Definition of Manhattanhenge in US English:



  • A phenomenon occurring just before and after the summer solstice, in which the sun sets in alignment with the streets that run east to west on Manhattan's street grid.

    ‘this year's first opportunity for seeing Manhattanhenge's glory came Tuesday night’
    • ‘Tonight marks Manhattanhenge, the phenomenon that occurs twice a year when the sunset and Manhattan's street grid align perfectly.’
    • ‘Hundreds of photographers, tourists and celestial geeks gathered on street corners to witness Manhattanhenge.’
    • ‘I was wondering if any other modern cities also have a street layout that allows the sun to reach through the city once or twice a year as does Manhattanhenge?’
    • ‘The event has been dubbed "Manhattanhenge" for the way it turns New York City into a Stonehenge-like sun dial.’
    • ‘The best way to watch Manhattanhenge, Tyson says, is to get as far east as possible on one of the city's major cross streets, such as 14th, 23rd, 34th, 42nd or 57th streets, and look west toward New Jersey.’
    • ‘Tonight's showing of New York's hometown celestial alignment, known as Manhattanhenge, was a spectacular success that more than made up for the washout in May.’
    • ‘Photographers aim their cameras as the sun sets through the buildings on 42nd Street in Manhattan during a phenomenon known as Manhattanhenge.’


Early 21st century: blend of Manhattan and Stonehenge.