Manhattanhenge to Be Seen This Weekend

Photographers aim their cameras as the sun sets through the buildings on 42nd Street during the full-sun Manhattanhenge Wednesday

Manhattanhenge, the moment when the setting sun aligns precisely with the street grid in Manhattan, can be seen this weekend.

Half the sun will align with the grid on Friday at 8:12 p.m., and the full-sun Manhattanhenge will happen the same time on Saturday, according to the Hayden Planetarium.

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For the best view, go as far east in Manhattan as you can without losing view of New Jersey. Good spots are cross streets like 14th, 23rd, 34th, 42nd and 57th streets.

Long Island City in Queens should also get a spectacular view — so much so that the nonprofit Hunters Point Parks Conservancy will host “LICHenge” Thursday night at LIC Landing in the park.

According to the group, there’s a day-and-a-half window around the Manhattanhenge dates where viewing will still be optimal, DNAInfo reports. 

Manhattanhenge happens twice a year; in addition to the May dates, it will happen again July 12 and 13.

On a clear day, the typical resulting effect of Manhattanhenge is a “radiant glow of light” across the skyscrapers and buildings, “simultaneously illuminating both the north and south sides of every cross street of the borough’s grid,” according to Hayden Planetarium.