Stonehenge in Manhattan is getting more popular every year. Via Boing-Boing:
NYC turns into Stonehenge – [On May 28], Manhattan floods dramatically with sunlight just as the Sun sets precisely on the centerline of every street.
Usually, the tall buildings that line the gridded streets of New York City’s tallest borough will hide the setting Sun.
This effect makes Manhattan a type of modern Stonehenge, although only aligned to about 30 degrees east of north. Were Manhattan’s road grid perfectly aligned to east and west, today’s effect would occur on the Vernal and Autumnal Equinox, March 21 and September 21, the only two days that the Sun rises and sets due east and west.
If today’s sunset is hidden by clouds do not despair — the same thing happens [approximately] every May 28 and July 12.
This year it happened on the 30th.
And remember, don’t look directly into the sun! I took these shots by adjusting focus for the approximate distance and holding the camera way up over my head. It worked – kinda..