Manhattanhenge, July 2010

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street level sunset

Last night was the Manhattanhenge, the twice yearly event when the setting sun aligns perfectly with the cross streets of Manhattan.  It’s a unique event that is spectacular if you can catch it on the right block.

We did alot of walking from 42nd, to 34th Sts, and 3rd Ave. to 8th Ave.  Ideally you want to watch it set with some famous buildings in the background.  Mainly, The Empire State Building, or The Chrysler Building.  Then you have two options.  You can see the sun set on New Jersey, or see the sun set into the street.  I wanted to see it set into NJ, but chris convinced me to set up with it setting into the street.

Our spot, the corner of 34th St., and 3rd Ave was just alittle too far.  Maybe one avenue closer would have been better to see the sun set into the street.  But I was able to get some good shots from street level with my wide.sunstar

The best part of the whole day though was some guy who was yelling at us from the sidewalk for standing in the middle of the street taking pictures.  “That’s very dangerous!”  He kept saying that.  The problem was though, we were perfectly safe, there was a 5 foot “divider” in the middle of the street and the yellow lines, where cars weren’t supposed to go.  We did have to move out of the way of a bus, and some dumb taxi driver, but otherwise we were perfectly safe.

I got about 20 good shots from the day, lots were under/over exposed, or too many taxis or busses in the way of the actual sun.

And this one with the awesome 18 pointed sunstar over in Herald Square at around 7:30pm is one of my favorite ones from the night.

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