Manhattanhenge

Manhattanhenge is one of the more well known quirky phenomenons in New York City. Though it's a semiannual occurrence, it's always something you want to cover just to have an excuse to be there. For those not in the know, Manhattanhenge occurs on two days of the year, when the sun sets perfectly aligned with the East/West streets of the Manhattan grid. The name lends it's name to a similar sun/alignment phenomenon that happens at Stonehenge in England. Like all natural events, the hands of the gods is a big factor. Clouds can obscure the sun for even a few minutes at the right time and it doesn't happen. Some people get good positions and wait hours for a perfect view so you can imagine their disappointment if this is the case.

This time around, I decided to try a different angle away from the masses watching on 42nd street. Instead of being on the island, I decided to try to shoot from Long Island City in Queens to show the iconic skyline in the same shot. I arrived early and for the hour leading up to the event, storm clouds blanketed the city. There was even rain. The few of us gathered were not hopeful, but we were there and decided to stick around. The sky darkened as time passed by, then right on sunset a small opening appeared at the horizon and the sun broke through. It was an incredible moment and the dark clouds we were all cursing moments before added intense drama to the shot. People were actually cheering. And when you consider that the Sun allows all life to happen on our little Earth, its strange that it only gets a round of applause maybe twice a year at most.

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