Monday, May 30, 2011

are you ready? actual happy manhattan henge day


yes I already told you I know but that was completely deliberate and so you'd have advance warning... and be ready to go with your picnic and folding chairs at a moment's notice.

Here's your moment's notice. And the scoop on where to stand when.

(In case you don't know what I'm on about: two days a year, the sun sets along the east-west axis of Manhattan's street grid. So it's exactly aligned with the streets. This year it's May 30 and July 12.)

Which means here it is today. Happy Manhattan Henge Day! Here are the precise times to show up to see manhattanhenge (note: arrive half an hour before the times below):

Monday May 30: 8.17pm EDT (to see half sun on the grid)


Tuesday May 31: 8.17pm EDT (to see full sun on the grid)


For best effect (so says Hayden Planetarium and she should know) go as far east in Manhattan as poss but ensure you can still look west across the avenues to New Jersey. Here are some good ones: 14th, 23rd, 34th, 42nd, 57th (and Empire State Building on 34th and Chrysler Building on 42nd give the view even more spectaculary-fabulousness)

(All this is all very well but what if it's raining as it has been for the past oh 700 years in Manhattan and you can't actually see the sun?)

Oh well. Never mind. Someone must have thought of that. Happy Manhattan Henge Day anyway!


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