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Manhattanhenge Is Coming, And It Will Look The Same As It Does Every Fucking Year


05.28.15 Prachi Gupta

Did you hear? Manhattanhenge is upon us. This biennial “event,” in which the sun aligns with Manhattan’s street grid, is this weekend: On Friday and Saturday, hordes of Instagrammers will be able to see the sun setting precisely down the center of the city’s east-west asphalt corridors.

(Pictured above: Andrew Dallos/2014, Vivienne Gucwa/2011, Katie Killary/2010)

Just as they do every year, unreasonably large crowds of people will turn up on 42nd Street and 2nd Avenue, presumably because this is one of the few celestial phenomena accessible to sun-starved city dwellers. Constellations, solar eclipses, the northern lights? Those are fun nature-y things we hear about on TV, they’re not real things in New York!

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(Photos: Jason Eppink/2009, Seth Holladay/2008, Stuart Johnson/2007)

Although these cyclical mass events tend to get tons of media attention, it has happened before, it will happen again. Here’s some photos from the past few years showing how it looks exactly the same each time.