1 Marina Galperina

Manhattan residents spend most of their life swarming deep in the cracks between towering architecture. They only get to see the sun set a few times a year. It’s kind of a big deal, especially for shutterbugs. Manhattanhenge 2010 (Part 1 of 2) came and went, leaving a bounty of interweb documentation. See our gallery of poached photos and tips below. 

If you’re hankering for that illusive NYC sunset shot, your next chance on July 11 at 8:24pm for full sun action and on July 12 at 8:24pm for half sun. Get to the most Eastern part of 14th, 23rd, 34th, 42nd or 57th Street for a clear view across Manhattan towards Jersey. Mix it up. Try to find some adjacent street or hill no one’s blogged about yet. 34th and 42nd Streets are good for those obvious landmarks, but get there ridiculously early. The trees on 42nd Street limit the Tudor Hotel overpass vantage point to only a few feet and it gets crowded and boring, as I found out. So, like… charge your iPod and wear deodorant if biking. Please.

Lead photo by Marina Galperina.