When Is The Next Manhattanhenge In 2016? This Dazzling Event Happens Twice A Year
New York City isn't exactly short on fun and cool things to see and do, but perhaps the most exciting thing to check out in Manhattan this Memorial Day weekend is Manhattanhenge. At 8:12 p.m. on May 29 and May 30 (that's Sunday and Monday, for those wondering), the sunset will perfectly align with the city's cross streets, making for some pretty amazing #nofilter Instagram opportunities. When is the next Manhattanhenge in 2016? This New York City-specific event happens twice a year, so you still have another chance to see this dazzling natural light show go down in case you just so happen to be out of town this weekend — or alternatively, are planning an upcoming trip into town.
Manhattanhenge is the term used to refer to the semiannual phenomenon that occurs when the sunset lines up with New York City's streets running east and west. When this happens, the entire street is flooded with the beautiful, orangey-red glow of the sun. According to The New York Times, Manhattanhenge happens twice a year in the summer. If you miss the Manhattanhenge that is occurring this weekend (or are just always eager for a sweet photo opportunity), the next Manhattanhenge takes place on July 11 and July 12 at 8:20 p.m.
Have those dates marked on your calendar? OK, good. The next step is coming up with a strategy on catching the best glimpse. The American Museum Of Natural History suggests heading to clear cross streets to get the best views. There are some seriously spectacular sights to behold if you camp out on 14th, 23rd, 34th, 42nd, and 57th Streets. Try to find a spot as far east as you possibly can, while still facing west so that you are looking toward New Jersey.
Some other advice? Get there early — around 7:45 p.m., if you're going this weekend. Also as always, don't look directly at the sun, because even the most beautiful sunset in the world isn't worth you damaging your eyesight. Also, go both nights. No two sunsets are the same. In fact, only half of the sun will be visible on the first evening. To see the full disk, check out Manhattanhenge during its second night.
It's probably worth mentioning a word or two about Instagram etiquette while we're at it, too. Lots of people will be clambering to hit the same cross streets to get their picture as you are. Try not to purposefully step in someone's shot, and once you get your photo, make sure you aren't in anybody's way when you go to post it to social media. You don't want to get trampled trying to come up with the perfect hashtag.
And, for what it's worth, consider hitting up Manhattanhenge without your smartphone at the ready. Sure, Manhattanhenge makes for some really beautiful photos, but it only lasts for a few minutes, and you're going to want to give it your full, undivided attention.