NYC, Union Square, and Manhattanhenge?

2016 update: Manhattanhenge is May 29-30 and July 11-12 this year.

The last time I was in New York, I stayed just off Union Square. It was an amazing location, just a few steps away from the 14th St-Union Square subway interchange – connecting with at least six lines – and a little removed from the throngs of tourists around Times Square. There’s loads of restaurants and retail, and it’s home to the Union Square Greenmarket, a vibrant farmer’s market which I always try to visit when I’m in the city. Given my love of food markets, I was mesmerized for hours by the crazy number of different of carrots, beets, potatoes, artisanal food products, crafts, and so much more.

On a balmy June evening, I was killing time before a show, and took time to enjoy the setting sun, highlighting beautiful brick buildings, fading ads from the early part of the century, and my favourite New York thing, water towers.

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Sun setting on Union Square on a fine June evening.

Manhattanhenge

I have also visited around the same time as an interesting New York phenomenon: Manhattanhenge. I’ve since learned this occurs in cities built on proper grids, where at certain points of the year, the sun sets on the grid of the city. Since I live in a city that is decidedly not on a grid, I found this terribly, terribly cool. If you’re lucky to be in New York around Manhattanhenge, be sure to read these excellent tips for the best viewpoints from the Hayden Planetarium at the American Museum of Natural History.

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Sun setting on Union Square around Manhattanhenge

That tears it, I need to get back to New York, immediately.

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