New Yorkers, get your Instagram ready. Tonight is the first occurrence of the famed Manhattanhenge-the scientific spectacle that’s as hard to pronounce as it is to spell. Four times a year, the sun lines up with Manhattan’s east-west grid, meaning that as it goes down, we get a perfect view of it setting directly on the horizon. Technically, other cities could have the same effect, but 1) other cities aren’t on an island not obstructed by things like mountains (what are those?) or forests (concrete jungle?) and 2-they aren’t New York.
When At 8:16 p.m. (we know, we know…you gotta be on time) tonight and 8:15 tomorrow night, as well as 8:23 p.m. and 8:24 on July 12th and 13th, respectively. But don’t worry, we’ll remind you when it gets to July.
Where Stand as far east as possible on large cross streets, facing west toward the Garden State (Jersey). Great streets are 14th, 34th, 42nd and 57th because of how wide they are. The more east you are, the more buildings will be framing the view (think of all the Likes you’ll get on Instagram!).
Our first inclination is toward something like a wine spritzer, but this isn’t Europe and we’re not allowed to wander the streets with a cocktail in hand. Boo. Try something fruity + fizzy like GuS’ for now.