Time to be a tourist in my backyard. #manhattanhenge 🌇
Manhattanhenge — sometimes referred to as the Manhattan Solstice — is an event during which the setting sun is aligned with the east–west streets of the main street grid of Manhattan, New York City. #manhattanhenge
Well hello there #Manhattanhenge! 💛
Getting close to #Manhattanhenge time. #34th #nyc #10moreminutes
Nearly every New Yorker (and tourist) in the city is snapping the event straight to Instagram -- no filter.
This rare occasion happens when the sun aligns with New York City's street grid and displays the sunset beautifully in between the towering skyscrapers of Manhattan. This certain phenomenon only happens twice in 2015.
The first occurrence is at 8:12 pm on Friday and Saturday this week. Only half the sun will align with the grid on Friday while the full sun will set in the grid on Saturday. The next opportunity to view the phenomenon won't happen until July 12 and 13 this summer.