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The Best Views From NYC's Manhattanhenge

The Textbook Example

This is the photo everyone wants to take: the sun perfectly centered and funneling its rays between the towering skyscrapers down the city's east-west streets. The expertly gridded streets of New York City are what make this astronomical event possible, and Instagram user Craig's Beds captured a textbook perfect example.  

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The Low Sunset

PJ (Flo) Photography waited until the last possible moment to capture the sun during this year's Manhattanhenge. By doing so, his image shows off the beautiful pinks and reds that make the sky so eye-catching, particularly against the dark background of the surrounding buildings.

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The Perfect Setup

Photographer Killian Moore knew that this rare once-a-year moment deserved the perfect frame to really make it shine. He made his way to a less popular viewing point (47th Street and 5th Avenue) that also happens to be NYC's Diamond District. The diamond-shaped street lights truly make this Manhattanhenge view one-of-a-kind!

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The Lens Flare

What's a photo of a sunset without some good lens flare? This Henge photo really hits the nail on the head. It's almost like looking into a yellow laser beam.

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The Artsy Shot

Can you guess what most people's Instagram accounts feature? Themselves, of course! A simple selfie just won't do during Manhattanhenge. The sun's rays reflecting off the windows of the buildings lining the street make for the perfect backlighting. You have to prove to your friends you were actually there, right?

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The Hipster Black and White

Nothing shows drama like a black and white photograph. The simple coloring amps up the contrast and highlights the focal point of the picture: the unique positioning of the setting sun exactly between the tall skyscrapers.

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Manhattanhenge Outside Manhattan

You don't have to be on the island of Manhattan to actually see a Manhattanhenge sunset. This group of viewers found the perfect spot in Brooklyn to catch a rare glimpse of the sun setting on the actual horizon. On any other day, it would be out of sight behind the Manhattan skyline.

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The Harbor View

Water makes any sunset that much more beautiful. Why do you think dusk is so picturesque when at the beach? Photographer Bryan Cash went below the crowds on the dock to catch this peaceful viewpoint.

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The Photographer's Viewpoint

Getting the perfect Manhattanhenge picture isn't as easy as the charming final products make it out to be. Increasing crowds elbow and jokey for the perfect position in the limited space of the streets. These thoroughfares aren't blocked off for the event, either. If you're headed to meet your friend at the bar, you'll be stuck in your Uber for a while as you wait for the tripods to clear.

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The Sun's POV

It may seem peaceful and relaxing from the other side of the lens, but from the sun's point of view, throngs of people literally spill out onto the streets and cause the city traffic to all but cease for around 30 minutes. Talk about being the center of attention...

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