Manhattanhenge happens on approximately the same two days in May and then again on two days in July every year.
Manhattanhenge can be viewed on two dates in May:
Sunday, May 29, a half sun at 8:13 p.m. Eastern time.
Monday, May 30, a full sun at 8:12 p.m.
Then In July, it happens again:
Monday, July 11, a full sun at 8:20 p.m.
Tuesday, July 12, a half sun at 8:21 p.m.
If you want to get a shot worthy of the occasion, follow these tips from AccuWeather:
- Plan ahead: Be sure to check the weather and stake out your spot well before the sunset. As with any big event in New York City, Manhattanhenge attracts crowds.
- Pick the right street: Find a street with an unobstructed view of the horizon. NYC Parks has outlined the best streets to witness the moment. They are:
Tudor City Overpass, Manhattan
Hunter’s Point South Park in Long Island City, Queens
- Bring the right equipment and check your settings: If you really want the perfect shot, bring a tripod and a quality camera. Make sure your settings are ready for the low-light conditions. Pick a high aperture setting such as F/16 and make sure your ISO is the lowest possible for your camera.
- Experiment with different subjects: Try picking something in the foreground to focus on, such as someone watching the sunset or a fountain. This creates a silhouette for a more appealing shot.
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