Not a complete bust: Yes Virginia, there was a Manhattanhenge even under the massive clouds – 5/29/12
A picture from this evening’s half sun Manhattanhenge — something that looked like it was gonna be a complete bust due to the massive clouds – taken from above. Between the buildings, Google HQ on the right, and in a direct line with the street below, you can see the setting pinkish orange half sun on the other side of the little strip of the Hudson. The picture is a little blurry because it was taken one handed over a railing so that I could show at least a little piece of the street in line with the sun. So even though it seemed to be a washout at ground level, yes, there was a Manhattanhenge after all, at least from my vantage point!
Here are some of my images from what’s known as “Manhattanhenge” when the setting sun aligns with the east / west streets on the NYC grid. This year’s first Manhattanhenge was on 5/30/11 when the setting half sun could be seen from the middle of NYC cross streets and the second, with the full sun seen setting, was on 5/31. I caught it from 14th and 5th Avenue. (Another occurs in July 11-12).
It was amazing to watch!