setting (over New Jersey) on the grid on Friday at 8:12pm and the full sun at the same time on Saturday. So far, forecasts indicate the weather could be favorable for a perfectly blinding Manhattanhenge sunset, especially Friday.
While most people will watch it go down from the crowds of Manhattan, the waterfront along the East River in Long Island City is also a prime spot for viewing the alignment along Manhattan’s 42nd St, according to a report by DNAinfo.
And should the weather suck or you’re too busy hitting up a late happy hour to bother with the universe’s coolest sunset, you’ll get another shot at seeing Manhattanhenge July 12th and 13th.
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Tony Merevick is Cities News Editor at Thrillist and his last attempt at seeing Manhattanhenge was thwarted by crappy weather. Send news tips to email@example.com and follow him on Twitter @tonymerevick.