How to: Experience Manhattanhenge


19 Responses to “How to: Experience Manhattanhenge”

  1. I’m doing this tonight/

  2. Wreckrob8 says:

    But what does it mean?

  3. LinkMan says:

    I thought this might be the reason the sun seemed so hard to avoid on the crosstown commute this morning.

    • LinkMan says:

       I’m a moron, since today’s Manhattanhenge was all about the evening (the morning Manhattanhenge happens in the winter).

  4. Scott Rubin says:

     People complain that the rent in NYC is too damn high. That’s because you’re not just paying for the apartment, but for being able to experience things like casually on your bike ride home from work.

  5. colinpoe says:

    Actually, being outside of Manhattan can give you a great view – I recommend Gantry Plaza State Park in Long Island City…

  6. Richard says:

    Like many things American, the term ‘henge’ used in this way is a significant perversion of the term referring to a raised ditch and bank structure.

    Especially so when the original referent in this case appears to be Stonehenge which doesn’t exhibit a typical henge and is thus a misnomer further blurring the concept:

    • Antinous / Moderator says:

      O noes. We’re misusing a word which hasn’t had a practical use in half a millennium.

      • Richard says:

        practical to you maybe as an American. Clearly not however to me.

      • oasisob1 says:

        You bastards! The English language is not a toy! It’s for serious things, like the Internet! Knock it off or Richard will come back!

    • LinkMan says:

      And for Richard’s next act, he will explain why it makes no sense to append the suffix “-gate” to each and every American political scandal.

  7. Kaleberg says:

    You can get a similar effect just about any sunny winter day if you cross one of the non-Broadway avenues by looking south mid-day. Take a second to look downtown when crossing an avenue (with the light, please). It’s not Manhattan-henge, but it can be pretty impressive.

  8. It seems some have forgotten that there are 2 other boroughs of New York City to the east of Manhattan, known as “Brooklyn” and “Queens”.  This phenomenon can be observed from the East River waterfront in both boroughs, and looks even more spectacular than it does within Manhattan.

    • YanquiFrank says:

      Actually the Bronx is east of Manhattan as well. North and east, but east at least as much as north.

  9. GlenBlank says:

    Note that any city crossed by a rectangular grid can identify days where the setting Sun aligns with their streets.

    Not so.  The sun’s total excursion in azimuth at sunset over the course of a year is around 46 degrees at the equator, and increases as you move toward the poles.  But in most of the tropical/temperate world, it’s less than 90 degrees – so there are always some possible rectilinear grid alignments that won’t ever align with the setting sun.

    LA’s Historic Core along Broadway and its newer skyscraper clot on Bunker Hill are on one such grid.  It never aligns with the setting sun.  

    (It’s mostly Edward O.C. Ord‘s fault.)

  10. Ultan says:

    If anyone wants to go into the details of how to compute sun and moon alignments, Alan Eliasen’s  page on MIThenge is a great place to start.

  11. hankchapot says:

    I’m watching for  Campanile-Henge (Sather Tower) on the UC Berkeley campus using the sunrise over the Berkeley hills.

  12. Susan Carley Oliver says:

     When will that be?

    I’m guessing that a Portlandhenge is well nigh impossible – we sit in the a valley flanked pretty effectively on the east and west sides by hills that block good views of the horizon.

  13. hankchapot says:

     I’ve watched the campanile’s shadow sweep over the main road through campus this past week at sunrise + when the sun clears the hills around 6:45 a.m.

    The campus historic core is aimed directly at the Golden Gate, the later campus is on a NSEW grid. so I  think I’ll go up for sunset.

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