Witness Manhattanhenge!

  Last modified on May 29th, 2022

The Upper West Side is a great place to watch sunsets year round, but there are days when the view will be especially memorable. One of these days is Manhattanhenge – one of the most picturesque days to view sunsets in New York City. And the final viewing dates for Manhattanhenge 2019 are Friday and Saturday (July 12th and 13th).

Manhattanhenge is the term that New Yorkers use to describe the view of the sun setting directly between the city’s buildings. The rectangular east to west grid of NYC allows this phenomenon to occur. It is a sight to be seen.


If you missed out last summer, don’t worry. This weekend will offer both a “full sun” and “half sun” Manhattanhenge viewing. On the half sun date, expect to see a “half sun” — that is, a sun half above and half below the landscape.

Full Sun Manahttanhenges are the more exciting events, and draw more viewers.


When to See Manhattanhenge 2019

  •  July 12th will be a “full sun” date at approximately 8:20pm. 
  •  On the second date, July 13th, viewers can see the “half sun” Manhattanhenge at 8:21 p.m. EDT. 

With warmer weather comes plenty of things to look forward to.

Where to See Manhattanhenge 2019

The Museum of Natural History recommends positioning yourself far East on Manhattan’s grid. However, Upper West Siders flock to watch Manhattanhenge on the West side too. For the best effect, ensure that when you look west across the avenues you can still see New Jersey. A clear cross street to watch is 79th street, which provides especially striking vistas.  Additionally, the radiant view can be seen from 72nd street.

For more info on Manhattanhenge, check out the AMNH’s website.


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