Manhattanhenge - NYC The two best days (known as “full sun on the grid”) take place on Monday, May 30, 2016 at 8:12pm, and Monday, July 11, 2016 at 8:20pm. You can get a not-as-good-but-actually-still-pretty-great preview (known as “half sun on the grid”) on Sunday, May 29, 2016 at 8:12pm and Tuesday, July 12, 2016 at 8:20pm. According to Neil deGrasse Tyson, the best cross streets are 14th, 34th, 42nd and 57th, as they’re wide streets with interesting buildings for framing your photos.
"This was one of the best times to be in the city, she thought: the weather was beautiful and the sun cast a golden glow on everything, even the pieces and places of Manhattan that weren't very attractive." Boxing Out Chapter 2
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. The term is derived from Stonehenge, at which the sun aligns with the stones on the solstices.