Monday, July 12, 2010

Manhattanhenge

So yesterday I had plans to meet an old friend from high school who I have reconnected with on Facebook. Gotta love that book. We decided to meet near his place in Midtown to watch the World Cup Finals. It was a cute little neighborhood pub called the Press Box and the game was really fun to watch. Even though my Dutch heritage precluded me from rooting for Spain, they did come away with the title. But I do love me some Spain so i wasn't too disappointed. After the game, Mike and I went across the street to see his apartment and he told me of the little surprise he had for us to do that evening. Apparently it was the night of Manhattanhenge. For those of you not in the know (don't worry we had to google it last night too) here is the official Wikipedia entry.

Manhattanhenge (sometimes referred to as the Manhattan Solstice) is a semiannual occurrence in which the setting sun aligns with the east–west streets of the main street grid in the borough of Manhattan in New York City.

It was actually amazing, and very popular. People were lined up on an overpass on the east waiting to shoot this. We decided to go down onto the street for a different vantage point and every time the traffic light turned we all stood in the middle of the street and took pictures. Drivers were honking away but we didn't budge. It was beautiful. Great start to my new adventure.









Kinda cool huh? Oh yeah and this was my view when I headed back to my neck of the woods. Not too shabby NY.

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