Manhattanhenge 2012 Viewing Dates
Neil deGrasse Tyson, the director of the Hayden Planetarium, has announced the dates for Manhattanhenge 2012. The special day only comes twice a year when the Sun aligns precisely with the Manhattan street grid, creating a radiant glow of light shining all the way across town along Manhattan’s streets.
Arrive a half-hour earlier than the times given below.
Half Sun on the grid:
Tuesday, May 29 — 8:17 P.M. EDT
Thursday, July 12 — 8:25 P.M. EDT
Full Sun on the grid:
Wednesday, May 30 — 8:16 P.M. EDT
Wednesday, July 11 — 8:24 P.M. EDT
For the best effect, position yourself as far east in Manhattan as possible. But ensure that when you look west across the avenues you can still see New Jersey. Clear cross streets include 14th, 23rd, 34th. 42nd, 57th, and several streets adjacent to them. The Empire State building and the Chrysler building render 34th street and 42nd streets especially striking vistas.