'Manhattanhenge' Glow Fills New York Streets

Crowds gathered in the streets of New York City on July 11 to witness a stunning Manhattanhenge sunset, as the blinding light traveled uninterruptedly from west to east through the city’s avenues.

The term, coined in 1996 by astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson, describes an urban solar phenomenon occurring four days per year, where the sun sets in alignment with the city’s street grid.

Footage recorded by Linas Zajankauskas on the corner of West 96th and Columbus Avenue captured the sunset, as well as a flock of people in a crosswalk admiring it.

Zajankauskas told Storyful that the video was filmed at 8:16 pm, shortly before sunset. “People were just trying to catch the perfect alignment of [the] setting sun,” he said.

Many New Yorkers took to the streets on that evening to enjoy the view. Credit: Linas Zajankauskas via Storyful

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