New York: Where the Sun Rises and Sets

People who live on the East Coast have a tendency to think that the sun rises and sets there as well.  Where sometimes that’s meant to indicate that New Yorkers (sometimes correctly) think that their city is the center of the universe, sometimes that assessment is actually literal, as it will be tonight at 8:16 p.m.

New York is unique in that it is only one of a few cities that’s built on a very strict grid that’s relatively level.  That means that there are a few times throughout the course of the year that offers a startling image of the sun seeming to set in near total alignment with certain streets, such as 14th, 23rd, 34th, 42nd and 57th.  The effect is called Manhattanhenge, and it makes for a striking visual effect.  Writing about it doesn’t convey the visual impact that is has, so check out the link to see the pictures posted.

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