Manhattanhenge

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Manhattanhenge, is the term used to describe a biannual occurrence in when the sun aligns with the east-west streets of Manhattan’s main grid. Adopted in 1811 the famous street grid of Manhattan, the Commissioners’ Plan, was the original design plan for the streets in which the grid plan is offset at 29.0 degrees from true east-west. Twice a year photographers gather to witness this urban solar phenomenon, when the sun sets perfectly between the skyscraper corridors and illuminates the north-south facades of the streets. Tripods and pedestrians filled the crosswalks this past Wednesday to catch a glimpse of this moment.

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Cite: Minner, Kelly. "Manhattanhenge" 17 Jul 2011. ArchDaily. Accessed 26 Oct 2014. <http://www.archdaily.com/?p=151249>