Before I Die…‘ is a series of posts about all the (feasible) things I personally want to experience and the places I want to see… before I die. – view the list


I’ve got less than 15,000 days before I die to explore the 197,000,000 square miles of Earth and try its infinite experiences.

The sun has been setting like clockwork and without fail every single day for billions of years, nothing special.

So they’re essentially unremarkable and certainly not unique, unlike black out sunrises or solar eclipses.

And yet, we sometimes awe in wonder looking at what’s basically a gigantic clock hand changing time. What does make a sunset special is the where and in this case, also the when it is experienced.

Manhattanhenge in New York City /// VIA
– The Manhattanhenge Sunset in New York City –

The where is on 34th Street in New York City and the when is only twice a year during the summer solstice.

As you can see, the Manhattanhenge is one hell of an exotically surreal sunset and it’s not even over some paradise island but a grey urban island.

It looks as if it’s been photoshopped or it’s a screenshot from some sci-fi movie. It’s magnificent… magical.

As a New Yorker, I’ve attempted to witness the Manhattanhenge on 6 different occasions throughout the years, each time disrupted by fowl weather.

So I’ve never actually seen that sun perfectly centered in the urban canyon, just the clouds in front of it.

Manhattanhenge Sunset Over Manhattan /// VIA
Manhattanhenge 2018 Sunset Over Manhattan /// VIA

Perhaps the 7th time will be the charm I’ll be able to witness a Manhattanhenge 2018 sunset before I die.

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  1. I feel your pain, I live in New Jersey and have tried seeing Manhattanhenge a couple of times myself and both times were cloudy. And it only comes up twice a year!

  2. Innes Troi Reply

    This needs to be seen with my eyes before I die to. Manhattanhenge is now on my immediate bucket list.

  3. Patrick Meißner Reply

    Finally getting to America to attempt to see Manhattanhenge 2018!

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