Manhattanhenge 2021 is the modern equivalent of whatever happened at Stonehenge, thousands of years ago. Druids watched the sun stream past giant monoliths, carted in from miles away. In 2021, we do the same, but in either case, nobody really knows why.
By David Stone
Scientists think they know everything, and as long as you and I don’t know better, we might as well buy in. They say, before electricity was discovered or wheels invented, our ancient ancestors lugged rocks weighing tons over mile over mile of unpaved roads, building a sacrificial ceremony site.
This may strike you as strange, but remember, they didn’t have television for binging. What else were they going to do all summer?
Enough for the history.
What about Manhattanhenge 2021?
In a distant echo across the water, people gather on the densely populated slice of Manhattan schist to, like the Druids, watch the sun stream through towers of rock. Otherwise known as skyscrapers.
On four evenings every year, the sun setting over distant New Jersey aligns perfectly with Manhattan streets from Midtown to the Upper East Side.
Partiers cluster in Times Square where the more serene take the experience in quieter spaces like FDR Four Freedoms State Park.
This year, the dates are May 29th (Today) and May 30th. Next shots are in July, on the 11th and 12th.
100% Dependent on Weather
Even puffy clouds can screw up Manhattanhenge, blocking the sun’s magical rays. Here at the Roosevelt Island Daily, we’ve had a team of mathematicians diligently calculating the chance for a directly visible Manhattanhenge for 2021.
The most recent, precisely calculated chances for seeing Manhattanhenge tonight or tomorrow are…
Well, there’s always July. Or maybe a video…
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