New York City, an energetic and hectic city, turns into a completely different mood at sunsets (or sunrises). This is the time when the natural skills of the world take over from the pleasant flow of day and night.
You can always get the immersive sunset experience in New York, but some places offer an even more fascinating experience.
Manhattanhenge (in another name, Manhattan Solstice) is the four days of the year when the sunset aligns with Manhattan’s street grid, setting directly over the borough’s east-west streets. Solstice combines two New York symbols: skyscrapers and sunsets.
These are some perfect places to see this beautiful sunset:
- 14th Street and Broadway (near Union Square)
- 23rd Street and Broadway (near the Flatiron Building)
- 34th Street and Fifth Avenue (near the Empire State Building)
- 42nd Street and Third Avenue (which makes for some spectacular shots of the Chrysler Building and of the Park Avenue Viaduct where it crosses above 42nd, pictured below)
- 57th Street and Eighth Avenue (near the Hearst Building)
This sunset can only be seen on certain days: May 29 and 30 (half sun and full sun, respectively); July 11 and 12 (full sun and half sun).
By the way, you shouldn’t forget your sunglasses while driving on the street these days.
One of the most iconic landmarks in NYC, fascinating at sunset time.
The Brooklyn Bridge, spanning the east river, displays a more magnificent view at sunset. This photogenic bridge, also used as a background in many movies, welcomes sunset lovers yearly. You are alone with this superb view while walking or running under the bridge.
Top of the Rock, Midtown
You can head to the top of the Rockefeller Center if you want the city view with the sunset that is down behind the Empire State Building. This building has “sweeping, unobstructed views” of Central Park, midtown, and downtown skyscrapers, with both indoor and outdoor viewing platforms.
So, if you’re a fan of heights, you may want to have a drink at the Rainbow Room bar on the 65th floor.
The Empire State Building
On its top floor, the Empire State Building stands 1,250 feet (380 meters) high. Counting the spire and antenna, the building clocks in at a mighty 1,454 feet (443 meters). It’s currently the 4th tallest building in New York City, the 6th tallest in the United States, and the 43rd tallest tower in the world.
In addition to being a symbol of New York City, this building's view is a masterpiece. Experiencing the sunset from the viewing deck of the Empire State Building is definitely worth it. It is one of the most worthwhile things to do in your lifetime.
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