Photo by myself in Midtown.
Stepping out of the office Wednesday, I was blinded by the sunset. All the taxis on the street were bathed in the delicious glow of light. Yes, it's Manhattanhenge (or thereabouts).
So named after Stonehenge, Manhattanhenge is the phenomenon where the position of the sun aligns with the street grid of Manhattan. Last night, the sun was not exactly in the center of the street, but it was pretty darned close. People were stumbling down sidewalks toward the sun, which was framed by buildings.
Technically, Manhattanhenge falls on May 28th and July 12th or 13th, which are to either side of the summer solstice. Of course, the sun aligns with the streets at both sunset and sunrise. Just be sure to not look into the sun too long ;-)
The Gothamist wrote about Manhattanhenge and published photos a few weeks ago in late May.
Related posts: Sunset Along the West Side Highway, Strange Skies Above Sunset Park, Brooklyn and Sunset Outside Battery Park City.